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Archives for February 2010

Katherine the Great: Katherine Peterson Becomes New Children’s Book Ambassador

There couldn’t be a better choice for our new kids’ book ambassador than Katherine Paterson

Mere days before the announcement of the new children’s book ambassador, speculation was still running wild. Who would they tap for the prestigious two-year position? And, even more to the point, who could possibly measure up to the very capable Jon Scieszka, the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, whose humor and flair would surely be a tough act to follow?

As it turned out, there […]

Sibling Arrivalry

Becoming a big brother or sister is usually not the first change in a child’s life.

Depending on the age, these hapless youngsters may have already weathered potty training and entry into daycare or kindergarten. Some may have even endured the agonies that adolescence can bring. Often, though, these supposed veterans experience real upheaval when a new sibling is introduced, bringing seismic changes—both happy and stressful—to bear where the child once felt most stable. The books below, fiction and nonfiction on […]

People Who Need People: How 11 intrepid users get the most out of social media

Illustrations by Tom Nick Cocotos

Barbra Streisand had it right. We do need one another, as much online as off. At its heart, social media has less to do with technology or a particular application than forging connections with others. How one creates those connections is the question we posed to some insightful social media users. From a publisher of multiplatform books and a passionate educator to an Internet pioneer and a children’s book author, our contributors share how social […]

Crisscrossing the Globe: A world of international books for young people

2010 marks the fifth year the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) has selected an honor list of international books. Once again, titles on the list crisscross the globe. They have been published in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The books are set in Australia, Canada, Carthage, China, Denmark, Guatemala, England, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Rwanda, Scotland, Sweden, Tanzania, and as […]

Caldecott Confidential: What’s next year’s best picture book for kids? Please, don’t ask.

Illustrations by Edward Koren.

Talk about confidentiality. It’s probably easier to uncover the identity of a new pope than to find out the name of the next Caldecott winner. That’s because the tight-lipped group that chooses our nation’s premier children’s picture book is sworn to secrecy, and it takes that charge very seriously. Nell Colburn, chair of the 2009 Caldecott committee, revealed some very interesting insights into what goes on behind closed doors when she recently spoke to this year’s […]