ALSC Matters! | June 2013, Volume 11, no. 2
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When I graduated from England (Arkansas) High School in 1976 as a bicentennial graduate, our class motto was the phrase that follows the colon in the title above. That year, I was president of my senior class of 66 students as we wore regalia depicting the red, white, and blue of our country’s anniversary celebration and carried the peppermint carnation as our class flower. That motto has remained special over the years and I have it in calligraphy in my office.
This past year is certainly one that I will always look back on with pride of all that ALSC has accomplished. What we have all accomplished together. And, I certainly look forward to what is to come as we continue the good work of creating a better future for children through libraries.
To reflect back with lots of detail(!), I would like to draw your attention to an annual occurrence--in the final weeks of service as ALSC president, the president submits an annual report to the American Library Association that highlights the division’s special activities and accomplishments that have occurred over the past year. This report is shared with the ALA Executive Board and distributed to ALA Council at Annual Conference. The report is largely prepared for our organization by the skillful and savvy members of the ALSC staff. The 2012-2013 report is a lengthy document that will be available to you online at http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/governance/presannualrpt shortly before the annual conference in Chicago begins.
Our report will include information on many key areas of accomplishment and steadfastness including: Membership, Professional Awards and Scholarships, Literary & Related Awards, Initiatives, Projects and Partnerships, Publications and Communications, ALSC Events and Continuing Education, Board Actions, ALSC Finances, and Moving into the Future.
As my final President’s column in ALSC Matters!, I thought I would share with you the final section of our ALSC annual report titled Moving into the Future.
Moving into the Future
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries. The focus on excellence in library service to children, tweens, their families, and caregivers can provide the catalyst to change young people’s lives as they strive to achieve their very best.
Together as professionals we are the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to young people, which is comprised of children's and youth librarians, youth literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and others who are dedicated to better library services and resources for all children. Our membership is vibrant, energetic, knowledgeable, and dedicated.
We will work together to move the association forward by meeting the goals and objectives of our 2012-2017 ALSC Strategic Plan (http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan). At the same time, we will maintain constant focus on our core values of collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness. With the assistance of our highly professional ALSC staff we have the support and association expertise to help move our initiatives forward.
We will continue to strengthen our connections with communities by providing our ALSC membership with creative ideas that enhance children’s learning and reading experiences; encourage the use of innovative technologies and creative applications by library professionals and the families we serve; foster cutting-edge ways to learn, participate, and network as advocates for children; and develop mentoring arenas so that current, dedicated leaders can help our forthcoming professionals.
We will plan to continue enhancement of member communication, engagement, and transparency through community forums, print and electronic publications, and social network venues. Engagement with members through virtual committee work and continuing education endeavors will continue to offer new opportunities and new learning experiences. ALSC launched a new website in May of this year titled “Everyday Advocacy” (http://www.ala.org/everyday-advocacy/), a “go-to” site with advocacy information and tips for youth services librarians and others who seek to advocate for children and libraries. We plan to continue to enhance and develop this site as a place for members and advocates to share library and community stories and to read the inspirational stories of others.
We will honor, through awards and celebrations, the successes of others. Our book, media, and professional awards recognize and celebrate excellence--an important aspect of our association’s efforts. For example, this past year we celebrated the Caldecott Medal’s 75th anniversary through many special events and activities that culminate with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2, 2013.
ALSC has an historic tradition and commitment of building diverse communities of service and practice for children and their families through the library, in the home, out into the world, and into the future. We look forward to a future where libraries are recognized as vital to all children and the communities that support them.
I hope that you will turn to the 2012-2013 ALSC President’s report and read of the accomplishments of so many. I thank you for your support this past year, while I served as your ALSC President; it was truly an honor to hold this office and have the opportunity to meet and work with so many of you. We accomplished much this past year and it was truly memorable in so many ways.—Carolyn S. Brodie, ALSC President
Working Together: The Power of Partnerships
Where would Frog be without Toad? George without Martha? Elephant without Piggie? That ponderous polar bear without the gregarious goose? Harry, Hermione, and Ron without one another?* And where would we youth services librarians be without support and inspiration from our colleagues and collaborators pursuing exemplary service to children and families?
