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1. First BGHB announcement photos

Here are some of the first pictures of Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010  Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead making this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement. Stay tuned for more pictures and video!

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2. Booklist 2012 Voice of Choice Dion Graham


Celebrate June is Audiobook Month #JIAM2012 by getting acquainted with Dion Graham, the recipient of this year’s Booklist Voice of Choice Award. You can read all about Dion’s acting career in Joyce Saricks’ feature article here: http://www.booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=5491067.

Look for more about Dion here on Audiobooker in a coming interview where we chat about the art of narrating memoirs. I was so thrilled to spend time with Dion at the Audies Gala last Tuesday evening – he is a gracious and warm gentleman. Plus, a slam-dunk addition to the “Hot Men & Women of Audio” calendar that I’m trying to organize ;-)

Find out about past Voice of Choice recipients Katherine Kellgren, Simon Prebble, Simon Vance, and Barbara Rosenblat - the all the very best audiobook voices!

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3. All Good Children nominated for YALSA Best YA Fiction

Catherine Austen’s All Good Children is on a roll. Since its release in the fall of 2011, the dystopian teen fiction title has won or been nominated for a growing list of awards, including Resource Links‘ “The Year’s Best,” the CLA Young Adult Book Award (winner), the CCBC Best Books list, YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten (nominee) and most recently, the YALSA Best Fiction for YA (nominee—winner to be announced later this year).

 About All Good Children

It’s the middle of the twenty-first century and the elite children of New Middletown are lined up to receive a treatment that turns them into obedient, well-mannered citizens. Maxwell Connors, a fifteen-year-old prankster, misfit and graffiti artist, observes the changes with growing concern, especially when his younger sister, Ally, is targeted. Max and his best friend, Dallas, escape the treatment, but must pretend to be “zombies” while they watch their pad and hopes decay. When Max’s family decides to take Dallas with them into the unknown world beyond New Middletown’s borders, Max’s creativity becomes an unexpected bonus rather than a liability.

Get your copy of All Good Children.

Visit Catherine Austen’s website to check out all her books for children, middle-school readers and teens.

 

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4. 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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Rebecca Stead and Roger Sutton announcing the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners.

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PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray, a HarperCollins imprint)
When young Annabelle finds a small box containing a never-ending supply of yarn of every color, she does what any self-respecting knitter would do: she knits herself a sweater. Then she knits a sweater for her dog. She continues to knit colorful garments for everyone and everything in her snowy, sooty, colorless town—until an archduke gets greedy.
Read The Horn Book‘s review

FICTION AWARD WINNER:
No Crystal Stair:
A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Lerner)
Lewis Michaux opened the National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem at the end of the Great Depression with an inventory of five books and a strong faith that black people were hungry for knowledge. For the next thirty-five years, his store became a central gathering place for African American writers, artists, intellectuals, political figures and ordinary citizens. In a daring combination of fiction and nonfiction and word and image, thirty-six narrative voices are interwoven with articles from the New York Amsterdam News, excerpts from Michaux’s FBI file and family papers and photographs.
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NONFICTION WINNER:
Chuck Close: Face Book
, written and illustrated by Chuck Close (Abrams Books for Young Readers) 
Chuck Close’s art is easy to describe and especially attractive to children because he creates only portraits—in almost every possible medium with an intriguing trompe l’oeil effect. This book explores how his life story and so-called disabilities relate directly to his style. In this Q&A–style narrative, Close himself answers with a clear voice without a hint of famous-artist self-aggrandizement or angst.
Read The Horn Book‘s review

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5. Put on your thinking caps! A Medalist matching game

thinking cap Put on your thinking caps! A Medalist matching gameThe Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists Jerry Pinkney, Lois Lowry, Erin E. Stead, and David Wiesner (just to name a few!) to choose their favorite winning books from years past.

Over the next few weeks, we’re putting readers to the test with a Medalist matching game. For each author or illustrator, you’ll be given three possible titles. Click on the correct one and you’ll see that person’s writing about his or her fave; click on the other choices for surprises from The Horn Book.

We kick things off with 2009 Newbery Medalist and Boston Globe–Horn Book Award honoree Neil Gaiman.

To see all game entries, click on the tag matching game. Also check out the July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine for all the answers, along with the 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Award speeches, The Horn Book‘s Mind the Gap Awards (books that didn‘t win), and much more!

