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Travis Jonker

About Travis Jonker

Michigan elementary-school librarian Travis Jonker is the author of the 100 Scope Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


“Life cereal. That’s a ballsy name, I always thought. LIFE. ‘What are we going to call this?’ ‘How about Oaties? Squaries?’ ‘No! This is much bigger than that. This is LIFE, I TELL YOU!’” —Jerry Seinfeld Forget cereal. I’d argue Life is a pretty ballsy name for a picture book. But Cynthia Rylant has officially […]

Prepare to Be Amazed!

If you love picture books (and we assume you do, since you’re here), then you most likely are familiar with 100 Scope Notes, the blog of school librarian Travis Jonker. Over the years, Travis has written a series of posts about various aspects of Caldecott history. Today we take a break from discussing 2017 picture books to let Mr. […]


Were I on the Caldecott committee this year (I propose a rule change: please allow me to be on the committee every year), I would be eager to discuss Lucy by Randy Cecil. Why is this book so discussion-worthy? So many things set it apart from other modern picture books. The duotone (which here basically […]