Are you attending ALA 2013?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

ALA2013

 

Here’s an open invitation from author Alma Flor Ada, who would love to meet up with you at ALA, if you are attending.  She will be at a number of events so be sure to catch her:

 

Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada amd F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by David Diaz (Charlesbridge, 2013)Saturday, June 29

10:00-11:30 am
~ Charlesbrige Booth #1908
Signing her new book Yes! We Are Latinos, co-authored with F. Isabel Campoy and illustrated by David Diaz.

2:00 -3:00 pm
~ Lee & Low Booth #2305
signing her book ¡Quiero Ayudar!/Let me Help!, illustrated by Angela Domínguez.
Sunday, June 30

1:00 -2:00 pm – Book Buzz Theater (see all the Book Buzz Theater events here)
~ Room S104A McCormick Place, Convention Center
“Roots and Wings: Books for the Spanish/Bilingual and Latino Interest Reader” – Isabel Campoy will also be on the panel.

Quiero Ayudar/Let Me Help, by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Angela Domínguez (Children's Book Press, 2012)Monday, July 1

10:00-11:30 am
Poetry Blast at the Top Stage, Exhibit Floor
Alma and Isabel will be sharing extracts from Yes! We Are Latinos, followed by a book-signing session.

For anyone interested in diversity in children’s books, as well as the Diversity and Outreach Fair, a “must” session will be this one led by Lee & Low and Cinco Puntos Press – no doubt it will build on the recent on-line discussion following Lee & Low’s blog post “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?”  I wish I could be there!

This year’s ALA Conference is the 120th – and it also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott medal: so two great milestones!  And with their finger on the button, as ever, this year’s theme is “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.”  No doubt there will be some lively and informative discussions.  You can see some suggested highlights here, or look through the whole, immense program here.

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)

IBBY Regional Conference: Peace the World Together with Children’s Books~ Oct 21 – 21, Fresno, CA, USA

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is pleased to state that registrations are still being accepted  for the following conference:

“Peace the World Together with Children’s Books” is the theme of the International Board on Books for Young People regional conference hosted by California State University, Fresno this fall.

Co-sponsored by the Arne Nixon Center at Fresno State, IBBY’s 9th United States Regional Conference will be held at Fresno State on Oct. 21-23.

Conference chair Ellis Vance of Fresno said about 250 people – professors, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, collectors and fans – are expected. Registration so far includes participants from 48 states and every continent except Antarctica, Vance said.

The conference offers an opportunity to interact with authors and illustrators around the world, including Alma Flor Ada, Shirin Yim Bridges, F. Isabel Campoy, David Diaz, Margarita Engle, Kathleen Krull, Grace Lin, Roger Mello, Beverly Naidoo, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sis. Petunia’s Place Bookstore will sell books.

Activities will include exhibitions (including one by the International Youth Library), book discussion groups and tours. Optional activities are available to those who stay on beyond the conference closing at noon on Oct. 23. They include a tour of the Shinzen Japanese Garden in Fresno and a one-day bus trip to Yosemite National Park.

For information on the conference and registration visit www.usbby.org/conf_home.htm.

January 2011 Events

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

(Click on event name for more information)

An Exquisite Vision: The Art of Lisbeth Zwerger~ ongoing until Jan 9, Hannover, Germany

Doll Eyes- Art Exhibit and Book Launch~ ongoing until Jan 14, Manila, Philippines

Magical Moominvalley: The World of the Moomins, Created by Finnish artist Tove Jansson~ ongoing until Jan 15, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Golden Kite, Golden Dreams: The SCBWI Awards Exhibit~ ongoing until Jan 16, Omaha, NE, USA

Summertime Reading Club~ ongoing until Jan 21, New Zealand

Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books~ ongoing until Jan 23, Amherst, MA, USA

Drawn in Brooklyn Exhibit of Original Picture Book Art by Brooklyn Illustrators~ ongoing until Jan 23, Brooklyn, NY, USA

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Presents From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick~ ongoing until Jan 29, Abilene, TX, USA

Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ ongoing until Jan 30, Raleigh, NC, USA

