October 23, 2011 |
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales Chris Van Allsburg and contributing writers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 202 pp., $24.99, ages 10 to 14 For 26 years, it's been one of kid lit's greatest mysteries: Who was Harris Burdick, and why did he leave 14 of his cryptically captioned illustrations in the possession of one Peter Wenders back in 1984? If author Lemony Snicket's introduction to "The Chronicles of Harris Burdick" is to be believed, Burdick is by now "either very old, quite dead, or both.
December 5, 2010 |
The Boss Baby Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books, $16.99 For any family expecting a baby, this hilarious picture-book riffs on how a new baby takes over and runs the household with a pudgy iron fist. La Noche Buena A Christmas Story Antonio Sacre, illustrated by Angela Dominguez Abrams, $16.95, ages 4-8 A girl goes to Miami to celebrate Christmas with her father's Cuban family in a story full of beautifully-observed cultural details.
September 18, 2011 |
This season, in the land of children's books, there be giants and dragons, wimps and blue horses. First, about the giants. They're not imaginary ones. In fact, they're quite familiar. Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. New books from both classic authors are coming this month - Seuss' "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories" (Random House) and Silverstein's "Everything on It: Poems and Drawings" (HarperCollins). "New" isn't exactly the correct word to use - "Bippolo Seed" gathers together stories that Seuss, who died in 1991, published in magazines in the 1950s; while Silverstein, who died in 1999, left behind numerous drawings and poems that make up the content of "Everything on It. " The books, aimed at ages 6 and up (Seuss)
September 16, 2013 |
The National Book Awards launched its first longlist with the 10 books in the running for the 2013 award for Young People's Literature on Monday. The list includes Newbery Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata's “The Thing About Luck” and Tom McNeal's “Far Far Away,” which was also longlisted for the Southern California Independent Bookseller Award. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan also made the list (The Times review notes that the number of boys is actually closer to seven )
January 2, 2014 |
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
July 15, 2004 |
The film company of Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz has agreed to work on five movies, including four based on award-winning children's books, in a deal with 20th Century Fox. Walden Media of the Anschutz Film Group would produce and develop the films with Fox, while Fox would distribute them. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.