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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 our voices.

Not this episode.

This is an hour of Colby and I chatting off-the-cuff about the good, the bad, and the unforgettable in 2018.

We hope you enjoy the episode.

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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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I finally got a chance to listen to this one. Your full “bro cast” was great fun. While I love the interview subject-dominated, concise nature of your typical shows, this was a refreshing change. Can’t wait for the second annual edition, and I can’t wait to see how many of your award predictions are spot on.

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