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1. 2016 Winners of the American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award

I am thrilled to see the winners of the 2016 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Awards!

Here's the graphic with the award winning books:

Picture Book Award Winner
Little You 
Written by Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Published in 2013 by Orca Book Publishers

Picture Book Honor
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People
Written and illustrated by S.D. Nelson
Published in 2015 by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Middle School Award Winner
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
by Joseph Marshall III
Written by Joseph Marshall III
Published in 2015 by Amulet Books

Middle School Honor
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Published in 2014 by Annick Press

Young Adult Winner
House of Purple Cedar
Written by Tim Tingle
Published n 2013 by Cinco Puntos Press

Young Adult Honor
Her Land, Her Love
Written by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Published in 2016 by Salina Bookshelf

From the announcement:
"The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts."

The jury for the award:

Naomi Bishop (Akimel O'odham) Chair
Grace Slaughter (Cheyenne of Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma)
Jolena Tillequots (Yakama)
Linda Wynne (Tlingit/Haida)
Melanie S. Toledo (Navajo Nation)
Sunny Real Bird (Apsaalooke Crow Tribe)
Angela Thornton (Cherokee Nation)

Congratulations to the winners. 
These are outstanding books! 

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2. Giveaway: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins (US Only)

The Great Huntby Wendy HigginsRelease Date: 3/8/2016   About the Book New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “The Singing Bone,” with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy in which hunters compete to kill a great beast and win the hand of the princess....

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3. Ishmael Beah Lands Two-Book Deal

Ishmael Beah 200 (GalleyCat)Ishmael Beah has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Riverhead Books. He plans to write a novel and a memoir.

According to the press release, the novel, entitled The Lively Skeletons of Every Season, “presents the riveting story of five young people living as an ad hoc family in an abandoned airplane in an unnamed African country, attempting to understand its colonized past and to navigate its rapidly shifting future.” The memoir, Beah’s second, will chronicle his “transition to life in America” following his move from Sierra Leone.

Rebecca Saletan, a vice president and editorial director at the imprint, will edit both of Beah’s manuscripts. At this point in time, the publisher has not announced the release dates for either of these projects. (Photo Credit: John Madere)

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4. Snow Will Fall...

"To illustrate a fairy tale is not an intellectual, scientific interpretation but a transposition of internal pictures and feelings."
                                    – Lisbeth Zwerger

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5. Tiny Valentine-y

Haven't you always wanted mini flashcards?
I thought they might be a fun Valentine-y gift. 
I like to carry around pocket-sized art decks, don't you? 
Because don't we all carry words on the go?
Who doesn't like a little
fun on a ring?
Or words on a string?

They're up in my shop
perfect word surprises
for your small people - 
or your pocket card collectors.

Local buyers can enter the code: LOCALPICKUP
on my shop to waive shipping fees 
and arrange a delivery option.
Here's to the small, the tiny, the mini,
the little bits of love and beauty in this big world
that make life sweet and good.

Tiny book favorites:

Enormous Smallness by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Eric DiGiacomo
The Tiny King by Taro Miura
Tiny's Big Adventure by Martin Waddell, illustrated by John Lawrence
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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6. Interview: Tony Bradman

MWD interview - Tony BradmanI am delighted to welcome author Tony Bradman to MWD to celebrate the launch of the 30th Anniversary edition of his much-loved picture book Through My Window. We will be talking about it here as well as a … Continue reading ...

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7. News Corp Revenues $2.16 B in Q2, Down 4%

News Corp, the umbrella company that owns HarperCollins, earned $2.16 billion in revenue in fiscal Q2 2016, down 4 percent from the comparable quarter last year.

The company attributed the drop to several factors including “lower consumer revenues at the Book Publishing segment.”

Revenues also suffered from foreign currency fluctuations of $141 million and the adjusted revenues only declined 1 percent. The company also reported lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment.

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8. Week in Review, February 1st-5th: Black History Month Week 1

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

Black History Month

For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections:

Preview the March/April 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: HB NB February

Out of the Box: 

Lolly’s Classroom: The past made present | Class #3, 2016: Two historical fiction books and Three nonfiction books

Events calendar

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to keep up-to-date!

The post Week in Review, February 1st-5th: Black History Month Week 1 appeared first on The Horn Book.

