read together, stay together poster by aram kim

NYC-based author/illustrator Aram Kim has just created this awesome 8.5″ x 11″ poster as a free download for everyone. Simply click here to access and print out the PDF file. Perfect for classrooms and libraries! 🙂


 

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards Winners!

This morning the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2017 Youth Media Awards Winners at their annual Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. These awards recognize excellence in children’s and young adult books, audio books and videos released during the 2016 calendar year.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers/Workman, 2016).

Three Newbery Honor Books were also named:

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016)

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Dutton Children’s Books, 2016)

Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Children’s Books, 2016).

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The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children went to:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown, 2016).

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named:

Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook Press, 2016)

Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee Books, 2016)

Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis (Candlewick Press, 2016)

They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books, 2016).

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The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to:

March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions, 2016).

***March: Book Three also won the Robert F. Sibert Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award.

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*For a complete list of all the ALA Youth Media Award Winners and Honor Books, including the Pura Belpré Awards, Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards, click here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND A BIG THANK YOU TO THE AWARD COMMITTEES FOR YOUR HARD WORK!


Copyright © 2017 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

your table’s ready

by Rudi Hurzlmeier

Hello and Happy New Year!

We’re baaaaaaack! Hope you had a nice holiday. Other than a little adventure with our well pump on New Year’s Eve, we managed to survive all the busyness, insane consumption of cookies and undue pressure to be merry and jingly and ho ho ho all the time, and now we’re just happy to get back to our quiet routine here in the woods with bears, books, and warm cups of tea.

Like that wonderful bear in Mr. Hurzlmeier’s painting, I’m tipping my hat to you. I’m glad you’re here because we’ve saved a special seat for you at the table. If you please, says Mr. Bear, make yourself at home.

I hope you don’t mind, but we had to make today’s tea with bottled water. That’s because our tap water still smells like bleach. When the new pump was installed, the contractor sanitized our well. We were lucky to find someone on a holiday weekend who provides emergency service. One minute you’re washing and rinsing the dishes, the next minute you turn on the bathroom tap to brush your teeth and no water at all. 😦

It’s good to know you can actually call someone close to midnight and they’re actually cordial and patient and try to troubleshoot with you over the phone before agreeing to come over bright and early the next morning. So we welcomed 2017 without clean water and there was no dumpling soup or any other cooking going on but we were just relieved we didn’t have to check into a hotel and wait days and days to get someone to fix things.

Did I mention one reason the well pump failed was because we had a power outage on Christmas Eve? Chain of events, chain of events. Never a dull moment.

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Book Resources for The Nian Monster

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Happy Book Birthday to Andrea Wang! The Nian Monster (with illustrations by Alina Chau) is officially out today! This post features some awesome resources — a teacher’s guide, craft, and event kit! Also check out the other Launch Week posts for even more. Leave a comment at any of them for a chance to win a signed copy!

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Xingling, the main character in THE NIAN MONSTER, is a resourceful girl. When confronted by a ravenous monster, she keeps her wits about her in order to fend Nian off. She’s not afraid to ask for help, either. Over the past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to get THE NIAN MONSTER into the hands of readers. I heard over and over how everybody loves freebies. So in addition to swag like bookmarks and magnets, I decided to offer additional book-related resources. And, like Xingling, I reached out and asked for help from my community — the wonderful kidlit community.

Here are a few of the resources that were created for my book:

A Teacher’s Guide: Arguably, not every picture book needs a teacher’s guide, especially if it’s fiction. But I felt that there were enough cultural and geographical aspects to my book that a teacher, librarian, or parent might…

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calef brown protest poster

calebprotestimageUber-talented author-illustrator Calef Brown created this cool Kindness Poster yesterday, which he’s generously made available to the public free of charge.

Click here to print a copy for your home, school or library. High resolution images are available in a variety of sizes and formats.

Thanks, Calef!


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