Pocatello Award

The Salt Lake Tribune — Outdoor titles a new frontier in book awards
This article reports on a book award that I had never heard of, the Pocatello National Outdoor Book Awards.
“In 2003, Jam & Jelly by Holly & Nellie, written by Gloria Whelan and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, took the prize for the children’s book category.”
“Jam & Jelly is a journey though the northern woods as a mother and daughter pick various berries through the seasons.”


She Speaks 3-Year-Old
The New York Times has a 4 page article on Anne Wood, the creator of the Teletubbies, and her new series Boohbah coming to the US this month. Sounds like another series that will have our smallest patrons clamoring for videos.

They Might Be Giants

Tri-City Herald: They Might Be Giants … of the kids section
The band They Might Be Giants has published a children’s picture book Bed, Bed, Bed complete with a music CD.
“While They Might Be Giants may have joined the crush of celebrities turned kid-lit writers, they’ve stayed true to their musical roots, with a CD that tucks neatly into the back of the children’s book. In many ways, the four stories of “Bed, Bed, Bed” read like quirky liner notes with deft illustrations.
And that’s the way they like it.
“Picture books are leisurely, not pushy,” says Flansburgh, who fondly remembers the stories of Dr. Seuss and Babar the elephant from his childhood. “They’re not trying to teach kids. They’re really for entertainment and pleasure.””