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Jane Addams Children's Book Award Award Ceremony

The Jane Addams Peace Association and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom invite you to the
Jane Addams Children's Book Award 59th Annual Award Ceremony
Friday, October 19th at 2:30 PM New York City 777 United Nations Plaza (2nd Floor)
on the corner of 44th St. and 1st Ave.
Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators.Come meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners Winifred Conkling, Susan L. Roth, and Cindy Trumbore and honorees Anna Grossnickle Hines, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, John Holyfield, Bettye Stroud, Kadir Nelson, and Thannha Lai. Enjoy a reception, hosted by The Hastings Peace and Justice Fund, and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed.Please come and enjoy!
The Award Winners Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling, Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ra…

On The Radio With Jarrett J. Krosoczka!

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I'm on The Book Report with JJK at SIRIUS XM'S KiDS Place LiVE this Thursday 9/27 at 5:40 p.m. ET / 2:40 p.m. PT. And in real life as in the cartoon he drew below, my head IS twice as wide as Jarrett's! Now I have to get a pair of green pumps and an orange necklace.

Book Launch Parties for Reluctant Authors

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Several writer buddies have asked lately if I think in-real-life launch parties are worth it in a virtual age. If you're about to celebrate the publication of your first (or second or third) book, should you throw a book launch party for friends, fans, and family members? 

I'm a social media geek, but there's still no better way to invite people into your stories than to appear in person. You spread the word about the book through press coverage and social media, creating a ripple effect around each event. You support and encourage the indie booksellers who faithfully support and encourage our books.

How many events should you plan?

Admittedly, launch parties are a lot of work. Thankfully, publishers and booksellers share the work load, but the ball is in the author's court. I'm fundamentally an introvert, like many writers, and the experience of being in the limelight is draining. That's why I usually aim for only one party per book, but try to schedule a Wes…

Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children 2012

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Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bates Reading Room, Central Library, Copley Square
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to the fourteenth annual Literary Lights for Children tea party on Sunday, September 30th in the beautiful Bates Reading Room of the Boston Public Library. The 2012 honorees are:
Kevin Hawkes Christopher Paolini Mitali Perkins Gary Schmidt Books illustrated by
Kevin Hawkes
Books by
Christopher Paolini
Books by
Mitali Perkins
Books by
Gary Schmidt
"Literary Lights for Children" seeks to raise awareness of children's literature, promote literacy, honor children's authors, and raise money for the Boston Public Library's children's services and collections. Students selected from Boston area schools introduce and present the awards to each of the honored authors. The honorees then discuss their writing careers and share their love of books with the audien…

Reading is Fundamental's new Multicultural Book Collection focuses on Science, Math, and Technology

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Reading is Fundamental's new Multicultural Book Collection focuses on Science, Math, and Technology
RIF Releases STEAM Multicultural Book Collection Connecting STEM, the Arts and Early Learning WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is launching a multi-year early childhood literacy campaign to inspire the next-generation of innovators through an approach…

2012 Teens Between Cultures Prose Contest Winner

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I'm delighted to announce the winner of the 10th annual Mitali's Fire Escape Teens Between Cultures Prose Contest. In the past, I've award three prizes (first, second, third), but this year I decided to pick only one. Agonizingly, I narrowed the best entries to three and then asked my friend, author and teacher Cynthia Leitich Smith, to select the winner. Here it is—enjoy.


Chow Mein with a Chance of Meatballs 
by Whitney S., Age 18

Growing up as the headstrong daughter of Chinese immigrants, I – surprisingly – didn’t question my parents’ strict emphasis on academic achievement. I didn’t fight back against the forced piano lessons, I didn’t begrudge the embargo on sleepovers, and I didn’t sulk (for long, anyway) when I brought home an A-studded report card and got only distracted nods in response. No, I accepted everything except the food.
I first realized my own gastronomical ignorance in elementary school, when my friends discussed their favorite restaurants and I could o…

Andrew Karre on Editing in the "YA Boom" Era

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Yesterday on Twitter, I shared a link to an article in the Guardian about a "new" trend in publishing — a genre of books labeled for "New Adults," a.k.a. readers aged 14-35. Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda books, responded with a one-word tweet: "Preposterous." Intrigued, I invited him out to the Fire Escape to explain.

Could you tell us why you think setting up a "New Adult" label is nuts?
It’s nuts because I think it’s a backwards way to make art. Allow me to elaborate further after I answer your last question.

Why do you think the YA genre has boomed recently?
A number of factors have pushed the boom in the past decade. Bear in mind, this is driven more by anecdotal observation and hunch than anything else. I’d actually love to hear somebody who was closer to the action take on the question.
Demographics. I believe the teenage population of the US crested at an all-time high sometime around 2007. I have no idea where I saw that num…

2012 Teens Between Cultures Poetry Contest Winner

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I'm delighted to announce the winner of the 10th annual Mitali's Fire Escape Teens Between Cultures Poetry Contest. In the past, I've award three prizes (first, second, third), but this year I decided to pick only one. This made judging the contest harder than ever. To compound the difficulty, I received more entries this year than ever before and many of those were stellar. Agonizingly, I narrowed the best to three and then asked my friend, brilliant poet Naomi Shihab Nye,to select the winning poem.

Naomi confirmed my opinion: in her words, Moon Cake by Cathy G. is "lush and elegantly cadenced and heartbreaking," and deserved the win. With thanks to Naomi for helping me with this tough decision, please enjoy the 2012 Fire Escape Teens Between Cultures Poetry Contest winner.










Moon Cakeby Cathy G.

My mother had beautiful hands. Poised
with a brush and a palette of color,
she showed me the movement of landscape
and its words: da hai, for the sea she never
saw in childhoo…