Archive for the ‘Childrens and YA’ Category

ME AND EARL, The Trailer

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

9781419701764The hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a teen rom com about a girl with cancer, adapted from a book, Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, (Abrams, 2012). The screening won a standing ovation, the Audience Award for best drama, as well as the Grand Jury Prize, over-the-top reviews and Oscar predictions (see our list of other book adaptations in the early Oscars pool).

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the movie opens in limited release on June 12.

The trailer, released yesterday, gives a sense of what the excitement is about.

Official Sitemeandearlmovie.com

Tie-in (note: we recently added dozens of new titles to our tie-ins listing; our full list of upcoming movie and TV adaptations is here).

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Jesse Andrews
ABRAMS/Amulet Paperbacks: June 9, 2015
9781419719462, 1419719467
Trade Paperback, $9.95 USD, $11.95 CAD

HP, Illustrated

Monday, March 30th, 2015

harry-potter-jim-kayThe first images from a new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to be released Oct. 6, 2015, are hitting the interwebs.

The publishers, Scholastic here and Bloomsbury in the U.K., plan to release one illustrated HP title a year over the next seven years. The illustrations are by Jim Kay, who also illustrated Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, (Candlewick, 2011).

Entertainment Weekly has the “exclusive” on the cover and several of the interior images but the the British site Imgur (via Tor.com) offers views of the illustrations as they appear on the actual pages. Below is one of the spreads:

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HOME Is A Home Run

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Based on Adam Rex’s chapter book, The True Meaning of Smekday, (Disney/Hyperion; Listening Library), the animated Dreamworks movie Home, opened this weekend and outperformed expectations. Variety speculates, “Jeffrey Katzenberg must be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the embattled DreamWorks Animation chief scored a much needed box office win with the release of Home.”

Critics are also fans. The New York Times calls it “a charming concoction with positive messages for younger children about conquering fears, understanding outsiders and knowing yourself.”

Unfortunately, the film reviews don’t mention the original book, which enjoyed a rapturous reception in The New York Times Book Review when it was published in 2007; “a story so original, so absorbing and so laugh-out-loud funny that the minute I read the last page, I want to start at the beginning again … [it] will captivate fans of the wordplay and characters in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and of the outrageously entertaining satire of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

It happens that rave review is by EarlyWord Kids Correspondent Lisa Von Drasek, who went to see the movie on opening day to see how the book translated to the screen. She reports, “I laughed aloud and enjoyed the reactions from the kids in the audience. One of my favorite book talk moments, in the MoPo (7eleven/WaWa), it is beautifully portrayed. The plot is very different from the book, but it’s a great opportunity to bring an even great audience to the original.” Further, Lisa, an avowed dog person says, “Tip’s cat Pig is one of the best animated characters, ever!”

The True Meaning of SMEKDAY   SMEK For President

Written in the form of a time capsule essay by an 11-year-old girl nicknamed Tip (her real name is Gratuity), it begins after aliens called the Boov, have invaded the earth and changed the name Christmas to Smekday (to honor one of the Boov leaders). It was illustrator Adam Rex’s first novel (the sequel, Smek For President, came out in February).

The main character, Tip,  is voiced by singer Rihanna and the Boov alien, named Oh, by Jim Parsons (star of The Big Bang Theory). Fans of the book will remember that character was originally named J.Lo In a twist worthy of the wordplay of the book, the real J.Lo, Jennifer Lopez, voices a different character in the movie.

Tie-ins (for a full list of tie-ins to current and upcoming movies, check our collection on Edelweiss):

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Tip’s Tips on Friendship
Thies Schwarz
S&S/Simon Spotlight: February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback: $3.99 USD, $4.99 CAD
Ages 5 to 7, Grades K to 2

Home : The Chapter Book
Tracey West
S&S/Simon Spotlight: February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback: $5.99 USD, $6.99 CAD
Ages 7 to 10, Grades 2 to 5

The Story of One Super Boov
Ellie O’Ryan, Pierre Collet-Derby
S&S/Simon Spotlight: February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback; $3.99 USD, $4.99 CAD
Ages 3 to 7, Grades P to 2
NOTE: This is a 24-page 8 by 8, but it’s sticker-free

YA (and MG) GalleyChat

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

This month’s YA & MG GalleyChat has ended. Join us for the next one, Tuesday, April 21, 5 to 6 p.m. EDT (virtual cocktails served at 4:30).

PAPER TOWNS Trailer and
Tie-in Coming

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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The trailer for Paper Towns is on its way, as John Green announced on Twitter today:

I’ll be debuting the #PaperTowns trailer live on-air on The @TODAYshow next Thursday 19th March!

The movie’s release date has been changed from early June to July 24.

Nat Wolff, who had the supporting role of Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars, stars as Paper Town‘s Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, with Cara Delevingne as Margo.

On his weekly VlogBrothers video this Tuesday, Green says he has seen the film and thinks it’s great because it is “faithful to the themes of the book … learning to accept others’ complexity,” (as an executive producer on the movie, he may not be entirely unbiased). He also reassures fans that a Looking for Alaska movie “might actually happen.”

