There's so much going on in the world of children's books, I just couldn't resist sharing...
-Be sure to check out the winners of the 2011 Crystal Kite Awards. SCBWI's Crystal Kite Awards recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.
- The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with
Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, announced the winners of the fourth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards at a gala in New York City Monday evening as part of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2011). Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at www.BookWeekOnline.com, casting over 500,000 votes. Rick Riordan was named author of the year, and David Wiesner was named illustrator of the year. The book of the year winners, by age group, were:
--Kindergarten to second grade: Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby (Putnam)
--Third to fourth grade: Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf)
--Fifth to sixth grade: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
--Teen: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton)
-I just read in Publishers' Weekly that award-winning children's book author, Sandra Boynton held a book event at the Barnes and Noble on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, demonstrating an app for her famous book, The Going-To-Bed Book, but the coolest part? Boynton also was able to debut a new technology that lets an author sign an e-reader! I'm sorry, but that's just too cool!
-From now until July 15, Cheerios® is searching for the next great new children’s book author. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a possible publishing deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in addition to having his or her book featured inside Cheerios cereal boxes nationwide. Please visit www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com for more information.