Monday, July 13, 2009

Around the Interwebs: ALA, YA, and more

Didn't get a chance to go to ALA this year? Check out Betsy's posts about the conference!

In case you hadn't heard, there's been some discussion about doing away with BBYA. I'm not sure when the committee is meeting to decide (maybe today?), but that'll definitely be interesting. Link via Liz.

There's a new YA lit award in town, the Elizabeth Walden Award for Young Adult Fiction, given by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Thanks to Jen Robinson for the link.

Speaking of YA lit, if you read it or know someone who does, take the survey for a chance to win one of 27 great titles (including Catching Fire)!

Susan Beth Pfeffer posted the cover of her newest novel, This World We Live In, due out in April. I didn't even know it was coming out (bad librarian!), so thanks to Sarah for the link.

If your patrons love sports books like mine do, you'll be interested to know that Capstone Publishers is teaming up (haha) with Sports Illustrated Kids to offer leveled chapter books. From the press release:

The new books will feature high-interest nonfiction and fiction sports
stories in three separate formats: high-low informational, graphic novels, and
illustrated chapter books. They will be created for the elementary and middle
school grades, especially struggling and reluctant readers...

Published under Capstone Publishers’ well-known imprints Capstone Press and
Stone Arch Books, the Sports Illustrated KIDS’ books will debut with three
series in January 2010: Greatest Sports Stars, The Science of Sports, and
Graphic Sports. Both nonfiction and fiction developers will have access to
Sports Illustrated KIDS’ extensive collection of photographs, resulting in
compelling books packed with exciting sports action photos.

Definitely something to look for.

Fans of Alyson Noel's The Immortals series, will want to head over to for downloads, videos, and more.
Tee hee, check out Hank Green's song, "I'm Not Edward Cullen".

If you've been following posts on the ALSC blog concerning programming for kids with special needs, you'll be glad to know that Part 3 has been posted. Definitely check out the series if you serve kids with special needs in your community.

If you're not reading 100 Scope Notes, this cool, creative review will get you hooked. Guaranteed.

Reading if Fundemental (RIF) and Macy's are pairing up to bring us Book a Brighter Future, a partnership to support children's literacy. From the press release:

From July 1 through August 31, 2009, Macy's customers can give $3 and receive a
coupon for $10 off a $50 in-store purchase at any Macy's nationwide. Macy's will
donate 100 percent of every $3 to RIF.

So, if you shop at Macy's, check this out!

Adrienne posts about quality vs. popularity and how she came to buy her collection's first book by Madonna.

Sarah Miller's got some audiobook recommendations for us as we hit the road for our summer vacations. And by "us", I mean any of you who are lucky enough to actually get a vacation this summer. :)

Whew. And I'm spent. Happy surfing!