The Theater at the Dallas Convention Center was packed on Monday morning, filled with librarians and children's literature enthusiasts waiting to see what books, authors and illustrators would be recognized among the 2012 American Library Association awards.
Find more lists of the ALA winners and nominees: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre.
We went in happy, and, for the most part, we left happy. The various ALA division presidents named the awards and honors they ...
Know how one of the best things about a really good picture book is the kind of good, crunchy, thought-provoking conversation it can generate with a child? I like those books.
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Such stories aren’t always clothed in earnest, weighty titles or subject matter. We can always leave it to most celebrity authors anyway to take care of that for us. (Trust me, in no time we’ll have something ...
Preschool children all over the world are familiar with the cautionary tale of Little Bunny Foo Foo. But what grudge did that rabbit harbor against the field mice?
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Perhaps they weren't as innocent as we've all been led to assume. Cori Doerrfeld examines the other side of the story in her new picture book, Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story—see who you're cheering for at the end ...
King Edward the Fourth was gay
King Edward the Fourth was charming,
He'd a voice like silk,
And manners like milk,
And a smile that was most disarming.
As parlor tricks go, this was a pretty dumb one. I could recite the character flaws of Edward IV of England and how he manifested them: "he / Upsided-downed / His brother and drowned / Him dead in a butt of malmsey."
No matter that I didn't know what malmsey was, much less ...
In 2011, Shane W. Evans wrote Underground, a book with minimal text and powerful images about the Underground Railroad, focusing in large part on one family’s journey. January 2012 marked the release of his book We March, which traces one family’s preparations and path on the March for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
When we caught up with Evans, he was in Uganda, teaching art classes to orphans.
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As mentioned last week, I’m excited to see 2012 picture books, even as we get closer (just a little over a week now!) to the announcement of the 2012 Caldecott winner.
Read more new and notable books for kids this January.
Actually, given my enthusiasm to hear the Caldecott committee’s announcement on Jan. 23, it would be altogether more accurate to type it this way: JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK NOW! (I’ll spare you a larger font and the ...
Whew, 2012 has arrived. I toasted it on midnight with my champagne flute and sparkling grape juice. (What? I like a good champagne, but that stuff is tasty.)
Not ready to dive into 2012 yet? Check out Seven Impossible Things' favorite picture books of 2011.
As I look ahead to what the year will bring in terms of picture books and anxiously await the Caldecott award announcements on Jan. 23, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time perusing the ...
The Library of Congress has just named Walter Dean Myers the third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and I couldn't be happier. The author of picture books, novels, nonfiction and poetry, his writing career spans almost 50 years. He has touched and changed countless lives, including mine.
Read more books by Walter Dean Myers at Kirkus.
The position was created, according to the Library of Congress website, "to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s ...