Friday, January 22, 2010

Scorcese Film of "Hugo Cabret"?

Martin Scorcese is planning his first children's film, a movie based on Brian Selznick's award-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Yorker Profile of Neil Gaiman

Gothic horror was thoroughly out of fashion in children’s literature when, in the early nineteen-nineties, the writer Neil Gaiman began to work on “Coraline,” a book aimed at “middle readers”—aged nine to twelve—in which he reimagined Clifford’s demon as “the other mother,” an evil and cunning anti-creator who threatens to destroy his young protagonist. “The idea was, look, if the Victorians can do something that deeply unsettles kids, I should be able to do that, too,” he told me recently. Read more:

2010 Newbery, Caldecott & Other ALA Winners

Newbery Medal
"When You Reach Me," written by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Newbery Honor Books
"Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" written by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" written by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" written by Grace Lin, published by Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
"The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" written by Rodman Philbrick, published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Caldecott Medal
"The Lion and the Mouse" illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
Caldecott Honor Books
"All the World" illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books
"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, puslished by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Werner Herzog Reads Curious George

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Year of Mark Twain

2010 marks a few anniversaries and an auspicious time to get reacquainted with one of America's most beloved writers. Jerry Griswold in the Los Angeles Times:,0,1747731.story

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kids & Museums?

E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler and . . . ?

what other children's stories make use of museums? please use "comments" below

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Remembering Childhood: Read This Excerpt from Patti Smith

An interesting excerpt from Patti Smith's memoir "Just Kids" appears on this NPR site:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Where to learn winners of Caldecott, Newbery, etc.

Linda Salem advises....

Here is a link to the ALA Youth Media Awards where you can tune in for the Newbery, Caldecott and other book and media awards announcements made at ALA Midwinter On January 18.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Good Sense of Nonsense

In Parents' Choice, Jerry Griswold explores why a recent New York Times article entitled "Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect" is so important for children.

Getty Museum Reissues Children's Books by Politi

How did Getty Publications, which produces books that complement the work of the L.A.-based J. Paul Getty Museum and its related institutes, come to reissue these titles? Melissa Crowley, Marketing Coordinator at Getty, explains: “We were interested in publishing the books because of their strong ties to the history of Los Angeles. Pedro, Juanita, and Emmet are set in Olvera Street and Angeleno Heights, two historic neighborhoods in downtown Los Angeles. Song of the Swallows is set at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, which fit nicely with the Getty Conservation Institute’s book, The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation (also released in October). Leo Politi is a much-celebrated figure in California. Schools, libraries, and a park have been named for him, and many events took place around Los Angeles to celebrate the centenary of his birth in 2008.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010