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Inspired by the kidlit women hashtag that took off on Twitter in March, Grace Lin has started a kidlit women podcast, featuring essays and interviews. Click here to listen.


School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year has been announced, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty inspired. Click here to read.


Oh, hey, didn’t see you there. Did I mention I was recently on the Dabblers vs. Doers podcast? It’s hosted by Dan Blank, a guy who I’ve been following online for a while and who has very smart things to say about creativity (check out his newsletter and book if you’re interested in that stuff too). Click here to listen.

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Knights vs Dinos

Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan. Out October 23, 2018

I could say some words here, but do they matter? Some titles and covers sell themselves. Consider me interested. And a starred review from School Library Journal tells me it’s nice on the inside too.

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Geisel-watchers! The Guessing Geisel blog has been heating up lately, with posts breaking down the Geisel hopes of books by LeUyen Pham, Greg Pizzoli and more. Click here to read.

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You see, what I like to do with these posts is bookend them with Grace Lin. She’s the mastermind of the kidlit women podcast, and here she is on PBS News Hour talking a whole lot of sense about how we should view culture as a seed, not a treasure.

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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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thanks for putting me on to Grace’s podcasts. I just now listened to one of them and plan to share it with my daughter. Great stuff!!