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Library of Congress Literacy Awards

LOC Literary AwardsThe Library of Congress has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2014 Literacy Awards, administered by the Library’s Center for the Book.

Organizations can apply for the following prizes:

The Rubenstein Prize ($150,000), awarded to an organization in the US or abroad that has displayed a commitment and contribution to advancing literacy. Reach Out and Read won in 2013.

The American Prize ($50,000), granted to an organization in the US that has made a contribution to increasing literacy or raised awareness to the importance of it. 826 National won in 2013.

-The International Prize ($50,000), given to an organization outside the US that has made a contribution to increasing literacy levels. India’s Planet Read won in 2013.

The decision for each award is made by the Librarian of Congress, with recommendations provided by an advisory board of literary experts.

Organizations may apply for only one prize. Applications are due on March 31, 2014. More information and the application can be found on the LOC awards site.

Follett Announces Chairman of the Board

todd litzsingerThe Follett Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has named Todd Litzsinger Chairman of the Board. The appointment is effective immediately.

Litzsinger is a fourth-generation Follett family member who has served on the Board since 2003. His previous position within the company was President of Content Solutions and Services for Follett School Solutions.

In the press release, Follett Corporation’s President and CEO Mary Lee Schneider said, “Todd’s time on the Follett Board of Directors and his extensive experience in the education market make him the ideal fit for this important role.”

Lizsinger replaces Steve Waichler, who served in the interim after previous Chairman Alison O’Hara’s passing last July. In his new position, he will be responsible for managing shareholder relations and representing the company to its stakeholders.

Rowling Casts Doubt on Ron-Hermione Pairing

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsThe Guardian and other news outlets report that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling may not be too pleased with what she wrote in the epilogue to the last book. No, she wasn’t referring to the 19-years-later part, but her choice to have Hermione marry Ron, rather than Harry.

In excerpts obtained from an interview with Wonderland magazine, guest-edited by Emma Watson, Rowling said that she may have made a mistake.

“For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

Rowling added that the decision was “a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility.”

Watson echoed Rowling’s remarks, saying “I think there are fans out there who…wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make [Hermione] happy.”

Fans of the Ron/Hermione union can rest assured that the pairing remains in the source material.

2014 Bell Awards Winners

clel awardThe Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy has announced the winners of its first CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. The awards recognize titles that best support early literacy practices in five categories: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play.

The winning titles are as follows:

READ: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illus. by Suzy Lee (Chronicle, 2013)
WRITE: The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack, illus. by author (Roaring Brook, 2013)
SING: Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Harcourt, 2013)
TALK: Moo! by David LaRochelle, illus. by Mike Wohnoutka (Walker, 2013)
PLAY: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook, 2013)

Nominations for next year’s awards open in April 2014.

Rainbow Rowell Signs Graphic Novels Deal

Rainbow RowellRainbow Rowell, author of Printz honor book Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013), has signed a two-book deal with First Second, as reported by Entertainment Weekly late last week.

They will be Rowell’s first graphic novels. There’s no word on a release date or plot, but the first of the YA titles will be illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, who illustrated and co-authored last year’s First Second release Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong.

“This is dream-come-true territory for me. I’ve been reading comics since junior high. But I never imagined that I could actually WRITE them,” Rowell said on Twitter.

Sherman Alexie Book Pulled from FL School

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007) is again facing a challenge from parents, this time in Florida, as reported by NBC Miami. The book was assigned over the holidays to students at the Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami-Dade.

The parents of two students complained about the book’s use of strong language and descriptions of sexual activity. As a result, NBC Miami reports that no other students will be assigned the book during this school year, and that the current students may read an alternate title.

Last year, Alexie’s National Book Award-winning novel was removed from a New York City school’s summer reading list after similar complaints were made by parents. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom lists it as one of the most frequently challenged titles for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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Amanda Mastrull (amastrull@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Editor at Library Journal. She's @amandamastrull on Twitter.

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