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1. Artist of the Day: Encyclopedia Pictura

Encyclopedia Pictura

Encyclopedia Pictura is the creative association of Isaiah Saxon, Sean Hellfritsch and Daren Rabinovitch that has been producing striking, playful work since its inception. One of their early shorts, “Grow,” shows off the power of a simple, clever idea executed well:

The team has produced several music videos including work for Björk and Grizzly Bear. Here are a few stills from Grizzly Bear’s “Knife” video, which features their multimedia, practical/digital effects combination approach to direction:

Encyclopedia Pictura

There is a load of interesting behind the scenes footage and photos also on their website, such as this video:

Their claim of working in “film, art, game design, community building, and agriculture” is not a bit of bombast. From their about page:

From 2008-2011, EP led an effort to build a unique hillside neighborhood and farm called Trout Gulch. They lived and worked there along with 15 others. In 2012, they co-founded DIY in San Francisco, with Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein and OmniCorp Detroit co-founder Andrew Sliwinski. Saxon also volunteers as Media Advisor to Open Source Ecology.

They are passionate about gardening, farming, construction, villages, augmented reality, science visualization, social ecology, technological empowerment, adventure, and country living.

DIY is both a feature film in development as well as more recently a new and growing online community that encourages young people to become “Makers” and share their work, gaining confidence in their creativity and earning digital badges for their profile as they go. DIY meets kids where they already are, on connected devices, and encourages their natural creativity while learning real-world, off and online skills. The DIY “anthem”:

The Do It Yourself/Maker attitude is perhaps the most valuable thing that is being nourished as young people challenge themselves to new experiences inspired by the site.

When a person grows up understanding that they can create and mold the media and environment around them, they don’t have to resign to an existence of passively consuming at the corporate trough. An individual’s confidence in their own creativity is an essential survival skill for the future.

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2. Eat the Seasons

We’re all familiar with the benefits of eating a healthy diet, but it seems the importance of eating seasonably is less well-known.  Those who already grow their own will agree when I say that fruit and veg are at their best when freshly picked. But there’s more to eating seasonably than this.

For a helping hand click on the images below to see when different fruit and veg are in season:

Autumn

Winter (coming soon)

Spring (coming soon)

Summer (coming soon)

Secret Seed Society, child-friendly recipes and tips for growing and cooking with kids for a healthier, happier future.

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3. Franken-Piggy

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4. Cow-Boy Kitten

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5. Animal Orchestra

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6. Books! I! Own! Yowza!

So, after I posted yesterday, I saw that I had missed 2 very important updates!

1. The new issue of The Edge of the Forest is up! Check it out! Lots of awesome articles, plus 2 reviews by yours truly (My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe and Reality Leak by Jodi Sensel-- both are great reads!)

2. The new Carnival of Children's Lit is up over at Wizard's Wireless. My contribution is actually my Geek Buffet post about the Xela Awards... check it out!

And now, a review of 2 books off the big scary list! (And a break because they're both Adult Nonfiction)


First up is Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud Sun Shuyun

This book isn't available in the US, so I had to order it from England after reading her The Long March: The True History of Communist China's Founding Myth.

In Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud, Sun sets out to retrace the journey of Xuanzang, a Buddhist monk who traveled to India at the start of the Tang Dynasty to learn Sanskrit and bring back new sutras to Chinese Buddhists. (His travels being the basis of Chinese classic, Journey to the West.)

Not a Buddhist herself, Sun is searching for her grandmother's faith, and Xuanzang's. What was his driving force as he faced many perils along his way?

Sun has a magical way of trying history and legend together with her current narrative. It all blends seamlessly and also paints an amazing portrait of the changing face of Modern China.

I highly recommend it, even if you do have to get it from England. Well worth it.

