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The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions

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Well THAT was exciting!  Exciting and fun and not a single winner of today’s awards made me bang my head on a table at any point.  Hooray!  That’s what constitutes a good year, in my book.  If you’re curious about what won, the press release listing the authors can be found here.  We can now [...]

Newbery / Caldecott / Etc. 2012: Post Awards Edition

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Since it’s apparently football season (or at least that’s what the trending topics on Twitter seem to imply) think of this as a kind of post-game recap of what went on yesterday in the land of ALA Media Awards.  Each year I like to look at what I got right, what I got wrong, what [...]

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: New York Style

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If you’ve read my blog in the last year you may have heard me mention a little something called the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.  Said aloud it sounds like The 92nd Newbery Film Festival (which is not too far off since 2012 will be the 90th Newbery Award).  However the entire premise was this: Kids [...]

Review of the Day: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House imprint) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73742-5 Ages 11-14 I’ve been struggling over how to begin this review. I want to get it exactly right. I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to say. If you’ve read any of my [...]

Review of the Day: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman Illustrations by Dave McKean Harper Collins $17.99 ISBN: 978-0060530921 Ages 11 and up On shelves September 30th I’ve noticed that there’s been an increased interest in the macabre in children’s literature lately. Sometimes when I’ve had a glass or two of wine and I’m in a contemplative mood I [...]