Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Children's Book News with PW

'A Huge, Huge Shock': Matt de la Peña on His
2016 Newbery Medal

Well known for his realistic YA novels that explore class and racial identity, Matt de la Peña became the first Hispanic author to receive the John Newbery Medal on Monday, and only the second author to win the Newbery for a picture book. One thing he hopes that the winning book, Last Stop on Market Street, does, “in a subtle way, is to show those kids that they are worthy of being the hero in my books.” more

Celebrating with 'Champagne and Donuts':
Sophie Blackall on Her 2016 Caldecott

When asked how she was going to finish the rest of her day yesterday, just-named Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall responded: “Champagne! And donuts." Blackall may have been a bit distracted from her coffee mug on Monday morning as she celebrated her win for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (Little, Brown). Read on for more from Blackall’s whirlwind morning, and why this book was especially close to her heart. more

An 'Amazing' Honor for an 'Oddball' Book: Laura Ruby on Winning the 2016 Printz
When Laura Ruby got the phone call from the Printz committee informing her that she had won the 2016 award, she was attending a lecture at Hamline University in St. Paul. Sitting beside her was fellow instructor and soon-to-be winner of the Newbery Medal, Matt de la Peña. “This kind of attention is new for me,” Ruby told PW, “and surprising, and amazing.” more

The last time PW checked in with Lauren Oliver, she did the interview on a train while on the way to a school reading. Since that day in 2013, the author of the internationally bestselling Delirium trilogy hasn't slowed down a bit. As the new year gets underway, Oliver has some good news for her fans: 2016 promises even more books (and a film) on the way. more


From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah children's authors credit publishing boom not to Mormonism but to one man's insistence they never quit. Click here
From the Guardian:
Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale's fairy godfather. Click here
From the Washington Post:
Human, animal, snowplow, or crayon: why are there so few girls in children's books? Click here
From BuzzFeed:
This Woman Loves Harry Potter So Much That She Buys a Book from Every Country She Visits. Click here
From Bustle:
19 Sad Quotes from Your Favorite Children's Books. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Reading Picture Books With Children: An Interview with Author Megan Dowd Lambert. Click here
From the Guardian:
What lessons should we learn from fairytales? Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
An excerpt from Marissa Meyer's Alice in Wonderland prequel, Heartless. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
Rowdy J.K. Rowling reveals "graffiti-ing" of hotel statue after she finished Harry Potter. Click here
From Mental Floss:
10 Popular Children's Books That Have Been Translated into Latin. Click here

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