Friday, October 18, 2013

Children's Book News from PW Children's Bookshelf

Finalists for 2013 National Book Award for
Young People's Literature Announced 

On Wednesday morning, the National Book Foundation narrowed its longlist down to five finalists for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature: Kathi Appelt's The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Cynthia Kadohata's The Thing About Luck, Tom McNeal's Far Far Away, Meg Rosoff's Picture Me Gone, and Gene Luen Yang's Boxers and Saints. The winners will be announced at the NBA's annual awards dinner on November 20. Read on for PW's starred reviews of the books from all five finalists.


Ann Jonas, 1932–2013
Ann Jonas, author and illustrator of numerous picture books, died in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on September 29 at the age of 81. Her books include Round Trip (1983), an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Quilt (1984), Color Dance (1989), Aardvarks, Disembark! (1990), Splash! (1995), Watch William Walk (1997), and Bird Talk (1999). more

From the Guardian:
Philip Pullman on Inside the Rainbow, which examines how children s books thrived under Stalin. Click here

From Boing Boing:
A look at a new documentary that explores the creation and enduring relevance of The Phantom Tollbooth. Click here

From the Huffington Post:
A 13-year-old from Minnesota has organized the donation of 1 million books to kids in need. Click here

From the Boston Globe:
A new breed of teen-services librarians emerges. Click here

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