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26. Awards Deadlines Ahoy: The Eisners and the Ignatzes

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A couple of awards season notes.

* Monday March 17 is the deadline for Eisner Award submissions! Don’t drink too much Guinness and forget. Details available here.

* Ignatz Award submissions are open! The deadline is June 7th. And here are the rules:

Submissions are open to all independent creators and publishers; you do not need to be an exhibitor to submit, nor do you need to attend Small Press Expo to win. The nominees are selected by a jury of creators and voted on by attendees and exhibitors of Small Press Expo 2014.

All Ignatz nominees will automatically be sent for preservation in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.

Previous winners include Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Jaime Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Jillian Tamaki and Craig Thompson.
 
Categories are:
• Outstanding Artist
• Outstanding Anthology or Collection
• Outstanding Graphic Novel
• Outstanding Story
• Promising New Talent
• Outstanding Series
• Outstanding Comic
• Outstanding Minicomic
• Outstanding Online Comic
 
All work will be eligible in all applicable categories.

The submission process is easy. We just need six copies of work published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 sent to:

SPX Ignatz Awards
c/o Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA

Please note this is a different address from last year.

Links to comics eligible for the Outstanding Online Comic category should be emailed to spxignatz@gmail.com.

All submissions must be received by June 7, 2014.

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27. YALSA Election: An Interview with Printz Award Committee Candidate Lalitha Nataraj

Get ready to vote! The YALSA election runs from March 19 through April 25, and to help you be an informed voter, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2014 candidates for YALSA Award Committees.YALSA_173x79

This week we are focusing on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee, which honors the best book and up to four honor books written for teens, based entirely on literary merit, each year.

Candidates, who will be presented in alphabetical order, were asked to craft “Twitter-length” responses (i.e. around 140 characters). Full biographical information on all of the candidates can be found on the sample ballot.

Today we have an interview with Lalitha Nataraj.

Name and current position: Lalitha Nataraj, Youth Services Librarian, Escondido Public Library

Why did you decide to run for a YALSA selection committee?

I’d be honored to serve on this committee and take part in recognizing books that embody the highest literary quality. I celebrate diversity in YA lit and am eager to add my voice to the Printz Award Committee mix.

In a nutshell, what will you bring to the committee?

In serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project & YALSA Quick Picks, I’ve learned to read without bias, think critically about the representation of diverse voices and experiences, and carefully apply evaluation criteria.

What experience do you have with materials selection and evaluation?

I’m responsible for children’s and teen materials selection at my library. I review books and apps for SLJ, served as a Cybils Awards judge, and blog about multicultural youth lit.

What makes you a good fit for this committee in particular?

My Amelia Bloomer Project service has provided me great experience with critically assessing literature. Literary discussions among passionate feminists will more than prepare you for heated Printz deliberations!

How do you plan to manage the reading load required by selection committee participation?

Prior committee experience has prepared me for intense reading; I like keeping detailed notes on each title and tracking books on spreadsheets. Too, my husband is supportive and I know he’ll help with our kids!

What have been some of your favorite past winners of this particular award?

Gene L. Yang’s American Born Chinese, and Honor books Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

What books should have won the award, but didn’t?

Printz deliberations can very passionate and all-consuming- decisions are not made lightly. I prefer to respect the choices made by previous committees.

What else do voters need to know about you?

In addition to reading kid/teen lit, I also love talking about it on social media. Come chat me up on Twitter: @librarian_lali. We can talk about cats, too.

 

This interview was cross-posted on The Hub and the YALSAblog.

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28. The Children's & Teen Choice Book Award

This will be the seventh year in which you can choose a favorite book to win the CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARD. The award is given by the Children's Book Council.

You'll find the list of books in the running for the award at the link above. The voting continues into May, so you have plenty of time to read all of the books in your age bracket. The winners will be announced during Children's Book Week, May 12-18. When you visit the Children's Book Week site, you'll find cool freebies:

the official bookmark you can print out by nonfiction illustrator, Steve Jenkins

the official poster by Fancy Nancy artist, Robin Priess Glasser. You can request as many of these as you need.

 You can also find out above local events that you can participate in. Most likely your school or a local library will be planning something special during Children's Book Week--because we all know how very special both books and children are!

And books for kids are the absolute best!!!

Happy reading. :)


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29. Short of the Week Selects Best Short Films of 2013

The website Short of the Week, which has established itself as one of the preeminent online forums for short film discourse, has announced the winners of their 2014 awards, honoring projects that "took the torch of short film and charged into the unknown [and] explored new genres, new characters, new styles, and left an impression upon us we can’t ever shake."

