Showing posts from April, 2012

Global Literature: Educating the Head While Touching the Heart

If you're attending the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago, join us in room CC11A, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, on Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00 – 11:45 am for a panel discussion of "Global Literature: Educating the Head While Touching the Heart," Tuesday, May 1, from 9-11:45 a.m. Here's the event description:
This special interest group session seeks to celebrate the depth and breadth, the infinite and ever-growing variety of global literature. By highlighting 25 of the best recently published books for children and teens that explore issues of diversity, the panelists will raise audience awareness and offer teaching suggestions so the books may be used in the classroom. Author Mitali Perkins whose books Rickshaw Girl (2007), Secret Keeper (2009), and Bamboo People (2010) have all explored elements of culture in a moving fashion will share her thoughts about her storytelling process and the importance of making sure that everyone's story is to…

Twitter Book Parties: A Reprise

It's hard to believe we're about to throw our 250th book birthday party on twitter, and even more amazing to realize that the first one took place almost three years ago. If you're an author with a children's or teen book releasing from a traditional publisher, feel free to sign up. Here are the details:

The release of a new book is something to celebrate. Each story winging out into the world deserves a communal "HURRAH!" We're tapping into the power of Twitter, a social network, to spread the buzz about new books for kids, teens, and tweens.

Each author or illustrator who wants a party agrees to spread the news about the other books (do your best, no stress), and we welcome any and all bookies, booksellers, or bloggers to celebrate also. It's easy to set the party up to happen automatically in your twitter stream or you may hand-tweet your kudos as well. Join us on Twitter to get started -- you'll find us at @bookbday.

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Kid/YA Book News and Notes

For those who don't follow me on Twitter, here's a roundup of interesting links I shared recently:

Literacy, Reading, and Education
You gave away one million books to low-income young readers in just 10 days? Congratulations, First Book!

"Share your love of reading to help us get books in the hands of kids who need them most," says Reading is Fundamental, launching Book People Unite

“Why do we have to read poetry?” whines a 9th-grader. A wise English teacher responds in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

What makes a children's book a classic?" asks the Guardian

"Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?" The Atlantic explores how designers are responding to e-readers.

"Amazon's weaknesses. What can publishers and ebook retailers do? What should Amazon do?" asks Baldur Bjarnason, a UK resident researching eBooks and interactivity.

Book Awards
In the UK, the newly-launched Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize seeks the "next g…

DEAR TEEN ME: Authors Write Letters To Their Teen Selves

I’m happy to be a contributor to Dear Teen Me along with 70+ other authors who wrote letters to our teenage selves. Some of us provided diary entries, others submitted letters, and a few graphic novelists turned their stories into visual art. The anthology, edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was inspired by their blog and releases October 31, 2012from Zest Books. Check out the participating authors:
1. E. Kristin Anderson—Want. Take. Have 2. Jessica LeeAnderson—Contents Under Pressure 3. Tom Angleberger—Shhhhhh! 4. Sean Beaudoin—Frame Me and Nail Me to the Wall 5. CharlesBenoit—Reinventing Me 6. Robin Benway—9 Things You Need to Know 7. Ilsa J. Bick—The Knife 8. Marke Bieschke—Dance Dance Revolution 9. Joseph Bruchac—First Kiss . . .ish 10. Jessica Burkhart—Trust Is as Important as Love 11. Josh A. Cagan—Thank You, Oily Pizza 12. Riley Carney—Nothing’s Impossible 13. Tera Lynn Childs—The Future Isn’t Everything 14. Jessica Corra—The Principal’s Office 15. Heather D…

Lent Reads 38, 39 and 40: I Did It!


Lent Read 37: ORCHARDS by Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson masterfully offers two of my favorite distinctives in an excellent literary novel: a rich sense of place and a protagonist so real you've acquired her as a friend by the end of the story.

In ORCHARDS (Delacorte), we're transported to an orange grove in rural Japan with all five senses engaged. We explore layers of grief, anger, courage, and hope in a world shattered by suicide through the sometimes funny, sometimes heartbroken, always honest voice of half-Japanese, half-Jewish American eighth-grader Kana Goldberg.

I enjoyed the confidence Kana displayed when describing her mixed cultural heritage: "They seem to think | I can just switch | one half of me | on | and leave the other | half of me | off | but I’m like | warm water | pouring from a faucet | the hot | and cold | both flowing | as one." Thompson isn't Japanese but has lived there for years, so the novel's take on the culture…