The tie-in has also been announced (cover, top):

Paper TownsJohn Green
Penguin/Speak: May 19, 2015, Ship Date: April 14, 2015
9780147517654, 0147517656
Trade Paperback

Author Terry Pratchett Dies

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The author of over 70 books for children and adults, including the popular Discworld series and many other novels has died at 66.

Terry Pratchett, who had early onset Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home according to the announcement,  “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family.”

The Guardian offers a tribute to the author in the form of reviews by young fans, as well as a selection of his most inspiring quotes.

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A collection of 14 stories for children, many of which were written when Pratchett was in his teens,  Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales (HMH/Clarion; Listening Library) was published in February. The fourth in the Long Earth series, written for adults, The Long Utopia (Harper; HarperLuxe) is scheduled for publication this June.

ELOISE and Lena

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Coming to HBO on March 23rd, the documentary, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise produced by Lena Dunham.

ALL of Dunham’s tattoos are from children’s books as she reveals in the following interview:

Rainbow Rowell Will CARRY ON

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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In early December, Rainbow Rowell promised fans that a new Simon & Baz novel is on its way.

Now we know she wasn’t trolling us; it’s listed in distributor catalogs.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Macmillan/ St. Martin’s Griffin
October 6, 2015

Publisher summary:

Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

She recently spoke to Time magazine about it,  declaring that the book is not fanfiction for her own book, “I don’t think it’s fanfiction, I think it’s more like canon! Because even though Simon Snow is fictional inside of Fangirl, I still had to make him up. He still feels like he’s my character.”

9781250073808_39862A sneak peek will be featured in a new “collector’s edition” of Fangirl, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin) coming in May, described as including “Fan Art, a ribbon bookmark, an exclusive author Q&A, and an excerpt from her upcoming book Carry On.

Rowell is scheduled to appear at BookCon in May, which follows Book Expo America.

After DIVERGENT

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.55.38 AMVeronica Roth, author of the hugely popular Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and the companion book, Four), just announced a deal with HarperCollins for a two-book YA “duology,” set for publication in 2017 and 2018.

The HarperCollins press release states that the books will be “in the vein of Star Wars” and will explore “the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy. Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge.”

Roth has just begun working on the new books and is, according to the Associated Press, taking her time with their development. In the meantime, the second title in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent, hits movie screens on March 20th.

The second and final trailer was released last week.

Oh My!
Manuscripts Are Falling
Out of the Sky!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.53.43 AMIt seems manuscripts are turning up all over. On the heels of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman comes the news that a few new Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) books have been found as well. The newly discovered What Pet Should I Get? (Random House Books for Young Readers; July 28, 2015; ISBN 9780553524260) is receiving the most attention right now, but Geisel’s wife and his long time secretary announced yesterday that they also found material for at least two other books as they were cleaning out Geisel’s office.Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.58.20 AM

The New York Times reports that What Pet Should I Get?, believed to have been written between 1952 and 1962, features the same characters as the beloved One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Ron Charles, book reviewer for The Washington Post, composed a poem in tongue-in-cheek disbelief.