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30. YALSA Election: An Interview with Printz Award Committee Candidate Kelly Jensen

Get ready to vote! The YALSA election runs from March 19 through April 25, and to help you be an informed voter, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2014 candidates for YALSA Award Committees.

This week we are focusing on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee, which honors the best book and up to four honor books written for teens, based entirely on literary merit, each year.YALSA_173x79

Candidates, who will be presented in alphabetical order, were asked to craft “Twitter-length” responses (i.e. around 140 characters). Full biographical information on all of the candidates can be found on the sample ballot.

Today we have an interview with Kelly Jensen.

Name and current position: Kelly Jensen, Teen & Adult Services Librarian, Beloit Public Library

Why did you decide to run for a YALSA selection committee?

After serving on other YALSA selection committees, I felt ready to take on Printz. It’s an honor to volunteer time and energy for my professional organization.

In a nutshell, what will you bring to the committee?

I’m passionate about discussing and debating the merits of YA books. I’m excited by the opportunity to spend a year talking about what makes a book stand out as the most excellent with fellow passionate readers.

What experience do you have with materials selection and evaluation?

Selected YA materials since my first librarian job in 2009; served on the CYBILS YA judging panel for 3 years & Outstanding Books for the College Bound. I write critical, in-depth book reviews at STACKED.

What makes you a good fit for this committee in particular?

I’m a fair, objective, and critical evaluator of books across genres. My skills for reading deeply and eagerness to discuss the qualities which make a book “best” or “not best” are a strong fit.

How do you plan to manage the reading load required by selection committee participation?

Serving on the CYBILs required reading 60-100 books in a 3-month period. I’ve also served on Outstanding Books for the College Bound & I’ve developed a method for reading lots of books in a short period of time.

What have been some of your favorite past winners of this particular award?

My favorite Printz winners are John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back and John Green’s Looking for Alaska but I’ve loved a number of titles that have earned Printz honors, too.

What books should have won the award, but didn’t?

Each committee makes their choices based on what they read and discussed at length. I think one thing that the Printz does- and does well- is constantly surprise.

What else do voters need to know about you?

I’m really good at keeping spreadsheets, a skill that is far more handy in committee work than most people realize.

 

This interview was cross-posted on The Hub and the YALSAblog.

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31. CBCA 2014 Book of the Year Prediction Events

CBCA  Logo Hi ResThe Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian branch) held their 2014 Claytons Dinner on Tuesday evening at Trinity College, Kew.  For those unaware, the Claytons are the predictions from local experts on the CBCA Book of the Year Award Categories.  The event takes its name from a non-alcoholic beverage and advertising campaign (1970s-80s)  as it is not quite the real thing.

The Older Readers category (Young Adult Fiction), as predicted by our very own Anna Burkey, were as follows:

  • Wildlife by Fiona Wood (Pan Macmillan)
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House)
  • The Sultan’s Eyes by Kelly Gardiner (Harper Collins)
  • The Tribe: The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
  • The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes (Random House)
  • Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts (UQP)

Honorable mentions:

  • The First Third by Will Kostakis (Penguin)
  • Run by Tim Sinclair (Penguin)
  • Jump by Sean Williams (Allen and Unwin)

You can find the picks for Younger Readers (Middle Grade), Picture Books and Early Childhood on this Storify of the event.

Upcoming Events:

There are many more of these events across Australia should you like to hear about other knowledgeable bookish types on the best titles of 2013.

  • Shortlist Showcase in Canberra took place on 12 March.
  • Claytons Evening: Ballarat 19 March
  • The Night of the Four Judges in Brisbane: 26 March
  • Anticipate, Appreciate, Applaud in Sydney:  8 April
  • And the Winner is… in Adelaide: 7 April
  • There are no equivalent events we could identify in Tasmania, Western Australia or Northern Territory.

Make sure you check out these events!

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32. ‘Gumball,’ ‘Room on the Broom,’ ‘Peppa Pig’ Win British Animation Awards

A complete list of British Animation Awards winners with links and videos.

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33. Taiyo Matsumoto and Emily Carroll win the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize

Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny and Emily Carroll’s Out of Skin have been named winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize 2014.

The prize is presented each year by Slate in conjunction with the Center for Cartoon Studies which helps select the nominees. This year’s judges wereSlate’s Dan Lois, Dan Kois, the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and guest judge, Christopher Butcher.

