Coming Soon: 100 Scope Notes Covers Week
Normally, I like to keep the focus on whatâ€™s inside the book. However, every now and again I use these pages to write about whatâ€™s on the outside. Namely, covers – similar ones, unfortunate ones, trends and the like. It recently struck me as a good idea to devote an entire week of 100 Scope Notes programming to this topic. From this coming Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 youâ€™ll be getting all covers, all the time. Hereâ€™s the schedule of events:
Monday (Nov. 9): A brand new â€œCreate Your Debut Coverâ€ meme. It may (or may not) be the best one yet. The fantasy and YA versions were well received, so Iâ€™m rewriting the rules for an entirely different type of book. Iâ€™ll also post a gallery and add reader submissions to it as the week goes on. Itâ€™s time to get creative in a really limited, rule-following way.
Tuesday (Nov. 10): An interview with Abrams Books for Young Readers art director and cover designer extraordinaire Chad W. Beckerman. The man behind the cover design of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (and the blog Mishaps and Adventures) certainly knows his stuff. Tune in if for no other reason than to hear his expert opinion on this cover:
Wednesday (Nov. 11): A brand-new inductee into the Unfortunate Cover pasture of misfortune. If youâ€™re counting, this will be the 12th in the series. Youâ€™ll also be able to vote for the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) Unfortunate Cover thus far.
Thursday (Nov. 12): Cover Controversy time. Letâ€™s just say itâ€™s a bad day for tiny boats. Also, another trend continues its slow approach to world domination.
Friday (Nov. 13): The Childrenâ€™s Literature Commissioner makes an important cover-related announcement. The increasingly unstable (and fictional) Childrenâ€™s Lit Commish will deliver a (fictional) message regarding the future of book covers.
All Week: The 100 Scope Notes banner will be taken over by book cover-related comic strips created by your humble children’s lit blogger.
See you back here next week!
On a related note:
The official gangsta rap-soundtracked crime film of Covers Week is Deep Cover.
The official cover-up of Covers Week is a giant straw hat.
The unofficial cover-up of Covers Week is the Liar cover controversy.
The official response to a disaster during Covers Week is to take cover.
The official bet of Covers Week is for your team to cover the spread.
The official brand-new word I invented to celebrate Covers Week is “decovered”. When a book has had its cover removed, it has been decovered.
The official Covers Week response to shame is to cover oneâ€™s face.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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