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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2019

It was 75 degrees here in Michigan yesterday and I am feeling summerish. So summerish, in fact, that I decided to sift through the 8oo some odd children’s books publishing in June, July, and August and pick 10 that I am especially excited about. Picture Books A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele June 4 | […]

All the Children’s Books in the Amazon Top 100

Of all the 100 best selling books on Amazon, how many are children’s books? And which children’s books are they? That was my question, and I embarked on a keyboard journey to find out. Some of them I expected, others I’d never heard of, and the power of Easter certainly played a role. #98 #92 […]

Recently Heard on The Yarn

Ever since we moved operations over to a dedicated blog, I haven’t shared many Yarn podcast happenings over here. So how about we take a quick look at the last 5 episodes and you can give a listen if you’re interested? Molly Idle: Laurie Halse Anderson: LeUyen Pham: Aisha Saeed: Ekua Holmes:

One Star Review Guess Who? (#83)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Seriously, who thought this was a good idea to write, publish and distribute. Unfortunately we purchased it – must have been a patron request! How very sad someone actually thinks crayons (if they could talk) would be negative. Click […]

The Poetry Books of 2019

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought it might be helpful to take a look at the poetry offerings of 2019. What did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

2019 Books from Pura Belpre Winners

Every year I like to round up all the new books by past award winners. So far, we’ve looked at 2019 releases from previous Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Sibert, and Coretta Scott King winners. Today I have all the 2019 books from previous Pura Belpre author and illustrator honor and medal winners. What did I miss? […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#82)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?

4 Thoughts on the Follett Top 50

We order some of the books for our school library through Follett. On their Titlewave website they have something called Student’s Choice lists, showing the 50 most popular books for elementary, middle, and high school levels. The thing that I like about these lists is that they are created from the actual circulation statistics of […]

2019 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

So far we’ve looked at 2019 books from past winners of . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Sibert But today is for the CSK. Here are all books by previous Coretta Scott King Award Medal and Honor winners (including author, illustrator, and John Steptoe New Talent). What did I miss? Let me know in the […]

2019 Books from Sibert Award Winners

We’ve already looked at 2019 books from pervious Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel winners – today is for nonfiction. Below are books publishing in 2019 from previous Sibert Award Medal/Honor winners. *Note* I tried to keep it nonfiction here (I like themes). So I didn’t include the couple instances of past Sibert winners with fiction books […]

Name That Book! Kid Drawing Edition (#2)

A bunch of teachers at my school asked students to draw their favorite book and write a couple sentences about why they love it. They’re on display in the hallways. The pictures are so great I thought it would be fun to turn it into a challenge. Can you name the book based on the student […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: THE PANDA PROBLEM

Today I’m honored to share the book trailer for The Panda Problem, a picture book written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Hannah Marks. But first, I wanted to ask Deborah some questions about the book. Travis: Hi Deborah! What was the initial spark for THE PANDA PROBLEM? Deborah Underwood: Oh gosh, I can’t remember […]

2019 Books from Geisel Award Winners

We’ve looked at Caldecott. We’ve gazed upon Newbery. Now, here are all the 2019 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books that were in the Geisel Award zone – picture books and early readers. If a past winner […]

The Latest Literary Trend? ‘Hard Readers’

Reality can be stranger than fiction. We all know about early (sometimes called easy) readers, right? Books with simple text and story lines for emerging readers. Well, soon publishers will begin debuting what some are calling “hard readers” – more complex tales featuring children’s literature icons, for an exclusively grown-up audience. Nate the Great will […]

Notes on March 2019

In March . . . . . . we previewed spring. I did my best to narrow down all the March, April, and May releases to ten that I’m most looking forward to. . . . we thought about what the Caldecott committee likes. I actually thought this post was going to be controversial, but […]