Chat with Elise Primavera, Feb. 18

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Live Blog Live Chat with Elise Primavera, MS. RAPSCOTT’S GIRLS
 Live Chat with Elise Primavera, MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS(02/18/2015) 
4:29
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with Elise Primavera, author of Ms. Rapscott’s Girls at 5 p.m., EST
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:29 Nora - EarlyWord
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Meanwhile, here’s the cover of Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, to be publised on March 10th, from Penguin/Dial:
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:30 
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
An advance, starred review from Booklist:
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:31 
4:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
If yo'u've read the book, the label on this box should make you laugh:
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:47 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:47 
4:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We'll begin in a few minutes.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to the author before the end of the chat.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Don’t worry about typos – we’ll make them too!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:54
[Comment From JamieJamie: ] 
Excited to join you guys.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:54 Jamie
4:54
[Comment From LaylaLayla: ] 
Looking forward to this chat!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 4:54 Layla
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Our moderator is Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota, one of the world’s largest collections of children’s literature manuscripts and original. Before that, she was the Children's Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education. She’s also served on many awards committees including the Newbery, the National Book Awards for Young People's Literature and American Library Association's Notable Children's Books.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Say hi, Lisa!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:00
lisa von drasek: 
Hi Nora
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 lisa von drasek
5:00
Elise: 
HI Lisa!!!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 Elise
5:00
lisa von drasek: 
This is so exciting for me!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 lisa von drasek
5:00
Elise: 
Me too!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00 Elise
5:01
lisa von drasek: 
I met Elise when her book Raising Dragons won the Children's Choice award- Irma Black Award...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:01 lisa von drasek
5:01
lisa von drasek: 
at my old school Bank Street College of Education
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:01 lisa von drasek
5:02
Elise: 
One of my all time fave books!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 Elise
5:02
lisa von drasek: 
Elise, it is so exciting for me to talk to you about Rapscott Girls...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 lisa von drasek
5:02
lisa von drasek: 
Is it okay if we abbreviate?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 lisa von drasek
5:02
[Comment From BettyBetty: ] 
Hi Everyone!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 Betty
5:02
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
Hi Elise & Lisa!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 NJ Gal
5:02
[Comment From FrannyFranny: ] 
This is my first -- thanks so much for doing this. Love the book!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 Franny
5:02
Elise: 
Thanks Franny!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:02 Elise
5:03
lisa von drasek: 
MRSFGOBP this seems complicated
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:03 lisa von drasek
5:03
Elise: 
Say Rapscott?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:03 Elise
5:03
lisa von drasek: 
Can I call it Rapscotts Girls?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:03 lisa von drasek
5:03
Elise: 
Yes!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:03 Elise
5:04
lisa von drasek: 
Any way.... can you say a few words about what inspired this story?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:04 lisa von drasek
5:04
Elise: 
Ok, Lisa...here goes.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:04 Elise
5:04
Elise: 
MS. RAPSCOTT started out as a MADELINE type book – episodic stories of little girls in a boarding school setting. But instead of being orphans I thought it would be funny if the girl’s parents were just terribly busy.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:04 Elise
5:05
Elise: 
When I started to think about the teacher of this school I thought about a character from my first novel, GUMM STREET, named Franny Muggs who had a morbid fascination for Mt. Everest, Amelia Earhart and failed missions like Shackleton’s to the South Pole. I thought that a grownup version of Franny would make an interesting headmistress.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:05 Elise
5:05
Elise: 
As you can see MS. RAPSCOTT turned out nothing like Madeline!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:05 Elise
5:05
lisa von drasek: 
I love the getting lost "on Purpose".... have you ever done that for real?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:05 lisa von drasek
5:06
Elise: 
I have a fear of getting lost for sure! Do everything to avoid it...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:06 Elise
5:07
[Comment From NM LibrarianNM Librarian: ] 
Do you have any real life experience with "daughters of very busy parents?"
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:07 NM Librarian
5:07
Elise: 
who Doesn't is the question!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:07 Elise
5:08
Elise: 
Why are we all so busy? I'm busier than ever and can't figure out why!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:08 Elise
5:08
Elise: 
I think I'll blame it on my iPhone...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:08 Elise
5:08
[Comment From FrennyFrenny: ] 
There’s such a sense of fun in this book. I imagine you chuckling away as you work. Do you also get frustrated?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:08 Frenny
5:09
[Comment From JamieJamie: ] 
Love the mom who doesn’t have time for her kids because she’s posting on a mommie blog. You must have written that for adults. Do you think of adults reading the book to kids and tucking things in for them?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:09 Jamie
5:09
Elise: 
All the time - the writing of this book took three revisions!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:09 Elise
5:09
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
What is the significance behind the name "Rapscott?"
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:09 Deborah
5:09
Elise: 
Jamie, yes, I do think of the adults and the mom blogger was an evil addition of mine
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:09 Elise
5:10
lisa von drasek: 
From the peanut gallery- I have had 2 Corgis and they are wonderful dogs. How did you decide to have Corgis in the story as Ms. Rapscott's companions and assistant
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:10 lisa von drasek
5:11
Elise: 
I used to ride horses and when I was twenty I went to England to a place called Great Rapscott to ride
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:11 Elise
5:11
Elise: 
I own a dachshund. But my Lulu is a couch potato with a mind of her own and would not do well as anyone’s assistant. She won’t even come when I call her unless I have food. But my aunt has three corgis and they seem very smiley and rough and ready for any adventure and eager to please.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:11 Elise
5:11
lisa von drasek
Lulu Primavera
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:11 
5:12
[Comment From JamieJamie: ] 
Ha! I KNEW that the mommies blogger mom was a way of sending a message to adults!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:12 Jamie
5:12
Elise: 
HA! There she is!!!! And that's where she is right now.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:12 Elise
5:12
[Comment From LaylaLayla: ] 
Love the clever boxes for the books – who came up with those?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:12 Layla
5:12
Elise: 
I came up with the boxes - and my editor and I kind of both decided they should fly
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:12 Elise
5:13
Elise: 
I do remember laughing when I thought of the boxes!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:13 Elise
5:13
lisa von drasek
Sketch of heads -- Ms. Rapscott and Girls
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:13 
5:13
lisa von drasek: 
Elise- I think of you as for most , an illustrator then a storyteller. can you tell us a little about the art in Rapscott Girls?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:13 lisa von drasek
5:14
Elise: 
The interior black and white illustrations were done on Arches 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper. I used lead pencils and charcoal pencils.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:14 Elise
5:14
lisa von drasek: 
Did you go to art school?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:14 lisa von drasek
5:14
Elise: 
The cover was done in pastel - a technique that I used for Auntie Claus and Raising Dragons
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:14 Elise
5:14
lisa von drasek: 
what brought you to children's books?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:14 lisa von drasek
5:15
Elise: 
I went to Moore College of art in Phil PA.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:15 Elise
5:15
Elise: 
The only all girls art school in the country
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:15 Elise
5:15
lisa von drasek: 
Can you describe your typical work day?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:15 lisa von drasek
5:15
Elise: 
A move my mother still says I'm paying for because I missed my opp to meet tehe great guy!! LOL
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:15 Elise
5:16
lisa von drasek: 
And that is why girls go to school....to meet boys!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:16 lisa von drasek
5:16
Elise: 
OK - typical day

I get up at around 6:30, with the exception of Wednesdays when I get up at 5:30 to work out with a trainer at the gym at 7:45.

