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The longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards is here. Let’s have a look at the books:


Real headline alert! Or I should say “Innacurate Headline Alert!” The New York Post tries wading into the children’s book waters with this article on the rise of books about “girl power, diversity, and inclusiveness”. If nothing else, it is a great example of bad headline writing (See Monica’s comment below). Click here to read.

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Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes. Out March 19, 2019.

Kevin Henkes won a Newbery Honor with his last foray into longer fiction, The Year of Billy Miller. This one is for an older crowd, with a 7th grade protagonist and a life-altering spring break.

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FireShot Capture 2 - His Childhood Was Horrific, So David S_ - https___www.motherjones.com_media_2

How’s that for a headline? Mother Jones interviewed David Small on the publication of his latest graphic novel, Home After Dark. Click here to read.

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You heard the man. Writers, get writing.

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It’s pretty rare when I get truly excited for a film or television adaptation of a book for kids. I’m cranky like that. But this is one of the rare exceptions. The fantastic graphic novel series Hilda is coming to Netflix on Sept. 21. I can’t wait.

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. Monica Edinger says:

    Odd title for the Post article as it isn’t at all about #metoo (sexual abuse/harassment).