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2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press Preview

About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is […]

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea


Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret By Bob Shea Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484713785 $9.99 Grades K-2 Out May 5, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* There are plenty of early reader greats, from Frog and Toad to Little Bear to The Cat in the Hat,  but compared to other types […]

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Yuyi Morales Reaction

Exciting day, Monday. I was in attendance for the ALA Youth Media Awards and it was like a surprising, satisfying stew. Satis-prising Stew. But who cares what I think? Let’s hear from the folks who had their names called. Here they are in all their Twitter reaction glory (at least those who are on Twitter). […]

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Logo

Flying Eye Books is always up to something interesting. I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what to look for in 2015. Travis Jonker: How’s it going at Flying Eye? How’d that name come about, by the way? Tucker Stone: Things are going great! 2014 was […]

A Niblings Announcement (Hint: More Niblings)

The Niblings Logo

A while back Jules Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), Philip Nel (Nine Kinds of Pie), Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production), and I joined Facebook forces. We named ourselves The Niblings and began putting our blog posts up on a group page. After plugging away for a while, it became clear that there were a […]

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

Caldecott Comment Card 2015

It was so much fun last year, I decided to bring it back! Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? What did the committee miss?

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Old Computer

In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Circs So Far

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer […]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

Groundwood Preview

If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were […]

Mock Caldecott 2015

2015 Mock Caldecott

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in […]

What’s Inside the Enigmatic Inbox of Secrecy?


What’s this? I better open this up. Yeah! In a week or so I’ll be swinging around Lake Michigan to attend the American Library Association Midwinter meeting (and catch the Youth Media Awards live on Monday, February 2). Want to say hi? You can send me an email at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I […]

Morning Notes: 90 Second Edition

Seuss Film

NEWBERY IN 90 SECONDS Well, the Newbery announcement is coming in a week and a half, but The 90 Second Newbery Festival is also just around the corner. This is the fourth year of Young filmmakers retelling Newbery winners if often wonderful ways. A Fuse #8 Production covered it a couple years back and it looks […]

2015 Preview Interview: Owlkids Books

Owlkids 2015

Owlkids is a Canadian publisher that more folks in the U.S. should know about. I tracked down Owlkids publisher Karen Boersma to reminisce on 2014 and look ahead to 2015. (click images to enlarge) Travis: Any surprises from last year? Things you were especially happy about at Owlkids? Karen Boersma: Probably the biggest surprise was The Flat […]

Review: Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer


Wild About Shapes By Jérémie Fischer Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263383 $16.99 Grades PreK and Up Out March 17, 2015 Find it at: Powell’s Books | Your Library The element of surprise is powerful indeed. Often when a reader opens a book, they have a general sense of what to expect. But once in […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#27)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really don’t understand this book. Even as a little child I couldn’t help but think, “Why does he want him to eat it so bad?!” and “JUST GET SOME REGULAR FOOD!” Click here for the answer. One Star […]