Dr. Seuss Returns!

Random House Children’s Books has announced that they will be publishing seven stories by Dr. Seuss that appeared in magazines during the early 1950s.  These stories have never before been published in book form. 

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories will be published on September 27, 2011. 

Kate Klimo, v-p, publisher of Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, said, “We’re like happy prospectors, having discovered a hidden vein of gold. We know that Seuss fans, from the youngest right on up to collectors will share our joy come this fall when they break open a whole new collection of Seuss stories.”

Via Publisher’s Weekly

Glorious Golden Book Gown

Designer Ryan Novelline has created a spectacular gown out of Golden Books.  You can visit the website for more photos of the gown as well as a look at the process that made it possible.

Via The Centered Librarian

Argus: A Celebration of Being Different


Argus by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Andrea Wesson

When her class at school does a science project with eggs, Sally’s egg looks very different from the regular white chicken eggs.  Hers is much larger and polka-dotted.  When the others eggs hatch, the fluffy yellow chicks emerge.  When Sally’s egg hatches, out comes something scaly and green.  Argus is completely different from the other chicks.  He doesn’t eat seeds, instead he’s rather eat the other chicks.  Perhaps even the students!  Sally finds herself longing for a yellow, fluffy, normal chick of her own.  But when Argus disappears, she realizes that he has become very special to her and that his own unique qualities are what make him himself.

Knudsen has created a picture book that is very funny.  She plays up the humor of a dragon emerging from an egg in a classroom.  I also enjoyed the role of the teacher, Mrs. Henshaw, who takes all of the differences and surprises in stride, managing all of the situations without getting flustered.  It is as matter-of-fact a book about a dragon as you are likely to find, which is a large part of its charm.

Wesson’s illustrations have a light touch and lots of details.  The yellow chicks are roly poly and jolly.  Argus is not.  Yet children will never be afraid of Argus because he wears a smile and has friendly yellow eyes.  Another touch from Wesson are the graphs and measurements that the class makes of their “chicks.”  Argus definitely does not conform.

A funny, wry book about differences and acceptance, this book will be welcome in libraries and classrooms as a way to discuss difficult subjects with humor.  Appropriate for ages 5-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

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Philip Pullman Shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

Philip Pullman, author of the acclaimed His Dark Materials series, has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.  The prize is awarded every two years to a living fiction author whose work is either originally in English or has been translated into English and is generally available. 

The winner is selected by the judging panel only with no submissions from publishers.  Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass was longlisted in 2001.  It won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the first time the prize was given to a children’s book.

Live Webcast with Gary D. Schmidt

Join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and author Gary D. Schmidt for a live webcast on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm EST.  Schmidt will be discussing his writing and his books, The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now.

You can sign up for the webcast here.

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic


Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor

This gorgeous and beautifully written picture book follows Amelia Earhart as she tries to be the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean alone.  Beginning with Earhart rolling down the runway in Newfoundland on May 20, 1932, the book is not only about the trip but also about the beauty of flight, the moments of wonder, the fears, the dedication it takes, and the incredible feat that Amelia Earhart accomplished. 

Burleigh has written the book in paired lines that are filled with poetry and grace.  He uses words to capture the emotions and the events on the journey.  From the beauty of the star-filled sky to the drama of a storm out over the ocean, readers will thrill to this adventure.  As I look over the writing, I am caught up again and again by the words, the pacing, and the incredible Earhart.

Minor’s paintings add to the drama and beauty of the title.  When the book begins, readers can see the smiling face of Earhart peeking through the plane windows directly at them.  Minor manages to capture both the scale and expanse of the adventure and the personal story of Earhart.  He makes it both monumental and personal as does Burleigh in his text.

While there are many titles about Amelia Earhart out there, this is one of the best and would be a thrilling read for any class exploring women’s history.  Appropriate for ages 6-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

To see some of the beauty of the illustrations, take a look at the book trailer below:

Also reviewed by Bibliophile by the Sea.

Shaun Tan Wins Astrid Lindgren Award

Shaun Tan is the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, also known as the most lucrative children’s book award in the world.  The award is given for outstanding contribution to children’s or young adult literature.

"Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books," the jury said in its citation.

"His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone."

Tan recently won an Oscar for best animated short for his animated version of The Lost Thing.

I look forward to reviewing his new Lost and Found soon.

Time to Eat: Nature and Nibbles


Time to Eat by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page

Jenkins and Page continue their collaboration with a new series of nature books for young children.  The other two books in the series are Time for a Bath (coming in May) and Time to Sleep (just released).  In this book, readers learn about the many strange and different things that animals eat.  From the rocks that an ostrich has to eat to chew its food to the tapping thin fingers of an aye-aye looking for lunch, the facts are fascinating. 

Those facts are paired with Jenkins’ illustrations done in paper collage.  As always, his collage work captures the texture of fur, the softness of feathers, and the smoothness of skin.  They manage to be simple yet demonstrate the complexity of the animals. 

Make sure to turn to the end of the book for more details about the featured animals.  The facts included in the body of the book read aloud very well, offering just enough detail to be interesting and yet to move along quickly. 

This is a great book to add to any library’s nature section and to keep on hand for any nature or animal story times you will be doing.  The dung beetle alone is sure to get children intrigued!  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from library copy.

2011 RITA Awards Finalists

The Romance Writers of America gives out RITA and Golden Heart awards every year.  Here are the finalists for the best Young Adult Romance of the year:


Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan


The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells


Hmm.  I’ve read one of these but it wasn’t one of my favorites.  Anyone have one they adore on the list?