And the Winner Is…
The Lambda Literary Foundation (LFF) announced the finalists for the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards—the Lammys. These Awards will recognize the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) books of 2012. This year, there were a record 687 submissions from 332 mainstream publishers, academic presses, LGBT publishers, and emerging publish-on-demand technologies. The finalists were selected by more than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, and previous Lammy winners and finalists.
There are 22 categories in the competition—21 for adults and one for children/teens. There were ten finalists in the LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category: Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown), The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy by S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik (Flamingo Rampant), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (S & S), Ask the Passengers by A. S. King (Little, Brown), Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Flux), Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf), Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (Amazon), The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray), Personal Effect by E. M. Kokie (Candlewick), and Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (Milkweed).
Winners will be revealed during a ceremony on June 3, at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City.
Book awards: The winners of the 27th annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards have been announced by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummon Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. The New Writer Award went to Julie Fogliano for And Then It’s Spring (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks.), about a boy and a dog who plant a garden after months of snow. The New Illustrator Award was given to Hyewon Yum for Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten (Farrar/Frances Foster Bks.) whose illustrations capture the emotions of the parents and the child by changing size and color.
Additionally, New Writer Honor awards went to Mara Rockliff’s My Heart Will Not Sit Down (Knopf), Jennifer Lanthier’s The Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), and Don Tate’s It Jes’ Happened (Lee & Low). New Illustrator Honors were awarded to K.G. Campbell’s Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters (Kids Can) and Sanjay Patel’s Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Chronicle).
The awards ceremony will be held on April 11 at The University of Southern Mississippi during the University’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a gold medallion.
“The Book Award was created to bring attention and recognition to new artists who carry on in the spirit of Keats,” said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “The jury looks for new books of beauty that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world.”
Founded by the late Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation “ supports arts and literacy programming in public schools and libraries across the country, with the goal of bringing the joy of reading and learning to all children while highlighting the importance of diversity in children’s book.” The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of the of the leading research centers in the field of children’s literature in the U.S.
Audiobook award finalists: The 2013 Audie Awards finalists have been released by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). The Awards, honoring distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, are given in 28 categories for children, teens, and adults. The winners will be recognized at the Audies Gala at the New York Historical Society in New York City on May 30. The event will be emceed by writer Daniel Handler.
There are three categories devoted entirely to audiobooks for children and teens. In the Children’s Titles for Ages 8–12 category, the finalists are: The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Robin Sachs (Listening Library); The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman, narrated by Robin Miles (Listening Library); Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, narrated by the authors (Brilliance Audio); Wonder by R. J. Palacio, narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio); Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter (Recorded Books).
In Children’s Titles for Ages Up to 8, the finalists are: The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case by Alexander McCall Smith, narrated by Adjoa Andoh (Listening Library); Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems, narrated by the author, Cher, and Trixie Willems (Weston Woods); A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, narrated by David de Vries (Weston Woods); Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, narrated by James Earl Jones (S & S Audio); We Are America by Walter Dean Myers, narrated by Dion Graham and a full cast (Live Oak Media).
The finalists in the Teen category are: The Diviners by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy (Listening Library); Dodger by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio); Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio); The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio); and Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, narrated by Gerard Doyle (Listening Library).
“It is always an exciting revelation to see which titles have been nominated, especially as the number of titles produced in audio each year is growing so rapidly,” said Michele Cobb, President of the APA. “Yet again, this year’s finalists do not disappoint. With an outstanding host, an amazing list of potential winners, and a gorgeous venue, we look forward to once again celebrating excellence in audio publishing.”
Do Your Students Know a Super Hero?
Writing contest: Be a Super Hero, Read! is a writing contest for kids in grades 3–6 sponsored by DC Entertainment and Capstone. Children are encouraged to write about a real super hero in their lives who has amazing human qualities such as courage, generosity, or imagination. Entries must be approved by the child’s librarian, teacher, parent, or guardian. Judging criteria includes originality, creativity, and heroism displayed.
The top five finalists will be selected by the contest judges. Starting on May 15, kids across the country will have the chance to vote online for their favorite. The entry that receives the most votes will be selected as the grand prize winner, which will be announced at Book Expo America in New York City on May 30.
The first prize winner will receive a trip for four to tour Warner Bros. Animation Studios and DC Entertainment offices in California, a collection of DC comics, and Capstone merchandise. The hero described by the winner will get $2,500 to donate to his or her favorite registered non-profit charity. The five finalists will receive a set of Capstone’s “Man of Steel” chapter books.
“Our teams are excited to collaborate with DC Entertainment for this contest. We’re thrilled to give children an opportunity to appreciate the ‘super powers’ of their real-life heroes and to expand their literacy skills while doing it, “noted Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Group Publisher and General Manager.
Music to Their Ears
Streaming music: March is Music in Our Schools Month. And what better way to celebrate than with the addition of a streaming music service to PBS Kids Play!, an online subscription cross-curricular learning program. PBS Kids Play! features characters from PBS Kids and interactive games for children in preschool through the first grade. To reinforce lessons for children, streaming music has been added to the program for subscribers. The first 25 music tracks are from the PBS Kids program Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the web-original series Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. Later this year, additional songs from other PBS Kids series will be added.
According to a recent news release, the songs are “designed to aid memory recall, reinforce key developmental and language themes, and encourage body movement for healthy development. The initial offering includes songs that address social and emotional skills and nutrition.
Book giveaway: To celebrate the two-year anniversary of their Books in Bloom blog, Mackin Educational Resources is giving away books every Friday in March. It’s easy to enter the book drawing. Just go to the contest blog and leave a comment on the contest post with the title of the best book you’ve read in the past month.
The Books in Bloom blog, written by Mackin’s professional collection development librarians, highlights high-quality, current fiction and nonfiction K-12 books. Mackin Educational Resources has provided preschool–12 books, online databases, audiobooks, video resources, and other library and classroom materials from more than 18,000 publishers to schools for nearly 30 years.
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