February 2013 Events

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2012 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA

National Storytelling Week~ ongoing until Feb 2, United Kingdom

Taipei Book Fair~ ongoing until Feb 4, Taipei, Taiwan

Kolkata Book Fair~  ongoing until Feb 13, Kolkata, India

Nami Island International Illustration Concours for Picture Book Illustrations~ submissions accepted until Feb 15, Korea

Children’s Literature and Social Justice~ ongoing until Mar 19, Portland, OR, USA

Tall Tales & Huge Hearts: Raúl Colón~ ongoing until Mar 29, Abilene, TX, USA

AFCC’s Book Illustrators Gallery~ submissions accepted until Mar 31, Singapore

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, 2013, USA

Black History Month~ Canada

African American History Month~ USA

National African American Read-inUSA

14th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference~ Feb 1 – 3, New York, NY, USA

28 Days Later: A Black History Celebration of Children’s and YA Lit~ Feb 1 – 28, USA

Concordia University Workshop: Using Children’s Literature to Explore Diversity and Cultures~ Feb 2, Chicago, IL, USA

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Presents The Kids Lit Fest 2013~ Feb 2 – 10, Mumbai, India

MA Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit~ Feb 4 – 9, London, United Kingdom

World Book Fair ~ Feb 4 – 10, New Delhi, India

Minsk Book Fair: Focus on Russian Children’s Books~ Feb 6 – 10, Minsk, Belarus

Sun Gallery’s  Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit~ Feb 6 – Apr 6,  Hayward, CA, USA

Pratham Books’ Events at the Kala Ghoda Kids Lit Fest~ Feb 7 and 9, Mumbai, India

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair~ Feb 9, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Carle Museum Presents: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Author and Illustrator of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book Extra Yarn~ Feb 10, Amherst, MA, USA

First Nations Public Library Week: From Campfires to the Digital World: Storytelling Through Time~ Feb 11 – 16, Province of Ontario, Canada

Imagine Children’s Festival~ Feb 11 – 24, London, United Kingdom

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature Featuring Margarita Engle~ Feb 12, Davis, CA, USA

International Book Giving Day~ Feb 14

2012 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Winners Announced~ Feb 14

ALSC Webinar: Expanding the Caldecott Experience: Programming with Caldecott Winning and Honor Books~ Feb 20

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) Discussion of ALA/ALSC Award Winners~ Feb 21, USA

International Mother Language Day~ Feb 21

21st Annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference~ Feb 23, St. Paul, MN, USA

LibraryPalooza 2013 – an Author Festival for Teens~ Feb 23, San Antonio, TX, USA

All In! Young Writers Media Festival~ Feb 23 – 24, Singapore

Freedom to Read Week~ Feb 24 – Mar 2, Canada

The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

ALA Youth Media Awards Have Been Announced!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Earlier today the American Library Association announced the 2013 Youth Media Awards Winners. Click here to read the press release.

Highlights include:

John Newbery Medal Winner (for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):

The One and Only Ivan written by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2012)

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner (for the most distinguished American picture book for children):

This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, 2012).

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Winner (recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults):

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, 2012).

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award Winner (recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults):

I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award Winner (honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience):

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award Winner (honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience):

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books, 2012)

2013 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award Announcements ~ January 28th

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Mark you calendar for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements.

The ALA will announce 19 awards at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28 from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The awards include the esteemed John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael L. Printz Award.

The awards honor children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children’s audio and video materials. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians and those interested in providing youth with the very best reading and viewing materials.

This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Randolph Caldecott Medal. Presented every year since 1938, the Caldecott Medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. No other literary prize for children’s picture books has the economic significance of the Caldecott Medal. Receiving a Caldecott Medal practically guarantees that the winning title will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for decades to come. For example Dorothy P. Lathrop won the first Caldecott Medal in 1938 for “Animals of the Bible,” and 75 years later it is still available.

The ALA will provide a free live webcast of the announcements. Approximately 12,500 viewers are expected to join more than 1,300 onsite audience members. Live streaming efforts will begin the morning of the announcements at http://tinyurl.com/alaymawc13 , and connections will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those unable to join the webcast can follow real-time results via Twitter @ alayma and the ALA Youth Media Awards Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/alayma .

After the announcements, the ALA website at www.ala.org will feature an award wrap release detailing 2013 selections. Also later in the day winning authors will post video messages to the ALA Youth Media Awards YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/ALAYouthMediaAwards .

The Carle Museum’s New Exhibition: The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration

Friday, January 4th, 2013

From The Carle Museum’s website:

The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration
January 8 – June 30, 2013

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, The Carle Museum, located in Amherst, MA, USA  is mounting a special exhibition of high quality prints, organized by Barbara Elleman, in the Reading Library. At the end of the 1930s, with urging from publisher and children’s book advocate Frederick Melcher, the American Library Association created a highly welcomed award, to recognize the true artistry of illustration in children’s picture books. Designed to parallel the Newbery Award, established in 1922 and presented each year to a book with outstanding literary qualities, the Randolph Caldecott Medal honored a picture book featuring “the most distinguished illustration of the year.” Its namesake, Randolph Caldecott, was a noted British illustrator of the mid 1800s, who had charmed children with energetic interpretations of nursery rhymes that seemingly burst with humor and mischief, and he was considered worthy to symbolize what was to become an internationally recognized award. In 1938, the first Caldecott Medal was presented to Dorothy Lathrop for Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, and to mark the 75th anniversary of this award, Barbara Elleman has included a little over one-third of the honorees in the display. The exhibition is grouped into four categories: SNOW, HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAMS, FOLKLORE, and LONG LOVED, LONG REMEMBERED. Additionally, nearly all of the books are shelved in the bookcase dedicated to the memory of Lori Schilder, and we are grateful to her family for funding to enable this and future exhibitions.

Join Guest Curator and former Book Links editor Barbara Elleman for an exhibition tour on January 20 at 3:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. For more information click here

The Caldecott Award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The 75th Anniversary logo was designed by  2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick who has cleverly brought together characters from past Caldecott Medal-winning books — beginning with the very first in 1938 and spanning all the way to the 21st century.