Grab a cup of coffee (or otherwise pleasing beverage) and let’s see what’s new in the world.
- I loved Grace Lin’s first foray into easy readers, Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! and, fortunately, the Geisel Committee did too. Ling & Ting was awarded a Geisel Honor at the latest ALA Youth Media Awards. Furthering the good news, Lin announced in her January newsletter that Little, Brown & Company is planning to publish two sequels!
- So, Oscar nominations were announced this week. Pretty predictable, eh? But did you see that the inimitable Shaun Tan is nominated for the short film version of The Lost Thing?
- I’m a fan of the Seattle Public Library’s blog, Push To Talk. It’s a great concept – teen advisors (and youth librarians on occasion) contribute book and movie reviews, comment on local events, share booklists, and suggest activities in the SeaTac area. A constructive way to get teens involved with the library and give them some writing practice, no? Imagine how my little pun-loving heart went pitter-pat when I saw the title of the recent True Grit review. Maddie, age 14, don’t you ever change.
- This week The Keepin’ It Real Book Club posted interviews with the four living Canada Reads authors. Next week Jen and Company host their own spin-off of the Canada Reads debates, Civilians Read. KIRBC started Civilians Read because they decided it wasn’t fair that only celebrities got to play at Canada Reads. They also wanted to determine how much “the X Factor” of celebrity affected the Canada Reads outcome. The Civilians Read debates have proved to be just as compelling in their own right. You can stream the first Civilians Read podcast on January 31st on the KIRBC website.
- Will “princess stories” be forced to abdicate their thrones? I’m guessing…not. Not any time soon, that is. As Maria Kramer* points out, princess archetypes still dominate popular culture, most notably in Twilight. I’d never thought about Twilight as part of the princess genre before but it makes a lot of sense. Because you know those princesses – if it doesn’t sparkle, they don’t want it. (YALSA’s The Hub)
- The 2011 Battle of the Kids’ Books contenders were announced over twitter this week. Have you read any/many/some/none of the titles selected? Personally, I’ve read about half the titles and they were some of my favorites last year. Subscribe to the BotKB RSS feed so you don’t miss any of the action.
- Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf, is sponsoring three weeks of daily contests, February 1 – 18, on her website. The prizes are fantastic! Along with a daily raffle, a guest blogger will contribute an entry each day. See Erin’s site for details.
- Right now March seems like a long way away but, I swear (I hope), it isn’t. Bloggers Margo (The Fourth Musketeer) and Lisa (Shelf-Employed) are already readying a celebration of Women’s History through the lens of children’s literature. They hope you’ll join them. They explain:
Not so long ago, women’s history was virtually ignored in the K-12 curriculum. In 2011, we are fortunate to have many resources for our children to learn about women’s history, from fabulous biographical picture books about remarkable women to historical novels to compelling history books written to especially appeal to young people. We hope this blog will help you identify some of these resources, learn about new books on women’s history, and enjoy reflections by some distinguished authors in the field. We will be featuring a post each day in March by a different author in children’s literature or by a blogger who specializes in writing about children’s or young adult literature.
- The Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua is offering scholarships. (Thanks to Fuse #8 for the link.)
- You have until tomorrow, the 30th, to enter the Picture Book Marathon (like Nanowrimo for picture books). Looks like a lot of (stressful) fun! (Thanks again to Fuse #8.)
- Do you know a librarian of superhero status? If so, Gale asks you to reveal their secret identity. All you need to do is go to the Are You A Librarian Superhero? Facebook fan page between February 1 and February 28th and leave a 250 word statement in support of your nomination. Make sure to include your nominee’s name and day job so they can be located to claim their prize! Four lucky winners will be featured on collectible lunchboxes with art by the Unshelved guys. (Thanks Neverendingsearch.)
- Roger Sutton’s take on the Tiger Mom controversy made me laugh:
I wonder if she lets her kids read from the Newbery shelf only. ‘I don’t see a sticker on that book, Lulu. Where is the sticker? What? What? What is this TTYL? No! I’m burning it. Watch me burn it now. Bye-bye, TTYL, you bad book with no sticker. Hellooooo, A Gathering of Days!’
- His name is Mel-ville Dew-aay and he wants to know how you doin’. It’s the Dewey Decimal…Rap? (Via Children’s Books: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.)
And that’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
* UM-SI shout out!