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Sunny, which won the Graphic Novel Prize, is an understated, sad story about Japanese orphans who fantasize about a better life via a junked yellow car.

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Caroll’s Out of Skin, which won Best Webcomic, is the latest in her series of groundbreaking digital horror comics which use navigation and screen size to generate the mystery. Just click on it and read!

Here’s the whole list of shortlisted works and winners — click on some of these links! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Graphic Novels
*** Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang.
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg.
The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs by Étienne Davodeau.
Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernández.
Map of Days by Robert Hunter.
Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati.
The Property by Rutu Modan.
Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée.
Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust.

Webcomics

***Out of Skin by Emily Carroll
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman.
Bouletcorp by Boulet.
Gunshow by KC Green.
Household by Sam Alden.
The Lone Wolf by Jennifer Parks.
Lucky by Gabrielle Bell.
Oh Joy, Sex Toy by Erika Moen.
Sticks Angelica by Michael DeForge.
Subnormality by Winston Rowntree.

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34. Africa is My Home: A 2014 Children’s Africana Book Award Winner

Yesterday I was over the moon after learning that Africa is My Home had been honored with a 2014 Children’s Africana Book Award (also know as CABA). I have long been familiar with these awards and have often discovered new books through them. So to be honored with one myself is amazing.

Here’s more about them:

In 1991, Africa Access in collaboration with the Outreach Council* of the African Studies Association created the Children’s Africana Book Awards  with three major objectives (1) to encourage the publication of children’s and young adult books that contribute to a better understanding of African societies and issues, (2) to recognize literary excellence, and (3) to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators. The first CABA was presented in 1992. Today over seventy-four titles have been recognized and more than 100 authors and illustrators are members of our Winners Circle. Each winning title has been vetted by our awards jury which is composed of African Studies and Children’s Literature scholars.

There will be an award ceremony on Saturday, November 8, 2014 the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. From this cool slideshow of last year’s celebrations, I’m expecting that it and the other related activities are going to be wonderful.

My great thanks to the committee for honoring Africa is My Home this way.

 


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35. Moving moments No. 2

TernRock Moving moments No. 2Cindy found this one, The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer, a Newbery Honor Book in 1952–and originally published in the Horn Book Magazine in 1949. This would seem to break the award’s rule about “original work,” that the “text is presented here for the first time and has not been previously published elsewhere in this or any other form.” But maybe the rule was different then? Or perhaps here as so often, he says, drawing his emeralds warmly about him*, the Horn Book was above any such petty restrictions as criteria.

K.T. Horning, do you know?

*Dorothy Parker.

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36. Jen Sorensen wins the Herblock Prize

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Jen Sorenson has become the first woman to win the Herblock Prize, awarded each year to an editorial cartoonist “to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression.” Along with the praise, it offers a $15,000 prize. Sorenson’s Slowpoke Comics have been delivering pointed laughs for over a decade. She was a runner-up last year and won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2013, so you could kind of call this long-expected.

Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press was the finalist.

I’ve seen it noted widely that Sorenson is the third “alt cartoonist” in a row to win, following Matt Bors and Dan Perkins (aka Tom Tomorrow) last year, but in this day and age, with Sorenson and Tomorrow’s long-established careers and online comics the current delivery method, I’m not sure what is really so “alternative” about them.

The prize was judged by Perkins, Tony Auth and Sara Duke of the Library of Congress, and they said of Sorenson “Jen Sorensen’s strong portfolio addresses issues that were important to Herblock, such as gun control, racism, income inequality, healthcare, and sexism. Her style allows her to incorporate information which backs up the arguments she presents. Her art is engaging and her humor is sharp and on target.”

Michael Cavna caught up with the winner:

“Winning the Herblock is one of the finest moments in a political cartoonist’s life,” Sorensen tells The Post. “Being the first woman to win the prize makes it an extra-special thrill.

“I’m so grateful that this generous award exists for our profession.”


Sorenson is a super nice and talented creator; I’m pleased as can be to see her win this award.

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37. ComicsPRO 2014: Eric Stephenson and Julius Schwartz win Industry Appreciation Awards

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The 2014 ComicsPRO meeting wrapped up on Saturday and retailer/reporter Matt Price has, as always, a fine recap of what went on. Among the doings, Image publisher ERic Stephenson won the Industry Appreciation Award, which is a leetle ironic since most of the industry definitely DID NOT appreciate much of what he said in his speech . But he’s a mover and a shaker and sometimes you can’t move things without shaking them up. Julius Schwartz won the memorial appreciation award, given for “indelible mark on the profession of comic book specialty retailing.”