I like to read while I have breakfast and drink coffee, then take a shower, dress and get Lulu, my dachshund, out for a walk. I start to either write or do art in the morning beginning around 9:00 or so. That’s when I’m the freshest. I work all day pretty much, getting up and down to walk the dog, do laundry etc. If I have errands I’ll do them at lunch and then work for a few more hours in the afternoon. At about 5:00 I feed Lulu, and then go the gym.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:16 Elise
5:16
lisa von drasek
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:16 
5:16
Elise: 
That's what my mother has told me! ; )
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:16 Elise
5:17
lisa von drasek
Elise's Studio on a snowy day
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:17 
5:17
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
I see you're from Red Bank. Did Hurricane Sandy affect you?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:17 NJ Gal
5:17
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
How long did it take to write this book? Your website said it was due from Dial in 2013.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:17 Deborah
5:17
lisa von drasek
Elise's studio.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:17 
5:17
Elise: 
Not so much me - but around me everything was destroyed.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:17 Elise
5:18
Elise: 
OH my gosh - I've lost track of how long it took
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:18 Elise
5:18
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Will there be more Ms. Rapscott's Girls adventures? I hope so! I'm looking forward to reading about the fall semester.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:18 Deborah
5:18
Elise: 
The first draft was about 56 pages on the computer and my editor Nancy Conescu wanted more. We had a phone conversation and I remember saying to her, “Now you’re scaring me.”
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:18 Elise
5:18
Elise: 
I went back to work and added about sixty pages. At this point my original idea of it being a long picture book had gone out the window. I was in uncharted territory. But when I handed this draft in, Nancy wrote back that she loved what I had done…up to page 56!

Was I freaking out now? Um, yes.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:18 Elise
5:19
Elise: 
I actually had to put the story aside for six months before I could even approach the changes. It felt a little like stepping into the cage of some wild animal that I was going to have to tame...or fight…or be defeated by.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:19 Elise
5:19
Elise: 
Six months later I did venture into the lion’s cage. But something had changed. When I looked at Nancy’s comments this time I could see what she was talking about. For some odd reason (with the benefit of some time past?) something clicked inside my head. I was able to do the third draft this time and I knew I’d nailed it.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:19 Elise
5:19
[Comment From Susie QSusie Q: ] 
You mention your editor came up with the idea of the boxes flying. I'd like to hear more about what it's like working with an editor. I've heard that these days, editors don't get that involved, they mostly do marketing.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:19 Susie Q
5:20
Elise: 
Susie My editor was very involved
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:20 Elise
5:21
[Comment From Susie QSusie Q: ] 
I can see that now -- why do people say those things then?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:21 Susie Q
5:21
Elise: 
NAncy my editor had a lot of ideas and we talked quite a bit
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:21 Elise
5:22
lisa von drasek: 
Although more than a few have compared Ms. Rapscott to Mary Poppins, I have found she is not as mean . Was that a specific effort on your part?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:22 lisa von drasek
5:22
Elise: 
I did go back and forth on that
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:22 Elise
5:23
[Comment From JamieJamie: ] 
Also love those labels for the actual book boxes -- wh thought of that?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 Jamie
5:23
Elise: 
But in the end I wanted her to be more positive and fun.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 Elise
5:23
lisa von drasek
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 
5:23
[Comment From NM LibrarianNM Librarian: ] 
I was reminded of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as well.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 NM Librarian
5:23
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
What or who were your inspirations for each of the girls?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 Deborah
5:23
Nora - EarlyWord
Ms. Rapscott
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:23 
5:24
lisa von drasek: 
nice!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:24 lisa von drasek
5:24
lisa von drasek: 
Elise, tell me about the parrot?

Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:24 lisa von drasek
5:24
Elise: 
This is Ms. Rapscott with her original side kick
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:24 Elise
5:24
lisa von drasek: 
original?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:24 lisa von drasek
5:25
Elise: 
I gave her a parrot named Hillary after Sir Edmund who climbed Everest
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:25 Elise
5:25
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Why did you switch to corgis?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:25 Deborah
5:25
Elise: 
BUt there were a lot of pirate stories floating around and nancy the editor nixed the parrot
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:25 Elise
5:26
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
The corgis seemed perfect -- so eager and willing.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:26 NJ Gal
5:26
Elise: 
I love corgis - they're so smiley and they look good in turtleneck sweaters
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:26 Elise
5:26
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
Only an artist would think of which animal would look good in a turtleneck!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:26 NJ Gal
5:27
Elise: 
HA!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:27 Elise
5:27
lisa von drasek: 
Ms. Rapscott has three wishes...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:27 lisa von drasek
5:27
lisa von drasek: 
Pajamas???????
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:27 lisa von drasek
5:27
lisa von drasek
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:27 
5:27
Elise: 
I guess it’s a metaphor for a reward after doing something that is really hard to do—like finally reaching the end of the Less Traveled Road. I would imagine that all you’d want by then is a bowl of soup, some birthday cake and a good pair of pajamas!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:27 Elise
5:28
Elise: 
And maybe a glass of wine ; )
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 Elise
5:28
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Note that there are parrots on one set of the PJ"s!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 Nora - EarlyWord
5:28
lisa von drasek: 
If it was your birthday. What kind of cake would you want?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 lisa von drasek
5:28
Elise: 
Do you all like my pjs?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 Elise
5:28
lisa von drasek: 
I LOVE your pjs!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 lisa von drasek
5:28
Elise: 
Chocolate with lemon icing
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:28 Elise
5:29
Elise: 
I love lemon icing
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 Elise
5:29
lisa von drasek: 
hhmm. never had that. do you bake?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 lisa von drasek
5:29
lisa von drasek: 
okay trying to focus here...distracted by Birthday cake
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 lisa von drasek
5:29
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
YES! Where can I get those PJ's?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 NJ Gal
5:29
Elise: 
No but there's an awesome cup cake store in Red Bank
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 Elise
5:29
Elise: 
GArnet Hill!!!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 Elise
5:29
lisa von drasek: 
ahhh.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:29 lisa von drasek
5:30
lisa von drasek: 
I found Rapscott girls a great page turner
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30 lisa von drasek
5:30
lisa von drasek: 
and a great read aloud
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30 lisa von drasek
5:30
Elise: 
Really happy to hear it!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30 Elise
5:30
lisa von drasek: 
have you read it aloud?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30 lisa von drasek
5:30
Elise: 
Yes, there's an audio version that I think is going to be fab.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30 Elise
5:31
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
The Road Less Traveled makes me think of Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken." Was that intended?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:31 Deborah
5:31
Elise: 
I think it was subconcious
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:31 Elise
5:31
Elise: 
Can't spell...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:31 Elise
5:31
lisa von drasek: 
What were your favorite books when you were young?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:31 lisa von drasek
5:32
Elise: 
I read comic books by the thousands – the Harvey comics: Casper, Little Dot, Richie Rich, Archie etc. Books that I liked were: The Phantom Tollbooth, Wrinkle in Time, the OZ books, Alice in Wonderland, lots of fairy tales when I was very little.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:32 Elise
5:32
Elise: 
The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring books were huge for me when I was about twelve. I loved those books so much – I think it’s part of what made me want to write for children.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:32 Elise
5:33
[Comment From FrannyFranny: ] 
Do you prefer doing picture books, or chapter books?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:33 Franny
5:33
Elise: 
I prefer chapter books
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:33 Elise
5:33
Elise: 
Picture books are a little confining for me
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:33 Elise
5:33
Elise: 
I like a little more room to tell my story
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:33 Elise
5:34
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
What age of reader were you writing for with this book?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:34 Deborah
5:34
Elise: 
BUt I also love to do my own pictures
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:34 Elise
5:34
Elise: 
About seven to ten or so
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:34 Elise
5:34
[Comment From Julia D.Julia D.: ] 
Tell us more about the audio, please.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:34 Julia D.
5:34
Elise: 
Ok Julia - Kathryn Kellgren is the narrator
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:34 Elise
5:35
Elise: 
She has a wonderful British accent that works really well
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:35 Elise
5:35
Elise: 
We also have some great music that's windy and swirly sounding
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:35 Elise
5:36
Elise: 
I can't wait to hear it!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Elise
5:36
[Comment From FrannyFranny: ] 
I asked about whether you prefer picture books because you seem to really love doing the art. I like how the opening pages of this book are almost like a wordless picture book. Sets you up for the story.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Franny
5:36
[Comment From JulieJulie: ] 
The audio sounds great and I can just imagine it with a British accent.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Julie
5:36
Elise: 
Julie - yes Ms. R. needs to be a Brit!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Elise
5:36
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Are there more Rapscott"s Girls Adventures to come?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Deborah
5:36
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
I can envision this to be a series that readers could enjoy following.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:36 Deborah
5:37
Elise: 
Deb - yes working on book 2 right now!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:37 Elise
5:37
Elise: 
Franny - thanks so much!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:37 Elise
5:37
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Yea!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:37 Deborah
5:37
Elise: 
The lesson in BK2 is How to Go Far In LIfe
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:37 Elise
5:38
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Will there be more about the Boys School too?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:38 Deborah
5:38
Elise: 
Deb - Yes - BK2 has a lot of that in it!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:38 Elise
5:39
lisa von drasek: 
We were wondering about the fabulous names...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:39 lisa von drasek
5:39
Elise: 
I rode horses from the time I was seven years old and continued competitively with that well into my early thirties. When I was twenty I took a year off from college to go to England and train at a place in North Devon called Great Rapscott.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:39 Elise
5:39
Elise: 
It was an adventure that I will never forget—one worthy of a true Rapscott girl!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:39 Elise
5:39
Elise: 
The first lesson at Great Rapscott School is: How To Find Your Way. So Ms. Rapscott’s corgis were named, Lewis and Clark, after the famous explorers.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:39 Elise
5:40
Elise: 
The girl’s names were chosen for their old fashioned and sort of darkly whimsical qualities—except for Dahlia who is Known for Being a Late Bloomer and who needed a flowery name.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:40 Elise
5:40
lisa von drasek: 
I just loved when Dhalia Thistle bloomed!!!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:40 lisa von drasek
5:40
Elise: 
Me too - I didn't how I was going to get her to do that until I got to the end
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:40 Elise
5:41
Elise: 
It definitely was not thought out from the beginning
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:41 Elise
5:41
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
I can't wait to get to know Dhalia better!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:41 Deborah
5:41
lisa von drasek: 
So you don't have the whole book outlined before you write?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:41 lisa von drasek
