Phyllis Krasilovsky, an author of books for young children illustrated artists including Barbara Cooney and Peter Spier, died on February 26 in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 87.
Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.
The Detroit Achievement Academy in Michigan announced that it is naming its library in Ellen DeGeneres’s honor because of her philanthropic work and advocacy for its students. Only in its first year of existence, the charter school and its 28-year-old cofounder, Kyle Smitley, were featured as part of the “Inspirational Story” segment on The Ellen Show.
Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.
Contributing editor and former school librarian Rocco Staino spent a snowy afternoon getting reacquainted with Lerner Books and its high-interest nonfiction titles via the publisher’s spring 2014 webcast preview, “and I am glad I did,” he says. The 54-year-old publisher remains a “go-to” resource for librarians working with kids.
The Penguin Young Readers Group celebrated the holidays with good cheer, a host of spring titles to get excited about, and the launch of a new imprint, Kathy Dawson Books. Dawson, a publishing veteran of more than 20 years, was most recently vice president and editorial director for Dial Books.
It is always special to be invited to a Macmillan book preview at New York City’s iconic Flatiron Building, one of the city’s first skyscrapers and now home to seven children’s imprints: Farrar Strauss Giroux, Feiwel and Friends, First Second Books, Henry Holt, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, and Square Fish.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times, and the American Library Association honored the 10 recipients of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award at a reception December 17 in New York City.
At Holiday House’s preview of its spring 2014 titles, librarians were treated to special guest author Bruce Degen and a tour of the publisher’s offices to view original book art by such legendary illustrators as Glen Rounds, Leonard Everett Fisher, and Trina Schart Hyman.