News from the store:
--New City School's book fair is Wednesday, May 16. The fair itself is a private event, but if you follow this link and click on New City's logo, not only can you select a book to donate to the school's library, but 20% of your online purchase will be donated to the school.
News from the publishing world:
--Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are and many other children's favorites, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 83.
--Francis Lawrence, director of Water for Elephants and I Am Legend, has been announced to helm Catching Fire, the second movie of the Hunger Games series, based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
--Children's Book Week was kicked off with a gala awards ceremony sponsored by the Children's Book Council Foundation and Every Child a Reader. Winners were:
Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney for Cabin Fever
Illustrator of the Year
Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Teen Book of the Year
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
--Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, among others--has launched The Book Report with JJK, a new Sirious XM Radio show featuring interviews with children's book authors and news from the children's book world.
--Theme park attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open a second location in Osaka, Japan, which is scheduled to open in late 2014.
via Shelf Awareness.