In a statement Stephenson said “I’m honored to be the recipient of this year’s Industry Appreciation Award,” said Stephenson. “The retailers who make up ComicsPRO are among the industry’s very best and I think they do some very important work on behalf of comics and the Direct Market, so as awards go, I think it’s really cool.
 
“I also think that even though it’s my name on the award, it’s actually more of a testament to how far Image has come over the last few years, and that couldn’t have happened without the hard work and dedication of all the talented men and women at Image Comics. Jessica Ambriz, Emilio Bautista, Branwyn Bigglestone, David Brothers, Jonathan Chan, Jennifer de Guzman, Addison Duke, Monica Garcia, Drew Gill, Emily Miller, Patricia Ramos, Ron Richards, Kat Salazar, Jenna Savage, Tyler Shainline, Jeremy Sullivan, and Meredith Wallace don’t get enough credit for the incredible support they provide to all the creators Image works with, but I absolutely would not be able to do what I do without them.”

Reading Price’s report, this sounds like a strong meeting, with publishers like Papercutz and First Second showcasing work that is far outside the superhero mindset. Synamite, IDW and Dark Horse also announced projects like a 20th anniversary Hellboy initiative, IDW’s “Super Secret Crisis War!” cartoon crossover and Dynamite’s Queen Blood book. Diversity continues.

Photo by Matt Price.

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38. The nerdiest and weirdest moments at the Oscars

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Well, the 2014 Oscars are history and the offensive Seth MacFarlane hosting era has been replaced by the bland Ellen Degeneres hosting era. In the Nerd Categories, FROZEN won best animated film, and Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (above) won Best Animated Short, a big upset for those who went with Torsten’s voting guide.This steampunky French offering looks great, though, but then so do all the nominees these days.

The SF film GRAVITY, a favorite at Stately Beat Manor, won best visual effects, cinematography (another snub for the great Roger Deakins!), editing, directing, score and the two twin sound awards, sound mixing and sound editing.

Other than that, perhaps what this year’s Oscars will be remembered for is Degeneres ordering three pizzas and handing out slices to the front row of Hollywood superstars. I thought this bit was excruciating, and it resulted in horrible things like this:
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People do not watch the Oscar to see Brad Pitt eating pizza just like the rest of us! They watch them to see movie stars looking supernal and glamourous. All I could think was grease spills on Vera Wang, and that is not a pleasant thought. Plus, what if someone didn’t want to eat their pizza? Did they just put the plate under their chair and have to sit there with cold pizza underfoot? Ugh.

To take your mind off that, here is a picture of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron looking supernal and glamourous. Not eating pizza.

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Other odd moments:

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Pharrell’s hat is really a thing now.

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John Travolta was concentrating so hard at keeping his hair on that he called Idina Menzel by the name “Adele Dazi.”

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Liza Minelli hug-bombed Lupita Nyong’o.

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Benedict Cumberbatch proved he is the king of Tumblr by photo bombing U2.

And then there was the Steve McQueen/John Ridley feud. Neither the winning director of 12 Years a Slave, McQueen, not the winning screenwriter, Ridley, thanked each other, and they avoided one another on stage. McQueen’s half hearted clapping when Ridley won—and Ridley’s look of disdain as he passed McQueen—was brutal.

Ridley—who spent some time writing comics, including The American Way for Wildstorm—is known as an opinionated guy. According to Nikki Finke, the feud stems from a disagreement over the credits for the screenplay.
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Oh well, let’s forget about unpleasantness and think about how we can get Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emma Watson to star in a comic book movie together.

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39. Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

  • GuessWho 300x113 Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.Avast!  Tis me sister, me hearties!  Finding yet ANOTHER fun and crafty way to work children’s literature into your lives.  Children of the 80s and 90s (and perhaps the 70s for that matter) may remember the old board game Guess Who with fondness.  So what about finding an old run-down copy at a garage sale and turning it into your own personalized version?  Kate shows you how.  She also works in Giant Dance Party while she’s at it.  Kudos, sis.
  • An ALSC Graphic Novel Award?  No, I’m not saying they’re making one.  I’m not even saying they’re discussing it (or a poetry award for that matter).  But Travis Jonker considers the notion yet again and we’re mighty glad he did.
  • Even more amusing than the French booksellers getting naked to protest the conservative politician that attempted to censor a children’s book about nudity (I think I noticed And Tango Makes Three as one of the strategically placed titles) was the comment by someone one Facebook (forgive me, I can’t remember where I saw this) pointing out that here in the U.S. some folks when coo-coo when SLJ ran a cover of grown adults (including myself) holding colorful alcoholic beverages.  Imagine what they’d do if we’d posed in the buff!

