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September 15, 2014

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Klassen and Brooks Take UK’s Greenaway and Carnegie Medals

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On June 23, Caldecott-winning Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Kevin Brooks’s The Bunker Diarytook top honors in the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Backlash surrounding the Carnegie pick continues to develop.

Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Dark’ Takes 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics [...]

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

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Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

Pick of the Day: I Want My Hat Back | DVD

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The brown bear’s hat is missing, and he almost gives up all hope of ever finding it in the DVD version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.

Pictures of the Week: Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen at Book Launch Party for ‘The Dark’

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Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler) and Jon Klassen at a Book Launch Party for their new picture book, The Dark.

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome

There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. [...]

JLG’s On the Radar: Be Not Afraid—Picture Books for a Not-So-Scary Storytime

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Junior Library Guild editors select picture books perfect for the younger set who beg for a scary story, but are safe enough to prevent nightmares.

Pictures of the Week: Jon Klassen at Little, Brown’s Spring and Summer Picture Book Celebration

Jon Klassen with his Little, Brown editor, Susan Rich, and Little, Brown’s Art Director, Patti Ann Harris at Little, Brown’s spring and summer picture book celebration on March 13 in New York City.

Picture book author Jon Klassen, Little, Brown editor Susan Rich, and Little, Brown Art Director Patti Ann Harris at the Little, Brown picture book celebration.

Review of the Day: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

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The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have [...]

ALA Midwinter: SLJ Resources on the Youth Media Award Winners

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With the Youth Media Awards having been announced Monday January 28, buzz around the Caldecott-winning This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins), and the Printz-winning In Darkness (Bloomsbury), is higher than ever. School Library Journal has compiled a list of relevant blog posts, reviews, interviews, and articles related to the winners and honor books.

SLJ Reviews for Top Youth Media Award Winners

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Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan and Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat may have won the Newbery and Caldecott on Monday, January 28, but they were already stellar titles for School Library Journal’s Book Review editors. Both books made SLJ’s Best Books of 2012 list, as well as many of the other ALA’s Youth Media Award-winners. Check out SLJ’s reviews for the top prizes.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Caldecott Contenders: Star-Studded Choices

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With the announcement of the Caldecott winners less than a week away, Junior Library Guild examines some of 2012′s front-runner picture books.

News Bites: Win Big with Verizon’s App Challenge

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Verizon’s App Challenge is designed to increase student interest in STEM while offering a project-based experience that develops teamwork among students. Groups of 5-10 students are encouraged to develop an app that addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Books to Make You L-O-L

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Amidst all the stories filled with angst, broken hearts, and vampires, books that make you laugh-out-loud are a welcome respite. This fall offers many selections for young readers that will tickle their funny bone. Be sure to read these aloud. We could all use a good laugh from time to time.

Pick of the Day: This Is Not My Hat

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KLASSEN, Jon. This Is Not My Hat. illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. Oct. 2012. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5599-0.
PreS-Gr 1–With this new creation, Klassen repeats the theme from I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick, 2011), but with a twist. The narrator here is the thief–a small, self-confident fish who has pilfered a little blue bowler from a big sleeping fish. He wastes no time or words in confessing his crime as he swims across the page announcing, “This hat is not [...]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

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I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should [...]

This Is Not My Sequel: Just Wait Till You See This New Book from Jon Klassen | Under Cover

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In This Is Not My Hat, a minnow steals a big fish’s bowler hat while he’s asleep. Part of what makes your art so striking is that the water, or background, is black instead of blue.

Initially, it was more of a mid-tone, like a teal, or a green. But I was fighting it value-wise. Also, since the fishes’ eyes are such a big part of the storytelling, the darker you can get behind them, the more their eyes are going to pop.

SLJ 2012 Day of Dialog: Pushing the Picture Book Envelope

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The picture book isn’t dead—in fact, it might be entering a golden age, say some of the most talented and innovative children’s book creators during SLJ’s Day of Dialog.