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9. Kiera Cass and Brandon Sanderson Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Siren Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Jan. 31, 2016–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Young Adult) The Siren by Kiera Cass: “Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger…but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?” (Jan. 2016)

(Debuted at #9 in Children’s Illustrated) Ollie’s Valentine by Olivier Dunrea: “Ollie is looking. Looking for a valentine. Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo all have valentines, but Ollie wonders who will be his. His search leads him to a special valentine of his very own—a surprise for Ollie and readers!” (Dec. 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson: “The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.” (Jan. 2016)

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10. How I Create Dimensional Painting with Underglazes on Clay

First I sart with a sketch on the greenware that compliments the body of the vessel

Working from the outer edges in, I  lay 3 washes of color glaze, lightest to darkest, leaving white in the center and shortening the length of the overlay from the outer edges toward to center

Next, I surround  the image with a complimentary or lighter color that will cause the main color to pop!
Next I add in the flat black spots

Then the really fun part. Using a very thin liner brush, I outline all edges and use crosshatching strokes beginning tightly at the outer edges and spreading as they go out.  Lastly, I did a little sgraffito around the edges of the black spots but I forgot to take an "in process" photo of that . You can see the effect on the finished piece below.       

                                            Available on my website. Just click on the image.

Here's another one, Sadly, it didn't survive the kiln. It had a big "S" crack in the bottom.

Here is how potters feel when they find a piece comes out of the kiln with an "S" crack in it! :

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11. Promotion Timing

If you're running a promotion, make sure it's in place before spreading the word on social media.


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12. Me Before You – Official Trailer

ME BEFORE YOU was a breakout novel for the enormously talented author, Jojo Moyes . With the film version set to hit theaters this summer, even more people will fall in love with the world created by Ms. Moyes. I dare you to watch this trailer and not cry.

And if you’ve already read ME BEFORE YOU, and don’t know what to do with yourself until June 3rd, pick up a copy of the sequel, AFTER YOU.



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13. Pick of the Week for SMART and This Week’s Topic


It’s Illustration Friday!

Please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Jenny Tang, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of SMART. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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14. Giveaway: Dark Energy by Robison Wells (US Only)

Dark Energyby Robison WellsRelease Date: 3/29/2016   About the Book DARK ENERGY is a thrilling sci-fi adventure and an inventive twist on aliens, from the author of VARIANT and BLACKOUT. Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out...

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15. DC Super Heroes Origami

dc super hero origamiIt’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…origami?

On a scale of 1 to 3 stars, the “Daily Planet Building” project is a 1, meaning it is the simplest level of the paper-folding projects in John Montroll’s DC Super Heroes Origami (Capstone, September 2015). As an origami novice, I decided to start with the easiest possible project, thinking “Buildings are rectangles; you’ve totally got this.”

Daily Planet Pic 1

what the Daily Planet Building project is intended to look like

But I will forever claim that I was doomed from the beginning: the origami paper specifically designed to be the Daily Planet building was not a square. I feel like that should have been a prerequisite for the production of this book:

“We’re creating a book on how to do origami projects. Origami paper is square. Should we make sure our paper is square?”

“Nah, no one will notice if the paper is rectangular. Just print it. What? No, no, just print. We’re good.”

Uneven paper pic 2

And I began.

Following the step-by-step instructions, I found myself repeatedly flipping back to the handy key in the front which explains different folds and how to do them. I did not master the “squash fold.” I imagine mastering the squash fold is not in the cards for me. But the “pleat-fold”? I’ve definitely got that one down:

awesome pleat fold pic 3

The squash fold, for your viewing pleasure:

Squash fold pic 4

At this point, my windows aren’t matching up and, for some reason, the base of my building has an extra side. There are lots of little steps left between “extra-sided-base” and “finished” and all of them are pleat-folds with mountain-folds along the crease and squash folds to make things…pointy? I’m not even done and it already looks like the Crooked Man built the Daily Planet. Or like something from A Serious of Unfortunate Events happened in Metropolis (that’s where Superman is from, right?).

I squash and pleat and create ART. Because I am an ARTIST. Then, the final step is to bend slightly so the building is 3D and can stand. I turn it over. This is what I have:

Complete laying down pic 5  Complete standing up pic 6
It does stand…when supported by my water bottle. To prove to myself that I am capable of folding paper, I cut my own origami paper and started over. I still have not mastered the squash folds. But look! Look at the difference when the paper is square!

MINE pic 7

That is a Daily Planet! A Daily Planet built by a not-very-imaginative Metropolis-ian (Metropolian? Metropolitan?) architect. Look at the detail! And that flat base. People could totally work in that thing. Tiny, two-dimensional, imaginary people.

