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Erin E. Stead (2011 Caldecott profile by Philip C. Stead)

Erin E. Stead. Photo: Nicole HaleyWe had no intention of bringing a dog home that day. Erin just needed cheering up, and what better way than rows and rows of wagging tails at the Baltimore SPCA?I was in town from Ann Arbor visiting Erin for the weekend. But our visit...
      

Newbery 2011

As a member of two Newbery committees myself (A Single Shard, 2002; Criss Cross, 2006), I have tried to school myself against second-guessing what goes on behind those closed doors every January. It’s a certainty that committee members have read all of the books more often than I have, and...
      

The ones that got away: Vera B. Williams

What book do you think most deserved to win the Newbery or Caldecott and didn't even get an Honor?"The 1989 Caldecott Committee righted one wrong by honoring James Marshall (Goldilocks and the Three Bears), but they overlooked another work of genius, Vera B. Williams and Jennifer Williams's Stringbean's Trip to...
      

Secrecy and the Newbery Medal

In January 2010 I was among the 1,500 or so librarians seated in an ALA Youth Media Awards press conference, eagerly anticipating the announcements of the award winners. With the proliferation of ALA-sponsored children's and young adult book awards in recent years, the press conference has gotten longer and longer,...
      

From The Guide: 2011 Award Winners

The following reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit hbook.staging.wpengine.com/subscriber-info.Newbery Medal Winner and Honor BooksVanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest253 pp. Delacorte 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-73883-5LE ISBN 978-0-385-90750-7Gr. 4–6 It’s 1936 and Abilene’s...
      

Who in the World Is Clare Vanderpool?

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It was a dark and stormy night. The little car twisted and turned through the howling wind as it raced through the rapidly flooding streets of Wichita, hoping desperately to make it to the hospital in time. It was November 6, 1964. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t dark or stormy,...
      

What Makes a Good Newbery Novel?

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My quest to track down the Newbery began a long way from this country. I had been asked to speak at the Mubarak Library in Cairo to a group of Egyptian writers on "The Heartbeat of Children's Literature." A gentleman named Yacoub el-Sharoni, one of Egypt's most famous writers of...
      

Confessions of an Award Committee Addict

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Hello, my name is Robin, and I am addicted to serving on book award committees. I have been struggling with this addiction for seven years.Before then, my interest in children’s books had not gone beyond reading aloud about two hundred books a year to my second graders, finding books that...
      

Review of Press Here

Press Hereby Hervé Tullet; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Handprint/Chronicle     64 pp.4/11     978-0-8118-7954-5     $14.99The ongoing debate regarding the future of picture books in a digital age has left many struggling for evidence to back up their assertions that traditional books will survive. Here is an interactive book that...

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