August 14, 2017

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Hugo Cabret: My Technology North Star

You know what I like about Hugo Cabret? Guy is always on the cutting edge of technology. Whether it’s vintage automatons (see above) or the latest apps, he inspires me to try new things. I mean, he introduced me to Snapchat. He taught me how to use FaceApp. Sometimes I’ll just ask to see his […]

Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers. Click here for more Cover Curiosity posts. Today we have a group of books that to my eyes don’t fall into the “hey let’s make our book like like their book” category. But they do share an eye-catching visual style that makes […]

Learning Your ABCs

Ah, August – the only month when it seems reasonable to make the alphabet using the first letter from book titles. Click below to see the results. ?? “ABCs”https://t.co/n8nwsFemyO — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 10, 2017

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#3)

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. At the end of Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, George *SPOILER ALERT* says “hello” instead of barking, indicating that he ate a human. But was that human the vet […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#57)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I suppose it’s possible that this book could have been even more depressing, but I can’t think of a way. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

Not on the Yarn: Dr. Seuss

Travis: A new Dr. Seuss museum has opened in the author’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and All Things Considered gives us a peek inside. The museum isn’t without controversy (recently covered in the New York Times and elsewhere). The NPR piece touches on the topic, and we hear from Geisel family members about collection decisions. Click […]

Notes on July 2017

In July . . . . . . I talked about zines, punk, and librarianship with debut author Celia C. Perez. Also discussed: her upcoming book The First Rule of Punk. . . . we saw stars More accurately, starred reviews (thanks to the database created by Jen J.). Which books have received the most […]

5 Books I’m Bringing on Vacation and Why

We’re heading north for a bit. I’m bringing these five books with me: The Book: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Why? I am a Moomin fan and this book by Moomin creator Tove Jansson just keeps popping up during my internet wanderings as one worth checking out. It’s about a girl spending a summer living […]

You Know What This Children’s Book Needs? More Fidget Spinner

Some books are more popular than others. We all know this. It’s a fact of librarian life. But what if I told you that I had a surefire way to instantly make every book in your library insanely popular? I do. What that book needs is more fidget spinner. Johnny Tremain not quite circulating like […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017

I love it when a book leaves me stunned (in a good way). Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015 The Wildest […]

Anatomy of an Author Visit with Aaron Zenz

Travis: A successful author visit is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? When author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited my school I interviewed him about how he approaches a visit with kids. We talk about all sorts of stuff – how he built his presentation, how it’s evolved, and even how he handles the unexpected. I think my favorite […]

Get Some Original Art You Can Bring to the Beach

Tundra Books is turning 50 this year and to celebrate they had a crew of wonderful illustrators lay down some original art on Tundra tote bags. They are auctioning the bags right now (auction ends THIS FRIDAY, July 28th). Want to own an original work by the likes of Julie Morstad, Ashley Spires, Kenard Pak, […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: WHERE OLIVER FITS by Cale Atkinson

Do you know about Cale Atkinson? Maybe you’ve read some of his books? He has a new one coming September 5th called Where Oliver Fits. Today we have a first look at the trailer for the book. A book which had a very cool puzzle cover reveal a few months back: It’s a race against […]

Not on The Yarn: Maurice Sendak

Travis:  The great Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012, but he has a new book coming out next fall. Consider me skeptical. Well, I was – until I heard this All Things Considered interview with the author of the book (and Sendak pal/collaborator) Arthur Yorinks, who describes it as a development Sendak would have been delighted […]

Enter THE SHAPE OF IDEAS Book Giveaway

If you’re a teacher or educator then it’s very likely you spend a lot of time fostering creativity in your students. But, I ask, are you fostering it in yourself? The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity is a wonderful book of creativity-focused comics for grown-ups, but if you work with middle or […]

Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

The First Rule of Q&A: An Interview with Celia C. Pérez

Who is Celia C. Pérez? Maybe you’ve seen/heard about (including here) her debut middle grade novel: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez | August 22, 2017 | Viking When I learned that she is also a librarian and longtime zine maker, I knew I had to chat with her. So we did […]

Books on Film: A First Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’