5:41
Elise: 
She's a LAte Bloomer!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:41 Elise
5:41
lisa von drasek: 
hahaha!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:41 lisa von drasek
5:42
Elise: 
I try to outline - but it never works - I always come up with other things as I go along.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:42 Elise
5:42
lisa von drasek: 
Was there an old fashioned name that you had to give up because it didn't fit?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:42 lisa von drasek
5:42
Elise: 
Yes - Winifred
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:42 Elise
5:42
Elise: 
BUt I'm going to use her in another book HA!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:42 Elise
5:42
lisa von drasek: 
oohhh Love that!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:42 lisa von drasek
5:43
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Did you create the color characteristics/meanings or were they adapted from something?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:43 Deborah
5:43
Elise: 
Winifred Peevish
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:43 Elise
5:43
lisa von drasek: 
yes but each girl grows out of their negative characteristics
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:43 lisa von drasek
5:43
Elise: 
Thankfully
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:43 Elise
5:44
lisa von drasek: 
Winifred would have to get married to change!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 lisa von drasek
5:44
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Ms. Peevish sounds interesting.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 Deborah
5:44
[Comment From NJ GalNJ Gal: ] 
Love that about where Lewis and Clark's names came from. It's also a sly wink to kids who will feel smart for recognizing the names.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 NJ Gal
5:44
Elise: 
Thanks - but it's for a completely different book.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 Elise
5:44
Elise: 
NJ GAl that's true - glad youlike
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 Elise
5:44
lisa von drasek: 
okay then
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:44 lisa von drasek
5:45
lisa von drasek: 
I was thinking about the fantasy world that you created...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:45 lisa von drasek
5:45
Elise: 
Yes?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:45 Elise
5:45
lisa von drasek: 
that although there were scary moments...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:45 lisa von drasek
5:45
lisa von drasek: 
there was enormous amount of comfort throughout...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:45 lisa von drasek
5:46
lisa von drasek: 
was that difficult to balance?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:46 lisa von drasek
5:46
Elise: 
You're right about that
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:46 Elise
5:46
Elise: 
NOt really - I love putting characters in scary situations and then giving them a break
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:46 Elise
5:47
Elise: 
I think I live my life that way...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:47 Elise
5:47
Elise: 
I had an odd combo as a kid of being very sheltered only to be thrown into crazy scary situations
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:47 Elise
5:48
Elise: 
LIke when my parents bought me a two year old off teh track to ride that was barely broken...HA!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:48 Elise
5:48
lisa von drasek: 
a two year old....? that would be a horse not a toddler?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:48 lisa von drasek
5:48
[Comment From Jessica T.Jessica T.: ] 
How do you deal with reviews? Do you read them? Are you worried that there might be push-back from actual parents who recognize themselves in the book?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:48 Jessica T.
5:48
Elise: 
Horse!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:48 Elise
5:49
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Are there specific children that inspired your characters?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:49 Deborah
5:49
Elise: 
Jessica - I do read reviews...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:49 Elise
5:49
Elise: 
I don't think anyone would have a problem because it's tongue in cheek
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:49 Elise
5:50
lisa von drasek: 
As we only have a few minutes left, is there a question you wished I had asked
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:50 lisa von drasek
5:50
Elise: 
DO you want to know about the top of the b'day cake?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:50 Elise
5:50
lisa von drasek: 
YES!!!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:50 lisa von drasek
5:50
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Yes!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:50 Deborah
5:50
Elise: 
My editor Nancy and I were talking one day and I said there’s this crazy show on TV, and I hope you won’t think less of me, but I’m a little obsessed with it. The dance teacher does this thing called: The Top of the Pyramid where she picks the best kid each week. Nancy screamed, DANCE MOMS! I LOVE DANCE MOMS! She said you HAVE to put that in the book so I called it the Top of the Birthday Cake.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:50 Elise
5:51
Elise: 
Yes folks...Dance Moms
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:51 Elise
5:51
lisa von drasek: 
oh I definitely think less of you....on the other hand ...I think I have seen every iteration of NCIS
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:51 lisa von drasek
5:52
lisa von drasek: 
Elise- if asked would you do a reality tv show?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:52 lisa von drasek
5:52
Elise: 
That's good! I mean that's good TV, right?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:52 Elise
5:52
lisa von drasek: 
not according to the guy I live with.....
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:52 lisa von drasek
5:52
Elise: 
I think I might!!!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:52 Elise
5:52
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Do you do author visits...Skype sessions?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:52 Deborah
5:53
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
How did you come up with the setting?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:53 Deborah
5:53
Elise: 
Deb I haven't done any but I'm willing to try!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:53 Elise
5:54
lisa von drasek: 
the world of Rapscott is real and not real at the same time. ...
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:54 lisa von drasek
5:54
Elise: 
Yes?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:54 Elise
5:54
lisa von drasek: 
the over the top busy parents AND a place where wishes come true AND where Corgis tend to your needs....
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:54 lisa von drasek
5:55
lisa von drasek: 
what inspired the setting?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:55 lisa von drasek
5:55
Elise: 
Yes this was a bit of a high wire act to pull off
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:55 Elise
5:55
lisa von drasek: 
AND believable!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:55 lisa von drasek
5:55
Elise: 
NAncy was always reeling me in - I had a tendency to go too far with the fantasy
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:55 Elise
5:56
Elise: 
So I was very aware when writing of putting some in but keeping it believable
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:56 Elise
5:56
lisa von drasek: 
what was the craziest thing that you had to revise?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:56 lisa von drasek
5:56
Elise: 
Probably the end
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:56 Elise
5:56
[Comment From Jessica T.Jessica T.: ] 
I've gotta run, but just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this chat and reading the book!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:56 Jessica T.
5:57
lisa von drasek: 
The end?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:57 lisa von drasek
5:57
Elise: 
Thanks J!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:57 Elise
5:57
Elise: 
Yes I had the mountain actually moving -- it was totally nuts
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:57 Elise
5:57
lisa von drasek: 
We are wrapping up here as we have only three minutes left
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:57 lisa von drasek
5:58
Elise: 
I was trying for teh girls can "move mountains" or some such...didn't work!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:58 Elise
5:58
lisa von drasek: 
any last comments from the gallery?
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:58 lisa von drasek
5:59
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
Thank you for sharing a part of your writer's craft! Love the book!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:59 Deborah
5:59
Elise: 
Thanks so much Deb that means a lot!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:59 Elise
5:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Thanks, Lisa and Elise – this was fun! For those of you who want to find out more about Elise and how to contact her, go to Elise's Web site
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:59 Nora - EarlyWord
5:59
[Comment From DeborahDeborah: ] 
I love the interplay between art and story.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:59 Deborah
6:00
lisa von drasek: 
Thank you Elise.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 6:00 lisa von drasek
6:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And, thanks to all of you for joining us.
Wednesday February 18, 2015 6:00 Nora - EarlyWord
6:00
Elise: 
Thanks so much Lisa - this was super fun!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 6:00 Elise
6:00
Elise: 
Thank you Nora!
Wednesday February 18, 2015 6:00 Elise
6:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 