Just as interaction in the literary relationships cited above adds richness and texture to character and story line, professional partnerships form a multi-layered foundation for fully serving children and families. Collaboration is a cornerstone of ALSC. It is the first item listed in the core values of our strategic plan, and there is an entire priority group of committees assigned to partnerships. We recognize that working together with others who serve children increases our effectiveness exponentially.
To demonstrate the dynamic power of partnerships, Brigid Hubberman, executive director of the Family Reading Partnership (FRP) of Tompkins County, will present at the Leadership & ALSC session at the Annual Conference in Chicago. The FRP is a grassroots organization that has partnered with schools, the business community, health care providers, social service agencies, and others to create a culture of literacy, “one book, one child, one family at a time” for the past 15 years. Their efforts have been an inspiration to communities around the country and have been heralded as a model by experts in the field. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting on Saturday, June 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton, Sheraton Ballrooms 2 & 3.
ALSC 101 is another fine forum for meeting up with fellow collaborators. Learn the ins and outs of ALSC, how to get the most out of conference, meet members and mentors, and (possibly) win fabulous prizes. I look forward to seeing you there Saturday, June 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at McCormick Place, Hall A, Meeting Room A. If you still have questions about which committee to join, drop by the All-Committee meeting Sunday, June 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Sheraton in Sheraton Ballroom 5 and Chicago Ballroom 6. Members are welcome to sit in on any committee there and discover the fine work these collaborations accomplish. Finally, be sure to attend the ALSC Membership Meeting, Monday, July 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m, McCormick Place-S502, for the latest updates regarding the work of the organization and recognition of new members.
As we continue our time-honored collaborations with our natural partners in AASL, PLA, and YALSA, we have expanded our external relationships to embrace productive partnerships with other groups detailed at http://www.ala.org/alsc/externalrelationships to provide additional resources to our members and their clientele.
The most effective partnership of all, however, is comprised of ALSC members. As an ALSC member, you know that the collective expertise, energy, and commitment of the membership achieve the greatest accomplishments, from awards to Quicklists. Together we all contribute through committee work, online discussion, social networks, and community forums. For those who are not able to attend conference, ALSC has expanded opportunities through which they can communicate and collaborate, via our online communities, in mutual support of our common goal of creating a better future for children through libraries. Please subscribe to an electronic discussion list, beginning with ALSC-L, which provides an opportunity to converse among your peers, and both give and receive advice and recommendations. Instructions for subscription and a list of other EDLs are available at http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/alsc20/alscdisclist. Webinars provide quality professional development opportunities, while community forums offer real-time interaction with colleagues across the country and are archived for those who are engaged elsewhere during that time. Notices of both are publicized on ALSC-L. The ALSC Blog at http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/ features fascinating guest posts on a vast range of topics by front-line librarians and other experts. Please consider becoming an author as well as regular reader. Additional links to ALSC social networks are found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/alsc20.
I hope to see you, my splendid friends and fellow collaborators, in Chicago. Please look for me and say “Howdy, Partner”. And if you aren’t at conference, feel free to drop me a line via email with your thoughts and wishes for the coming year. I’m looking forward to working with you.—Starr LaTronica, ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect
*Authors of works referenced above: Lobel, Arnold; Marshall, James; Willems, Mo; Bloom, Suzanne; Rowling, J.K.
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Where's That Giggling Coming From?
Fingerplay Fun Friday
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About a month ago, I asked you (and some non-librarian friends too) to help me think of some children’s books that feature iconic items that could act as clues, for my summer reading promo. The compiled list of responses is below. If it’s something you want to use in the future, here’s how I did it; I just came back from a visit today. I dressed up as an archaeologist (with one of the school’s language arts coordinators—it was fun to have a teacher involved), and brought in a big box that said “Artifacts – fragile.” We told students that we were reading explorers and we’d dug up clues to some books they loved. We asked students to raise their hand as they guessed the book titles. We took out the clues/artifacts one by one and provided ad-lib for them. For example, when we took out the candy beans from Harry Potter, we’d eat some and talk about the flavors; and we waved our hands before our noses when we pulled out the cheese from Wimpy Kid, etc. As for the props themselves, I printed out large clip-art pictures of each item, mounted on foam board.
