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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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Boston Golobe Horn Book Award Winners


Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)


The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)

Picture Book

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton)

he 2011 Honor Books are:

Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial)
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (Kane Miller)

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Candlewick)
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White (Candlewick)

Picture Book
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton)
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Putnam)

Children's Choice Book Awards

The Children's Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, announced the winners of the fourth annual Children's Choice Book Awards at a gala in New York City on May 3rd. Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at, casting over 500,000 votes.

The Children's Choice Book Award winners are as follows:

Author of the Year
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) (Disney-Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year
David Wiesner for Art & Max (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby (Putnam/Penguin)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

Teen Choice Book of the Year
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton/Penguin)

2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Shortlists

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Edgar Awards - Juvenile and YA Shortlists

For the full shortlists, follow the link...

The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at a Gala Banquet, April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Co.)
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee (Feiwel & Friends)
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg (Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill)
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Random House Children's Books - Alfred A. Knopf)
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price (Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill)

Other 2011 ALA Awards

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PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King (Alfred A. Knopf HC: 978-0-375-86586-2 • GLB: 978-0-375-96586-9 • EL: 978-0-375-89617-0)

A TIME OF MIRACLES by Anne-Laure Bondoux; Translated by Y. Maudet (Delacorte Press HC: 978-0-385-73922-1 • GLB: 978-0-385-90777-4 • EL: 978-0-375-89726-9)

ALMOST PERFECT by Brian Katcher (Delacorte Press PB: 978-0-385-73665-7 • GLB: 978-0-385-90620-3 • EL: 978-0-375-89379-7)

FIESTA BABIES by Carmen Tafolla; Illustrated by Amy Cordova (Tricycle Press HC: 978-1-58246-319-3 • GLB: 978-1-58246-372-8)

Caldecott Medal Winners 2011

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Caldecott 2011 Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead, and is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing

2011 Honors
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet Slave
illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Interrupting Chicken
written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, and published by Candlewick Press

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Newbery Medal Winners 2011

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2011 Newbery Medal Winner

Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House Inc.

2011 Honor(s)
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Heart of a Samurai
by Margi Preus, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Turtle in Paradise
by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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US Sales Decline

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US Sales Figures Show Marked Decline

as tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)

The children's book category showed decreases over September of last year, with Hardcover Children's/YA sales down 17.4 percent for the month with sales of $76.6 million in September, and year-to-date sales are down by 15.1 percent. Children's/YA Paperback sales decreased 1.6 percent in September with sales totaling $53.3 million; sales fell 6.8 percent for the year to date.

Obama Children's Book

"Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" is a tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans, from the first president, George Washington, to baseball great Jackie Robinson to artist Georgia O'Keeffe. It will be released Nov. 16 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, which will officially announce the new work today

The president will donate any author proceeds to "a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers serving our nation," the publisher said in a statement..

Cover Controversy

Australian author Justine Larbalestier has won a battle with her American publishers to feature a black girl on the cover of her new book, after the original jacket featuring a white girl provoked controversy from bloggers and commentators across the internet...

New Yorker Article

Recommended New Yorker piece by Judith Thurman (author of Secrets of the Flesh, a life of Colette) on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose.

The best book among many good, if more pedestrian, ones, "The Ghost in the Little House," by William Holtz, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Missouri, explores a controversy that first arose after Wilder bequeathed her original manuscripts to libraries in Detroit and California. It is the work of a fastidious stylist, and, in its way, a minor masterpiece of insight and research. Holtz's subject, however, isn't Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is her daughter and, he argues, her unacknowledged "ghost," Rose Wilder Lane...

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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Horn Book Awards

Embarrassed to have missed this last week...
Especially as Terry Pratchett was winner in the Fiction & Poetry category.

The Full Lists

ALA's own site currently unresponsive...

Newbery Medal Winner 2009
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon

Caldecott Medal Winner 2009
The House In The Night illustrated by Beth Krommes

Michael Printz Award Winner
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

More On the Newbery...

by Susan Patron, author of The Higher Power of Lucky, winner of last year's medal

Roger Sutton Reviewing In The New York Times...

Paper Towns by John Green

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

Brooks is an English young adult novelist who, like Robert Cormier, uses the devices of mystery and suspense to externalize the inner turmoil of adolescence. Unlike "Paper Towns," whose where-is-Margo plot is secondary to riffs on relationships and suburbia, "Black Rabbit Summer" is a fairly conventional mystery -- there are police interrogations and investigations, even a gypsy fortuneteller. Dark but not deep, it's the more boy-reader-friendly of the two books, with short chapters, lots of dialogue and doomy atmospherics. It doesn't aim so high, but it's probably the better novel. The narration of "Paper Towns" spends too much time in Quentin's head, which, to be sure, is an entertaining place: "Renting a tuxedo seemed to me an excellent way to contract some hideous disease. . . . I did not aspire to become the world's only virgin with pubic lice." ROGER SUTTON

Horn Book Fanfare

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Horn Book - Best Books of 2008

Looks a very well-considered list to me...

YA for Obama

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YA For Obama

US YA author Maureen Johnson set up a social network site to help the Obama campaign. Recent additions include an essay by David Levithan.

Teen Reading Trends: 2008-2009
An Interview With the YALSA President

(US) National Book Award Finalists

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National Book Award Finalists


Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)

Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)

Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)

Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)

Maurice Sendak...

article referencing an interview in the New York Times, published Sep 9

The Body Shop Of Publishing?

"Barefoot Books is like the Body Shop of children's publishing," [Leonard Marcus] says. "There's a New Age-y feel to the company." As for the books themselves, Marcus says, "They've chosen the easy way to be multicultural by mostly sticking to so-called timeless tales."

Quotes Refused

The Poetry & Popular Culture blog reports that a forthcoming young adult novel - Freaked by J. T. Dutton - has had to be revised because the copyright holder for Grateful Dead lyrics refused permission to publish quotations at the start of each chapter...

Dutton originally titled the book "Ripple," but her editor lobbied for "Dark Star" instead (both titles of Dead songs). Although the publisher is legally allowed to use the song title in this way, Ice 9 expressed its objection by withholding permission for the epigraphs quoted above. Shortly after the change to "Dark Star" and the conflict with Ice 9, Harper's marketing department decided that "Dark Star" sounded too much like a sci-fi novel title and wouldn't work for Dutton's book. Hence the change to "Freaked," which has no official connection to the Dead. One wonders if Harper had in fact gone forward with a title like "Freaked" from the beginning, whether Ice 9 wouldn't have gone into such a tizzy, whether it wouldn't have withheld permission for the epigraphs, and whether Dutton's book would have been published in a form much closer to the one she initially wanted. But hey, who ever said publishing is actually about the author and the work?

Stephenie Meyer profile

...the success of the Twilight series appears to have unleashed a torrent of creative energy - all those stories she once told herself are now possible future novels. She claims that she has already written 15 outlines for new books - more vampire stories, yes, but also books about aliens, ghosts and mermaids.

"Now I've found out that people actually like my stories, it's definitely not a problem coming up with ideas about what to write next," Meyer said.

She works best, she added, when the house is wrapped in silence, her children are asleep and her husband has gone to bed. Like the vampires she creates, she really comes alive after midnight.

Blogging from SCBWI Nationals

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Prokidwriter Blog

with Notes from keynote speeches, including by Leonard Marcus


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