ALSO! How much do I love the fact that she has an Orphan Works notice on her list of illustrations! WONDERFUL!!!!! (sorry, that's the geek in me)

A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry R. Howard Bloch

While this was interesting, as pop history it was ultimately unsatisfying. Bloch spends a lot of time proving minor points (did I really need half a chapter on the longship find of Sutton Hoo?) and leaves some other points hanging.

His premise is that the Bayeux Tapestry was stitched as a way to bring about a new multi-cultural peace and ultimately... I didn't buy it. There are many obvious other explanations to his supporting points that he doesn't address.

For instance, the fact that the tapestry is vague about some of the stickier points of the story (what the contents of the oath Harold swore, who Edward appointed as successor) isn't necessarily "sufficiently undefined as to permis all to identify with their particular point of view" ON PURPOSE. Maybe (a) it was common knowledge-- it's not like there are paragraphs of text here, most of the narration is based on common knowledge (b) Maybe they didn't know. This information doesn't appear in any other source, either. Maybe it was a secret.

But Bloch doesn't address these possible explanations for any of his evidence.

I do like his in-depth art-analysis of the symbolism and origins of various aspects of the tapestry, especially as he does refer to specific panels that are illustrated in the full color insert pages, as well as several other full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout the text.

And as a minor note, I really didn't like the font. The lower case p has this little bit that extends out and is just visually very distracting.

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7. Fiesta en la Coffee Table


Do you remember coffee table books? Yes, I know, I’m showing my age, but that’s what we used to call them in my day. My parents always had a collection of glorious, large-format hardcover tomes filled with rich artwork spread across our Herman Miller coffee table. Even as a small child I liked to flip them open, careful not to tear their precious dust covers, and peak inside at the big pictures.

I think the preferred term is now “gift books” and I rarely see them on actual coffee tables anymore. Pity. Though to be honest I can also understand. In those days homes often had formal living rooms for entertaining and the kids confined their messes to the den or their own rooms. Now I wouldn’t dare leave my favorite “gift books” on the table for fear of desecration by my son’s fruit juice or cola (it’s never him, you see, it is the drink itself that propels itself toward the tan living room rug). So my favorite coffee table book is carefully stored away, taken out whenever a visitor arrives who I know would appreciate it, or when I simply want to revisit it. My favorite is called Fiesta en Puerto Rico and represents a collaboration between photographer Paola Nogueras and writer and graphic designer Tere Dávila. It offers a bouquet of rich colors, heart-warming images, and a detailed history of the island through the lens of its many and varied festivals.

I just reread it for the second time as there is so much to take in. The first time through you are so stunned by Nogueras’ glorious images of revelers of every age captured in moments of festivity, their heads covered in tiaras, masks or ribbons, their feet frozen mid-dance step. But the second time through you’re able to focus on the words that complement the photographs like sand and sea, and you can’t help but be drawn into this lush and vibrant world. While describing the history of the different festivals of Puerto Rico, Dávila touches on so much about culture, religion, sociology and more, and the images of costumed children, elaborately masked vejigantes, flower-draped religious figures and life-size caricatures conjure a feast for the eyes as well as the mind. It makes me want to plan a trip to the Coffee Harvest Festival in Yauco (as café-obsessed as I am) and the San Sebastian event in Old San Juan with its participants sporting massive heads of Juan Bobo or Maximina La Loca.

The printing quality is outstanding, and at 240 pages it is substantial. Its text is in English and Spanish broadening its readership beyond language borders. I recently had the pleasure of talking to the photographer, the delightful Paola Nogueras, and wanted to share her thoughts with you today. And after visiting with Paola why not order a copy of Fiesta en Puerto Rico , maybe even for your coffee table!




How many festivals did you attend to gather the photos for the book?

I attended about 47 different festivals over the course of three years to collect the material for Fiesta. Some of the festivals are not represented because we found better photo opportunities at other festivals or because the theme of the festival simply didn't fit into our concept.

The diversity of festivals you cover is quite impressive, between religious, cultural and harvest festivals they are all there. Which one of all those you covered was your favorite?

