April 24, 2018

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PEN/Stephen Kroll Finalists Announced; I Love My Librarian Award Nominees Wanted | News Bites

Oldies but Goodies

debutante hill by Lois DuncanIg Publishing has announced the launch of a new imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, committed to bringing back into print the best in young adult literature. The list will run the gamut from 1930s and 1940s classics to thrillers and novels dealing with social issues from the 1970s and 1980s. The launch is scheduled for September 2013 with Lois Duncan’s 1958 debut novel, Debutante Hill. Among the other titles scheduled for fall publication are To All My Fans with Love, from Sylvie by Ellen Conford, Me and Fat Glenda by Lila Perl, and M.E. Kerr’s I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me, among others. Among the titles scheduled for spring 2014 publication are Domestic Arrangements by Norma Kleinm, Written in the Stars by Lois Duncan, and Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind Family.

Lizzie Skurnick is the author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (Morrow, 2009) and a columnist for the New York Times Magazine, among a host of other accomplishments.

Picture Book Award

those rebels john and tomThe shortlist for the PEN/Stephen Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing has been announced by PEN American Center, “the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization.” The finalists include: Snakes (Scholastic, 2012) written and illustrated by Nic Bishop; Oh, No! (Random, 2012) written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Andrea Castellani; I Lay My Stitches Down (Eerdmans, 2011) written by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Michele Wood; Those Rebels, John & Tom (Scholastic, 2012) written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans, 2012) written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Amanda Hall.

The winner, chosen by a panel of three judges selected by PEN’s Children’s Young Adult Book Authors Committee, and Kathleen Kroll, the author’s widow, will be announced later this summer and will be honored at the 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on October 21, 2013 at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

The award, established in memory of children’s book author Stephen Kroll who passed away in 2011, acknowledges the literary contributions of picture book writers.

Children’s Lit Award

laurie halse andersonLaurie Halse Anderson is the winner of the 2013 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People. Given annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association, the award acknowledges a body of work by a living author or illustrator residing in the state. Anderson is the author of numerous picture books, such as The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School (2009) and Independent Dames, (2008, both S & S), but she is best known for her young adult novels, such as Speak (Farrar, 1999) and Chains (S & S, 2008). The award will be given to Anderson on September 27, 2013 at a luncheon during NYLA’s annual conference in Niagara Falls, NY.

The award was first given in 1990, and past winners include Maurice Sendak, Jerry Pinkney, Linda Sue Park, and Bruce Coville among others.

Do You Love Your Librarian?

ove my librarianThe American Library Association (ALA) has announced that nominations are open for the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Library users are asked to nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college, and university libraries “for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online through September 6, 2013. Up to 10 librarians will be selected, an each winner will receive a $5,000 award.

Nominees must be librarians with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Reward a Classroom

Staples Teachers RewardsParents can help teachers purchase supplies for their classroom. Teachers must be enrolled in Staples Teacher Rewards and parents must sign up for Staples Rewards® to join Reward A Classroom. Log in on the company website, and when parents shop at Staples, they earn 2% back in rewards for everything they purchase as well as 5% back on each Copy & Print purchase. Teachers can earn up to $50 from each parent. Parents can link to the teacher’s Rewards account and when they make purchases, rewards will accrue to the teacher of their choice.


Anna Held Audette, teacher and artist, died on June 9, 2013 after a long illness. She provided the illustrations and photographs for Click, Rumble Roar: Poems about Machines (HarperCollins, 1987)), edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and her photographs were published in A Song in Stone: City Poems (Crowell, 1983) by Hopkins. Her photography appears in many museum collections

Madeleine Comora, coauthor of the multi-award-winning picture book George Washington’s Teeth (Farrar, 2003) and Rembrandt & Titus: Artist & Son (Fulcrum, 2005) died on July 3, 2013 at the age of 50. Comora was an author and poet whose work has appeared in many anthologies. She held a degree in fine art from the Otis Art Institute and studied with the children’s poet, Myra Cohn Livingston.

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