100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

Morning Notes: Dirty Snowbanks Edition

Morning Notes Banner

Headlines Banner


Ted Geisel’s thank you letter to a friend who stopped him from burning his first picture book manuscript is up for auction. Click here to read about it.


Lauren Child thinks children’s publishing is getting the short end of the stick and is advocating for a change. Click here to read/watch.


Normally I’d put this list of The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2019 in the next section, but that space is already taken, so here it is!. Click here to read.

Book Buzz Banner

There’s a brand-new entry (the 13th!) in everyone’s favorite picture book preview series: 2019 Picture Book Previews over at Mile High Reading. I’m most excited to see that new Minh Le book. Click here to read.

Post of Week Banner

One of my favorite annual events is back. Over at Watch. Connect. Read. John Schumacher is interviewing all the 2019 Caldecott winners. So far he’s talked to Sophie Blackall, Oge Mora, and Grace Lin about getting “The Call” and about what the Caldecott means to them.

Tweet O' Week Banner

For everyone who’s reached awards-season capacity:

Books On Film Banner

Did I expect to see a trailer for a children’s lit adaptation during the Super Bowl? I did not. But there it was: the first look at the Guillermo Del Toro directed Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Looks to me to be more Stephen Gammell than Brett Helquist, if you know what I mean.

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. If Stephen Gammell doesn’t get great big checks from that film, he should sue.

  2. by Gae Polisner I really liked this story, I just wanted to know the characters more. I felt like the novel ended just as I was getting to know them. What’s a boy to do when you have to “show and tell” a member of your family at school and the only person available is your cantankerous old Grandpa Frank? In