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The National Book Award field has been halved from ten to five in the Young People’s Literature Category. Here are the five left standing:

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The winner will be announced on November 18.


Stories for All

Author Shannon Hale continues to say the things that need to be said about books and gender. This week she kicked off a campaign called Stories for All. Click here to read.


What is the lead-up to Halloween without a look at some incredible literary jack-o’-lanterns. Click here to see them.

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E and P

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems. Out May 3, 2016

Look, I really don’t want to send you into your day heartbroken, but as my header contains the word “news”, bear sad tidings I must. The Thank You Book will mark the end of the Elephant & Piggie series. If you need me on May 3, 2016, I’ll be checking to see if the world has stopped turning, the sun has fizzled out, and thinking deeply about where The Pigeon shall now hide.

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I haven’t mentioned the graphic novel Steve Jobs: Insanely Great here, mostly because it’s more YA-ish than middle grade. But I love it. And I also love this image packed behind-the-scenes look at the book over at Pen & Oink.

Insanely Great

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How was the new book by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers (Imaginary Fred) born? A late night and many cups of quote decaf tea unquote.

Stick around until the end when Colfer explains where you can get the book and makes Jeffers laugh.

Colfer and Jeffers

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. Jennifer Buch says

    Elephant and Piggie are leaving us! I’m heartbroken. I have the fondest memories of reading these books with my nephews. One of us as Piggie; one of us as Gerald and then switching. I just thought those books would go on forever. I will be in mourning that day. I’m sure Mo has plans for something just as great. At least I hope so! Thanks for the information. Love reading the blog. Loved The Yarn. Have you considered Brian Selznick’s The Marvels for the next Yarn title? Learning how a book like that is made would be fascinating.

    • Travis Jonker says

      Thanks for your comment Jennifer – I’m with you on E&P! Thanks for your thoughts on the next season of The Yarn too – we’re still trying to figure things out