Summer Reading Club: Scare Up a Good Story~ ongoing until Jan 31, Australia

The Golden Age of the Picture Book: 1920s & 1930s – History’s Message to Children~ ongoing until Feb 6, Tokyo, Japan

Tales in the Garden Festival~ ongoing until Feb 12, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mirror, an Exhibition by Children’s Author and Artist Jeannie Baker~ ongoing until Feb 13, Australia

2011 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award~ submissions accepted until Feb 25, United Kingdom

International Youth Library Exhibit: The Fabulous World of John Kilaka, Pictures and Drawings by a Tanzanian Artist~ ongoing until Feb 28, Munich, Germany

Mr Gumpy and Other Outings; Celebrating 50 years of John Burningham’s at Seven Stories~ ongoing until Mar, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books Exhibit: Winter Fun!~ ongoing until Mar 5, Toronto, ON, Canada

2011 PBBY-Alcala Prize~ submissions accepted until Mar 30, Philippines

International Youth Library Presents Walls: A Book and an Exhibition~ ongoing until Apr 5, Munich, Germany

Making Books Sing Presents a One-Woman Play Based on The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucía Gonzalez~ ongoing until spring, New York, NY, USA

Partners in Wonder: Selections from the Collection of Jane Yolen~ ongoing until May 1, Amherst, MA, USA

Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today~ ongoing until May 29, Melbourne, Australia

The Art Institute of Chicago Exhibit: Real and Imaginary: Three Latin American Artists – Raúl Colón, David Diaz and Yuyi Morales~ ongoing until May 29, Chicago, IL, USA

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney~ ongoing until May 30, Stockbridge, MA, USA

Animal Fair: Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in Children’s Book Illustrations~ ongoing until Jun 5, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Seven Stories Exhibit: There’s Nuffin Like a Puffin!~ ongoing until Jun 27, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

International Youth Library Exhibit: The World in Miniature. The Family in Historic Picture Books and Children’s Literature~ ongoing until Aug 31, Munich, Germany

Launch of the 2011 Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition~ Philippines

The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation Winner Announced~ United Kingdom

2010 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Finalists Announced~ Jan 1

Chennai Book Fair~ Jan 4 – 17, Chennai, India

Culture in Translation: Reception of Chinese Literature in the World~ Jan 6 – 8, Hong Kong

USBBY Events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (2011 Outstanding International Books Announced and Presentation by Author Mitali Perkins)~ Jan 7, San Diego, CA, USA

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting~ Jan 7 – 11, San Diego, CA, USA

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting~ Jan 7 – 11, San Diego, CA, USA

9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities~ Jan 9 – 12, Honolulu, HI, USA

2011 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards Announced~ Jan 10, San Diego, CA, USA

Center for the Book Presents Author Kate Masur Discussing Her New Book An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C.~ Jan 12, Washington, D.C., USA

Golden Kite, Golden Dream Exhibit Event with David Diaz~ Jan 16, Omaha, NE, USA

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) January Meeting~ Jan 20, USA

Once Upon a Time… Lessons in Children’s Literature~ Jan 20, Springdale, AR, USA

The Influence of Children’s Literature on Adult Literature~ Jan 20, Reading, United Kingdom

Multicultural Literature in the Classroom – What, How & Why~ Jan 20, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Adaptation of Canonical Texts in Children’s Literature Symposium~ Jan 20 – 21, Ghent, Belgium

TD National Reading Summit II: Toward a Nation of Readers~ Jan 20 – 21, Montreal, QC, Canada

Jaipur Literature Festival~ Jan 21 – 25, Jaipur, India

What’s Happening with Children’s Books in the World?~ Jan 22, Tokyo, Japan

22nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities~ Jan 22 – 30, Eatonville, Fl, USA

No Name-Calling Week~ Jan 24 – 28, USA and Canada

Invisible Storytellers: The Role of Translators in Children’s Literature~ Jan 25, London, United Kingdom

Yabun 2011: Celebrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultures~ Jan 26, Sydney, Australia

Galle Literary Festival~ Jan 26 – 30, Galle, Sri Lanka

Kolkata Book Fair~ Jan 26 – Feb 6, Kolkata, India

Family Literacy Day~ Jan 27, Canada

Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias~ Jan 27 – 30, Cartagena, Columbia

