Monday, January 28, 2013

Caldecott & Newbery 2013

Congratulations to all the winners!

 Caldecott Medal Winner 

 Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published by Candlewick Press

Caldecott Honor Books


Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 
Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Published by by Roaring Brook Press

Written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

Written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children


Newbery Medal Winner

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Newbery Honor Books

Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline
Published by Candlewick Press

 By Steve Sheinkin book design by Jay Colvin
Published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press

by Sheila Turnage illustrations by Gilbert Ford
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin

Special thanks to the American Library Association (ALA) for the live webcast. What a fun way to hear the results over my morning cup of coffee! Be sure to follow this link to see the complete list of all the winners in all of the categories. Congratulations again to everyone!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Studio Links!

Today's tour will be all about links. So sit back, click, and follow some fun. In honor of the upcoming Caldecott Award announcement on Monday, I'm putting in my vote for favorite picture of 2012. It is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce.

Take a tour of the studio office space and the creative team Joyce has put together at:
Moonbot Studios

You'll find more Morris Lessmore here:

Here you'll find an interview about the app.

You can read about the Academy Award winning short film version, and even watch the film's trailer  here.

Follow this link to see a few thumbnails and the creators of this story.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Have You Voted?

It's time to VOTE! The 2013 Mock Caldecott polls are open. 
Head over to The Horn Book blog before January 22nd and get your vote in. They have a link to the Calling Caldecott Ballot.  It's easy! Just takes a minute. But remember, the polls close at 9am tomorrow.
Vote for Your All-time Favorite Caldecott Winner.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott head over to @ Your Library and vote! Your name could be drawn to receive a copy of the 2013 winning Caldecott title and a $25 Amazon gift card! Contest will remain open until 2:00 p.m. Central time, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

 If you need help remembering your favorite Caldecott Medal-winning title, just follow these links from @ Your Library, and you will find book covers, grouped by decades, of all the past award winners.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Studio Links!

The Studio of Lane Smith

Talk about a dream design space! In the studio of Lane Smith you'll not only find a dream library filled with Smith’s collection of vintage children’s books, complete with a library ladder, but you'll also find a rustic stone fireplace to relax near on those cold Connecticut winters, all tucked away in a cozy barn behind his 200-year old farmhouse. 

(Photographs by David Prince.)

In his own words, author and illustrator  Lane Smith ''has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff." That means over thirty books including, Abe Lincoln's Dream, Grandpa Green - a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book, national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, plus, with Jon Scieszka his titles have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse


Be sure to check out his blog where you'll get to take a peak at the books on his bookcases and a bunch of other stuff!

(Photograph by David Prince.)

You can see more of Lane Smith and graphic designer Molly Leach's 1800's farmhouse in a featured article from Country Living Magazine

Interesting Side-note:
I didn't come across this while researching illustrators like I normally would. I was actually looking on Pinterest for design ideas on stone fireplaces! (I just acquired some bargain basement stone to use in our cabin, and I need to design the fireplace around a small quantity of stone.) Out of all the fireplace photos out there I come across Lane Smith's. And a article on his home and studio to boot. How cool is that!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Caldecott - Past, Present, and Future

With all the Newbery and Caldecott talk and predictions out there I thought it would be nice to take a look at not only what may be the next winner, but what has won in the past. If you have a favorite title you are rooting for post it in a comment. I would love to hear about it! Next week I will post my favorite book of the year that I think is Caldecott deserving in every facet of picture book brilliance.



From Publishers Weekly, with great interviews of winners from the past 5 years.
The Call That Changes Everything- or Not.

From The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) a look at the past.
Newbery Honor and Medal Books, 1922- Present
Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present
2012 Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet

From Through the Studio door, an interesting look at what PW dubbed in 1963 "...a pointless and confusing story."
Before They Were Classics


For predictions for this years award winners check out:
A Fuse #8 Production
100 Scope Notes
The Horn Book- Calling Caldecott 
Country Bookshelf
Random Acts of Reading


Mark your calendar for the Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary!


Remember the ALA will announce all the awards at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28 from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The awards include the John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael L. Printz Award.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that John Rocco will participate in a Caldecott 75th Anniversary Facebook Forum at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Rocco won a Caldecott Honor in 2012 for his picture book Blackout.

Caldecott 75th Anniversary eBadgeWant to see and learn about the logo 2008 Caldecott Medal winner Brian Selznick created especially for the 75th Anniversary celebration and the characters in it? Just click here.

And for a little more fun, read Brian's acceptance speech for The Invention of Hugo Cabret  here and watch the illustrated sequence that played on huge video screens during the speech here.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Studio Links!

The Studio of Lisa Woodruff

Today you can check out the studio of children's book illustrator Lisa Woodruff. Lisa has illustrated 18 children's books including Ten on the Sled. Publishers Weekly's ShelfTalker has a great article and tour of her studio. You'll even get to see a sneak peek of the upcoming snowy adventure, If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! It looks like another great collaboration with Kim Norman! Just follow this link.

I'm planning on making this a regular fixture for Fridays on this blog. If you see a great studio tour you'd like me to link, just let me know. Or if you have a studio you'd like featured take some photos and I'd be glad to conduct an interview myself and feature you here! Here are a couple of studio tours and interviews I've done in the past. Behind the Snowflakes: Jennifer Thermes and Chris Gall. They too were snow inspired. As part of the 2007 "Blogging for a Cure" auction and fundraiser, the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, or 7-Imp blog, featured interviews of all the artists who created snowflakes for the event. Guess who was on that list then too? Yup. Lisa Woodruff.

Friday, January 4, 2013

What are you reading winner.

We have a winner! Karin Marie's name was drawn for this contest. A signed copy of First Snow is on the way to her.

Karin Marie said...
I enjoy reading The Night Before Christmas, but I often find that I will pick up the newest Debbie Macomber Christmas book. It seems like she has a new Christmas themed one every year!

What a fitting choice. I recently had a neighbor send these amazing photos of our cabin with the first snow of the year. I thought I'd share this winter sight with you all. For a desert dweller it's such a treat. Enjoy!

Our cabin.

 Our dog's house.
(She really doesn't stay there. She's an indoor dog.)

 Our favorite place to sit. Usually!

Our View!