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Children's Literacy Round-Up: March 17

Congratulations Katherine Paterson

Two news tidbits from the Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf e-newsletter (to which you can subscribe here):

  • "Katherine Paterson has been awarded the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Award for Literature, which is given by the Swedish government and is the largest paying international award dedicated to writers of children's books (the author will receive five million kronor, or $640,000). Paterson has previously won two Newbery Medals (in 1978 for Bridge to Terabithia and in 1981 for Jacob Have I Loved) and a Newbery Honor (in 1979 for The Great Gilly Hopkins). The award will be presented on May 31 in Stockholm." Congratulations to Katherine Paterson! Her books are wonderful (as, of course, are Astrid Lindgren's books - Pippi Longstocking is one of my favorite literary characters of all time). Astrid Lindgren is Sweden's most famous and beloved children's author.
  • "The 2006 Gryphon Award winner, recognized for an outstanding work of fiction or nonfiction for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, is Stinky Stern Forever by Michelle Edwards (Harcourt). Three honor books were also named: Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas, illustrated by Ying-Hwa-Hu (Greenwillow); Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House); and Chameleon Chameleon by Joy Cowley, photos by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Press)." Personally, I have Babymouse: Queen of the World! on my "to read" list already, and will have to give the others on the list another look.

Hope that you're all enjoying March Madness! -- Jen

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