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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.

Fox & Rabbit Q & A with Beth Ferry

An interview with Fox & Rabbit author Beth Ferry.

Which Books Should Have Won the 2020 New York Times Best Illustrated Awards

I pick the books that should have made the 2020 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book List.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#125)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?

Books on Film: Mo Willems on TODAY

Mo Willems stopped by the TODAY show recently to talk about his upcoming live-action special, premiering today (September 17) on HBO.

2020 National Book Award Longlist Announced!

The National Book Awards have released their longlist in the only category that matters: Young People’s Literature. As usual, it’s a YA-heavy list, but there are a couple middle graders thrown in there. Let’s have a look . . .

Exclusive Excerpt: Investigators Take the Plunge

Read an exclusive excerpt of INVESTIGATORS TAKE THE PLUNGE by John Patrick Green

Nonfiction Monday: Nacho’s Nachos by Sandra Nickel

I ask you this: who isn’t interested in how the world’s favorite snack came to be?

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#124)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?

Carrying the Torch: When a Character Continues with New Creators

A look at children’s book characters who have kept on going with different authors and illustrators.

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2020

A look ahead at 10 fall books I’m excited about.

Books on Film: Jacqueline Woodson on CBS This Morning

Jacqueline Woodson recently appeared on CBS This Morning.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#123)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?

If You Build It, They Will Have Fun: A Picture Book Programming Idea

A programming idea using the ‘If I Built a . . .’ books by Chris Van Dusen

Kickstarting an Independent Publisher

I have favorite publishers. And one of them is Enchanted Lion. Enchanted Lion books (and their excellent reissues) are consistently the most unique and daring stuff out there. They make the world of children’s literature more interesting and beautiful. ELB is a small independent publisher, and, due to the pandemic, economic times are tough right […]

Nonfiction Monday: Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children

A review of the nonfiction picture book MOTHER JONES AND HER ARMY OF MILL CHILDREN.