Newbery and Caldecott Awards Announced

January 29, 2013

ivanThe John Newbery Medal  for this year’s outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. It was inspired by the real-life story of a gorilla in Tacoma, Washington named Ivan who “became a celebrity after being placed with a large group of gorillas in the Atlanta zoo, where he made paintings and signed them with a thumbprint.” This is Ms. Applegate’s first Newbery Award, although she has authored numerous books for children. The Newbery award,  regarded as the most prestigious honor in children’s literature, was announced Monday by the American Library Association at its midwinter meeting in Seattle. Also announced was the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children. This year the ALA presented the award to This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen, about a little fish who has stolen a hat and suffers for it. Yesterday’s article in the New York Times has more about the awards.


Unpublished Work of Roald Dahl’s Found

December 14, 2010

Almost 30 years ago two men bought a story from Roald Dahl for $200.00 in the interest of collecting work by famous people that they could develop into story starters for children. It never was completed and now “The Eyes of Mr. Croaker” is being auctioned on Ebay. Dahl died 20 years ago and is known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among many others.


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