Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the publishing world:

--Hugo, the motion picture based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (previously reviewed), took home Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Brandon Oldenburg and children's author William Joyce received the award for Animated Short.

--Educational Development Corporation, the publishers of Usborne and Kane Miller books, has stopped selling its products to Amazon and entities that resell to Amazon, citing the company's recent falling out with Independent Publishers Group over e-book sales and support for independent retailers.

--Harry Potter e-book and digital audio book company Pottermore has reached an agreement with Overdrive to bring its products into schools and libraries worldwide.

--The Bank Street Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College honored its award winners for 2012:
Flora Straus Nonfiction Award for older readers:  Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
Flora Straus Nonfiction Award for younger readers:  Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for older readers:  The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf
Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for younger readers:  Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O'Connell George, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Josette Frank Award for Fiction:  Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

--Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the long list for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards.  It includes:
Always Neverland by Zoe Barton
Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Jelly Bean Finds Her Special Place by Jane Edwards
Liddil Gets Her Light by Tracey M. Cox, illustrated by Eugene Ruble
Wake Up Man by Thomas Rain Crowe
Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Christopher Cardinale
Young Adult
Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley
Dead Rules by Randy Russell
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Second Time's a Charm by Mary Flinn
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

--University of Nebraska--Lincoln has released a study of Caldecott winners that concludes natural environments depicted in children's books are on the decline.

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