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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.

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

Redefining the American Child with Grace Lin

We spoke with Grace Lin about her Caldecott Honor winning book, A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR.

Keeping it 100 with Oge Mora

Today we have the conclusion of our two-part episode with Oge Mora.

The Yarn Turns Five!

This podcast is five years old! In this episode, Colby looks back to the beginning of The Yarn, and ahead to the new school year.

‘I have an enviable amount of paper’ – Oge Mora Takes Us Behind the Scenes of THANK YOU, OMU!

Travis: It was a joy to talk with Oge Mora about her book Thank You, Omu! In this episode (part one of two) She talks about how the book started as a project for school, how she makes her art, and what it was like to win a Caldecott Honor with her first book. We […]

I AM EVERY GOOD THING – Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Visit The Yarn

Author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James discuss their books CROWN and I AM EVERY GOOD THING.

ALL WELCOME HERE: James Preller and Mary GrandPré Visit The Yarn

The picture book All Welcome Here arrives today, and I talked with author James Preller and illustrator Mary GrandPré about how it was created.