You two are great!

The next title in our program is Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, coming in June. Click here to read more about it:

http://penguinyrauthors.earlyword.com/circus-mirandus/

 

 

Wednesday February 18, 2015 6:01 Nora - EarlyWord
 
 

Trust the Process!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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The 2015 Newbery Committee filed into the packed hall at Chicago’s McCormick Convention Center on Monday morning wearing t-shirts that proclaimed “Trust the Process.”

This is a profession not prone to trusting the process (as you’ll know if you’ve ever been through an ALA Council meeting) and there’s inevitably a lot of second-guessing after the awards are announced.

But I have to say that I do trust the Awards process. I trust that Children’s and Young Adult librarians KNOW the criteria. We “get” what a distinguished book is. We listen to all the discussions and read all of the reviews and read and read and read. Then, in our heart of hearts we wish, we pray, we hope. Is it any wonder that on the morning the awards are announced, we scream, we whoop and we cry?

My personal reactions to the Newbery and Caldecott winners, below.

John Newbery Medal

97805441077179781490627571_1beabThe Crossover, Kwame Alexander, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book)

It was easy for me to “trust the process” in this case because I love this book. In the video below, Kate DiCamillo, last year’s winner, and I picked our favorite books, new and old, to read aloud for a film that went to Paris for the IFLA conference. I sprung my ARC of  Crossover on Kate, because I couldn’t get enough of its engaging sustained voice and juicy language that begs to be read aloud. An added benefit is its high interest subject matter. The conversation we had was organic, not scripted and illustrated how great books bring us joy (pick it up at time stamp 21:43. Note: the galley cover shown in the video is different from the final).

John Newbery Honor Books

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El Deafo, Cece Bell, Abrams/ Amulet

I think I was screaming the loudest when this book was announced. I have been an evangelist for “graphic format” or comics and am thrilled that one of the best books of 2014,  comic or otherwise was recognized. The text is a cross between Judy Blume and Baby Mouse with a little Joan Bauer thrown in. Its a school story, a friendship story, a family story about a girl who just happens to be deaf.

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson, Penguin/Nancy Paulsen (also winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a Sibert Honor and of the National Book Award for Young Peoples Literature).

