Monday Morning Round-Up

Posted May 3rd, 2010

Look to the StarsFrom Wendell Minor comes this news (applause, please),  “It′s official: the original art from Look to the Stars will be included in the permanent collection of The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the original art from Abraham Lincoln Comes Home will be included in the permanent collection of The Norman Rockwell Museum. Watch the video about Wendell’s newest book with Jean Craighead George, The Last Polar Bear, on the CLN home page.

A Place for FrogsNew Book Pointers: Hope you’ve had a chance to peruse these recently published books, just out in the month of April: Linda Glaser wrote Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: a compost story (Millbrook Press) and Emma’s Poem: the voice of the Statue of Liberty (Houghton Mifflin), Melissa Stewarts A Place for Frogs (Peachtree), Kathy-jo Wargin‘s Scare a Bear (Sleeping Bear Press), Joyce Sidman‘s Ubiquitous (Houghton Mifflin), Phyllis Root‘s Creak! Said the Bed (Candlewick Press), John Coy‘s Eyes on the Goal (Feiwel & Friends), Lita Judge‘s Born to Be Giants: how baby dinosaurs grew to rule the world (Flash Point), Erik BrooksCat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society (written by Betsy Byars, Henry Holt). These and other intriguing recent and forthcoming books are featured on the CLN site.

TangoLook for Eileen Beha‘s popular book Tango: the Tale of an Island Dog to be out in paperback on May 25th. The perfect book for a read-aloud on a family camping trip or car trip, you’ll want to tuck this into your suitcase.

I found Roger Sutton’s editorial in the most recent Horn Book to be thought-provoking. “Wild Pitches” takes a look at recent young adult literature.

In that same issue of The Horn Book, I also loved editor Elizabeth Law’s commentary in “Hang on a Moment,” another facet of “controlled vocabulary.”

Where the Mountain Meets the MoonGrace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was the Massachusetts Book Award winner in the Children’s / Young Adult category. The awards were announced on April 28th.

The Edgar Awards for best mysteries were announced last week. The young adult category found Reality Check by Peter Abrahams to be the judges’ choice. In the juvenile mystery category, Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn was the top choice.

Rob Reid writes about Julie Bowe in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, magazine Volume One. Julie’s newest book, released this month, is My Best Frenemy and it’s creating a buzz.