The 2013 Crichton Award for New Illustrators Short List

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the short list for the 2013 Crichton Award.  The Crichton Award is given to “recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration.”  Here are the books on the short list for 2013:

 A Forest

Apollo the Powerful Owl by Stephen Pym, written by Gordon Winch

A Forest by Marc Martin

One Very Tired Wombat 

One Very Tired Wombat by Renee Treml

Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp

 Yellow Dress Day

The Whale Shark Song by Sadie James

Yellow Dress Day by Sophie Norsa, written by Michelle Worthington

2014 IBBY Award Nominees

The nominees and judges for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award have been announced.  The award is considered the highest international distinction given to children’s book authors and illustrators.  The following nominees have been submitted for the awards, representing 34 countries.

Cuentos de La Buena Suerte  It's Useful to Have a Duck

Argentina: author María Cristina Ramos; illustrator Isol

My Place Fox

Australia; author Nadia Wheatley; illustrator Ron Brooks

Das Vamperl A daisy is a daisy is a daisy (except when it's a girl's name)

Austria: author Renate Welsh; illustrator Linda Wolfsgruber

Azerbaijan: author Sevinj Nurugizi

Journal de Jamila Het geheim van de Keel van de Nachtegaal

Belgium: author Frank Andriat; illustrator Carll Cneut

O Soldado que não era O Gato Viriato: O Encontro

Brazil: author Joel Rufino dos Santos; illustrator Roger Mello

This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #1) Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters

Canada: author Kenneth Oppel; illustrator Philippe Béha

Mo's Mischief: Teacher's Pet 

China: author Hongying Yang; illustrator Liang Xiong

Croatia: illustrator Svjetlan Junaković

The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg, #1) 

Denmark: author Lene Kaaberbøl; illustrator Charlotte Pardi

Estonia: author Aino Pervik


Finland: author Kirsi Kunnas; illustrator Pekka Vuori

Winter's End La vie suspendue (Tobie Lolness, #1)

France: author Jean-Claude Mourlevat; illustrator François Place

Anne Frank: A Hidden Life Definitely Not for Little Ones: Some Very Grimm Fairy-tale Comics

Germany: author Mirjam Pressler; illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner

Greece: author Sofia Madouvalou; illustrator Daniela Stamatiadi

Iran: author Houshang Moradi Kermani

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) No One But You

Ireland: author Eoin Colfer; illustrator PJ Lynch

Ascolta il mio cuore In bocca al lupo

Italy: author Bianca Pitzorno; illustrator Fabian Negrin

Guardian of the Spirit (Moribito, #1) 

Japan: author Nahoko Uehashi; illustrator Ken Katayama


Republic of Korea: author Jin-Kyung Kim; illustrator Byoung-Ho Han

Latvia: illustrator Reinis Pētersons

2320259 Klein verhaal over liefde

Netherlands: author Ted van Lieshout; illustrator Marit Törnqvist

Silmätyksin Hullet

Norway: author Bjørn Sortland; illustrator Øyvind Torseter

Ler, Ouvir e Contar The Seven Kids

Portugal: author António Torrado; illustrator Teresa Lima

Мальчик со шпагой 

Russia: author Vladislav Krapivin; illustrator Igor Oleinikov

Još nam samo ale fale 

Serbia: author Ljubivoje Ršumović; illustrator Dobrosav Živković

Kniha, ktorá sa stane Oči a rýmy (Nočné piesne kamenného mesta)

Slovakia: author Daniel Hevier; illustrator Peter Uchnár

Slovenia: author Polonca Kova; illustrator Alenka Sottler

Spain: illustrator Javier Zabala

Sweden: illustrator Eva Lindström

Switzerland: illustrator Albertine


Turkey: author Serpil Ural; illustrator Saadet Ceylan

The Story of Tracy Beaker Mr. Gumpy's Outing

UK: author Jacqueline Wilson; illustrator John Burningham

Beneath a Meth Moon Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

USA: author Jacqueline Woodson; illustrator Bryan Collier

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf – Flavorwire

Amazon backs down over Cornish-language children’s book | Books

The children’s books you can never part with | The Poop

The Duck Who Shared Her Eggs: How Children’s Books Approach Modern Reproduction – Jennifer Bleyer-The Atlantic

Five questions for Marilyn Singer – The Horn Book

May Kids’ Book Club Pick: ‘Lunch Lady And The Cyborg Substitute’ : NPR

Reading with Babies and Board Books for Babies – Mama Smiles-Joyful Parenting


The Reading Brain in The Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

Thin Reads Wants to Be Like ‘Publishers Weekly’ for Ebook Singles

Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books? #ebooks


All Your Data Are Belong To You | Librarian in Black Blog – also known as why librarians kick ass #rights #librarians

BBC News – Libraries to store all UK web content #libraries

The public library: Historic artifact or adaptive success

Ithaka Survey: Humanities Faculty Love the Library; Scientists Less Enthusiastic

Librarians and community involvement as a professional competence | Library as Incubator Project

Libraries and Authors – ALA’s response to Scott Turow –

The Slow Death of the American Author – Scott Turow bemoans library e-lending among other things –

Toronto Public Library Enters Alternate Reality (Gaming)


Ten ways self-publishing has changed the books world | Books

What’s the Problem with Self-Publishing? – Library Journal



“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find timr for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius

Love this poem – Personal by Tony Hoagland : Poetry Magazine


Pls Rt- Next week: Join Internet Defense League action to fix the #CFAA. Justice for #aaronswartz …

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Meet an 85 year old gamer- Psychedelic Catnip –


The evolution of LGBTQ characters in Y.A. lit | Bill Konigsberg Online

How a Graphic Novel is Born (And Raised) by Raina Telgemeier | Inside A Dog

New Imprint to Reissue Forgotten YA Literature #yalit