I really enjoyed covering Carnival in Ponce. The color and visual aspects of the carnival are really spectacular. Everywhere I turned there was something else to photograph. I was born in Ponce and I visit frequently since a lot of my family still resides there. I was really proud of my home town for the way they ran the festival and the richness of the cultural display. It is also one of the few celebrations I attended that started on time. Many times I would show up to the festival and festivities wouldn't start for another 2 or 3 hours. I especially felt bad for the "reinas" who are outside in the sun with dresses which often weigh 30-40 pounds waiting for the parade to begin.

I also loved the celebration of La Virgen del Carmen. To witness people's profound devotion was a very moving experience. The same is true of the Three King's Day celebration in Juana Diaz, when they raise the baby and show him off to the crowd calling "Que viva el Niño Jesús."

In reality many of the festivals had something special that really made the work enjoyable whether it was the cabezudos dancing through the streets of Old San Juan or the Enmascarados singing as they paraded through Moca. These were truly magical experiences that I won't forget.

Have you returned to any of the festivals again, this time just for fun?

I have returned to several of the festivals including the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian, las Fiestas de Santiago Apostol, los Enmascarados de Moca and the Fiesta de Reyes in Juana Diaz. I have also gone to some festivals that I didn't get to during my work on Fiesta.

La Bloga will be speaking with you at length about your latest release next month, but can you give us a small taste of what the new book is about?

The new book Manos del Pueblo: Artesanos de Puerto Rico was a natural follow-up to Fiesta. Artisans are present at almost all the festivals on the island. While I was presenting Fiesta in Borders one of the artisans, Ibsen Peralta approached me and suggested I do the book on artisans. After several tests I realized there was ample material to publish another book. We were lucky to find sponsorship for the book from Mapfre so we overcame one of the harder hurdles right off the bat. Many people say they actually like Manos del Pueblo better than Fiesta. But for Tere and me Fiesta still holds a special place in our hearts.

This is your second collaboration with writer Tere Dávila, how did you two coordinate the writing with the pictures? Did you attend some of the festivals together?

Tere agreed to write Fiesta after most of the photos had been taken, so we didn't go to the festivals together but she did attend several on her own. I actually stayed at Tere's house while doing the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian because Old San Juan can get pretty crazy during the festival. It was great to be in Old San Juan and not have to worry about parking or traffic jams in and out of the city.

Because Tere and I have known each other for most of our lives and have been very close I had complete confidence in her. She not only wrote Fiesta but she also gave her creative vision to the book. Many of the ideas of the layouts came from her expert sense of design. She was too busy to write Manos del Pueblo but instead introduced me to Gloria Borras who did a wonderful job of capturing the experiences of the artisans in her text. But Tere did design Manos and it is a tribute to her skill and vision that even though the book deals with similar subjects she never allowed it to become photographically monotonous.

Did your son Gabriel accompany you to any of these events? If so, was his child's eye take different from yours?

Gabriel actually accompanied me to many of the festivals. He really loved Carnival with the vejigantes. One of the traditions in Ponce is that the vejigantes carry vejigas (pig bladders which they dry, inflate and paint) and they go around chasing and hitting the teenagers (especially the girls) with them. Gabriel was around 5 at the time and was disappointed that the vejigantes wouldn't chase him so I asked one of them to swat Gabriel a couple of times with the vejiga and he was very happy to have been included in the fun. He accompanied me to several of the Three King celebrations as well as the Enmascarados in Moca.

After the book was done Gabriel really took ownership for the project. He was very proud of what we had accomplished and shared those experiences with his teachers and classmates insisting we donate a book to his school.

In your short book jacket biography you mention you hoped to leave Philadelphia and return to Puerto Rico to live one day. Has that day come yet?

I still live in Philly and probably will until Gabriel leaves for college in another 6 years. But we do spend a considerable amount of time in Puerto Rico which makes the separation from "mi islita" a little easier.

