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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.

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 […]

The Challenges of Book #2: Travis Jonker on BLUE FLOATS AWAY

Travis talks about the path to publishing his second book, BLUE FLOATS AWAY, illustrated by Grant Snider.

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE: Rajani LaRocca Visits The Yarn

Rajani LaRocca takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel-in-verse, RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE.

Our 2021 Preview!

An in-depth look at the upcoming year in children’s books.

Our Third Annual Year-in-Review Episode!

We look back at children’s literature in 2020.

From Picture Books to a Graphic Novel: Mike Curato Visits The Yarn

It was a pleasure sitting down over Zoom with Mike Curato to talk about his debut YA graphic novel, Flamer. It’s a book readers won’t soon forget.

HELLO, NEIGHBOR: Matthew Cordell Visits The Yarn

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell about his Mr. Rogers bio Hello, Neighbor. We hope you enjoy the episode: Subscribe below to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify Stitcher