Jan 262013
 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and for the first time, BolognaFiere and the Italian Publishers Association will award the BOP – the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year.

The award will highlight creative editorial choices and innovations made during the previous year. => http://bit.ly/SOqOlv

Jan 012013
 

Between Shades of Gray
Winner – Fiction – 2012 Golden Kite Awards for Children’s Books


Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, in 1941. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.
Includes discussion questions and a free excerpt … => http://bit.ly/S31j0u

Aug 282012
 

Random House has announced the Random House Teacher Awards, which recognises “dynamic and resourceful teachers” who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students”. Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools, the awards will be presented by Crown author Jonathan Kozol at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention during the “Mentoring Matters” breakfast, held November 16 in Las Vegas.

Awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant payable to each teacher’s school. Book donations will be made to winners and runners-up. More information, including application guidelines, can be found here. http://bit.ly/TlaPX8

Aug 232011
 

Older Readers Book of the Year 2011


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Younger Readers Book of the Year 2011

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Early Childhood Book of the Year 2011


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Picture Book of the Year 2011


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Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2011

Aug 152011
 

Farther

Grahame Baker-Smith

EAN:978-1848771260
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Published in: United Kingdom
Published: July 2010

A young boy, bewitched by his fathers unrelenting passion to fly; a desperate craving that absorbs his every waking minute, finds himself entranced by the dream. When his father goes to war and does not return it seems the spell is broken . . Much later, the boy, now a young man finds himself drawn once more to his fathers drawings and failed experiments. Finally able to make his fathers dream a reality he flies. Will his own son be visited by this unrelenting passion?

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Mar 302011
 

World’s richest children’s literature award goes to Australian author-illustrator, described as a ‘masterly visual storyteller’

The Australian author-illustrator Shaun Tan is the winner of this year’s Astrid Lindgren prize – the richest children’s literature prize in the world, with a purse of 5m kroner (£490,000).

Tan is the second Australian to be awarded the prize in its nine-year history, following Sonya Hartnett’s win in 2008. => http://bit.ly/hZd3ON

Feb 112011
 

A number of Australian books have been included in the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list produced by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for the first time this year.

The Australian titles which have been chosen for the 2011 list are:  => http://bit.ly/fJKIgs

Feb 102011
 

Moon Over Manifest

by Clare Vanderpool

Winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal

The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: Manifest—A Town with a rich past and a bright future.

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Jan 022011
 

Baby Wombat’s Week

by Jackie French

He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored.

He creates havoc wherever he goes!

He?s Mothball?s baby – and he?s even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum.

Created by writer Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Baby Wombat?s Week is an irresistible new picture book by the award-winning duo of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat.

The very long awaited follow up to Diary of a Wombat – the illustrations are as beautiful as ever and the simple story will be adored by young children. Best of all, Mothball herself features in the story. Adults with an appreciation of Australian wildlife and children’s literature will cherish these books as well. Weaver has the obstinate behaviour of wombats down pat but her affection for the animals is very obvious.

Teachers Notes => bit.ly/er2ur5

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Dec 192010
 

The Polar Express
by Chris Van Alsburg

One couldn’t select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children’s book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn’t ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children’s book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he’s produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.

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