Tell us something that's not on the official bio.

I took 13,000 photos during the years I worked on Fiesta. I'm an avid scuba diver and a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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8. Carnivals

The February Carnival of Children's Literature is up today at Anastasia Suen's blog, Picture Book of the Day. Head on over and check it out.

I have new appreciation for carnival hosts after I hosted the January Carnival of Children's Literature. It takes some work, but it's a fantastic way to discover wonderful blogs and to meet new people. If you're ever interested in hosting, just get in touch with Melissa Wiley at Here in the Bonny Glen. Melissa recently created a webpage that explains all about the Children's Literature Carnival and contains an archive of every carnival so far.

There's a new carnival in the works for booksellers at the American Booksellers Association Omnibus blog. The first Carnival of Independent Bookselling is about why you decided to become a bookseller (if, of course, you are a bookseller at an independent store). Submit your post through Blog Carnival's submission link, or send an e-mail to sarah-AT-bookweb-DOT-org. Submissions are due by March 21, and the carnival will be posted on March 25.

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9. Things we want, things we need


When we are young we want many things and, not knowing better, think they come with no stings …

Then one day, thinking everything is dandy, we find others also want our candy …

Now share your things is what you were told, so many times you heard that scold …

But these folks are quite aggressive and seemed to have missed that missive …

And no mater what you do or what you say they just don’t know the right way to play …

Do you give up the goods to someone smaller or destroy everything because you are taller …

I say don’t be bullied but give a little to the many because if things aren’t shared there won’t be any …

You could hoard it all of course and never pay but you’ll find you may need their help some day …

So give some to the ground, some to a friend some to the water some to  the wind …

Things have a way of coming back to you, good or bad, depending on what you do …

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10. Growing Family

A belated entry for the Family topic - a family of trees, growing together:



KL Bailey Art

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11. Illustration Friday ~ Renewal

renew_robertabaird72“The Earth will renew the foliage it sheds.”

- Irish Proverb

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12. Illustration Friday - Yield


Yield a crop of pumpkins!

This is from a picture book that I illustrated called THE GOODBYE CANCER GARDEN, written by Janna Matthies. It recently won the 2011 Best English Language Children's Book at the Sharjah International Book Fair - wow! And it's also been chosen for CCBC Choices 2012: The Cooperative Children's Book Center top children's book picks for 2012. It's being translated into Arabic and Danish. I hope I get copies of those!

Cancer affects so many families these days. This is such an important, hopeful book about one family's way of responding to Mom's breast cancer recovery. What an honor to illustrate.

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13. Ferret Ballet

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14. Welcome, Spring!

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15. Flower Kitten

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16. Reminder for the December Carnival

Don't forget to submit a blog post to the December Carnival of Children's Literature. It's at Big A little a and the theme is gift books. Entries are due by tonight. If you've never done a carnival before, give this one a try. It's a great experience. See this post for more details and how to submit.

For an excellent example of a carnival, see the November Carnival at MotherReader.

The January Carnival will be held right here at Wizards Wireless! The theme is awards... more details to come.

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17. December Carnival of Children's Literature

Go check out the wonderful carnival Kelly Herold just posted at Big A little a. It's full of terrific suggestions about children's books to give as gifts.

The January carnival will be right here at Wizards Wireless with a focus on children's book awards.

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18. December Carnival of Children's Literatue

Thanks to Big A little a for hosting this month's Carnival of Children's Literature. I can't believe I forgot my own entry. Argh! 

The theme for this carnival is giving our favorite books. So if you still have some shopping to do (please tell me I am not the only one) head over there for great ideas. There are books lists, of course, but so much more! Information on the gift-buying process, book reviews and a few surprises as well. 

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19. To keep you entertained...

Well, I took the final and my homework is 3/4 of the way done... so... one more assignment and term paper and then I'm done. In the mean time, here's a round-up of things you should be looking at:

Still need to do your Christmas shopping? Books! Kelly has the round-up of this month's Carnival of Children's lit-- all about gift books. (And, the first carnival I've participated in! Woot!)

