October 7, 2011

Great Children's Authors from England

As many of you know, I write a lot on Squidoo, and one of my fellow lensmasters, Poddys, wrote a lens about a famous author from England, Enid Blyton.  The lens was honored today with a designation on Squidoo called Lens of the Day.  This got me to thinking about what other british authors do I know of and don't know they are from England.

After a little research, I was able to find out some of my favorite children's authors are from England.  Roald Dahl who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, and one of my favorite children's Christmas Books, the Christmas Bear, was written and illustrated by Henrietta and Paul Stickland.

I'm sure there are more, but for now, I am going down memory lane with some of the books and authors on this list, which takes me to the time I spent in London.  I loved reading the Paddington Bear books.

September 6, 2011

2011 Christopher Book Awards for Young Children

On April 6, 2011, the 62nd annual Christopher Awards were announced.  The Christopher Award winners are in four categories, TV & Cable, Feature Films, Books for Adults, and Books for Young Children.  Being this blog is about books for my children, we are going to focus on the Books for Young Children winners.

There are four book categories for the Christopher Awards in 2011:  Preschoolers, Readers age 6-8, Readers age 8-10, and Readers age 10-12.  The winners are:

Preschooler - Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems.  Mo Willems had another book, We Are in A Book, that was a 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel honors book.

Readers Age 6-8 - Would You Still Love Me If  by Wendy LaGuardia and illustrated by Patricia Keeler

Readers Age 8-10 - Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery by Father Dominic Garramone and illustrated by Richard Bernal.  Father Garramone is a PBS cooking host.

Readers Age 10-12 - Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman

The Christophers is a non-profit organization founded by Father James Keller in 1945 to promote the better side of human life.  Children's books are fiction and non-fiction books that encourage young readers to utilize their best instincts.

August 17, 2011

2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

On April 28, 2011, the Jane Addams Peace Association announced the 2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards. The national committee picks books for this award that get children into thinking about peace, justice, world community, and / or race equality.

The Jane Addams Book for Younger Children Winner is Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, written by Linda Glaser and the Jane Addams Book for Older Children Winner is
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park.

This year's honors books are Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (also 2011 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award Winner) by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner.

The awards will be presented on October 21, 2011 in New York City.  Visit the Jane Addams website for more information.

The following website has more Award Winning Children's Books.

April 19, 2011

American Bookseller Association announce Indies Choice Book Awards and E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

The ABA, American Bookseller Association, announced their winners and honor award recipients for 2011. The Indies are chosen by independent booksellers nationwide  and the winner for Young Adults is Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. 

The E.B. White awards were previously administered by the ABC, Association of Booksellers for Children, however, in 2010 the ABA and ABC merged and the E.B. White Awards replaced the Indies categories for middle reader and picture book.  The E.B. White Read-Aloud award for the middle reader category is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.   The E.B. White Read-Aloud award for the picture book category is Children Make Terrible pets by Peter Brown.  Peter Brown was also honored as the 2010 Childrens Choice Illustrator of the Year.

One of my families favorite books was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame this year The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I give this book to each of my nieces and nephews as its been one read in my house for the last ten years.  Three other books were also inducted in 2011, Corduroy by Don Freeman, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Congratulations to these award winning children's books.

March 5, 2011

Bank Street College Announces 2011 Children's Book Awards

Bank Street College recently announced the 2011 children's book awards for fiction, non fiction, and poetry.  The 2011 Josette Frank Award Winning book for fiction was awarded to Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper, the 2011 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award Winning book for non fiction was awarded to Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and the 2011 Claudia Lewis Award winning book for poetry was awarded to Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

Congratulations to these fabulous books.

March 2, 2011

2nd Graders are Neat

My second grader came to me last night and started talking about all the books she has been reading.  She knows I keep a running list of the books she reads on Squidoo via my lens on books 2nd graders read and started sharing with me all the books I hadn't put on that webpage.  As she started listing off all the different books like Mr Putter and Tabby, various A to Z Mysteries, Junie B. Jones books, and other various books dealing with animals, I realized I hadn't been keeping up with the different books she has been reading.

After we finished, we had listed 31 books, and she was proud of herself as she went to bed.  As I finish this post, I realize that just by sitting there and listening, I have helped give her a love for reading which will help with the rest of her life.

March 1, 2011

2011 Golden Kite Award Winning Books

On February 23, 2011, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announced the winners of the 2011 Golden Kite Awards and the Golden Kite Honor Recipients.  Congratulations to this year's winners.

2011 Winner: Turtle in Paradise
2011 Honors: Big Red Lollipop, The Good The Bad and The Barbie, and A Pocketful of Posies

January 10, 2011

2011 Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal Awarded

On January 10th, 2011, the American Library Association announced the 2011 award winning children's books, including the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner, “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead and the 2011 John Newbery Medal Winner, “Moon over Manifest,” written by Clare Vanderpool.

The American Library Association also handed out the following awards and medals:

Alex Awards
Andrew Carnegie Medal
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Margaret A. Edwards Award
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture
Michael L. Printz Award
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Odyssey Award
Pura Belpré Awards
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Schneider Family Book Award
Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
William C. Morris Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

You can see all the 2011 award winning and honors books in the ALA press release here:  http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=6048

A complete list of 2011 award winning books is available at 2011 Award Winning Childrens Books and last year's 2010 award winning books are available at 2010 Award Winning Children's Books.