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

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:


--Friday, March 16, Kadir Nelson will be at the St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, 63131, as part of their Black History Celebration to speak and sign copies of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (previously reviewed) along with his other books, starting at 7:00 p.m.


News from the Publishing World:

--Pottermore Insider announced that the Harry Potter ebook and audiobook site will open to the general public in early April.  Elsewhere, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter opens March 31, but there's a preview now.

--Hunger Games fans will soon be able to play The Hunger Games Adventures on Facebook.  Elsewhere, a new clip from the film was released.  Also, the film premiered too.

--The Little Refugee by Ahn Do and Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, won the Australian Independent Bookseller's Indie Award 2012 in the Children's division.

--The shortlist was announced for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, awarded by the International Board on Books for Young People to living authors and illustrators whose canon has made a lasting contribution to children's literature.  The finalists are:
Authors
Maria Teresa Andruetto from Argentina
Paul Fleischman from the U.S.
Bart Moeyaert from Belgium
Jean-Claude Mourievat from France
Bianca Pitzorno from Italy
Illustrators
Mohammad Ali Beniasadi from Iran
John Burningham from the U.K.
Roger Mello from Brazil
Peter Sis from the Czech Republic (lives in the U.S.)
Javier Zabala from Spain

--Matt Piedmont was named to direct King Dork, based on the novel of the same name by Frank Portman.  Shooting begins in June.

--Consortium Book Sales & Distribution has added Independent Thinking Press, which publishes educational and leadership titles, along with seven others.

--Winners of the National Jewish Book Awards were announced, including Deadly: How Do You Catch an Invisible Killer by Julie Chibbaro in the Children's and Young Adult Literature category and The Golem's Latkes adapted by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Aaron Jasinski.

--Polls are open for the Children's Choice Book Awards.  Children and teens can vote online.  The finalists are:
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
Bailey by Harry Bliss
Dot by Patricia Intriago
Pirates Don't Take Baths by John Segal
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell
Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech
A Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Jonny Duddle
Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Super Amoeba: Squish #1 by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Fifth the Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz, illustrated by Chris Philpot
Lost and Found by Shaun Tan
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein
Teen Book of the Year
Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices #2 by Cassandra Clare
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor
Divergent by Veronica Roth (previously reviewed)
Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney for Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6
Christopher Paolini for Inheritance
James Patterson for Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
Rick Riordan for The Son of Neptune
Rachel Renee Russell for Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star: Dork Diaries #3
Illustrator of the Year
Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut
Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (previously reviewed)
Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home with Mama
Victoria Kann for Silverlicious
Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck

via Shelf Awareness

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