Have you always wondered who was richer-- Mom or Monty Burns? (Answer: Mom) and how much is Lucius Malfoy really worth? Check you this year's most hilarious Forbes 15 Richest Fictional Characters. The article is a little annoying to read due to layout, but hilarious. (And, can I just cheer for the inclusion of Mom! Yay! Mom! Man, I do love Futurama. A few months ago, I read a Playboy interview with Groening in which he said that Futurama is going the way of Family Guy-- it's coming back! Speaking of Family Guy, Mr. Pewetershmidt is totally on the list.)

And here's some YouTube-ery to keep you entertained and distracted:




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20. January Carnival of Children's Literature: Book Awards edition

Wizards Wireless is proud to host the January Carnival of Children's Literature! What's a carnival? It's a group of blog posts on a specific theme. The theme of this month's carnival is: Children's Book Awards.

Your post can be about anything at all on the subject, but here are a couple of questions about awards to get you started:

  • What awards do you like the best?
  • What are your predictions for this year?
  • What are your favorite winners from previous years?
  • What books do you wish had won in years past?
  • Is there a lesser known award that you think should get more publicity?
  • Are there any awards that you'd like to change the rules for?
  • What award would you like to create?
For authors, illustrators, editors and publishers:
  • If you've had the experience of winning an award, what was it like?
  • What awards have your books won that have meant the most to you?
  • What award would you most like to win?
For those that have been on award committees:
  • What was the experience like? (just the parts you can tell us about, of course)
  • What did you enjoy? What were your favorite parts?
  • What did you like the least?
  • Would you do it again?
There's no need to limit posts to national awards. They can be about student choice awards, state library association awards, awards given by publications, etc. Anything goes, as long as it applies to children's and young adult literature.

For an excellent listing of children's book awards, I highly recommend the Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature, compiled by librarian Lisa Bartle.

The finalists for the Cybils (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards) are being announced starting January 1. The American Library Awards (including the Newbery, the Caldecott and the first ever Odyssey, oh my) are being announced on January 14th.

The deadline for this carnival is on January 18 so that if you want to write about your reactions to this year's Cybils finalists or ALA award winners, you'll have plenty of time. The carnival will be posted on January 21. Posts don't have to be written in January... feel free to submit an older post if it's related to the theme.

To submit a post to the carnival (and I really hope you do, especially if it's your first carnival), go to Blog Carnival. Or e-mail your post to: wizardwireless [at] gmail [dot] com

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21. Cybils Finalists posted

The Cybils (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards) finalists have just been announced in the following four categories:

Stay tuned for January 7 when the finalists in the following categories will be announced: non-fiction picture books, non-fiction middle grade/young adult, graphic novels, and young adult fiction.

Are you writing a reaction post to these lists? Or a post about your experience as a Cybils judge? (only the things you're allowed to talk about, of course =). They would both make great entries in the January Carnival of Children's Literature, being held right here at Wizards Wireless. The topic is children's book awards. See this post for more details.

To submit a post to the carnival, go to Blog Carnival. Or e-mail your post to: wizardwireless [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline is January 18 and the carnival will be posted on January 21.

And congratulations to all the Cybils finalists! It looks like the hardworking judges came up with a great list.

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22. More Cybils finalists and Carnival reminder

The second list of Cybils (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards) finalists have just been announced. Click here for an index of all the finalists.

Here are the categories that were announced today:

Stay tuned for February 14 to find out which books will win the Cybils and good luck to the judges!

Are you writing about your reactions to these lists on your blog? Or about your predictions for the American Library Association awards? Or about anything else having to do with children's book awards? Submit your post to the January Carnival of Children's Literature, being held right here at Wizards Wireless. See this post for more details.

To submit a post to the carnival, go to Blog Carnival. Or e-mail your post to: wizardwireless [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline is January 18 and the carnival will be posted on January 21.

