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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.

Ring in the New Year: Our 2022 Preview

A look ahead to 2022 in children’s literature.

Taking a Look Back: Our 2021 Year in Review Episode

It’s time to take a look back at 2021.

‘Shoot – David Small believes in me!’ Betsy Bird and the LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS

Betsy Bird takes us behind the scenes of her first middle grade novel, LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS.

R.J. Palacio Visits The Yarn!

A conversation with R.J. Palacio about her latest book, PONY.

Amos McGee is Back! An Interview with Erin and Philip Stead

Erin and Philip Stead share the joys and challenges of returning to the world of Amos.

The Story of Amos McGee with Erin and Philip Stead

The Caldecott Medal-winning duo are on the latest episode.

Jon Klassen Returns! THE ROCK FROM THE SKY Unraveled

A special extended episode with author/illustrator Jon Klassen.

How David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka Created the Geisel Award-Winning SEE THE CAT

An interview with the Geisel-winning duo behind SEE THE CAT.

The Magic of Collaboration: Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith on I TALK LIKE A RIVER

Travis: I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith, is picturebook making at its finest. In this episode I talk with Scott and Smith about how the book came to be. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher

Watercress Part 2: Travis Talks with Illustrator Jason Chin

Travis: Watercress is such an excellent picture book, Colby and I decided to go for a two-parter. In the last episode, he talked with author Andrea Wang. Today is my chat with illustrator Jason Chin. In this episode, Jason talks about his decision to illustrate Andrea’s story, and his journey to bring the book to […]