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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.

Review: The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin

A review of THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE by Eugene Yelchin.

It’s Alive! My October Newsletter

My October newsletter is out

Books on Film: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Gets Animated

A first look at the upcoming Diary of a Wimpy Kid animated film for Disney

Jerry Pinkney: 1939-2021

The great Jerry Pinkney passed away yesterday at 81. I had a chance to talk with him once. We were seated next to each other at the 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. He was kind and gracious, down-to-earth, and funny. I’ve always treasured that night. He was an incredible artist and one of the best picture book […]

Enter to Win the TOAST GHOST Poetry Contest!

Calling all spooky poems!

From Middle Grade Novel to Netflix: A Conversation with Adam Gidwitz about A TALE DARK & GRIMM

A chat with author Adam Gidwitz about the new A Tale Dark & Grimm animated series on Netflix.

School of Mock: Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel

Three mock award blogs to check out.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#154)

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

Endangered Series #22: The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley

Should it stay or should it go?


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Create Your Own Version VERY LAST CASTLE with This Free PDF

A free PDF for kids to create their own version of THE VERY LAST CASTLE!

Books on Film: A Tale Dark and Grimm Comes to Netflix

A new animated series based on the books by Adam Gidwitz

Books on Film: New Kid Controversy

Why did a Texas school district has cancelled a virtual author visit with New Kid creator, Jerry Craft?

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#33)

Can you name these three books from their LEGO-fied covers?

The Spookiest Children’s Books of 2021

In time for Halloween, the spookiest reads of the year.