Just a quick note to say congrats to all the ALA winners! Below are the books that have been featured on the KBC this year, with links to my original reviews. You can see the full list of winners here.
Brian Lies ICBA Video June 17, 2009
Brian Lies is the author of one of my favorite pro-book picture books, Bats at the Library. He won the Indies Choice Book Award for Best New Picture book at BookExpo. Watch his acceptance video to check out his amazing batty Prius and find out where the bats will go in their next book!
The Hunger Games Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books! May 6, 2009
I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (see podcast). So when I read today that Lois Lowry (author of The Giver, Number the Stars, and other totally awesome books) had selected it as the winner of School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books, I got pretty excited.
For those of you unfamiliar with this YA masterpiece, it’s the first in a trilogy, and it tells the story of Catniss, one of the most unique, strong, and fantastic heroines out there. In a post-apocolyptic North America, each of the twelve districts must send one boy and one girl to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a nationally televised fight to the death. Catniss volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, who had been chosen to compete. The story is fantasitc (a real page-turner), and as Ms. Lowry puts it,
“Any book that starts out with 24 children and ends up with 22 of them dead… that’s tough to beat.”
The second book in the trilogy is possibly the most highly anticipated kids’ book of the fall. Releasing September 1, 2009, Catching Fire is sure to hit bestseller lists instantly.
If you’re a Hunger Games fan, be sure to check out Scholastic’s new contest. In 500 words or less, tell them how you would survive the Hunger Games. The winner gets to lunch with Suzanne Collins at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York! Enter the contest here. (Sorry grownups – it’s for kids only! You must be ages 12-17.)
Haven’t read The Hunger Games yet? What are you waiting for? Find your nearest indie bookstore and pick up a copy today.
Indies Choice Book Award Winners April 17, 2009
Yesterday the American Booksellers Association announced the winners of the first annual Indies Choice Book Awards (formerly the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards). Here are the kids’ book winners! (Click here to see a list of all winners & nominees.)
Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction):
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
Best New Picture Book:
Bats at the Library, by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin)
Most Engaging Author: Sherman Alexie
Kids & Teens: Vote in the Children’s Choice Book Awards! April 9, 2009
With Children’s Book Week coming up, it’s time to cast your votes in the Children’s Book Awards! Sponored by the Children’s Book Council and the CBC Foundation, kids and teens can cast their votes for their favorite books of the year. Vote here!
This week I was very happy to hear that one of my favorite classic books will be back on shelves by summer. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey has been unavailable for the past year due to a rights dispute between Penguin Books and the McCloskey estate. As Publishers Weekly reported, the book should be available by late May or early June.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! February 1, 2009
by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd
(Candlewick, paperback, $9.99)
This fantastic Newbery winner is now available in paperback. In a series of monologues, Schlitz gives voice to all sorts of characters in one medieval village.