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6. Picture Book Reviews of 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner

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by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen
Primary Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins 40 pp.
1/12 978-0-06-195338-5 $16.99 g
When young Annabelle (see p. 5) finds a small box containing yarn of every color, she does what any self-respecting knitter would do: she knits herself a sweater. Then she knits a sweater for her dog. Improbably, there’s yarn left over, so she knits colorful garments for everyone in her snowy, sooty, colorless town. Even Mr. Crabtree, “who never wore sweaters or even long pants, and who would stand in his shorts with the snow up to his knees,” receives a handknit gift: a hat with a pompom. Houses and buildings, too, are soon covered in natty sweaters, and fans of illustrator Klassen will smile to see critters strongly resembling the bear and rabbit from I Want My Hat Back (rev. 11/11) clad in variegated yarn cozies. When Annabelle, ever content to click-click away, refuses an archduke’s offer of millions for the box and its never-ending yarn, he steals it. Turns out the magic lies elsewhere (perhaps in the hands and heart of a little girl?), and all is made right. Klassen’s brown ink and digitally created illustrations pair nicely with the translucent, lightly inked knitwear. His pacing, especially the mostly wordless sequence when the box floats back to Annabelle on a triangle of an iceberg, is impeccable. The final spread, all light and yarn-covered tree limbs, brings Barnett’s clever, quiet yarn full circle, to a little girl and a town, now colorful and happy. (Robin Smith)

Honor Books

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by Julie Fogliano; 
illus. by Erin E. Stead
Primary Porter/Roaring Brook 32 pp.
2/12 978-1-59643-624-4 $16.99
A small bespectacled boy and his companions, a dog, a rabbit, and a turtle, are on a search for spring. “First you have brown, / all around you have brown / then there are seeds / and a wish for rain, / and then it rains / and it is still brown, / but a hopeful, very possible sort of brown…” Fogliano’s poetic yet grounded narrative is reminiscent of Charlotte Zolotow’s picture-book texts in its understatement and straightforward, childlike observations. Her text builds the tension with an expertise of a much more experienced picture book writer, and she gets the pacing exactly right. As for the illustrations, there’s no sophomore slump for Stead: her second book is even better than her 2011 Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee (rev. 5/10). The graceful illustrations were created with the same medium (woodblock prints with pencil), but here she’s used a completely different palette of browns, grays, light blue, bright green, and touches of red, all set against negative space that most often suggests a cloudy sky. Observant readers will notice many humorous touches: the rabbit eagerly anticipating the first sign of carrots in the garden, the dog waiting for a bone he

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7. Nonfiction Reviews of 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner

Close Face Book 223x300 Nonfiction Reviews of 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor BooksChuck Close: Face Book
by Chuck Close
Intermediate, Middle School Abrams 56 pp.
4/12 978-1-4197-0163-4 $18.95
Chuck Close’s art and life story are the ideal way to introduce art and artists to children. His work is easy to describe and understand because he creates only portraits, but since he does them in almost every possible medium and they have an intriguing trompe l’oeil effect, they are especially attractive to children. But the kicker is the way his life story and so-called disabilities relate directly to his style. As a child, severe dyslexia made school difficult, but art class was easy. Likewise, his prosopagnosia (face blindness) made him especially interested in what made a face recognizable. His early canvases in hyper-realistic style showed large faces in a somewhat disturbing warts-and-all close-up, created from photos divided into small squares. Later, after what he calls The Event—a collapsed blood vessel that left him paralyzed from the chest down—his style changed, once again working within his new set of abilities. In this Q&A– style narrative, Close himself answers questions supposedly asked by children (shown on scraps of colored paper in a child’s handwriting). His voice is clear and direct with not a hint of famous artist self-aggrandizement or angst. Instead, he comes across as humble and content with his life. A central section answering a question about his penchant for self-portraits shows fourteen of them in a variety of media on heavy card stock cut into thirds so readers can mix and match eyes, noses, and mouths. The cut pages feel like a bit of a gimmick, though they will probably appeal to younger children. Including the same paintings as a wordless sequence of full pages might have shown the artist’s variety more clearly, but overall this is a welcome primary source about being an artist. An illustrated timeline, a glossary, a list of illustrations, and extensive resources are provided at the end of the book. (Lolly Robinson)

Honor Books

OConnell Elephant 300x246 Nonfiction Reviews of 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor BooksThe Elephant Scientist [Scientists in the Field]
by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson; photos by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell
Intermediate, Middle School Houghton 71 pp.
7/11 978-0-547-05344-8 $17.99
Scientist O’Connell’s contributions to our understanding of elephant communication propel this account of scientific research in action. O’Connell and Jackson focus on the ways in which these animals communicate through vibrations sent through the ground, a technique O’Connell first observed in her masters degree work with insects, and later with African elephants in Namibia. They describe the findings in a way that lets readers witness the unfolding of a research program, as hypotheses lead to new insights that beget even more questions. Featured are observations of animal behavior, lab-based examinations of the cells in elephant feet and trunks that facilitate vibration sensing, and experiments with varying sounds and their effects on elephant herds. The many color photographs, predominantly from the Namibian field sites, capture the majestic elder elephants, their always appealing offspring, and the dusty, rugged landscapes in which the scientists and research assistants camp and work. Readers are directed to the website of the nonprofit organization founded by O’Con