Oakland to Host 2014 ALSC Institute
ALSC’s 2014 National Institute will be held in Oakland, California. More than 300 children's librarians and educators will participate in this two and a half day event that features programming, keynotes, networking, and much more—all in one setting!
The Institute is one of the only conferences devoted solely to children's librarianship, literature, and technology and is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and others.
For information as it becomes available, visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/institute. We know budget planning happens early; if you have specific questions about price estimates, please contact Jenny Najduch, 800-545-2433, x4026 or jnajduch at ala.org.
National Book Festival
The 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
Renowned authors and poets Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the event. There also will be appearances by Katherine Applegate, Susan Cooper, Brian Floca, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Cynthia Kadohata, Jon Klassen, Kirby Larson, Grace Lin, Rafael Lopez, Christopher Myers, Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Jon and Casey Scieszka, and many more.
Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters, and participate in a variety of activities. An estimated 210,000 people attended in 2012.
Details about the festival can be found at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The site offers a variety of features, and new material will be added as authors continue to join this year’s lineup.
The 13th Library of Congress National Book Festival is part of a larger Library of Congress “Celebration of the Book” in 2012 and 2013. This year’s celebration is focused on “Books That Shaped the World.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Congratulations to Carole Fiore, Training & Library Consulting, Tallahassee, Fla., who recently received the Florida Library Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a librarian with a longstanding, distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments. Carole was cited for her career of more than 30 years that includes significant contributions to library services for youth in Florida and across the country. She has consulted with scores of libraries and mentored countless youth librarians and she continues to be a presenter and trainer in high demand for her expertise in early literacy.
Diana Garcia, recent San Jose State University SLIS graduate and Senior Library Clerk at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library (Calif.), was awarded the PLA Innovations in Literacy Award for her afterschool reading intervention with children of recent immigrants. She was one of only eight librarians nationwide awarded the $1,000 scholarship for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis next March. She will also be recognized from the audience at the PLA President’s Program and Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 30, 1-2:30 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Kudos, Diana!
Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the recipient of the 2013 ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) Leadership and Professional Achievement Award—-an annual honor presented to an ASCLA member exemplifying leadership and achievement. Betsy is a proven and trusted leader in the field of early literacy and is recognized as a prolific author, inspiring mentor and presenter, knowledgeable consultant and teacher, and creator and developer of the Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) program. Betsy will receive the award at the ASCLA/COSLA Reception, Saturday, June 29, 5:45-7:30 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference. Congratulations, Betsy!
Congratulations to Allison Tran, Teen Services Librarian at the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Library. She recently won the ALSC Blog Header Design Contest for her “Professional and Playfulness" design. Tran’s winning design received the most votes in an ALSC Blog poll and it is now featured as the header on the ALSC Blog. She won of a certificate for an ALSC online course. Brian Hare ("Sharing and Collaborating"), Youth Services Manager, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) Public Library and Joella Peterson ("Sky's the Limit"), Youth Services Librarian at the South Jordan (Utah) Library were runners-up. Both will receive certificates for ALSC webinars. The ALSC Blog hosted the contest to display the creativity and skill of ALSC members. Many thanks to all those who participated and to the more than 248 individuals who voted. To see the new header, please visit: http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog.
Julie Dietzel-Glair's Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props was published by Neal-Schuman in April. Books in Motion demonstrates how to use children’s books to engage preschool-age children through movement--shaking up your storytime, helping children stay healthy, and encouraging a lifelong love of reading. Julie is a freelance writer and library consultant in Baltimore.
Julie Cummins has a new book coming out July 23. Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart was illustrated by Malene Laugesen, and published by Roaring Brook. It's the story of an early aviatrix attempting to be the first female to fly across the Atlantic. She didn't make it, due to plane trouble, but she went on to enjoy fame and success. Elder chased her dreams with grit and determination and became America's Sweetheart.
Martha Simpson's [Stratford (Conn.) Library Association] first picture book, What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day, illustrated by Jana Christy, was published in April by Amazon Children's Publishing. A little boy gives readers his advice on things that would not be welcome presents, unless your mother happens to be a bird, a spider, a pig, an aardvark, or a bat.