LibrarianReviews 300x298 Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.This is what we call in the business burying the lede.  So I’ve worked at NYPL for almost 10 years now and thanks to its history there’s just a swath of cool stuff hidden around every corner.  Case in point, the librarian reviews.  For quite some time, the children’s and YA librarians of the system would painstakingly and systematically type up in-house reviews of children’s books so that the materials specialists could consider whether or not to purchase for the system.  Recently these card catalogs full of reviews were moved out of their home in the Mid-Manhattan branch to our archives division.  I figured that would be the last I ever heard of them.  That is, until Kiera Parrott informed me that the NYPL review cards are posted to Instagram every Tuesday and then collected on this Pinterest board.  Scroll through and you’ll read fascinating conflicting opinions on books like Judy Blume’s Forever or the very funny review by a librarian going against an ancient Anne Carroll Moore lack-of-recommendation.  One of these days I SWEAR I am getting a “Not Recommended by Expert” t-shirt or necklace or something.  Big time thanks to Kiera for this find.

Awards You Should Be Award of, Consarn It: Did you remember that the NAACP Image Awards give out children’s literature honors?  And in the field of Outstanding Literary Work – Children I am happy to report that the award went to Kadir Nelson’s Nelson Mandela with honors for Knock Knock (woo-hoo!), Martin & Mahalia, You Never Heard of Willie Mays, and (here’s a surprise) I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl, which I completely missed.  Courage Has No Color won in the teen category, which was a huge relief since I was worried that book wouldn’t get any of the awards it deserved this year.

  • CCBC-NET is the listserv where normally I can sit back, relax, and just take in the occasional comment for processing later in the day.  Recently, however, it exploded as discussions of race and multicultural literature stayed hot but, for the most part, cordial.  The post Taking Action to Make Children’s Literature Better for People of Color does a quick summary then offers solutions to the issues brought up in the past month.   Very good and interesting reading for the day!

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  • Folks coming to NYC will ask me what there is to do in town that’s children’s literature related and recently all I’ve mentioned was the current NYPL exhibit The ABC of It and the Morgan Library’s Little Prince exhibit.  This is because I routinely forget that The Grolier Club ALSO partakes of children’s literary events from time to time.  So in case you missed it, you may wish to hop on over to “Pop-Ups From Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtech Kubašta (1914-1992)“.  Boing Boing highlighted some of the art and it really is gorgeous stuff.  It runs until the 15th of this month so move fast!
  • Meanwhile, in Wausau, Wisconsin there’s an exhibit up at the Woodson Art Museum called From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick.  Coo!
  • After you’re done there you can swing by Hamilton, Ohio where the Heritage Hall Museum has its very own McCloskey Museum.  That’s Robert McCloskey, folks.  Word on the street has it that they have the original doughnut machine from Home Price there and that it works!  Check out all the great March events they have going on.
  • And just when you decided you couldn’t love the Darwin family any more (after reading Charles & Emma I, for one, wanted to adopt them as my own) you find out that his kids scribbled all over the manuscript of Origin of the Species as well as in Emma’s diary.  Thanks to Phil Nel for the link.
  • I was delighted to sit down with author/illustrator Hilary Leung last week as he came to town for the mid-winter SCBWI conference.  Hilary showed me some of his works and stuff and then gave me this little delightful book of LEGO versions of classic and contemporary children’s books.  It was so impressive that I just had to share it here.  Check out the man’s Pinterest page of images.  FANTASTIC!
  • Sometimes BookRiot really gets a post right. Did you see their piece on bookmobile fashions? It sounds funny when I say it, but there’s really no better way. Thanks to AL Direct for the link.
  • They’re putting exercise bikes out for teen patrons in libraries now?  Patrons, heck!  Can I have one in front of my own desk?  In lieu of a walking desk I’ll take what I can get.
  • Daily Image:

I’m not the first person to show it, but I didn’t want to be the last either. I think it was agent Steven Malk who posted it on Twitter.  It’s Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume and Maurice Sendak.

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Thanks to Warren Truitt for the heads up.

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40. MARCH UPDATE!

