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Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday News Round-Up 1/6

Some words about this blog:  Now that we're out of the holiday/blog inauguration flurry of activity, it's time to assume a regular posting schedule.  It's going to look a little like this:

Monday: New-release picture book review
Tuesday: Optional editorial day for when I have in-depth opinions about things
Wednesday: New-release middle grade or young adult review
Thursday: Special series review
Friday: News round-up with open thread

You might notice a couple badges along the right side, there.  The first is the Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge 2012.  By taking this challenge, I have agreed to review 12 non-fiction picture books in 2012.  To accomplish this, at least once a month, my Monday review will be non-fiction.  Next we have the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.  This challenge has me reviewing 12 middle grade or young adult debuts in 2012.  These authors can be previously published in other countries or have existing adult or children's titles, as long as it is their U.S. MG or YA debut.  This means one of my Wednesday reviews each month will be by a debut author.  Last is the Newbery Medal Reading Challenge.  This is a very casual challenge to simply read Newbery Medal-winning books with the specifics set by each participant.  I have elected to read the books from least- to most-recent, skipping titles that are not available from Left Bank Books under standard terms (i.e., nothing requiring an upcharge or a deposit to order).  These reviews will be my first special series of Thursday posts and will happen as I finish the books.

Since this is my first regular Friday post, here's the news from the children's publishing industry that found its way to me this week.  Feel free to discuss it in the comments, along with whatever else may interest you.

--Author Walter Dean Myers was named the third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

--Author and illustrator Simms Taback passed away at age 79 on December 25th.  Pictured above is his Caldecott Medal-winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

--Six new production photos from the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games were released.

--Moira Young's Blood Red Road was named the winner of the children's book category of the Costa Book Awards, a prize for writers based in the UK and Ireland.

--Barnes and Noble put Sterling Publishing, which counts children's books as one of its specialties, up for sale.

Links via Shelf Awareness.

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