In Memoriam, Our Organizational Support

A Great Loss in ALSC

I’m very sorry to convey the tragic news that I know many of you know already: yesterday, on their way to the Denver airport following ALA Midwinter, ALSC Vice President Kate McClelland and Notable Children’s Videos Chair Kathy Krasniewicz were killed in a hit-and-run automobile accident. While the subject line refers to ALSC, we know this loss reaches well beyond our own association to affect their families, community, the profession at large, and especially the thousands of children they both worked with over the years at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Here is the article from the Greenwich newspaper Web site: http://www.greenwichtime.com/localnews/ci_11576380?source=rss Please know that as soon as we have memorial/tribute information, I will share it. In the meantime, we encourage everyone with fond memories of Kate and Kathy to share them here, in this space. Diane Foote Executive Director, ALSC 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL…

Awards & Scholarships, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

2009 Youth Media Awards

Newbery Medal “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins Children’s Books Newbery Honor Books “The Underneath” by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle, Henry Holt and Company, LLC “Savvy” by Ingrid Law, Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC “After Tupac and D Foster” by Jacqueline Woodson, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers Caldecott Medal “The House in the Night,” illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson, Houghton Mifflin Co. Caldecott Honor Books “A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever” by Marla Frazee, Harcourt, Inc. “How I Learned Geography” by Uri Shulevitz, Farrar Straus Giroux “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos…

Literary and Related Awards

2009 Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors

2009 CSK Illustrator Book winner: “The Blacker the Berry,” illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas. The book is published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Three 2009 CSK Illustrator Honors: “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group. “Before John Was a Jazz Giant” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls, published by Henry Holt and Company. “The Moon Over Star” by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2009 CSK Author Book winner: “We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball,” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group. Three 2009…

Literary and Related Awards

2009 Caldecott Medal and Honors

2009 Caldecott Medal: Beth Krommes, illustrator of “The House in the Night,” written by Susan Marie Swanson, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Three 2009 Caldecott Honor Books were named: Caldecott Honor Book: “A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever,” written and illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Harcourt, Inc. Caldecott Honor Book: “How I Learned Geography,” written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz and published by Farrar Straus Giroux Caldecott Honor Book“A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant The book is published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Literary and Related Awards

2009 Newbery Medal and Honors

2009 Newbery Medal: Neil Gaiman, author of “The Graveyard Book,” illustrated by Dave McKean The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Four Newbery Honor Books were named: 2009 Newbery Honor Book: “The Underneath” by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Newbery Honor Book: “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle and published by Henry Holt and Company LLC Newbery Honor Book: “Savvy” by Ingrid Law The book published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC Newbery Honor Book: “After Tupac & D Foster” by Jacqueline Woodson The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Children's Literature (all forms), Collection Development, Evaluation of Media, Literary and Related Awards, Professional Development, Programming Ideas

Reading for the Mock Awards

by Teresa Walls Last week I attended the Allen County (IN) Public Library’s Mock Sibert Event. It is one of five mock award programs held at the Allen County Public Library . The others are a Mock Caldecott, a Mock Geisel, a Mock Newbery and a Mock Printz. While I’m excited to hear what the real committees select for the real awards, I’m even more excited to start reading the newly published books which will be eligible for the 2010 awards. We learn a great deal through our discussion of the literary merits of the books we have loved or hated, but the true reward of participating in these programs is keeping up with the new books in order to offer thoughtful reader’s advisory for our patrons. The mock award programs push me to read many books I would not have picked up on my own. For that reason, I…

Blogger Jeanette Larson, Children's Literature (all forms), Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Professional Development

Reading the World Conference

     Save the dates March 28 – 29, 2009 for a trip to San Francisco. The University of San Francisco will host a conference celebrating multicultural literature for  children and young adults. Keynote speakers include Rosemary Wells, Marilyn Nelson, Francisco Jimenez, and Junko Yokota. More details and registration information is online at http://www.soe.usfca.edu/institutes/reading_world/conference.html. It sounds like an interesting and exciting opportunity to learn from some great presenters.

Audio books, Awards & Scholarships

Mock Odyssey Award

Just one week until the Youth Media Awards press conference! I can’t wait to hear all the winning & honor titles, especially the audiobooks that receive the second-annual Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production distinction. I’ve been running a Mock Odyssey poll on my blog and here are the eligible titles mentioned so far: Tied for first place: The Graveyard Book The Curse of the Blue Tattoo (Bloody Jack #2) Possible Honor titles: Once Upon a Time in the North Fairest Other titles in the running: Brisinger Elijah of Buxtoon Nation Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire Savvy The Possiblities of Sainthood The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under the Jolly Roger (Bloody Jack #3) The Willoughbys The Hunger Games Do you have a favorite 2008 audiobook? Drop by and add your vote here: http://tinyurl.com/MockOdyssey Then cross your fingers until next Monday! Mary Burkey