2018 ALA Youth Media Awards Winners!

What an exciting day for fans of children’s and young adult literature and media!

The 2018 Youth Media Awards were announced this morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This was the first time in recent memory that the conference was held in February instead of January, so the suspense had really been building. Which of our favorite books published in 2017 would join the ranks of the “best of the best,” on their way to becoming modern classics?

Here are some highlights:





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2017 Poetry Friday Archive

1. “Solitude Dinner” by Renée Gregorio

2. Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson, edited by Susan Snively, illustrated by Christine Davenier

3. “Oatmeal Deluxe” by Stephen Dobyns

4. “For the Young Who Want To,” by Marge Piercy

5. Author Chat with Elaine Magliaro (Things to Do)

6. “Cheerios,” “The Fish,” and “Osso Buco” by Billy Collins

7. “The Telephone” by Edward Field

8. “Marmalade” by Penny Harter

9. “What They Did by Lamplight” by Kimberly Blaeser

10. Fresh-Picked Poetry by Michelle Schaub and Amy Huntington

11. Tale of Peter Rabbit + “The Squirrel” by Hardwicke Rawnsley

12. “Les Boulangers” and “Figs” by Barbara Crooker

13. Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies by J. Patrick Lewis and Johanna Wright

14. “Messenger” by Mary Oliver + May 2017 Poetry Friday Roundup

15. Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich and Adam Gustavson

16. “Counterman” by Paul Violi

17. All Aboard the London Bus by Patricia Toht and Sam Usher

18. Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg, edited by Kathryn Benzel, illustrated by Robert Crawford

19. ‘Iwalani’s Tree by Constance Hale and Kathleen Peterson

20. My Daddy Rules the World by Hope Anita Smith

21. “Lines for the Fortune Cookies” by Frank O’Hara

22. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb

23. Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine and Fred Koehler

24. Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

25. “The Patience of Ordinary Things” by Pat Schneider

26. “So Many Things Can Ruin a Picnic” by Faith Shearin

27. Eat This Poem by Nicole Gulotta

28. The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen and Eliza Wheeler

29. “Song of the Jellicles” by T.S. Eliot and Solomon Grundy

30. Agua, Aguita/Water, Little Water by Jorge Tetl Argueta and Felipe Ugalde Alcantara

31. Martha Silano poem from The Book of Donuts + Poetry Friday Roundup

32. Kate Coombs on Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

33. Dumpling Dreams by Carrie Clickard and Katy Wu

34. Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis

35. An Artist’s Night Before Christmas by Joan C. Waites

36. “Things to Believe In” by Patricia Monaghan

*A permanent link to this archive can be found in the sidebar of this blog.

happy thanksgiving!

“Thanksgiving” by Doris Lee (1935)

Wishing you a delicious day of family, friends, fun, feasting, and extra PIE! 

❤️ Love from Mr Cornelius, Ms. Dumpling, and 70-something Paddingtons

clover robin’s charming paper collages

Brush, dab, paint. Snip, snip, trim. Arrange, layer, rearrange.

It’s fun imagining collage artist, designer and illustrator Clover Robin creating another stunning piece in her Greenwich, London home. With her cat Winnie as companion and muse, she indulges her love of nature and all things botanical “inspired by a childhood of woodland walks and countryside rambles.”

Clover grew up in Devon and studied at Leeds College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins. Home studio aside, she particularly enjoys being on location:

I’m pretty much at my happiest when I’m working in my sketchbook and looking directly at the scene or subject I’m creating.

She recently traveled up and down the west coast of America, documenting the beautiful vistas she viewed from the passenger side of the front seat. Where most artists would do pencil or ink sketches in their notebooks, Clover collaged as she went. Pretty amazing!

She hopes to tour the Nordic countries on her next road trip. 🙂

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fanciful beauty: caitlin mcgauley’s watercolor paintings

If you’re a fan of fashion and/or interior design you may have seen some of Caitlin McGauley’s work in the pages of Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, or Elle Decor.

The bright, bold colors and whimsical details in her watercolors are hard to miss.  Whether she’s painting a pretty interior, a spray of flowers, a lovely table setting, or a pastry shop, there’s a distinctive charm and élan that I find irresistible.

It’s fun to see the interesting characters, city scenes, and everyday objects that bear her cheery, chic and uplifting style. I am reminded of Emma Block and Maira Kalman with a touch of Raoul Dufy.  A breath of fresh air!

Caitlin studied at the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, first majoring in illustration before switching to advertising. She experimented with a variety of mediums before discovering her love of watercolor via a “paint every day” project on her blog.

After college, she started working for Ralph Lauren Home as a textile designer, then went on to pursue freelance projects.

As the story goes, years ago Caitlin happened to comment on the Lonny magazine blog, which prompted the editor to visit Caitlin’s illustration blog. The editor liked Caitlin’s watercolors, so she asked her to do a weekly series for Lonny called Watercolor Wednesday. This led to a commission with Kate Spade, New York, and Caitlin hasn’t looked back since.

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