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16. Open Road Books Now on Hoopla Digital

Open Road Integrated Media has teamed up with app maker hoopla digital to add its e-book catalog to hoopla’s app.

Titles including: The Color Purple; Up the Down Staircase; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; M.C. Higgins the Great and The Hero and the Crown will all be available through Hoopla’s content library.

Hoopla digital works with North American public libraries to distribute e-books and interactive content to patrons through computers and mobile devices. Their catalog includes more than 440,000 movies, TV shows, albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics.

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17. Giveaway: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (US Only)

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky Release Date: February 23, 2016   About the Book What happens when you love a band so much it hurts? In Goldy Moldavsky’s boldlycomic debut, Kill the Boy Band, four superfans’ devotion for their beloved boy bandtakes a darkly comical and possibly murderous turn. All the...

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18. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Donate $15,000 to Water for South Sudan

Long Walk to Water Cover (GalleyCat)Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced that more than 1 million copies of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park have been sold. The publisher first released this book back in 2010.

The two-time Newbery Medal winner drew inspiration from the life story Salva Dut, one of the lost boys of Sudan, to write this novel. In honor of this momentous occasion, the publisher will donate $15,000 to Dut’s nonprofit organization, Water for South Sudan (WFSS).

Here’s more from the press release: “This source will provide fresh, accessible water to thousands of South Sudanese and allow hundreds of children (especially girls) to attend school regularly, rather than spending their days walking to and from the nearest well. HMH is also launching a matching gift campaign for employees in order to raise an additional $15,000 to furnish another well.” To learn more about Park’s book, watch her talk given at the TEDxBeaconStreet conference: “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

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19. Something Old, Something Lu 2/5/16 — Does MIRROR #1 Gleam? Do the PAPER GIRLS Stumble?

MirrorBannerWhat comics are worth your money this week? Managing Editor Alex Lu is here to let you know.

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20. Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor

Digital Watercolor

I’ve been trying some new stuff for the last month or so here at the studio and I think it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag. For many years I worked traditionally, mostly with watercolor and airbrush. I don’t really miss the airbrush, that thing was a crazy amount of work and to be honest Photoshop just does a better job. The watercolor though, that’s a whole different story. I love the spontaneity of working in watercolor but trying to capture that look and feel digitally has been a challenge. I could never really get the subtle variations I wanted so it inevitably wound up on the back burner saved for another time. I supposed I could have just dragged out my old set of Winsor Newtons and scanned them but I really wanted to see if I could make this happen digitally. Here’s a little peak at what I’ve been up to. I’m pretty happy with the direction things are headed. Hopefully, as I get used to the brushes and how to mimic the translucency that make watercolor so special, things will only get better.


dinosaur digital watercolor by bob ostrom lunch time digital watercolor by bob ostrom grandma digital watercolor by bob ostrom beach digital watercolor by bob ostrom study digital watercolor by bob ostrom puppy digital watercolor by bob ostrom


The post Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor appeared first on Bob Ostrom Studio - 919-809-6178.

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21. Giveaway: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse (US Only)

WHERE FUTURES END   by Parker PeevyhouseRelease Date: 2/9/2016   About the Book Perfect for fans of innovative storytelling, like Marcus Sedgwick's The Ghosts of Heaven and David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Where Futures Endis a collection of five time-spanning, interconnected novellas that weave a subtly science-fictional web stretching out from the...

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22. The Secret of Letting Go by Katherine Fleet (US & Canada Only)

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet Release Date: February 1, 2016   About the Book One summer can change everything... Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new...

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23. Review: Through My Window by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne – 30th Anniversary Edition

Through My Window - 30th Anniversary edition, written by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Eileen Browne (Frances Lincoln, 2016)

Through My Window – 30th Anniversary edition
written by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Eileen Browne
(Frances Lincoln, 2016)

Little girl Jo has to stay … Continue reading ...

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24. Orphan of war. #lisafirke #yisforyellow #cisforchildike

Orphan of war. #lisafirke #yisforyellow #cisforchildike

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25. Cover Unveiled for Box Brown’s Tetris Graphic Novel

Tetris Graphic Novel (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Box Brown’s forthcoming graphic novel, Tetris: The Games People Play. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to Kotaku, this project will focus on Alexey Pajitnov’s beloved video game. First Second Books has scheduled the publication date for October 2016. (via Box Brown’s Blog)

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