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The Return of Travis Jonker

travis photoBack in early January 2014 Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker filled us in on his preparations for his committee’s Midwinter deliberations. Here, Travis (Michigan elementary-school librarian and author of the 100 Scope Notes blog, hosted on the SLJ website) returns with a brief postmortem. Love his answers, and LOVE the accompanying graphic. Thanks so much, Travis.




1.  How do you feel now that it is over – on a sliding scale from drained and exhausted to on Cloud 9—or both simultaneously?

I feel good. It’s been a wild year (the last few weeks especially), but nothing a couple days worth of early bedtimes won’t fix. Cloud 9 and slowly descending back to earth.

2.  How would you respond to those who might, er, have some issues with your committee’s choices?

I wish I had some great, satisfying way to answer that. It’s difficult, because we all have books we are passionate about. I suppose all I can say is that a great book is still great even if it doesn’t win the Caldecott. Cold comfort, but the truth.

travis great book

3.  What’s the first non-Caldecott eligible book you are going to read, now that it’s all over?

Well, I just read the first few chapters of El Deafo, a graphic novel/memoir coming out in the fall by Cece Bell that I picked up at the Abrams booth. Wow.

Wait, that’s an eligible book.

I also want to go back and read the 2014 Newbery books that I missed.

4.  What do you plan to do with All Those Books? (We remember your overcrowded bookshelves…)

The books will go to children in a couple different ways. I’ll be adding many of them to the school libraries in my district for students to check out. Others will go to teachers’ classroom libraries. And another portion will go directly to kids to take home and keep.


Martha V. Parravano About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.



  1. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    Thanks so much for this…and for all your hard work, Travis. Some day I might actually meet you! Have a ball in Las Vegas–sounds like a fun city for a celebration!

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