Hey, Joyce Sidman, your new book, Ubiquitous, has done the Most Unusual … five starred reviews! In 2009, only 13 books received five starred reviews (if you’re curious, check out the Seeing Stars 2009 document, stored on Radar, the CLN members’ home page). Booklist, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal all think so highly of this book, illustrated by Beckie Prange and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, that they’ve given Ubiquitous the coveted star.
Over in Massachusetts (up, under, over … depends on your locale), the 10th Annual Massachusetts Book Award committee has posted its short list for its three children’s book categories. For picture books, how wonderful to see Lita Judge’s true-story picture book, Pennies for Elephants (Hyperion / Disney), and Melissa Stewart’s nature picture book, Under the Snow (Peachtree). In the middle grade category, we find Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum (Viking). If you haven’t taken a look at these books yet, now’s the time. The awards will be announced at the ceremony on April 28th at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA.
It was fun to see Swati Avasthi’s profile in the April 2010 issue of Twin Cities Metro magazine. With her first YA novel, Split, getting deserved attention, Swati claims that she first decided she wanted to be a writer when she read about Laura’s ambitions in Little House on the Prairie. There were other career paths chosen along her way, but readers will be glad that she decided to follow her dream. Read Split and then join an edition of Chapter & Verse on July 15th to discuss the book.
Picture book poet Laura Purdie Salas was profiled in the March 2010 (!) issue of Twin Cities Metro magazine. (How often does a slick glossy feature authors of youth literature? Kudos, TC Metro!) Her book, Stampede: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.
Speaking of the Minnesota Book Awards, the gala ceremony takes place this Saturday, April 17th, from 6:30 pmâ€”the Receptionâ€”with the awards being handed out at 8:00 pm. In addition to Salas’ book, CLN members are dominating the two young people’s literature categories. In the Children’s Literature category we find Marion Dane Bauer for The Longest Night (Ted Lewin, illustrator; Holiday House), Joyce Sidman for Red Sings from Treetops (Pamela Zagarenski, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Alison McGhee for Songs of Middle C (Scott Menchin, illustrator; Candlewick Press). In the Young People’s Literature category, the finalists are Catherine Thimmesh for Lucy Long Ago (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Kate DiCamillo for The Magician’s Elephant (Candlewick Press), and first-time author Kirstin Cronn-Mills for The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind (Flux/Llewellyn).
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