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

Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:
--Monday, April 2, join us at MICDS's Danforth Chapel at 6:00 p.m. for a reading and signing by Mo Willems from his new book The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?.  This is a ticketed event with only a few seats left at the Left Bank Books--Central West End.  If you don't get a ticket, you can still join the signing line after the talk.

--Join us on Saturday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Left Bank Books--Downtown for an Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime!  Miss Jonesey will lead the kids on a hunt through the store, guided by characters from your favorite books, while we provide coffee and breakfast for the adults.  Afterward, we'll have a special Easter-themed Storytime.

News from the publishing world:
--The shortlist was announced for the 2012 Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Carnegie Medal for Children's Writing:
My Name Is Mina by David Almond
Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Andrea Offermann
Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis
Trash by Andy Mulligan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired from an idea by Soibhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The shortlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Children's Book Illustration:
Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Soibhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay
Slog's Dad by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean
Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner
The Gift by Carol Anne Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan
There Are No Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White

--The BookExpo Editors Buzz Panel selections were announced, including:
Young Adult Editors Buzz
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Middle Grade Editors Buzz
Malcolm at Midnight by Brian Lies
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman
With Love from Paris: Mira's Sketchbook by Marissa Moss

--Winners were announced for the 2012 Northern California Independent Bookseller's Book of the Year Awards, including:
Children's Picture Book: The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon and Jake Parker
Middle Grade Readers: One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
Teen Lit: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman

--Finalists were announced for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's 2012 Christian Book Awards, including:
Horse Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall
Ronnie Wilson's Gift by Francis Chan, illustrated by Jim Madsen
The Story Bible edited by Edward A. Engelbrecht and Gail E. Pawlitz
My First Hands-On Bible by Group Publishing and Tyndale House Publishers
The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill

--Harry Potter e-books are now available.

--A new teaser trailer was released for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2, a film based on Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

--Finalists were announced for the Romance Writers of America's 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Awards, including:
2012 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Flawless by Lara Chapman
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
2012 Golden Heart Finalists for Young Adult Romance
Angel Academy by Cecily White
Canvas Crossers by Natalie Vawter
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
The Matter of Souls by Stephanie Winkelhake
Pandora's Clock by Natalie Vawter
The Silent Sister by Megan Macijauskas (writing as M. Kassel)
The Suspicions of Cairo Jones by Mary Danielson
Wired by Romily Bernard

--The Hunger Games, the film based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, kept breaking box office records.

--Reading Is Fundamental got a redesign.

--Shortlists were announced for the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards, including:
Ann Conner Brimer Award for Children's Literature
Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant
Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley
The Year Mrs. Montague Cried by Susan White
Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Thank You for My Bed by Doretta Groenendyk
A Day with You in Paradise by Lennie Grant, illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon
Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sydney Smith
The Bruneau Family Children's/Young Adult Literature Award
Jack and the Manger by Andy Jones
Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald
Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton

News via Shelf Awareness.


  1. What a surprise to see your listing for the Atlantic Book Awards here! Do we have a big - or any - readership in Missouri? That would be nice...

    Vicki Grant
    (Author of Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret)

    1. I'm not sure about the Atlantic Book Awards specifically, but we have quite a lot of customers who came to St. Louis from all over the world, so I like to give them the resources to find out the book buzz closer to their hometowns. Unfortunately, a lot of the Atlantic winners aren't available in the U.S. yet (hence why they don't have links to our website), but I hope I can look forward to seeing them soon. In the meantime, if it inspires someone to track them down in Canada, then I'm happy to have connected them with a new book.