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Toto the Tornado Kitten!

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This little girl read the book beforehand and was SO excited to meet Toto! She brought him some food to donate to the local pet shelter.

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Toto was found in a tree as a newborn kitten after surviving a tornado that swept through Western MA about 2 years ago. A paramedic and his wife found the kitten and saved him. They wrote a book and do story time programs around MA to raise money for local pet shelters. All proceeds from book sales are donated.

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April 17, 2013 · 9:36 pm

Mock Newbery

Well, I’ve been MIA for a few months but one of my New Year’s Resolutions (which is actually all of my old ones that I never, um, resoluted?) is to actually post MORE on my blog. Or, at all, as the case may be.

Anyways, this email I just received from one of the Youth Advisors from MLS (Massachusetts Library System) was definitely post-worthy, as it confirms what I thought when I first read See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Am I biased because Jo was my AMAZING writing professor who was an inspiration to everyone in my masters program? Perhaps. HOWEVER, that does not make her novel any less Newbery-worthy. In my humble opinion.

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I only hope MLS is OK with this…..!

“Greetings,
 
We are all eagerly awaiting the results of all the ALA Book Awards on Monday, January 28! 
 
In the meantime, a small but tenacious group of your peers have been reading and discussing their picks for the Newbery Award since June, using for communication a moodle’s discussion lists and sometimes chat (when it worked). The “Committee” is made up of 9 school librarians, 3 public, 1 academic, and 1 other.
 
And here is the Short List! 

2013 Mock Newbery Short List:

 

Crow by Barbara Wrights. Random House Books, 2012

The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure. Candlewick, 2012

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Scholastic, 2012

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. Scholastic, 2012

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead.  Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Putnam, 2012

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Harper Collins, 2012

One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press, 2012

Son by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin. Little Brown, 2012

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.  Dial, 2012                                 

Wonder by Patricia Palacio.  Knopf Books, 2012

  Enjoy!”

See? How cool is that?

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BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children’s Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and also to the Thursday Breakfast featuring Kirstie Alley and special appearance by Jimmy Fallon! (my secret t.v. boyfriend.)

Lots of authors I’m excited to see and LOTS of galleys I cannot wait to get my hands on! Maybe I’ll even have some to give away….perhaps. 😉 I will use some of the autographed copies for summer reading prizes for the kids and teens at the library – some I’ll keep just for me!

 

(images from PW.com)

I’ll be going with my library director and another librarian I work with. (And contrary to popular belief, Librarians DO know how to party!)

And luckily I now have a new phone – yes, I broke down and got the iPhone 4. (Not the 4S – couldn’t quite rationalize the extra $100.00) But this phone is better than the laptop I am currently typing on so I am very happy to have it! Plus, the BEA mobile app works great on the iPhone – so excited to use it! I’ll try to post pics while I’m there using – yep! – my new phone 🙂

Just did a bit of shopping for the trip (Target & Banana Factory Store – best 2 stores around!) And thanks to my very good friend and popular author of  Shop Talk – the blog from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art I will be attending as a VIP, which I think gets me free coffee in the VIP lounge. I will definitely need it!

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Corner: Anita Silvey discusses her Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac | ScrippsNews

Corner: Anita Silvey discusses her Children's Book-a-Day Almanac | ScrippsNews

If you haven’t seen the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac by Anita Silvey you need to check it out! I was lucky enough to have Anita as a professor at Simmons and she is THE authority on Children’s Literature.

Read this great article below on Anita and the Almanac by Karen MacPherson and don’t forget to look at Anita’s Almanac – there’s a link on the right side of this blog!

 

Corner: Anita Silvey discusses her Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac | ScrippsNews.

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A Killer Story: An Interview with Suzanne Collins, Author of ‘The Hunger Games’

Great interview with Suzanne Collins from School Library Journal!

A Killer Story: An Interview with Suzanne Collins, Author of ‘The Hunger Games’.

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Picturebook Friday

Where the Wild Things Are….

One of my all time favorites, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak has made it to the big time….that is, if you consider The Colbert Report to be the big time. Which I do.

I’m not going to write my analysis or review of it.  Many, many experts have written about it. It’s awesome. ‘Nuff said.

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the two-part interview, in which Maurice does not let Stephen get the better of him.

http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/26/10243290-stephen-colbert-gets-wild-with-author-maurice-sendak

And if that isn’t enough for you, listen to Christopher Walken read Where the Wild Things Are. My husband and I have listened to it three times now, and we can’t stop laughing. It’s hysterical!

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