Friday, January 8, 2010

Around the interwebs

First, in non-interweb-related news, I bought plane tickets to NYC for BEA and I just want to squee about it. *Squee!!* Will Betsy still be around? Can we convince her to organize a KidLit Drink Night??? Who else is going to BEA this year?  

Well, the Cybils finalists were announced (just in case you were, y'know, under a rock or something). And the lists instantly inspired some debate over at Black-Eyed Susan's. What about recognition for non-historical books about African-Americans? Be sure to check out the comments. To shed some light on the subject, Charlotte looks at the books in her category (Middle Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy) over at Charlotte's Library. Thanks to the Cybils blog for the link.

In other maybe-you-were-under-a-rock news, Katherine Paterson has been named the next Ambassador for Young People's Literature! The torch has been passed. 

Award alert! The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (you might know him as the illustrator of the Newbery-award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky) has won the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Thanks to Read Roger for the link.

Just in case you need something to do during this cold and snowy month, Betsy has announced the Top 100 Children's Fictional Chapter Books Poll. Put your thinking cap on and weigh in by January 31. This should definitely be interesting...!

Speaking of things to do in January, join the 2010 Comment Challenge, hosted by MotherReader and Lee Wind. Starting TODAY, Pam and Lee challenge you to leave five comments a day for the next 21 days. You'll make new friends! You'll add to the conversation! You'll promote your blog! And hey, you might win a prize.

Also, this weekend is Bloggiesta, hosted by Natasha at Maw Books Blog. If you've got some catching up to go, blog-wise, why not do it in the company of others (and also maybe win prizes!)?

That's all I got for ya this week. Happy surfing!

16 comments:

Brimful Curiosities said...

I hadn't heard about the Top 100 Children's Fictional Chapter Books Poll. My daughter will soon be reading and needing some recommendations.

Karen said...

I so appreciate that you do this little synopsis of what's going on. It really helps me stay current, especially during the weeks I have a hard time keeping my head above water. :) Thanks!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

No, I'm not going to BEA and I wish I was. I also wish I was going to be in Boston next weekend, but alas my wallet has run dry. :) I will be at all ALA's for the next two years though starting with DC this summer for Fabulous Films

Carol Coven Grannick said...

Great roundup of news and events. Thanks!

Sweet Reads said...

Thank you for informing those of us who live under rocks :)

Catherine Ensley said...

Hi Abby,
I'm participating in the Comment Challenge, but I've already been reading your blog for months, and am a follower, and have commented a couple of times. Lovely blog! Keep up the great work. I'll stop by again soon.

Stacy Dillon said...

SO happy about STORM IN THE BARN. I love, love, love that gn!

Thanks for the round-up!

Sandra Stiles said...

I love surfing around to different blogs. I learn so much. I also enjoyed being a panelist for Cybils. It's funny but my middle school students were constantly interested in what I was reading and what I thought. I teach remedial reading and have actually turned some into book nerds. I have one student that checks 2 - 3 books out every day. I don't think she'll have a reading class next year. I enjoyed following your blog even if I didn't comment. I have found so many new books that way.

Erika said...

Thanks for the information. I' sure that it takes a lot of effort to pull it all together. Your work is appreciated.

Joyful said...

You have a great blog here with up-to-date news. Thanks for what you do. I'm visiting from `Bloggiesta`

Mitali Perkins said...

I'll be at BEA! Spring in New York ... can't wait. Thanks for this roundup of news, news, news.

Kristi(e) said...

Thanks for letting me know about the blog equivalent to free gym memberships. I have to work out my blog posts and flex my commenting muscles more and now that I've read about Bloggiesta and Comment Challenge 2010 I have a personal trainer whipping me into shape. Alright, it's a bad metaphor but this is my very first comment as part of the CC2k10.

Caroline said...

I'm so excited about the Fictional Chapter Books Poll. The Picture Book one came out just as I was starting my job last year, and it was a wonderful introduction (and often re-introduction) to great Children's books. (This is prompted by the Comment Challenge - thank you for the great content!)

Moira Donohue said...

This is a great blog. I am participating in the challenge and I'm happy I checked this out.

I hope to be at BEA, but will definitely be at ALA, as it is only 1/2 hour from where I live. Both have been so energizing when I have attended in the past.

I will be back to read more.

Lori Calabrese said...

That's all? There's so much stuff going on, it's ridiculous! :)

Thanks for sharing the Top 100 Children's Fictional Chapter Books Poll--I hadn't heard about it either!

Stella said...

I loved the Storm in the Barn and didn't know it won an award. Wonderful news. Thanks for the info!