I have three things to share with you today, one better-known that the others.
In case you've somehow managed to miss the news, the ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) were announced today. You can find the full details here. The Newbery went to Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, the Printz to Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, and the Caldecott to A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead.
I'd like to offer particular congratulations to these kidlitosphere friends:
- Jenni Holm: Newbery Honor for Turtle in Paradise. This is her third Newbery Honor! Go Jenni!
- Jordan Sonnenblick: Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School for After Ever After, reviewed here. It is wonderful!
- Grace Lin: Geisel Honor for Ling and Ting, Not Exactly the Same. Don't you love the Geisel award?
- A.S. King: Printz Honor for Please Ignore Vera Deitz. This was already near the top of my TBR stack. I loved Dust of 100 Dogs.
In other book award news, the Sydney Taylor Book Awards were also announced today. From the release:
"Howard Schwartz and Kristina Swarner, author and illustrator of Gathering Sparks, Barry Deutsch, author and illustrator of Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, and Dana Reinhardt, author of The Things a Brother Knows are the 2011 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Montreal this June."
Congratulations to the honorees of the ALA and Sydney Taylor book awards!!
In other news today, Mare's War author and friend Tanita Davis is kicking off a new teacher's unit for homeschooler's with a 1/11/11 giveaway for homeschooling families. You can find details here. (And isn't the new paperback cover striking?)