 COMIX! I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.   You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

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41. Growing from our Work

At the end of March, I’ll be flying to Michigan to receive the Mitten Award from the Michigan Library Association.  The award is for a book (“Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond”) that does a good job of communicating information to its target audience.  I work hard to achieve that goal, so I feel honored to receive this award.  At the conference I will also be giving a keynote address, which has gotten me thinking: What topic is especially appropriate for a keynote?  This question has been wandering around in my head for a while, and I’ve finally decided on the answer for me, at this time in my career.

A nonfiction writer is a person who loves learning new information and feels the urge to communicate the fascinating information she/he has learned to other people.  We go through the years finding intriguing topics, enjoying our research, and putting it all together in a form we hope will inspire and engross our readers.  We learn a lot, meet all sorts of experts, and probably visit some fascinating locales.  But I realize now that we do so much for ourselves in the process of being dedicated to looking for truth and communicating our knowledge to others.
This work helps make us be more open in a number of ways.  We learn to explore all sides of a topic, to investigate different versions of the “facts,” and to communicate the complexities of “there are no simple answers” to our audience in clear, nonjudgmental language.  I think nonjudgmental is a big part.  Years ago I wrote “Where the Wild Horses Roam,” about wild horses in the West.  There were, and still are, big controversies about these animals.  To some, they are a symbol of wildness, an integral part of the history of the American west that must be honored and protected.  To others, like ranchers who purchase grazing leases on the public lands that house the horses, these equines are not just a damn nuisance, they steal the vital and sometimes sparse food their cattle need to fatten up and provide income for the ranchers.

I did my best to express the concerns of both sides and shrugged.  “If both ranchers and horse advocates hate me after reading this, I’ll know the book is good.”  But I was wrong—both sides appreciated what I wrote because I stated each side of the story accurately and without any evaluative language.  They just wanted to be heard.  I try to keep that lesson in mind whenever I write about a potentially controversial topic.  “Just the facts, ma’am” has become my mantra.


That's just one example of the unexpected bonuses I've received from this work. Now, after more than 40 years in this business, I realize how much of value I’ve learned, not just the facts and theories, the interactions and exceptions, but also the variety of it all—so many cultures, so many ways of seeing the world and of being in the world, so much glorious variety in Nature.  So, as you can imagine, I’m nowhere near finished yet.  I want to continue learning and communicating as I keep finding more and more intriguing stories available for exploration.

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42. Prizes

The ALA Awards were presented last week. There were a LOT of winners. Mom wasn’t any of them. Not only did she not WRITE any of the winning books, she has barely READ any of the winning books. I think she needs to step up her game. She has printed out the list, so that’s a good start.

Meanwhile, I have been winning awards left and right over here.

Our friends Wallace and Samuel  and Coccolino gave us the Best Blog Around the World Award.

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Around the WORLD – Hear that, Mom?

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Our friend at Trifles gave us the Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggywog Award

christmas awardand the Opposites Attract Award

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See, Mom? I spread joy, peace, cheer, and stuff like that all over the place.

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And our friends Little B. and Granny at Angelswhisper gave us the Excellence Award. excellence-awardExcellence, Mom. Not just-OK or good-enough or kinda-nice or a Rate-Your-Story-4.

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Thanks to all of our bloggy friends for sharing these awards.

And Mom, it’s seriously time to step up your game.

Less this....

Less this….

...and more this!

…and more this!


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43. Monday Mishmash 1/20/14

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:

1. Tween 2 Teen Best of 2013 and Most of Anticipated of 2014 List  Tween 2 Tween chose Touch of Death as one of the best reads of 2013 and chose Face of Death as one of the most anticipated reads of 2014! I couldn't be more ecstatic. Read the full list of books here.

2. Arisia  I'm on my way home from Boston today after the zombie prom to launch the release of Face of Death. Pictures to come!

3. Face of Death  My official release day is the 28th, but the ebook was released on the 14th and Amazon will ship the paperback tomorrow.

4. Model Position Cover Reveal  I'm happy to share the cover of Model Position, and upcoming NA romance by Kitsy Clare.



For Sienna, love and art are perilous games. Is she ready to take that gamble?
Sienna is a beautiful, talented artist poised on the precipice of soaring into theglamorous, yet cutthroat Manhattan art scene.
Dave Hightower is a hooked-up, handsome heir to the hippest gallery in NYC, Gallery Hightower.
Erik is the live drawing model with his sizzling green eyes fixed only on Sienna.
Three’s a crowd, so Sienna must make a choice: date Dave and ride the fast track to landing a show at Gallery Hightower and hobnobbing with the art glitterati, or follow her heart and take a chance with Erik, the stunning male model who’s stealing her heart. But Erik has some worrisome secrets, and who in their right mind would make live modeling their career?
Dare Sienna throw away her chances of hitting it big to follow her heart?