SCBWI Japan Presents Author/Illustrator Frané Lessac: Creating Global Children’s Books~ Jan 28, Tokyo, Japan

Buechner Lectureship Activities Fundraiser with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (USA) Katherine Paterson~ Jan 28 – 29, Bristol, TN, USA

12th Annual SCBWI International Winter Conference~ Jan 28 – 30, New York, NY, USA

Children’s & Young Adults’ Book Fair~ Jan 28 – 31, Marousi, Greece

Children’s Literature in Wales~ Jan 29, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Asian Children’s Festival~ Jan 29 – 30, Singapore

December 2010 Events

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

(Click on event name for more information)

2011 PBBY-Salanga Prize Winner Announced~ Philippines

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

December Kids Book Events~ Cairo, Egypt

Making Books Sing Presents a One-Woman Play Based on The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucía Gonzalez~ New York, NY, USA

Doha International Children’s Book Festival~ ongoing until Dec 2, Doha, Qatar

2010 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition~ ongoing until Dec 5, Nanao, Japan

Off the Page: Original Illustrations from NZ Picture Books~ ongoing until Dec 5, Ashburton, New Zealand

Guadalajara Book Fair~ ongoing until Dec 5, Guadalajara, Mexico

2011 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards~ submissions accepted until Dec 17, Canada

Scholastic Asian Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, Singapore

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

An Exquisite Vision: The Art of Lisbeth Zwerger~ ongoing until Jan 9, Hannover, Germany

Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books~ ongoing until Jan 23, Amherst, MA, USA

Drawn in Brooklyn Exhibit of Original Picture Book Art by Brooklyn Illustrators~ ongoing until Jan 23, Brooklyn, NY, USA

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Presents From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick~ ongoing until Jan 29, Abilene, TX, USA

Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ ongoing until Jan 30, Raleigh, NC, USA

Summer Reading Club: Scare Up a Good Story~ ongoing until Jan 31, Australia

2011 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award~ submissions accepted until Feb 25, United Kingdom

International Youth Library Exhibit: The Fabulous World of John Kilaka, Pictures and Drawings by a Tanzanian Artist~ ongoing until Feb 28, Munich, Germany

Mr Gumpy and Other Outings; Celebrating 50 years of John Burningham’s at Seven Stories~ ongoing until Mar, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney~ ongoing until May 30, Stockbridge, MA, USA

International Youth Library Exhibit: The World in Miniature. The Family in Historic Picture Books and Children’s Literature~ ongoing until Aug 31, Munich, Germany

Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse~ Dec 1 – 6, Montreuil, France

IBBY France Conference: 2nd European Encounter on Children’s Literature~ Dec 3, Paris, France

SCBWI France International Conference for Writers and Illustrators~ Dec 3 – 4, Paris, France

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature~ Dec 3 – Jan 2, Concord, MA, USA

Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today~ Dec 3 – May 29, Melbourne, Australia

The Children’s Literature Centre at Frostburg State University Presents Storybook Holiday~ Dec 4, Frostburg, MD, USA

Read Out Loud! Family Literacy & Book Festival~ Dec 4, New York, NY, USA

SCBWI Tokyo Illustrators Exhibition: Every Picture Tells a Story~ Dec 7 – 12, Tokyo, Japan

Exhibition of Finalists of the 3rd CJ Picture Book Award~ Dec 8 – 28, Seoul, Korea

Carle Museum Professional Development Workshop: Picturing Stories~ Dec 10, Amherst, MA, USA

BookFest@Singapore~ Dec 10 – 19, Singapore

The Best of the Best in 2010 with Susan Bloom~ Dec 11, Amherst, MA, USA

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) Mock Newbery and Caldecott Discussions~ Dec 11, USA

The Art Institute of Chicago Exhibit: Real and Imaginary: Three Latin American Artists – Raúl Colón, David Diaz and Yuyi Morales~ Dec 11 – May 29, Chicago, IL, USA

Talking About Words and Pictures with Tony DiTerlizzi~ Dec 12, Amherst, MA, USA

Partners in Wonder: Selections from the Collection of Jane Yolen~ Dec 14 – May 1, Amherst, MA, USA

