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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

‘I had to sit down, before I fell down’ Jason Chin on his award-winning book, GRAND CANYON

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Jason Chin during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about his Caldecott and Sibert Honor-winning book, Grand Canyon. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

“They see each other for the first time” Minh Lê on DRAWN TOGETHER

Travis: It was a pleasure to sit down with Minh Lê and talk about how his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together, came to be. In this episode Minh talks about how the story was born in a 3:00 am brainstorming session with a fussy baby, and how the language barrier between the main characters […]

‘I get to be the one to tell this story?’ Molly Idle on PEARL and getting ‘The Call’

Travis: I sat down with author/illustrator Molly Idle during the 2018 NCTE conference in Houston. We had a great conversation about her most recent picture book, Pearl, and about her Caldecott Honor win for Flora and the Flamingo. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

How THE ITCHY BOOK! Was Made with LeUyen Pham

Travis: LeUyen Pham has illustrated early reader books before, but The Itchy Book! is the first one that she has also written. I sat down last summer at ALA Annual in New Orleans to talk with Pham about the process. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode.

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 1: Colby & Travis

Travis: And the most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 2: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Travis: And the 2nd most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 3: Katherine Applegate

Travis: And the 3rd most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Top 10 Episodes of 2018: Number 4: Kate DiCamillo

Travis: And the 4th most popular episode of The Yarn in 2018 was . . .

Illustrating the Creation of the Universe with Ekua Holmes

How did Holmes go about illustrating the creation of the universe for THE STUFF OF STARS? It began with marbleized paper.

Our First-Ever Year in Review Episode

Travis: A couple nights ago, Colby and I did something we’ve never done before: with recorders running, we talked about the year in children’s books. I wasn’t sure how it would go – we usually put out short episodes that are edited and produced. Typically, aside from the intros and outros, you almost never hear […]