Daily Archives: January 29, 2011

Children’s Fantasy Book Publishing and the Simpsons

According to Matt Selman, executive producer on The Simpsons, “Homer and some people in Springfield have to perpetrate an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist in the non-Ocean’s Eleven world of children’s fantasy book publishing.” Garcia will be voicing “an evil children’s fantasy book publisher” in a nod to Terry Benedict, his role in Ocean’s.

In another reference to Benedict, “no matter where [Garcia’s character] is, he’ll always have a famous painting behind him.” In case you haven’t seen the movie in awhile, Benedict had a “love of fine art.”

However, don’t expect to hear from other actors from the movies in this episode. The characters of The Simpsons will be plenty enough for them, though Neil Gaiman, a fantasy author, will also be giving his voice to his animated self for this episode.

via The Simpsons Plans Ocean’s Eleven Episode.

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Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2011

A bit under-the-radar, the Orbis Pictus Award is one that shouldn’t be.  Awarded yearly by NCTE,  it recognizes outstanding nonfiction writing for children.  The recently announced 2011 winner is, tada, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring illustrated by Brian Floca (Roaring Brook Press).

Honor Books

  • Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
  • Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell (Charlesbridge)
  • If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Mark Aronson (National Geographic)
  • Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures by Rebecca L. Johnson (Millbrook Press)
  • Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age by Cheryl Bardoe (Abrams Books for Young Readers).

Recommended Books

  • Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown & Company)
  • The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Suzy) by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press)
  • For Good Measure by Ken Robbins (Roaring Brook Press)
  • Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares (Candlewick Press)
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Polar Bears by Mark Newman (Henry Holt and Company)
  • They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton Mifflin).

Congratulations to all the winners!

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