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23. My Love/Hate Relationship with the Newbery Awards

It’s that time of year, when children’s literature aficionados all over America beginning panting in anticipation of the Association for Library Service to Children’s announcement of its awards for children's literature, most famously the Newbery and Caldecott Awards – so that we can spend the rest of the year crowing or complaining about the results.

As a writer and academic (for lack of a better term) reader, I love the Newbery and Caldecott awards. As a public librarian and pleasure reader, I loathe them. Why the contradiction?

The Love

For credibility’s sake, every industry needs to recognize its gold standard. In a society whose popular conception of children’s literature is limited (it sometimes seems) to media tie-ins, books turned into blockbuster movies, and treasured classics, the Newbery and Caldecott remind not just children’s literature professionals but the reading public at large that there is bigger/better/more available.

Likewise, when the National Review announced its list of the 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century, there was outcry about the list's bias toward books published before 1950, as if nothing good has been written in the last half of the century. Big-name awards like the Newbery and Caldecott remind us that marvelous new literature is being published every year.

The Hate

There’s plenty of criticism of the Newbery and Caldecott in terms of the award criteria and judging. There are complaints about bias toward realistic fiction, serious fiction, historical fiction, fiction about girls, fiction about European-Americans, fiction in general. There are complaints about the awards going to books without obvious child appeal. There are complaints about the criteria, which limit winners to American authors and seem to eliminate books dependent on the marriage of text and illustration.

These criticisms are not baseless, but the method of judging is not the main source of my irritation. After all, there are tons of other children’s book awards (e.g., Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, National Book Awards, regional kids' choice awards), albeit not as well-known and awe-inducing. No, what bugs me is how the public too often responds to those shiny gold and silver stickers on the winners’ covers.

I hate the perception, held by far too many, that Newbery and Caldecott winners are the best books, period. They are excellent books. They are some of the very best. Some are gems that will be loved 75 or more years down the line. But “best”, the superlative “best”, is a matter of human opinion. The gold medal can only be given to one book per year, and it's a difficult decision made by a different committee every year. It is not the decree of some great, all-knowing literary god.

To infer that these select few books are the only books worth reading from a given year is a tragic mistake. And a ridiculous one, I would think. But then why do I have adults coming to the library telling me they want their children to read Newbery and Caldecott winners above and before all others “because they are the best ones”? Because I have.

I’m also bothered by school assignments that send children to the library specifically for Newbery and Caldecott winners. Of course I want children to appreciate great literature along with whatever else they read. But teaching children that these winners are “the best” is a double-edged sword. Maybe they’ll gain appreciation for the craft of writing and illustration. Or maybe, when they struggle through one of the more difficult winners, they’ll wonder why they hate the “best” books so much. Maybe, they wonder, it’s because they’re bad readers. Maybe it's because they don't understand what makes a good book. Or maybe it's because adults just don't get it.

There are plenty of books on those award lists I don’t care for. I understand that it’s not because I am a bad reader or because the books shouldn’t have received the award, but because I just don’t like them. I know that as with any other book, “best” or not, it comes down to my personal taste. But I worry about children generalizing about those gold and silver stickers. Sometimes when I booktalk The House of the Scorpion or Princess Academy or Holes, I tell the child: “Don’t worry about these stickers on the cover. This book was so exciting/funny/fascinating, it kept me up half the night.”

The school assignment that has driven me craziest this season is a Caldecott-related assignment for a local school’s second grade reading classes. Students were to choose a Caldecott book to read. The problems as I see them:

  1. Since the Caldecott Medal is for illustration, not every Caldecott-winning book has words! (Case in point: 2007’s winner Flotsam, by David Wiesner.)
  2. Even though every Caldecott winner is a picture book, not every one is appropriate for a second grader to read independently. Parents saw Kitten’s First Full Moon and told their children they must pick something harder, until I hopped up and down and begged them to understand the nature of the Caldecott. Meanwhile, St. George and the Dragon is too difficult for many second graders to read on their own.
  3. “Because the Caldecott Medal is for illustration, students will design a new cover for their chosen book” (I quote the assignment to the best of my recollection). After all, what better way to appreciate great illustration than to – not imitate it – but redo it entirely.

