Horn Book Fanfare

The Horn Book Fanfare has been announced for 2006. It includes the best picture books, fiction and nonfiction of the year.
There are several fiction books that I haven’t read yet and that I have seen on other lists. Plus I am trying to get through as many Cybil YA Long List titles as I can before January. AND I have been completely distracted by the new Tamora Pierce novel… Ah well. So many books…

Richie's Top Picks of 2006

You all probably know about the great Richie’s Picks website filled with reviews of books for children and teens. Richie is always right on the money with his reviews and reads an amazing number of titles each year. Richie has just announced his Richie’s Picks Best of 2006.
I am prepared to forgive him his adoration of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane because he has so many great books on his list! 🙂

Kirkus Best Children's Books

Kirkus has released their Best Children’s Books of 2006 list. It includes a lot of my favorites:
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Braid by Helen Frost
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Duck & Goose by Tad Hills (I can’t believe that was this year! It seems like a classic already.)
Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Flotsam by David WIesner
Dizzy by Jonah Winter

Barefoot Singalongs


These two books from the publisher Barefoot Books include music CDs where the story is sung. 

The first, Dragon on the Doorstep by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Debbie Harter, sung by Fred Penner, is a very cute story of two children who keep on finding wild animals throughout their house.  The animals follow them from place to place and children can spot their tails or ears in the illustrations.  Finally it is revealed that it is all a big game of hide and seek.  The illustrations are light and colorful.  The song that accompanies the book is lilting and fun.

The second, The Journey Home from Grandpa’s by Jemima Lumley, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, is a repeating story with a chorus.  This works very very well with the accompanying CD.  The song is a simple one that children will enjoy listening to.  The illustrations in this book are loose and charming.  It is certainly a story that will have transportation loving preschoolers coming back again and again.

In both cases, the CDs include instrumental versions of the music, allowing talented children’s librarians, parents and teachers to sing along on their own.

Teen Book Video Awards

The Book Standard is expanding its Book Video Awards to include a Teen Edition this year.  Working with Random House, the Teen Book Video Awards will feature films of How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.  The videos will be online starting November 29th. 

Girls Get Graphic

The New York Times has an article on the huge push from DC Comics to promote Minx, a new line of graphic novels for girls.  Cecil Castellucci, a great teen novelist, has been commissioned to write them.  Hurrah! 

I will be very interested to see what this new venture creates, especially seeing that it is said to be the largest promotional push that DC Comics has done in 30 years! 

Julius Lester Blogs

Julius Lester, amazing author of books like Day of Tears has announced that he is now blogging. His blog, A Commonplace Book, has amazing photography mixed with insightful essays. This is certainly one that should take the children’s lit blogging world by storm.
You can also visit his website to learn more about his writing. My favorites are his great folktale retellings and his work with Jerry Pinkney.

The Moon

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson. 

The poetry here can’t be beat of course, and the illustrations offer an accessible, warm and lovely way to enjoy the words.  Stevenson evokes the wonder of a moonlit night with his poem and Pearson takes those words and makes them come alive as a father and child go on a night-time boat ride.  The paintings are evocative, often pairing just a line of words with a double-spread of page in a way that really allows children to internalize the words and bask in the beauty of the night. 

Share this with any child at all.  As a bedtime story, on your own moonlit evening, or as a great way to introduce poetry and a love of language.

Kate Greenaway Longlist

The 2007 longlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal has been announced. The Greenaway Medal is a UK award given for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.
I am happy to see Down the Back of the Chair on the list, but haven’t read any of the others. More books for my already-long list!