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October 23, 2014

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Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Announcing: YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

Teen Read Week just ended, but the celebration continues. Today, Willow Shields (aka Primrose Everdeen), announced YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles. This teen choice list engaged Teens’ Top Ten book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country in reading and voting. The selected titles will also be included on the must-have [...]

Calling Caldecott is open for business

Calling Caldecott is open for business

Lolly, Martha, and Robin are back (and for the friend to whom I defended the Oxford comma this weekend, THERE’S WHY) with this year’s edition of Calling Caldecott, in which we look without fear or favor at contenders for this picture book prize. They are looking for likely suspects–go help them out.

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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

ALSC Past-President Starr LaTronica responds to my July editorial. Incidentally, we’re publishing a terrific piece in the November issue by Thom Barthelmess (former ALSC prez and BGHB chair) about how to conduct oneself in a professional book discussion. Thom is far more temperate about these things than am I.

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Palo Alto School to Be Recognized for Starting 13 Libraries in Africa

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Through the African Libraries Project, a nonprofit that partners U.S. donors with recipient schools in rural Africa, Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California has helped create 13 new libraries in Africa over the past eight years. This year, the school will be honored with the Compassion in Action Award in September.

They ARE judging you

They ARE judging you

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award judges will be meeting in Boston this weekend to make their decisions. Anyone have any inside dirt? I’ll be announcing the winners on Saturday, May 31st at BEA, 1:00PM in the Librarians’ Lounge at Javits.

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The elephant was in the room

The elephant was in the room

I can’t decide if the p.r. disaster that was the Children’s Choice Awards last night is exacerbated or ameliorated by the fact that the Children’s Book Council website is down this morning (and, according to Facebook) has been offline since the announcements last night.(Edit 11.45AM:It’s back up.) I do know that the CBCBook Twitter account […]

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SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

Moving moments No. 2

Moving moments No. 2

Cindy found this one, The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer, a Newbery Honor Book in 1952–and originally published in the Horn Book Magazine in 1949. This would seem to break the award’s rule about “original work,” that the “text is presented here for the first time and has not been previously published elsewhere […]

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SLJ and LEGO Education Launch Library Design Competition

SLJ Lego Building Something Bold

The “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award seeks innovators in the field of space use, resources, and programming in both libraries and classrooms around the United States.

Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

Avast!  Tis me sister, me hearties!  Finding yet ANOTHER fun and crafty way to work children’s literature into your lives.  Children of the 80s and 90s (and perhaps the 70s for that matter) may remember the old board game Guess Who with fondness.  So what about finding an old run-down copy at a garage sale [...]

“Why did THAT book win?”

“Why did THAT book win?”

While it was more often a question of “why did that book LOSE?” (Martha, above, is expressing her incredulity at the ALA shutout of The Thing About Luck) the discussion at last night’s Children’s Books Boston panel about awards was lively. Cindy Ritter has a full recap over at Out of the Box. And: I […]

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Poetry

Poetry

Today we introduce two books — one poetry collection, one book about writing poetry, both excellent additions to high school or public library teen collections. And a third to mention. One of the events I attended at ALA Midwinter last month was the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which includes many wonderful lists. (My favorite [...]

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases.  Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA [...]

We’ll never know

We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]

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March, Relish win awards at ALA Midwinter

March, Relish win awards at ALA Midwinter

As has often been the case in recent years, there were several graphic novels on the list of honorees at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia this year. March, Book One, the graphic-novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, was named a Coretta Scott King [...]

Cybils Graphic Novel Finalists Announced

The shortlists have been released for the 2013 Cybils (the Children and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards), and they should look awfully familiar to our readers—many of the nominated books in the Elementary and Middle Grade category made our list of the best graphic novels of 2013, and Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite made [...]

Famliar titles on the Angouleme shortlist

Famliar titles on the Angouleme shortlist

The Angoulême International Comics Festival (or, to call it by its proper name, the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee) is the largest comics festival in Europe and the second largest in the world. It truly is an international festival, drawing guests and attendees from all over the world. The festival has its own awards, [...]

Is it still formula fiction if you’ve never read anything like it?

I’m still thinking about “literary fiction” and what it might mean in the context of books for young people. The National Book Awards named their shortlist of finalists yesterday, and I’m guessing those lucky ducks can serve as at least a pretty good approximation of what researchers Kidd and Castano were looking for when they [...]

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Science, My Aunt Fanny

Congratulations to Alice Munro. What should I read by her? You might guess from that question that I am not the world’s heaviest lifter of “literary fiction,” and am not even sure I know it when I see it. The New York Times recently reported on a study published in Science which purported to suggest [...]

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More, more, more (How do you like it?)

Educon: When a conference works

So I see the Man Booker Prize is opening itself up to Americans. I wonder why; my cynical side believes it has less to do with enhancing “its prestige and reputation through expansion” and more to do with trying to grab a piece of American publishing money (such as it is) through what has euphemistically [...]

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