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A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read.


Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can solve a mystery, but what I want to know is, what does she whip up for breakfast when time is tight?” Therefore I enjoyed this post covering the topic.


Keeps being funny.



Have you checked out the Horn Book Podcast? They’re doing good stuff over there. And now they’re looking for some participation from you in the form of a read aloud rec. Record it and send it their way to be included in an upcoming episode. Mine’s in the can – now I just need to send it over. Click here for details about how to take part.


Last Stop on Market Street author Matt de la Pena and illustrator Christian Robinson recently talked about their book and the larger topic of diversity with MPR News. Click here to listen.

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What books will independent bookstores push this summer? The Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List just put out their list of books “identified by children’s booksellers as enduring works” We have books you might expect (Raymie Nightingale), next to some lesser known titles. Click here to read.

(Thanks to @PWKidsBookshelf for the link)

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Whoa. If you’re interested in how a picture book is made, don’t miss these two posts by Swatch author/illustrator Julia Denos. Incredibly in-depth and insightful. Man – so cool.

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Evidence that illustrator dinner parties are better than other dinner parties:

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You hear a lot about book awards from the perspective of the authors and illustrators who win and from readers looking to make predictions (see: Calling Caldecott and Heavy Medal). You don’t often hear what book awards are like from the publisher perspective. No more! My friends Ahna and Katherine over at Eerdmans spill the beans in the latest Coffee Break.

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. I love clicking through all the headlines you put together!

    Particularly enjoyed the Refinery29 article on eating like your favorite book characters. I remember being so transfixed by the food in Little House on the Prairie–Ma pouring fresh maple syrup onto snow for Christmas candy, mmm. I haven’t read the Boxcar Children in years, but I don’t know if I ever thought through the conundrum of having to cook on a boxcar! I need to give that series a re-read, and soon.

    The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland manuscript looks incredibly cool, but at the same time, 2 million pounds could put a hefty dent in my TBR list :).

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