If we’re teaching kids to appreciate Caldecott-winning books, shouldn’t we follow the award committee’s example and focus primarily on the art? At best, it leaves me scratching my head. At worst, I want to knock heads together.

That’s enough complaining. All I can do as a librarian is help my patrons understand that the Newbery and Caldecott Medals are not the be-all and end-all. All I can do is help them understand what the awards mean, and what they do not.

Moving On to Predictions...

I’m rarely able to predict Newbery and Caldecott winners, in part because I don’t read new books exhaustively enough. For example, while I predicted Flotsam as last year’s winner, I hadn’t read any of the Newbery Medal winner/honors at the time of the awards.

The only book I have a strong feeling about this year is Elijah of Buxton. Once again, Christopher Paul Curtis has beautifully written a story of equal parts humor and deadly seriousness, a work of historical fiction I think has real child (not to mention, adult) appeal. I fully expect it will have one of those gold or silver stickers gracing its cover come Monday morning. Fuse #8 has a nice review of it here.

Wizard’s Wireless is hosting this month’s Carnival of Children’s Literature on the topic of children’s book awards. You can submit your link at BlogCarnival.com. The deadline to submit an entry is January 21.

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24. There's still time

Keep meaning to submit a post to the January Canrival of children's literature, but haven't done it yet? Here's your last chance!

The topic is book awards. See this post for more details.

To submit a post to the carnival, go to Blog Carnival. Or e-mail your post to: wizardwireless [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline is January 18 (tonight!) and the carnival will be posted on January 21.

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25. January Carnival of Children's Literature: Book Awards

And, now (drumroll, please) Wizards Wireless is delighted to present the January edition of the Carnival of Children's Literature! (Cue wild applause).

The posts this month have been exhaustively reviewed (by me), thoroughly discussed (I talked to myself about them), and are in keeping with the finest standards of all carnivals of children's literature posted on this blog (this is the first one).

And now onto the highly anticipated topic: children's book awards. Awards are listed in a completely random order, carefully determined with help from the Wizards Wireless dartboard.

The first category is the Cybils: the Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards.

The awards go to:
Our next category is the American Library Association Youth Media Awards.

The awards go to:

Moving right along to our next category: Other Awards and Lists.

The awards go to:

Our next category is Books Worthy of Awards.

The awards go to:

We're not done yet! Our next category is Thoughts about Awards.

The awards go to:

And last, in the coveted Blogger Award category, we are proud to feature these terrific new honors invented by creative bloggers.

The awards go to:

  • Sarah at The Reading Zone for sharing the details of the Mulbery : a children's literature award she created with her sixth grade Language Arts class.

  • Jennie at the Geek Buffet for ruminating on the Alex Awards (adult books that appeal to teens) and turning the tables to create the Xela Awards for teen books that appeal to adults.

Aceeptance Speech
I'd like to thank all the wonderful bloggers who participated in this month's carnival.
And Melissa Wiley, who provided fabulous technical support.
And my dogs, who really didn't do much of anything.

To submit carnival posts for next month's carnival of Children's Literature (host to be determined), go to Blog Carnival. And hey, since there's no host yet, maybe you'd like to give it a try. It's a lot of fun. Just contact Melissa Wiley at Here in The Bonny Glen.

Do you write a blog about children's literature? To find out more about future carnivals and to have terrific conversations with other bloggers, I highly recommend joining the Kidlitosphere online discussion group. Go to Yahoo Groups, search for "kidlitosphere" and follow the directions from there.

And, if you read the whole carnival, you can have an award too. Just be sure to thank me in your acceptance speech.

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