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Books on Film: HOW I MADE IT with Phil Stead

Picture book maker extraordinaire Philip Stead started a video series showing how he makes his artwork.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on The Daily Show

In case you missed it! Our new Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, and Ibram X. Kendi were on The Daily Show talking about the book they co-wrote, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Adapted from Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning.

Book Trailer Premiere: Baby Clown by Kara LaReau and Matthew Cordell

A first look at the book trailer for Baby Clown by Kara LaReau and Matthew Cordell.

Newbery Jump, Caldecott Bump 2020

It’s been a few weeks since the Newbery and Caldecott medals were handed out. Why don’t we take a look to see how the winners are faring on the New York Times Bestseller list?

The Dramatic Return of the Best Award in Children’s Books: The Undies Are Back!

You thought this was over?! No, no, no. The Undies Case Cover Awards are making a triumphant return in 2020. Carter Higgins and I are getting the band back together to highlight the best case covers of the year. What is a case cover? This is a case cover: And we want to award the cream […]

In the Newsletter: The Most Important Books of the 2010s

The most recent edition of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES is out in the world. Since we’re rolling into the new decade, I took a look back and shared what I think are the 10 most important books of the 2010s. Click here to sign up for FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES

Libraries > Movies

A report that library lovers will appreciate.

Books on Film: How Picture Books are Illustrated with Soyeon Kim

How is a picture book illustrated? Here’s one way.

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 […]