MRE took the ACELA*
Down to DC USA
When she got there
What did she see?
The librarians of America at ALA
DC 95 DS**
DC 97 DS
DC 99 DS
ALA PPP *******
ALA FFF ********
NYC 62 DS
**degrees in the shade
*** Newbery Caldecott Banquet
**** books books books
***** authors authors authors
******Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast
******* publishers publishers publishers
********friends friends friends
Filed under ALA, awards, Newbery
I first heard about ALA’s Book Cart Drill Team competition after Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems stumbled upon it a few years back and took over the commentary. But I’d never been there in person until this year when I finally managed to drop by just in time to see this group. (I had to leave after this, but heard from Mo that there was one more group that did some sort of John Cage thing. Can anyone tell us more about that one?)
Thank you, Alison Morris, for directing me to the book sculptures of Su Blackwell. Here are a few that are particularly apt for this blog, but the others are extraordinary too, many from classical children’s stories.
My agent Stephen Barbara lets us in on what two of his Foundry colleagues are looking for. (via Kathi Appelt).
When Uma Krishnaswami asked me if I would like to participate in a blog tour I was intrigued. I’ve never done one, but the featured book (illustrated by another Uma, Uma Krishnaswamy) looked charming online and was being brought out by the admirable Indian publisher Tulika Books. So I said yes.
I’m glad I did. A clever cumulative tale for very young children, the book is a pleasure to read and view. Having never been to India I can’t weigh in on authenticity, but it comes across as very real. Set in India, created and published in India, it offers an insider’s view of India, understandably quite different from the one you get, no matter how well-intended and well-researched, created and published by outsiders. Those looking for books about other cultures and places for young kids should definitely snap this one up.
Wanting a more youthful perspective I read the book to some of my book blogging 6th graders and invited them to write their own blog posts.
- Wrote KM, “It’s set in India, which is one reason I liked it so much. I go to India every summer to see family, and so I also have a general idea of the setting and stuff.” Read her whole post here.
- LW gave it a 9.5 out of 10 and thought that it is, “…. kind of like The Giving Tree, except that in The Giving Tree the boy was very selfish and cruel to the tree, but in this book the boy really loved the tree and protected it from all of the dangers of a growing city.” Read her whole post here.
- TB notes that the book has a, “… wonderful collection of similes, India and a child’s love for the environment.” LD notes that “… it has that Indian tradition, which includes the modern part of India.” Read their whole post here.
- In her post, RC urges you to move out of the way for this book.
So there’s our take on this pretty book. For some other perspectives do visit the rest of the tour stops this week:
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How does writing for children compare to writing for adults?
They feel like the same thing to me. I think of children’s literature as being a sort of genre, so writing a children’s book is like writing a mystery novel – some things you have to put into it, otherwise it doesn’t qualify. And there are things that don’t belong in it or else it doesn’t qualify, but other than that, it feels like the same thing.
Daniel Handler in conversation at the LA Times.
I remember learning about this intriguing documentary, enjoying the production blog, and then kind of forgetting about it as it was still being created. But now it is all done and the first trailer is just up. Not only is it full of familiar names and faces, but it looks beautifully edited and produced. I sure wish I could get to the October 19th screening at Harvard, but I can’t (school and all that). Hopefully more will be announced soon, say one in NYC.
NCTE disappointed me recently by turning down a convention session proposal of mine that included the participation of this year’s Newbery winner and I briefly contemplated not attending. However, now that Orlando has the WWHP my whole view of the place has been transformed and I’m so there come November. Anyone want to join me for a butter beer the weekend before Thanksgiving?
At the Guardian Stephen Hill considers the question, “What is the Future of Poetry?“.