May 28, 2017

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#Holdshelf: May 2017

Been a little while since I shared the books on hold at my K-4 school library. How about we have a look and discuss? #holdshelf pic.twitter.com/GpbKD7ezyC — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) May 3, 2017 Some notes about a couple of the books: Who Was Harry Houdini? Kids at my school really like the Who Was? series, […]

Hugo Cabret Tries FaceApp

Oh, great – Hugo got a hold of my iPhone and went to town on FaceApp. He tried all the filters . . . Old: Young: Smiling: and Female: HUGO!!!!!!!!!

Notes on April 2017

In April . . . . . . I learned I can see the future of interior design.  And maybe you can too? I have the pictures to prove it. . . . I tried to trick you. Good ol’ April Fools. . . . we checked out new books from past award winners. there […]

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Today, April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here’s my poem (from the book Presidential Misadventures by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Dan E. Burr) For further celebration, the song Poem in Your Pocket by Emily Arrow is a must-listen:

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017

Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction. Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the […]

Morning Notes: Book Carwash Edition

GIVE NO A CHANCE In schadenfreude news . . . what will become of Bill O’Riley’s upcoming picture book now that he’s in the middle of a scandal? Click here to read. AND THE WINNER IS . . . The winners of the Los Angeles Book Prize have been announced and Waking Brain Cells has […]

Review: Ellie in Concert by Mike Wu

Ellie in Concert
By Mike Wu
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484712382
$16.99
Grades K-2
Out Now
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#51)

  Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Utter nonsense. There were maybe 2 truly funny parts; the rest ridiculous, pointless, NONSENSE. Some of it was so entirely stupid that I have to wonder if the translation was correct. There was no plot, just–again–NONSENSE. Click here […]

Throwback Thursday: Jennifer and Matthew Holm Interview Each Other

Travis: It was the summer of 2015 and we were all set up to record an interview with Jennifer Holm for the final episode of the first season of The Yarn (we weren’t sure if we would continue past that first season at the time). We did the interview and we were set. We thought. […]

Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

2017 Books from Sibert Winners

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

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. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

Only In Dreams: Jon Klassen (Part III)

Travis: This is the third and final installment of our podcast trilogy with Jon Klassen. Click here for Part I Click here for Part II When I first read We Found a Hat, I was struck by how it managed to feel different from the first two books in Klassen’s hat-themed trilogy, yet still clearly […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#50)

Today, on the occasion of the 50th One Star Review Guess Who post, I wanted to take a moment to share the reasons I do this. 1. It’s just funny sometimes. 2. It’s a good reminder to me that readers are not a monolith. While one reader might call a book a classic, another might […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I BASICALLY INVENTED THIS IDEA. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles of […]

2017 Books from Printz Winners

I’m feeling magnanimous today – why not throw a bone to the YA crowd? Since we’ve covered Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, and Pura Belpre, it seems like the Printz should be next. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Michael L. Printz winner and honor recipients. This one was a […]

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

Today from the American Library Association: (Click to enlarge) ALA also released a video: Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list. There are 3 books that […]

100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017

And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016. My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff. Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²? ¹Situation ²Bears? Allow me […]