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

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:
--Join us for a talk and book signing with Cal Ripken, Jr. tonight, March 9, at 6:00 at the St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, 63131.  Ripken will be discussing his newest book Super-Sized Slugger (previously reviewed), but several of his titles will be available.  You can also call the store at 314-367-6731 to get a signed copy if you are unable to attend the event.

--Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the 45th anniversary of Yeatman-Liddell Middle School, 4265 Athlone, 63115, on Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and noon.  While there, you'll be able to see the renovations to the library and purchase books to donate to the school.

News from the blog:
--I've added an archive of reviews on the right sidebar, sorted by genre, for easier browsing.

News from the publishing world:
--Royal Shakespeare Company has announced plans to take its production of Matilda: The Musical, based on Matilda by Roald Dahl, to Broadway next year.

--Brian Percival has been hired to direct Fox 2000's film adaptation of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (previously reviewed).  Production will start this summer.

--Winners were announced for the Golden Kite Awards, which is sponsored by Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrated.
Fiction
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Honor Book: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
Nonfiction
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Honor Book: Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick, illustrated by Emma Stevenson
Picture Book Text
Over and Under Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Honor Book: These Hands by Margaret H. Mason, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Picture Book Illustration
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
Honor Book: Follow Me by Tricia Tusa
Sid Fleischman Award for Humor
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

--The Blue Peter Book of the Year, a prize voted on by U.K. schoolchildren, was awarded to The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney was voted Blue Peter's Best Children's Book of the Last 10 Years.

--In Hunger Games news, a new clip from the impending film was released, this one showcasing Katniss's archery skills.  We also got to hear another song from the soundtrack, The Arcade Fire's Abraham's Daughter.  The stars of the film kicked off a mall tour of the U.S. as Suzanne Collins, the series's author, weighed in with her opinions on the finished product.

--Finalists for the 2012 Indie Choice and E.B. White Book Awards were announced by the American Booksellers Association.  They include:
Book of the Year--Young Adult
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Legend by Marie Lu
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award--Middle Reader
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, illustrated by Ian Schenherr (previously reviewed)
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, illustrated by Barry Moser
The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, illustrated by Kei Acedera
Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award--Picture Book
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (previously reviewed)
King Hugo's Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Picture Book Hall of Fame
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russel Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Most Engaging Author
M.T. Anderson
John Green
Walter Mosley
Brian Selznick

--Scholastic released an expanded beta version of its Storia eReading App.

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