Thursday, January 30, 2014

Did you agree with the Caldecott awards this year?

Take a look at the differences of opinion in the comments on this discussion of the Caldecott medal winners here on the Horn Book blog today.

Not everyone agrees with the committee's choices.  But that's normal.
The intenseness of this discussion by some of the top people in children's publishing is outstanding, however.  Some people are even calling this a Blog War.
Do click on over.
And join the discussion.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Newbery/ Caldecott predictions?

Click on the link to check out the books Super Librarian, Betsy Bird has her list of what she considers the contenders for the Newbery/ Caldecott medal awards.

Here's another article , this time from NPR, featuring a few of the wonderful picture books that might win the Caldecott medal on Monday.

Be sure to check the ALA website to watch the award announcement (beginning 8 am eastern standard time) or check the website later to read the list of award winners on their publicity announcement.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Do writers NEED editors?

Yes they do. And here's why --

Check out Gillian Philip's blog post called What did Editors ever do for Us?
(they find the core of your story and they make it shine)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebration of food day

Evidently yesterday was Pie day.
or was it PI day?

And today is National PeanutButter Day.

Hmmm. is every day a celebration of food?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Newbery / Caldecott suspense

Next Monday is the day.
The day when the best book, the most distinguished book of 2013 is announced as the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal.  Marsha Qualey has a nice blog post about the history of the American Library Association Awards here.

And at the same time many other awards are announced, including the most distinguished illustrated book - The Caldecott award winning book. (with the award going to the illustrator, not jointly to illustrator and author.)

The Printz medal awarded to the most distinguished Young Adult book.

The suspense is terrible.  A good many people have been reading books from the various 'best books' lists, hoping that this year they will have already read the winner before it is announced. Last year it turned out that I had read most of them. This year I don't think I have, mostly because a lot of the books on the 'best books' lists are ones that don't interest me at all.

But Monday
Monday is the day the awards are announced.
8 am. at the American Library Association meeting in Philadelphia. That's 8 am east coast time.  However, I'm on the west coast, so that's 5 am my time.  Will I be awake at that time?  Probably not.

My usual procedure is to watch the award announcement streaming on my computer. (links to the streaming video of the award ceremony are posted on the ALA webpage --  As the books are announced, I'll have the webpage of my local library up on a second screen and will be reserving them as quickly as I can.

However, if I miss the show, (and I WILL miss it this year) within a few hours the news release will be posted on the front page of the ALA website and those of us who slept in will be able to find the list of winners there.

I can't wait.  Can you?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Why the Common Core is Important for our children

Fantastic discussion of the origins and implementation and purpose of the new Common Core State Standards Initiative can be found here.

And an anti-Common Core rant can be found here.

Friday, January 3, 2014

It's always men winning the big awards?

True or false:
Do men have a better chance at winning the big awards (and thus reaping the monetary benefits that go along with that from book sales and invitations to speak at events) than women?

This discussion has been going on for quite some time and one of the best places to read about it is on the Horn Book blog, Calling Caldecott.
What do you think?

Here's a link to another article about this problem:  On her blog, One Minute Book Reviews, Janice Harayda talked about the problem after seeing the complete sweep of the Caldecott awards by male illustrators in 2012.
(ah only one of the books shown here have been illustrated by men. Bad example)

And, along with that -- what books do you think the Caldecott committee of ALA will chose this year? What picture books stand out in your mind.
(and now that you are thinking about it -- which ones of those have been illustrated by men?)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

My friend and library coworker and all-around great Young Adult Librarian, Kelly Jomidad, created this picture to celebrate the New Year.  Don't cha just Love it?