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8. Fiction Reviews of 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction Winner

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by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie
Middle School, High School    Carolrhoda Lab    188 pp.
2/12    978-0-7613-6169-5    $17.95
e-book ed.  978-0-7613-8727-5    $12.95
Inspired by Marcus Garvey and the drive to make a difference, Lewis Michaux opened the National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem at the end of the Great Depression with an inventory of five books and a strong faith that black people were hungry for knowledge. Over the next thirty-five years, his store became a central gathering place for African American writers, artists, intellectuals, and political figures, including Malcolm X, who frequently gave his speeches in front of the bookstore. But Michaux also sought to reach ordinary citizens, believing that pride and self-knowledge would grow naturally from an understanding of global black history and current events. He didn’t just sell books; he surrounded his customers with ideas and provocative discussion. He also drew people in with pithy window signs that used humor and clever rhymes. When Sugar Ray Robinson stopped by in 1958, for example, Michaux communicated his disapproval of the hair-straightening products the boxer used: “Ray what you put on your head will rub off in your bed. It’s what you put in your head that will last ’til you’re dead.” Short chapters—some just a paragraph or two—are written in thirty-six different voices, mostly those of Michaux himself, family members, and close associates. Some of the voices are those of fictitious characters based on composites—customers, a newspaper reporter, a street vendor—but most are real people whose statements have been documented by the author in her meticulous research. The voices are interspersed with documents such as articles from the New York Amsterdam News and Jet magazine and with excerpts from Michaux’s FBI file. As Michaux’s grandniece, the author also had access to family papers and photographs. Given the author’s close relationship with the subject, she manages to remain remarkably objective about him, largely due to her honest portrayal of the lifelong conflict between him and many of his family members, most notably his evangelist brother, who didn’t approve of his radical politics. Sophisticated expressionistic line drawings illustrate key events. An extraordinary, inspiring book to put into the hands of scholars and skeptics alike. Appended are a family tree, source notes, a bibliography, further reading, and an index of historical characters. (K. T. Horning)

Honor Books

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by Mal Peet
High School Candlewick 387 pp.
10/11 978-0-7636-5227-2 $17.99
e-book ed. 978-0-7636-5631-7 $17.99
In this ficti

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9. Inspiring and Pick of the Litter!

A hug and cuddle to The Collies and Chuck at Collies of the Meadow for sending us the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Mom loves this blog because Chuck is always living in the moment, and knows how to feel  every second of happiness that comes his way.  Because of that, his collies have learned to be joyful and fun-loving – or maybe it’s the other way around, and Chuck learned it from the collies.  I love this blog because every day there are collie pictures, but not just one collie, or two collies – There are CLOUDS of fluffy, furry, mischievous, moving collies.

I’m new at being inspiring, but apparently, all I have to do is:

  • Tell 7 things about myself,
  • And pass the award on to some other blogs.

1. I’m learning to jump through a hoop. By learning, I mean, Mom holds the hoop and I scoot underneath it and then beg for a Cheerio.

2. I still can’t fetch a ball. I mean I will chase the ball, pick it up, but then I accidentally bring it on the couch and beg for a Cheerio.

3. I love Cheerios.

4. Summer is my favorite season. I love sunshine and grass and flowers …..and hot asphalt.

5. I used to be afraid of the fire escapes on the back of my building, but now I walk right by them and don’t try to hide. Mom says, “My little girl is growing up.” Then she gives me a Cheerio.

6. I like to sleep with my head under the blanket on Mom’s bed. Even though I can breathe fine, she usually drags me out and says I need air.  I don’t even know what air is.

7. I don’t snore, but when I dream, I say, “Woof. Woof. Woof.”

I would like to pass the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to my new friend Misaki at The Misadventures of Misaki and my friend Rumpy at RumpyDog. They are both fun and funny.

Mom would like to pass it to Gemma at Dear Bliary for her inspiring pictures about life and to Donna at On the Write Track for her inspiring words about writing.

A hug and more cuddles to our blog-friends LuLu, Sophie and the kitties at DogDaz.  They sent us the Pick of the Litter Award.  DogDaz features tons of cute stories and cute pictures, plus that house is like a ZOO!  Mom says I was probably NOT the pick of the litter when I was a puppy, so it’s good to be chosen now.  Thanks, DogDaz!

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