Happy International Children’s Book Day!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Internatioal Children's Book Day 2013It’s International Children’s Book Day! Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY is the international sponsor of ICBD. That section decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from their country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are then used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

For 2013 the sponsor is the USA section of IBBY (USBBY) and the theme is “Bookjoy around the World”. The 2013 poster (shown above) was designed by Ashley Bryan and a high resolution image of it can be downloaded here. The 2013 message (which you can read here) was written by Pat Mora. To learn more about Ashley Bryan, Pat Mora, the term “Bookjoy”, click here to read the 2013 International Children’s Book Day brochure.

North Carolina Museum of Art Presents “Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

One of my roles here on the PaperTigers blog is that of Eventful World Coordinator. On the 1st day of each month I post our calendar of children’s book-related events and the majority of my weekly posts focuses on kid lit events happening around the world. From the Philippines to Canada to Australia to Mexico, there are lots of events to attend, vicariously enjoy, or simply be inspired by! I often say that if I ever win the lottery I may just spend a year traveling the world and going from one kid lit event to another. If there is ever an event happening in your area that you think our readers would like to know about, please send me an email ( corinne(at)papertigers.org ) and I would be pleased to include it on our monthly calendar and perhaps do a feature post about it.

Earlier this week I received an email from Joanna Dozier at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, USA) in which she wrote “I am pleased to share with you the North Carolina Museum of Art’s most recent exhibition and upcoming spring family festival that celebrate the works of award-winning author, artist, and teacher Ashley Bryan.

As you may know, with a recent Coretta Scott King award and recognition from the New York Public Library, Ashley Bryan is a top name in the world of children’s book authorship and illustration. His work draws upon African American traditions and folklore, blending rhythms of the oral tradition in his writing with a wide range of colorful mediums in his art.

This April, the NCMA presents two exciting opportunities to recognize Bryan’s work, as well as commemorate the release of his two new volumes of spirituals, Walk Together Children and I’m Going to Sing, published by Alazar Press:

On April 15, the NCMA opened Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan, an exhibition that features Ashley’s original preliminary pencil drawings, watercolor sketches, and completed woodblock prints, ultimately presented in his stunning award-winning books. The exhibition will run through the summer, closing on August 19.

On April 22, the NCMA hosts the  free Spring Family Festival: 
Rhythms of the Heart with music making, art workshops, dancing, and singing, as well as a special appearance by Bryan.”

For  more information visit the North Carolina Museum of Art website by clicking here.

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards Winners Announced!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Earlier this morning the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2012 youth media awards winners. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Highlights from the list include:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Dead End in Norvelt, written by Jack Gantos.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: Inside Out and Back Again, written by Thanhha Lai; and Breaking Stalin’s Nose, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: A Ball for Daisy, illustrated and written by Chris Raschka.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Blackout, illustrated and written by John Rocco; Grandpa Green, illustrated and written by Lane Smith; and Me … Jane, illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.

Two King Author Honor Book recipients were selected: Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North,  illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; and Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten,  illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.

One King Illustrator Honor Book recipient was selected: Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Ashley Bryan.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, written and  illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos; and Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina, illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award: Under the Mesquite written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck written by Margarita Engle; and Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller, written by Xavier Garza.


August 2010 Events

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

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Adarna House’s Workshops for Literacy~ Philipinnes

Cape Town Book Fair~ ongoing until Aug  2, Cape Town, South Africa

The 39th Annual SCBWI International Summer Conference~ ongoing until Aug 2, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Lima International Book Fair~ ongoing until Aug 4, Lima, Peru

Simply Life, Simply Color: An Exhibit of Illustrator Ruben de Jesus’ Work~ ongoing until Aug 8, Makati City, Philippines

2010 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition of Children’s Books~ ongoing until Aug 16, Tokyo, Japan

Caroline Irby’s Exhibition: A Child From Everywhere~ ongoing until Aug 30, London, United Kingdom

An Exquisite Vision: The Art of Lisbeth Zwerger~ongoing until Sep 26, Amherst, MA, USA

Submissions Accepted for Lee & Low’s New Voices Writers Award~ ongoing until Sep 30, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibit: Golden Kite, Golden Dreams: the SCBWI Awards~ ongoing until Oct 1, Abilene, TX, USA

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibit: From the Collection~ ongoing until Oct 24, Riddells Creek, Australia

