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The Battle of the Picture Book Barcodes!

I’m a fan of creative barcode placement on books. You know this.

So it gave me a big smile when I received a barcode-related email from Janet in the Children’s Department at Rodman Public Library in Alliance, Ohio.

Janet said they’re holding a Battle of the Barcodes. Now THAT’S a good idea!

Want to join in the fun? You can vote in Round 1 from October 5 through October 17 here: https://forms.gle/gKAL2PkEhCYw88iZ9

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. This is such a creative idea!

  2. I’ve said it for years! Why can’t they standardize barcode placement on books! They wreck and ruin dust jacket titles and illustrations. They cut short book summary and comments on the back of the jackets. The barcode areas seem to get bigger and bigger. Why do they do this? ….and who are ‘they’ anyway? Who makes this decision? Not the author, or illustrator that’s for sure! I’ve been placing my library barcodes over the original barcodes for years just to cut down on the unsiteliness of it all.

    • Forgot to add- I love the creative placements though!! They’re the best! Keep it up… whoever you are that decides these things. ? Pam P.