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August 1, 2014

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Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

Husband and wife duo Dave Ronan and Raina Telgemeier. Photo by Robin Brenner.

Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

Riding High: Brian Floca on the Remarkable Process Behind His Caldecott-winning ‘Locomotive’

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In SLJ’s cover story, we visited Brian Floca at his Brooklyn studio, where the author illustrator shared the backstory of his award-winning picture book Locomotive and what he might wear to the June banquet.

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JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

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Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.

DiCamillo, Floca Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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Elated shouts and cheers followed the announcements of each winner of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards for books published 2013, presented on January 27. Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca took the top prizes—the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

NYT Reveals Winners of 2013 Best Illustrated Kid Lit Award

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The New York Times Book Review announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books today, October 30. The selections include Maurice Sendak’s last children’s work and stellar offerings from Brian Floca, Kadir Nelson, and Fanny Brit.

Fusenews: That’s what I get for ignoring copyright

Happy Columbus Day to you!  I’ve not particularly insightful encapsulations of the day to offer you, though if you’d like to read some preview posts I’ve done on the day (completely with book recommendations) feel free to go here. I will start today with this rather interesting post about a recent brouhaha that arose when [...]

Full Steam Ahead with Brian Floca | Interview

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With a rattle and a roll, award-winning author and artist Brian Floca takes readers on a ride across the country on the Transcontinental Railroad in ‘Locomotive,’ a September publication from Simon & Schuster.

Review of the Day: Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive By Brian Floca Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9415-2 Ages 4 and up On shelves September 3rd Many childhood obsessions come down to sheer scale. Whether it’s dinosaurs or trucks (the modern, smog belching dinosaur equivalent) or even princesses (adults are large, no matter how you approach them), size matters. [...]

Pick of the Day: Locomotive

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The book traces the advent of cross-country train travel, focusing on an early trip from Omaha to Sacramento.

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns to New York City!

And I am SO going to be there.  This is a crazy good line-up.
Thalia Kids’ Book Club Presents
The 2012 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm at Symphony Space
All Tickets: $15 ($12 for members)
This special event  marks the debut screening of the top videos submitted by kids to the second annual 90-Second Newbery Film [...]

News Bites: Register Now For International Games Day and Get Freebies for Your Library

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Libraries in the United States and across the world are coming together to celebrate the American Library Association’s (ALA) 5th Annual International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 3. Beginning this year, National Gaming Day has been renamed International Games Day to reflect the interest of libraries outside of the U.S. It’s up to individual libraries how they celebrate this special day, but there’s lots of freebies for your library if you fill out a registration form.