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Watch the 2020 Youth Media Awards LIVE!

Like the coming of spring, each year I anxiously await it: the moment I can once again post this image: This is your annual reminder that The 2020 Youth Media Awards are coming on Jan. 27, 2020, at 8 a.m. ET from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia. The awards will be broadcast live via webcast. Click […]

The Children’s Literature Community Welcomes the New Ambassador

You’ve heard the news, now let’s see what authors and illustrators were saying about the news on Twitter:

And the New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Is . . .

This is fantastic. Fantastic!

Morning Notes: Back From Hiatus Grab Bag Edition

The children’s literature news roundup you need.

Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2019

Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing the 10 most popular 100 Scope Notes posts during 2019. Some are expected, some are surprising, and #1 was #1 by a mile. The countdown begins Monday. Thank you for reading the blog. Happy Holidays! -Travis

Coming Soon: The Top 20 Books of 2019

Next week, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

Kidlit TV: The Author/Illustrator Video Jackpot

The other day I decided to visit Kidlit TV. It had been a little while since I’d last been there and I wanted to see what the site has been up to. A lot, it turns out. The site is full of great videos with children’s book creators. I find these sorts of things perfect […]

Gallery: NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2019

This year I went 2 for 10 in my New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books predictions. Same as last year. Same as the year before that! Looks like I’m a 2 for 10 guy when it comes to this list. But you know what? I’m going to call it 2.5 this year, because I […]

Books on Film: Story & Pictures By

The makers of a documentary on the power of picture books are looking for your support.

Mordicai Gerstein: 1935-2019

Mordicai Gerstein passed away on September 24th. We have a bunch of his books in our library, and his Caldecott Medal-winning The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is one that I return to again and again for storytime. I met him at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008. He was kind and […]

I’m Not Drooling, You’re Drooling: The Carle Honors Art Auction

This here is a time sensitive blog post for people with some cash to spare. Every year The Eric Carle Museum holds a children’s illustrator art auction in connection with the Carle Honors awards banquet. As I learned from Grace Lin on Twitter, the awards are tonight, which means the auction will be closing soon. […]

Books on Film: Jackie Woodson on CBS

She’s there to talk about her latest book for grown-ups, but does that mean we should skip a television appearance by the Ambassador? No. Jacqueline Woodson was on CBS This Morning (a couple mornings ago).

Book Trailer Premiere: THE UPPER CASE by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald

A Q&A with the creators of the book, and a first look at the trailer.

No Newsletter is Bad Newsletter

The two most recent editions of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES are out in the world. In August, I shared a bunch of drawings and writing from my sketchbook and notebook. This month, I share some of my favorite quotes about writing and creativity. Click here to sign up for FROM THE DESK […]

Who Will Win One of the Richest Literary Awards in the World?

The finalists for the 2019 Kirkus Prize have been announced.