Congratulations to Pamela Mann, children's services coordinator, Morgan County (W.Va.) Public Library, and Angela Reynolds, head of youth services, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. They are the recipients of a scholarship, sponsored by ALSC and Friends of ALSC, to attend the 2013 ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. Mann and Reynolds were chosen from a pool of more than 25 well-qualified applicants. Selection criteria included commitment to children’s library services and to ALSC; leadership qualities as displayed through library and community involvement; need for professional development and desired outcome for attending the ALSC Preconference; financial need for scholarship, personally and professionally; and well-roundedness of the applicant. Applications were reviewed by an ALSC Board sub-committee. For further details about the recipients, see the press release at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/06/friends-alsc-preconference-scholarship-winners-announced.
Friends of ALSC was created to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. Over the last year, the Friends of ALSC have supported professional development for members by giving more than $2,500 in scholarships for ALSC programming, including the 2012 National Institute and the 2013 Preconference.
Members Win Banquet Tickets, Online Learning. The Membership Committee recently announced the winners in its 2013 Membership Needs Assessment Survey contest. More than 300 ALSC members took part in the survey. All those who completed the survey and entered their ALA ID number were eligible for a drawing to win a ticket to the 2013 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet or an ALSC online learning opportunity. The sixteen winners chosen at random were:
Congrats to our winners and many thanks to all those who took part in the survey.
Upcoming ALSC Webinars
Summer reading makes for busy libraries during the warm months. To support the professional development of librarians even during the busiest times, ALSC delivers quality webinars all summer long. Check out these hour-long webinar offerings, presented at various times to accommodate any schedule.
For information on fees,registration, and content, visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/profdevelopment/alscweb/webinars.
Best Practices for Apps in Storytime
Wednesday, June 19, Noon - 1 PM CT
The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
Tuesday, June 25, 12 - 1 PM CT
Best Practices for Apps in Storytime
Wednesday, July 10, 1 -2 PM CT
The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
Wednesday, July 17, 11 AM - 12 PM CT
Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism
Tuesday, July 23, 2 PM - 3 PM CT
Summer Science @your Library®
Wednesday, July 24, 1 - 2 PM CT
Best Practices for Apps in Storytime
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Noon - 1 PM CT
The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
Thursday, August 15, 12 - 1 PM CT
So You Want to Genre-fy your Library...and More
Monday, August 26, 1 - 2 PM CT
Online Courses - Join Us for Summer School
Registration is now open for all ALSC online courses. Classes begin Monday, July 15, 2013. Courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals and are taught by experienced librarians and academics. For further details, visit http://www.ala.org/alsced.
The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books (six weeks)
Children with Disabilities in the Library (six weeks, three CEUs)
Getting to the Core: Librarians and Common Core State Standards (six weeks)
Integrating New Technologies into Your Collections (four weeks) Out of this World Youth Programming (six weeks, 1.8 CEUs)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (four weeks, 1.2 CEUs)
Summer Reading List
Research shows that increased summer reading reduces summer learning loss. Also, the amount and quality of students’ access to reading materials correlates to the amount of reading they do, which in turn is a determinant of reading achievement. To combat the "summer slide" and support access to quality reading, ALSC has created three Summer Reading book lists, which feature recommended book titles for readers in kindergarten through 8th grade. These book lists, available at http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/booklists/summerreadinglist, include a diverse group of fun and enjoyable books, both classic and contemporary, to keep children interested in reading throughout the summer. The downloadable PDFs also allow space where librarians can customize with summer hours and programs.
The titles were selected, compiled, and annotated by members of the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee and School-Age Programs and Services Committee, through a Carnegie Whitney Grant funded by the ALA Publishing Committee.
2014 ALSC Professional Awards
Read! Build! Play! Summer Reading List
As an extension of the Read! Build! Play! initiative ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® have teamed up to create the LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! 2013 Summer Reading Lists. One list features five titles for children ages 1-3, and the other, five titles for ages 3-5, selected and annotated by members of the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee. Each free, downloadable list includes instructions for fun, inspirational LEGO® DUPLO® building projects and activity suggestions for each book. These book lists, plus a Parent Activity Guide, are at: http://readbuildplay.com.