5. Silent Starsong Cover Reveal  Check out this awesome cover of TJ Wooldridge's upcoming release! (How cute is that alien?)

Eleven-year-old Kyra is meant to continue the Starbard's proud family legacy of 
interpreting the future from the stars' songs. Her deafness, incurable by the best medics, breaks her mother's heart and pushes her father to explore anything to help his little girl--including the expensive purchase of a telepathic alien servant to help Kyra communicate on a planet inhospitable to unfixable genetic defects.
Marne's telepathy is too weak for his Naratsset culture, so he is sold into slavery and expects to die at the hands of human owners--until he meets a human child who begs her father to "save" him. Her kindness introduces Marne to a new world--one where he would risk his life to save a human from her own people's abuse and the stars' songs can touch even a deaf girl and a defective telepath.

When an intergalactic terrorist organization kills Kyra's father, driving her mother to madness, Kyra and Marne only have each others' friendship--until even that is threatened by the danger surrounding the Starbard heritage. But can the two friends, not good enough for either of their cultures or families, manage to keep each other safe when several different worlds threaten their lives?

That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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44. SLJ BEST OF THE BEST!

THE INVISIBLE BOY…..

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School Library Journal THE 20 BEST OF THE BEST….top picture books of 2103…and our Patrice Barton illustrated one of them!!!  congratulations Patty!!!

You will help many ‘invisible’ kids become visible…..

“LUDWIG, Trudy. The Invisible Boy . illus. by Patrice Barton. Knopf. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781582464503.

K-Gr 2 –Ignored and excluded by his classmates, Brian feels invisible, but when he welcomes a new student by writing a friendly note–and Justin responds in kind–everyone begins to see Brian with fresh eyes. Told with kid-savvy perception and emotion-tinged artwork, this quiet story shows how small acts of kindness can have big results. (Sept.)”


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45. WILL IN SCARLET named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013!

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I’m late posting this (though I did do a ridiculous victory dance on Twitter when it was first announced. But I’m happy to say that Will in Scarlet is in very good company. Just in time for the holidays, too . . . .


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46. Book Awards for Poetry and Prose: The 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS.

SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry and one book of prose (novel, short fiction, or literary nonfiction) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2013, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2014 festival will be October 22-24, 2014. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the two winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $20.00 entry fee made out to SIUC - Dept. of English.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2013 - February 1, 2014. Materials postmarked after February 1 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2014. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2014.

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2013 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 22-24, 2014) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2013 - February 1, 2014
(please do not send materials early or late).
Send all materials to:

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

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47. Book Award for Fiction or Literary/Narrative Nonfiction: The Chautauqua Prize

Entry form.

Chautauqua Institution, the pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, is pleased to invite 2014 submissions for The Chautauqua Prize, a distinguished national literary prize for a work of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction.

Awarded annually since 2012, The Chautauqua Prize draws upon Chautauqua's considerable literary legacy to celebrate a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The author receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

Eligible books for the 2014 prize will have been published in English in the United States during 2013. Nominations will be accepted beginning Sept. 9, 2013, from publishers, agents, authors, and readers. The deadline for nomination is December 31, 2013. Longlist finalists will be notified in February 2014, at which time authors will be asked to select their summer visit time to Chautauqua should they be awarded the prize. Shortlist finalists and the winner will be notified in April and May 2014. Chautauqua Institution will celebrate the winner in the summer of 2014, at a time selected by the winner and Chautauqua Institution.

Chautauqua’s commitment to the literary arts is immersed in its rich history. In addition to the 135-year-old Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, Chautauqua’s literary arts programming includes summer-long interaction of published and aspiring writers at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, the intensive workshops of the nationally recognized Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and lectures by prominent authors on the craft and art of writing.

The Chautauqua Prize is awarded through a two-tiered judging process that includes Chautauquans who are writers, publishers, critics, editors, librarians, booksellers, and literature and creative writing educators. Each nominated book is evaluated by three reviewers, with the final selection made by a three-member, independent, anonymous jury.

- See more at our website.

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48. The Cybils Shortlists Are Nigh!

