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Coming Soon: 100 Scope Notes Caldecott Week

Every so often I like to stop rubbernecking at every children’s lit tidbit that comes in my field of vision and focus my efforts on one topic. It’s time to put on the blinders for 100 Scope Notes Caldecott Week, running next week, December 5-9. Here’s the schedule of events:

Monday-Friday, Dec. 5-9:  I attempt to read every single Caldecott-winning book in one day – will I be successful? This post will come in installments running all week.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: A top-secret interview of Caldecott proportions. I’m being completely honest when I say it’s my favorite post in the history of this humble web log. Here’s a hint at the participants:

Wednesday Dec. 7: The Children’s Literature Commissioner makes a triumphant return to the podium with an announcement that is bound to incite confusion.

Thursday, Dec. 8: Could it be that Caldecott-winning books are actually…endangering the youth of America? A tongue-in-cheek report.

Friday, Dec. 9: If one were to use weird science to craft the perfect candidate for Caldecott recognition, what would be the result? I attempt to build the Caldecott Frankenstein.

See you next week.

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.


  1. Sounds like a hardcore week. I’ll be looking forward to it!

  2. Thanks, Adrienne – I always try my best to bring the hardest of hard core in children’s lit.

  3. I’m really looking forward to your posts on this topic. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. I can’t wait!