Floral Park Memorial High School’s Reads program continues to bring readers of all ages together. Earlier this month, the school library was packed with students and their parents, all who came to meet Luis Carlos Montalvan, author of Until Tuesday: a Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, and his service dog Tuesday.
Little, Brown celebrated the art of Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney at a special event on October 29. The Powerhouse Arena, home to art book publisher powerHouse Books, recently launched its brand-new children’s imprint, POW! on October 25.
Teens interested in Ender’s Game—both the acclaimed science fiction novel and its big budget film adaptation opening this weekend—may be curious about the recent controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s outspoken views. Fortunately, the library offers an ideal safe intellectual harbor for teaching the media literacy skills that allow them to explore critical thinking questions about the role of social politics and media, and to examine ways in which we might begin to separate art from the artist.
Librarians and book lovers of all ages this week are celebrating the Halloween season by recommending and giving away scary books as part of the All Hallows Read campaign. The brainchild of author Neil Gaiman, the annual campaign is marking its fourth year.
This fall, HarperCollins will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis with a worldwide campaign that celebrates his legacy. Kicking off the commemoration is the redesign of both www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com, and their expansion to offer C.S. Lewis ebooks.
It’s coming up aces for Jeff Kinney this year, and the future is looking brighter—and busier—than ever. SLJ caught up with the author ahead of the November release of Hard Luck, the eighth novel in his bestselling and award-winning “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, to chat about the book, his creative process, and his latest projects.
New York City helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leroy Brown, boy detective, by proclaiming October 26 “Encyclopedia Brown Day” and hosting a reception at the New York Public Library. The character was the creation of the late Donald Sobol, who wrote the first book in 1963. The series went on to become a staple in classrooms and children’s libraries.
The Society of Illustrators gathered last week in New York to showcase the work of 125 artists at “The Original Art,” its annual juried exhibition of original children’s book illustrations. Artists, designers, authors, and publishers alike were in attendance to toast the top award-winners—Jennifer Yerkes, Jon Klassen, and Simona Mulazzani—and to honor the careers of David Macaulay and the late Barbara Cooney.
London-based writer Katherine Rundell met with librarians and booksellers in New York City this week to chat about her middle grade novel, Rooftoopers. Illustrator Ian Schoenherr and Norwegian author Tone Almhjell celebrated the release of Almhjell’s debut fantasy novel, The Twistrose Key.
Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a literary award that annually recognizes one children’s fiction book written for children or young adults that is published in the United Kingdom. Stead is the first American author to earn this distinction, only recently available to US writers since 2012.
World Book Night has selected 35 books for its annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading. In its third year, the program will mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers on April 23 to distribute half a million paperback editions of the chosen titles, nine of which are for children’s and young adult readers.
A group of aspiring Latino writers gathered in Brooklyn, NY, earlier this month at the second annual Comadres and Compadres Latino Writers Conference held at Medgar Evers College. Approximately half of the 75 writers and publishing professionals in attendance to exchange advice, tips, and words of inspiration participated in panels dedicated specifically to children’s literature.
The Port Washington (NY) Public Library will host an exhibition of kid lit illustrators. Arizona State University wins REFORMA’s 2013 Mora Award. YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list is announced. The Gale Virtual Reference Library adds nearly 200 children’s Encyclopedia Britannica titles. Apply for a ALSC/Candlewick Press Grant. A research fellowship is available at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.
More than 100 children’s book authors and illustrators have asked President Obama to ease the country’s mandates for “excessive” standardized testing in our nation’s schools. Such an emphasis has a negative impact on kids’ love of reading and literature, they say.
Ann Jonas, award-winning writer and illustrator of numerous children’s books, died September 29 in Rhinebeck, NY. She is perhaps best known for Round Trip, which was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.
Kiese Laymon’s debut novel, Long Division, is about 14 year-old City Coldson, an outspoken, slightly chubby, black boy who is sent to stay with his grandmother in Mississippi. Readers will love Laymon’s frank, hilarious take on life in Mississippi in 2013, 1985, and 1964.
Ahead of our exclusive webcast with kid lit authors Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka on October 21—during which they will discuss her latest book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, and the importance of humor in children’s literature—we asked DiCamillo to field a few humorous warm-up questions.
Author Lee Bennett Hopkins has pledged to give the Penn State University Libraries his 18,000-volume book collection and correspondence papers from his lifelong career in children’s literature. The children’s poetry and literature collection, valued at approximately $3.25 million, includes volumes from such authors as Nikki Grimes, Madeline L’Engle, and Maurice Sendak, many of whom have autographed their works.
Mary Pope Osborne, children’s literacy advocate and bestselling author of the “Magic Tree House” series, will kick of the first annual Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Week in New York City on Friday, October 11, at the 92nd Street Y, Random House announced today. The week (October 12–19) will be a celebration of reading that pairs younger readers with older, more experienced ones.
The Puyallup Public Library in Washington State celebrated its first annual Festival of Books from September 27-28. In partnership with Fantasium Comics and Valley Arts United, the library hosted a mini-comic convention, the Fandom Dance, an art-inspired poetry contest, and a guest lecture by the acclaimed author Susan Cooper—known for her “Dark is Rising” series and recent Ghost Hawk.