Expo 2010~ ongoing until  Oct 31, Shanghai, China

International Youth Library Exhibit: Shaun Tan, Pictures and Books~ ongoing until Oct 31, Munich, Germany

Everyday Adventures Growing Up: Art from Picture Books~ ongoing until Nov 28, Chicago, IL, USA

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2011~ entries accepted until Dec 31, Singapore

Seminar on Korean History & Culture for K – 12 Teachers and Administrators~ Aug 2  – 6, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Booktalkers: Girls Read Too~ Aug 2, Melbourne, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibition: The Treasury of Binette Schroeder~ Aug 4 – Oct 1, Munich, Germany

Kazakhstan Reading Association Conference~ Aug 5 – 7, Taraz, Kazakhstan

Books, Brushes, and Ashley Bryan~ Aug 8, Amherst, MA, USA

Landscapes of Literacy: From Library to Studio in the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy~ Aug 8 – 9, Amherst, MA, USA

The Canadian Book Camp~ Aug 9 – 13, Vancouver, BC, Canada

World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly~ Aug 10 – 15, Gothenburg, Sweden

FinRA Finnish Reading Association 2nd Baltic Sea Conference, 15th Nordic Reading Conference: Literacy Skills for Learning~ Aug 11 – 13, Åbo/Turku, Finland

Puffinalia: An Exhibition of Puffin Books 1940 – 2010~ Aug 11 – 31, Melbourne, Australia

21st International Book Biennial of São Paulo~ Aug 12 – 22, São Paulo, Brazil

SCBWI Austin Presents: Representing Diversity in Children’s Books~ Aug 14, Austin, TX, USA

Edinburgh International Book Festival~ Aug 14 – 30, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators~ Aug 15 – 22, New Zealand

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards Ceremony~ Aug 16, Wellington, New Zealand

Library Week~ Aug 16 – 22, New Zealand

Reading Association of Nigeria Biennial Conference~ Aug 18 – 21, Makurdi, Nigeria

Chapter & Verse, a Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit~ Aug 19, USA

Children’s Book of the Year Awards Winners Announced~ Aug 20, Australia

The Crichton Award for New Illustrators Winner Announced~ Aug 21, Australia

Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival~ Aug 21, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CBCA’s Children’s Book Week: Across the Story Bridge~ Aug 21 – 27, Australia

2010 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition of Children’s Books~ Aug 21 – Sep 26, Nishinomiya, Japan

Indigenous Literacy Project’s I Heart Art – Art Auction~ Aug 25, Sydney, Australia

Western Australia Spring Poetry Festival and National Poetry Week~ Aug 27 – Sep 5, Australia

Melbourne Writers Festival: Stories From Every Angle~ Aug 27 – Sep 5, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore International Storytelling Festival~ Aug 30 – Sep 8, Singapore

Taranaki Children’s Book Festival~ Aug 31 – Sep 4, Taranaki, New Zealand

Poetry Friday: Carol of the Brown King

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The new PaperTigers issue is all about “religious diversity in relation to end-of-the-year celebrations.”  For Christians, the end of the year is about celebrating the advent of the birth of Jesus Christ.  In Carol of the Brown King: Nativity Poems by Langston Hughes, the story is written about in six poems, beautifully and colorfully illustrated by Ashley Bryan.  In the title poem, Hughes brings out both the paradoxically particular and universal appeal in worshipping the Christ child by identifying one of the Wise Men as “dark like me–/Part of His/Nativity.”   In “Shepherd’s Song at Christmas” a little shepherd boy contemplates the kinds of gifts he can bring to the “King in the Manger”  and settles on this one:

I will bring my heart
And give my heart to Him.
I will give my heart
To the Manger.

Ashley Bryan’s illustrations are rich and colorful depictions of the nativity.  Bryan, who is known for his interest in the illustration of African American spirituals and poetry, has featured African-Americans as Mary and Joseph and the infant Jesus,  and as the shepherd boy and one of the Magi in this book.  His illustrations contextualize the story in a way that departs from the traditional depictions of these Biblical figures and also creates points of identification for African Americans to this story.  By reading and viewing a book like Carol of the Brown King,  a child can have a wider, richer view of the Incarnation.

How do you tell the story of Christmas to your children?  What books do you like to read to them at this time of year?  What events do you like to take them to?  Do drop us a line at PaperTigers and share with us some of your holiday reading treasures.

This week’s Poetry Friday host is Diane Mayr at Random Noodling.