Coming of Age Around the World Book Discussion Group: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins~ Dec 16, Watertown, MA, USA

Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books Exhibit: Winter Fun!~ Dec 18 – Mar 5, Toronto, ON, Canada

Kuala Lumpur Children’s Book Fair~ Dec 22 – 26, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ALSC's "Kids! @ your library" Campaign.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

One of the initiatives of the ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is Kids! @ your library. As part of this campaign ALSC provides free, downloadable artwork for libraries to use in promoting their programs and services to kids and families. ALSC Program Officer, Laura Schulte-Cooper tells me that parents and care-givers are also invited to print off this material to use in their own homes as long as it is for non-commercial uses.

Check out the the original artwork that award-winning children’s book illustrator David Diaz has created for this campaign. The full colour mini-posters and bookmarks are lovely! You can also download clip art adapted from Michael P. White’s illustrations in the book The Library Dragon written by Carmen Agra Deedy. With the winter rain and snow just around the corner, we are always looking for indoor activities to keep us busy and these downloadable craft projects like door hangers and coloring pages should help do the trick.

To keep up to date with all the ALSC happenings check out their blog.

Books at Bedtime: ¡Colores!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

As the nights start to draw in at bedtime here in the North of England, we start to long for a bit of color – and we have two bilingual English/Spanish books to hand at the moment, both of which we recently reviewed on PaperTigers – De Colores: Bright with Colors, a traditional Spanish song illustrated brightly indeed by David Diaz, who is currently one of our featured artists (Marshall Cavendish, 2008); and Colors! ¡Colores!, by Jorge Luján, and exquisitely illustrated by Piet Grobler, (Groundwood Books, 2008).

We haven’t sung De Colores yet but I’m sure we will and meanwhile, the words and pictures are as warm and bright as the music will be.

And we have all fallen in love with Jorge Luján’s whimsical poem, which is definitely to be savoured and re-read – even at the same sitting. It makes a lovely, gentle bed-time read and sends the imagination floating away towards the land of dreams. Jorge, let us know if it is ever turned into a video like Tarde de invierno / Winter Afternoon!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2008

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month PosterAfter our Jul/Aug special literacy focus, we now make way for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep 15 – Oct 15), a celebration of the cultures and traditions of US residents who trace their roots back to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The theme this year is “Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation.”

There will be all sorts of events happening throughout the country, and here’s what you’ll find on our website: interviews with author Pam Muñoz Ryan and youth services librarian Rose Zertuche-Treviño; gallery features showcasing the work of David Diaz and Susan Guevara; original heritage-related essays by Yuyi Morales and Juan Felipe Herrera, and plenty more. So dive in, and have fun – and check back here, too, as we continue the fiesta of Hispanic Heritage Month by blogging about it through Oct 15. There’s plenty of pride, information and fun to be gained from going deeper into this celebration!

100 Owls and more: calling all children's book illustrators

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Keene State College MascotWhile researching to put together our website’s celebration of children’s book illustrators, I’ve come across some wonderful things that never made it to the site. I learned, for instance, that in 1997 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival director, Dr. David E. White, came up with an interesting way to add to the Festival Gallery Collection of original artwork related to children’s book illustration. He started the Festival Owl Project by inviting children’s book illustrators to donate owl renditions, in honor of the schools’ mascot, to the gallery. The project also had another goal: to raise money, through sales from materials featuring the owls, for the purchasing and framing of original pieces for the collection.

The gallery currently counts with 93 original owls, and the first 60 can be seen in these two gorgeous posters, available for sale. The posters include works by Grace Lin, Alissa Imre Geis, David Diaz, Lulu Delacre, Chris Soentpiet, Yumi Heo and many more.

Keene State College turns 100 in 2009 and Dr. White would like to have at least 100 owls by the time of their centennial celebration. Illustrators wishing to spread the wisdom have until early September 2008 to donate their owls. Owl #100 and additional ones will be unveiled during a special ceremony in October. There is no limit to the number of owls that can be in the collection, and the only requirement for participating is that the illustrator has published children’s books and that the owl itself hasn’t been previously published.

Now, who is answering the owls’ call and joining the parliament?… If you already have, please send us a link to your owl and we’ll post it here.