Cybils2013SmallTonight at midnight (Arizona time), the Cybils shortlists will be announced in all 11 categories (plus some sub-categories). Stay tuned at Cybils.com for the finalists. 

I truly believe that the Cybils shortlists are one of the finest resources that the Kidlitosphere has to offer. They are the result of > 50 round 1 bloggers (teachers, librarians, parents, authors, and more), who have read their way through more than 1300 nominated titles across the various categories. These tireless readers have winnowed each category down to a list of five to seven titles that believe are the most kid-friendly and well-written of the bunch. 

The Cybils shortlists are available by age range and genre (poetry, graphic novels, non-fiction, fiction, speculative fiction, book apps). Each list offers a wonderful starting place for anyone who is looking for great new books for a particular child. You can browse past shortlist by going to Cybils.com and following the links in the upper right-hand corner. For this year's lists, as I said, stay tuned. They are coming in just a few short hours. And they are fabulous! 

© 2013 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook

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49. Happy New Year! The 2013 Cybils Finalists Are Here

Cybils2013SmallAs I promised yesterday, the 2013 Cybils shortlists have been announced, and they are fabulous. Cybils Editor-in-Chief Anne Levy says: 

"Happy Cybils New Year! Really, when all the confetti is swept up, the champagne bottles put in recycling, and your hangover nursed back to a semblance of sobriety, what else is there? Us, that's what!

We're back again with another list of books that kept our panelists riveted through the holiday season. We sifted through more than 1,300 books and apps this year. Phew! We have this down to a science by now, but even so, there have been a few changes." (Click through for more detail about the changes, and trends we've observed in this year's crop of finalists)

Some highlights for me: 

The Fiction Picture Books list includes 3 of my favorites: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Open this Little Book, and Sophie's Squash (links go to my reviews). Kinda glad I'm not on the Round 2 panel that has to select between those and several other well-regarded titles. But one day, I would like to be a Round 1 judge again in this category. So many wonderful books.

Penny and Her Marble on the Easy Readers shortlist (how have I not reviewed this one?). With, of course, an Elephant & Piggie title, and several others that I look forward to checking out with my daughter. I see this category becoming increasingly important for reading suggestions for my household in the next couple of years, along with the Early Chapter Books category. 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and The 14 Fibs of Gregory K on the Middle Grade Fiction shortlist. I'm extra-happy for Gregory K author Greg Pincus, who is a real-world friend. 

The Young Adult Speculative Fiction list is chock full of books that I've been wanting to read, and one that I did read and enjoy: Dark Triumph from the His Fair Assassin series. 

But really, all of the lists are amazing. Need recommendations for nonfiction? YA graphic novels? Poetry? Book apps? The Cybils organization has your back. But don't take my word for it. Click through and see. You won't be disappointed. Happy New Year and Happy Cybils Day! 

© 2013 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate. 

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50. Countdown Wednesday

Today we are counting down about winning. Not the Charlie Sheen kind which was kind of weird, but the writer kind. And the blogging-dog-of-a-writer-kind.

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Mom is a Winner

3. Mom’s book won a prize once. It’s called The Moonbeam Award. It shows as a badge on the cover of her book. I think it would look better shaped like a dog bone.

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2. In 2013, Mom’s story Show and Tell Surprise was in Humpty Dumpty Magazine. That was a winner. Plus, magazines taste delicious.

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1. Mom also had an acceptance from MeeGenius for her first ever ebook, named What If I Don’t. We can’t even wait to see that one in the MeeGenius Bookstore. BIG winner. Plus, inside my head, I often think, “What-if-I-don’t?”. I hope someday to say it out loud.

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78. Mom is a winner in the 12×12 Challenge. She wrote 12 storybooks in 12 months. Just barely by the skin of her teeth, but she did it.

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I am a Winner, too!

3. Hutch a Good Life awarded me the Sunshine Award. Yay! I love sunshine. Plus I am afraid of the dark. 

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2. Along with Nikitaland, Hutch also gave me the Blog of the Year Award. I have seen friends that have this award, and I am in good company with it. Plus stars are my favorite shape – except for dog bones.

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1. Bacon and AngelsWhisper both awarded me the Friends and Followers Award. I love friends and followers. So, thanks, friends! And thanks, followers!

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67. I will give myself the Biggest Rule Breaker Award.

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I always ignore rules, so if you are reading my blog, you deserve an award. Feel free to share my bling, and also take a minute to click my friends’ links and check them out. Then maybe you can be a Rule Breaker, too.

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Mom left a cup of coffee for me. Yay!

 


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