Also be sure to visit ALSC’s Importance of Play webpage (http://www.ala.org/alsc/importance_of_play) to download the free Librarian Toolkit and read through The Importance of Play, Particularly Constructive Play, in Public Library Programming white paper, written by Sue McCleaf Nespeca and adopted by the ALSC Board of Directors on in September 2012.
ALSC Scholarship Winners Announced
Six scholarship recipients have been chosen for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. They are: Ashley L. Dean, Poquoson, Va.; Marianne Dolce, Deltona, Fla.; Rebecca Lynn Dunn, Lawrence, Kan., and Casey Marie Fox, Knoxville, Tenn. Each recipient receives $7,000 in scholarship aid for the academic year.
Two winners were awarded the Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship, made possible by contributions from librarians, professionals, and others associated with the field of children’s literature. The following recipients each receive $6,000 in scholarship aid: Tina Suzanne Groff, Pipe Creek, Texas, and Ginger Michelle Kirchmyer, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Online Education Proposals
Have an idea for an ALSC webinar or online course? The ALSC Education Committee is adding to ALSC’s online course and webinar offerings. If you are interested in teaching a course or webinar, please fill out the online education proposal form found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/online-education-proposal.
Needs Assessment Survey Completed
In April, the ALSC Membership Committee performed its membership needs assessment survey. The committee identified three objectives of the survey: 1) determine how the division can best serve its members; 2) find out how the organization is positioned in regards to member awareness; and 3) solicit ideas for future actions/programs. The survey closed April 28, 2013, and the committee will be analyzing results at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Going forward, the survey will be performed on a biennial basis.
Mora Award Applications Now Being Accepted
REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, invites applications for the 2013 Mora Award, which is presented annually to the most exemplary celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día. Libraries, schools, educational institutions, and other youth-serving organizations that plan and implement Día programs in 2013 are eligible to submit an application by August 15, 2013. The award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque to be displayed in a public area by the winning institution(s).
New Award on the Block
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (http://www.clel.org), an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, announced the inaugural year of the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards, a new children's literature award created to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. The first CLEL Bell Awards will be announced February 5, 2014, one title in each of five categories representing an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. For more information on the awards, visit: http://www.clel.org/content/bell-awards.
Another One for the Record Books?
Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support early childhood education. On October 3, 2013, people across the country will read the children’s book Otis by Loren Long, in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Will you be among the readers? Learn more about the campaign at http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record. In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, devouring Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
Peace, Love, and Children's Books
Jane Addams Children's Book Awards. These awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence. The awards are administered by the Jane Addams Peace Association. The 2013 winners are:
Each Kindness, written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, is the winner in the Books for Younger Children Category. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, written by Cynthia Levinson and published by Peachtree Publishers, is the winner in the Books for Older Children category.
Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Younger Children category: Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers, written by Sarah Warren, illustrated by Robert Casilla, and published by Marshall Cavendish Children; and We March, written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter imprint of Macmillan.
Two books were named Honor Books in the Older Children category: Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours, written by Ann Bausum and published by National Geographic; and Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
Hans Christian Andersen Award. The Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children's books. Given every other year by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the award recognizes lifelong achievement and is given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature.
Award nominees are submitted by the National Sections of IBBY. For the 2014 awards, 29 authors and 31 illustrators have been nominated from 34 countries. The U.S. nominees are author Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Bryan Collier. An awards jury will hold meetings in March 2014, and a shortlist will be disseminated immediately following. Winners will be announced at an IBBY press conference at the Bologna Children's Book Fair on Monday, March 24, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=1315.
Children’s Choice Book Awards. The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the sixth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBAs) in May. The winners are:
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Teen Book of the Year
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton/Penguin)
Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Illustrator of the Year
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
New Poet Laureate
The Poetry Foundation announced that poet Kenn Nesbitt will serve as the next Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation. In awarding the $25,000 cash prize and two-year title, the foundation aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.
Nesbitt, 51, is the author of numerous books of poetry for children, including The Tighty-Whitey Spider (2010), My Hippo Has the Hiccups (2009), and Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007). His books abound with humorous and silly situations, and his poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies, magazines, and textbooks worldwide.
Book Grants Available
The Libri Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States, is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Books for Children grants. Application and guidelines are at http://www.librifoundation.org/apponline.html. The submission deadline is August 15, 2013.