Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Children's Book News


In Memoriam
Frances Foster Remembered
Frances Foster, renowned editor of books for children whose career spanned more than 55 years, died on June 8 at age 83. Here, some of her authors and longtime colleagues share memories and pay tribute to her warmth, generosity, and editorial prowess. more

Chris Weitz Takes On New Role as
YA Author

Only teens survive the mysterious illness that wipes out most of the population of a post-apocalyptic New York City in The Young World, the first installment of a YA trilogy by film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor Chris Weitz. The novel will be released on July 29, when the author kicks off an eight-city tour. Though this is his first foray into fiction, Weitz is no stranger to the realm of children's books: he adapted and directed the film version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (2007) and directed the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009). more


From Lambda Literary:
A remembrance of Annie on My Mind author Nancy Garden, who died of a heart attack on June 23. Click here
From the Colbert Report:
"As far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read": Stephen Colbert, speaking with guest John Green. Click here
From Deadline:
The Fault in Our Stars movie crosses the $100 million mark domestically. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
The Giver actor Cameron Monaghan on Asher's expanded role, and jamming with Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift. Click here
From the Huffington Post:
YA novelist Cindy Pon on good writing, whether in fiction or on a college admissions essay. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
A nine-year-old and his parents set up a Little Free Library in their yard; local authorities told them to take it down. Click here
From Mental Floss:
Shel Silverstein's unlikely rise to children's literature stardom. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Young adult at heart: literary classics imagined as YA books. Click here
From the Atlantic:
Jeff Kinney's new bookstore will emphasize reading as a community experience in a fractured digital world. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
The Carnegie Award for The Bunker Diary sparks controversy; an opinion piece in the Telegraph calls it a "vile and dangerous story." Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. options I'll Give You the Sun, a YA novel by Jandy Nelson. Click here
From the Huffington Post:
Phillip Noyce, director of The Giver, says that the use of color in the movie's first teaser trailer "was an error." Click here
From Boing Boing:
In a 1952 essay, C.S. Lewis explained why adults should be proud to read children's books. Click here
From the Guardian:
Mary Poppins's real-life model appears in a P.L. Travers story that will be published for the first time in fall 2014. Click here
From the New York Times:
For those who need a recap: the great YA debate of 2014. Click here
From the Telegraph:
The 10 most shocking books for children. Click here

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