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Top 10 Posts of 2018: #4


I Will Not Retreat to a Book Cave to Eat Taco Bell

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #5

One Star Review Guess Who

One Star Review Guess Who (#63)

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #6


Your Netflix Guide to TV/Film Adaptations of Children’s Books

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #7


Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2018

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #8

Mock Caldecott 2019

Our 2019 Mock Caldecott Program

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #9


2018 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

Top 10 Posts of 2018: #10


Boys Who Boo Books

Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2018


Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing the 10 most popular 100 Scope Notes posts during 2018. Some are expected, some are surprising, and #1 was #1 by a mile. The countdown begins tomorrow. Thank you for reading the blog. Happy Holidays! -Travis

2019 Mock Caldecott Results!

Mock Caldecott 2019

After many, many tally marks, the votes are in and counted for the 2019 Mock Caldecott at my K-4 elementary school.

Top 20 Books of 2018: 5-1

Top 20 Books 2018

5. Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2] Because it has the best page turn of 2018 (see above). -John Click here for additional resources for this book at Watch. Connect. Read. 4. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Graphix (Scholastic) | Grades 8 and Up] Because it is […]

Coming Soon: The Top 20 Books of 2018

Top 20 Books 2018

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

10 Books I Loved (But Failed to Review) in 2018


Since this blog began over a decade ago, the number of reviews I write has fallen each year. The reason makes no sense: reviews can be difficult and time-consuming to write. Wait. That makes perfect sense. So here, then, are 10 books I loved but didn’t review in 2018. Check them out if you get […]

2019 Geisel Award Predictions

Geisel 2019

Here are my picks for 2019 Geisel glory.

2019 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott 2019

Here are my picks for 2019 Caldecott glory.

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2018

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What are you going to give, a Boxy Girl? Come on. Give art. Recently updated and expanded for the 2018 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments, and I will […]