Not sure there is much to more to be said about Brown Girl Dreaming as it leaves with a Coretta Scott King Award, a Sibert honor as well as a Newbery honor after already winning the National Book Award. The only negative is that all those shiny seals now obscure the exquisite cover. On each reading it is richer with meaning and the story strengthens like tempered steel.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

9780316199988_47010The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Dan Sentat, Hachette/Little, Brown

Some thought this was the dark horse of the group (the only best books list it appeared on was NPR’s), but it’s been on my “best pile” all year. It is a great read aloud with subtle humor and compelling illustrations. Dan Santat has brought a sweet but not saccharine child-centered world to life. It was a big year for great picture books (six honors!), making this a thrilling AND unexpected surprise.

Caldecott Honor Books

9781596437746This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Macmillan/First Second

I am huge fan of this author/ illustrator team since Skim (Groundwood, 2010), came out. A coming-of-age graphic novel with mature content, Skim made the Bank Street Best Books of the Year list by the “skin of its teeth” due to passionate advocacy in the face of some opinions that the content was too mature for our audience of fourteen and under.

There IS going to be controversy regarding this title. It DOES have mature content. The Caldecott Committee selected it as one of the best illustrated books of the year. There is an assumption that “picture book” is defined as an illustrated book that is 32 pages long and for elementary school students, but the Award is for a book “for children”and  ALSC’s “scope of services” is ages 0 to 14. This book isn’t for every kid in that age range but it certainly is relevant for some. I trust the process.

And as I look at the rest of Caldecott Honors, there is not one that doesn’t make my heart doesn’t swell as I imagine gathering them in my arms and sharing them with children.

Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo, HMH/Clarion

The Noisy Paint BoxThe Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, Mary GrandPre, Barb Rosenstock, RH/Knopf

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, Candlewick

Viva Frida, Yuyi Morales, Macmillan/Roaring Book Press, (also the winner of the ALA Pura Belpré Illustrator Award)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, Melissa Sweet, Jen Bryant, Eerdmans  (also the winner of the ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award)

Graphic Novels Score with Youth Media Awards

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier tweeted her excitement about today’s ALA Youth Media Awards,  “Graphic novels can win the most distinguished American book award, it’s official. The game is ON. I am so happy.”

Graphic novels have won major ALA awards before (Brian Selznick won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret), this is the first year that  one graphic novel took home both a Caldecott and Printz Honor. This One Summer, by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, (Macmillan/First Second), is a graphic novel, qualifying it as a “picture book for children” (Caldecott).  Since it is written for children ages 12 to 18, it also qualifies as a young adult title (Printz). In addition, El Deafo, by Cece Bell, (Abrams/Amulet) won a Newbery Honor.

Even more significant, just months after the formation of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, the medalists and honorees represent a wide range of backgrounds.

Emma Watson is BEAUTY

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Disney’s live-action musical of Beauty and the Beast has found its Belle; Emma Watson, who began her movie career at age eleven playing Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, has signed on for the lead.

9780062290366_9a172It is set to be directed by  Stephen Chbosky, who also directed Watson in the adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, (S&S/MTV Books, 2012).

No news on whether she is still committed to star in Warner Brothers’ adaptation of Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Harper, July, 2014).

 

RA Alert: Children’s Books
Make A Move

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Librarians who regularly look at Amazon’s daily accounting of “Movers & Shakers” know how unusual to see several children’s titles suddenly dominate the list. Sunday was one of those exceptions. The 100 titles on the rise was full of books for the toddler crowd.

Why the sudden attention? A bookseller with a point to make sent parents on a buying spree. Last week Time Magazine posted a list of the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time. Their top picks? Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, Goodnight Moon, and Blueberries For Sal.

These tried-and-true (and old) titles are not the ones that ruled Amazon, however. Instead, it’s newer titles, including Maps by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński (Candlewick Press, 2013) and Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts (Abrams, 2013; OverDrive Sample) – titles Time completely overlooked.

Jordan B. Nielsen, a children’s book buyer for The powerHouse Arena bookstore in Brooklyn and a blogger on The Huffington Post took exception to Time ‘s selections. “A curmudgeon’s voice took hold in my head as I clicked through the list: The Wild Rumpus is still in vogue? Must we bid the Moon Goodnight once more? Surely piling on one more commendation will fell The Giving Tree!”

She offered her own list of “20 New Classics Every Child Should Own.”

Her description of Rosie Revere, Engineer shows why the Mover & Shaker list is a buzz:

“With all due respect to the Pink brigade, here’s hoping Rosie Revere, Engineer elbows one or two princesses right off the bookshelf. One hardly knows what to be more excited about here: that this story features a young girl enthralled with math and invention, or the book’s overall message that failure is a key stepping stone to success, so long as you don’t give up. Colorful and sweet, this tale of creativity and perseverance will delight parents and daughters alike.”

Who wouldn’t rush to buy that one?

Maps gets this recommendation: “At the bookstore where I work we order it by the case and still cannot keep it in stock. A book kids and adults can pour over together, finding new details every time.”

Nielsen’s list offers a strong counterpoint to Time‘s  golden oldies (for more new titles to recommend, check EarlyWord Kids Correspondent Lisa Von Drasek’s various lists of “best books to give kids you don’t know very well.”)