Maryland author gives reasons why YA is the new hotness

August 31, 2009

PaulaBe sure to check out Paula Chase-Hyman’s interview in The Examiner about why YA is the new hotness. From the article:

Reason #5. YA novels enable their young readers to process problems and situations from a safe distance. They show how someone the reader’s age would deal with problems that are typical for that reader’s age group. Books are particularly useful here, because, by their nature, they can provide more context than a television.

Read the entire article here.

3rd Annual KidLitosphere Conference

August 28, 2009

kidlit_logoDo you blog about children’s and young adult books? Are you interested in blogging about children’s and YA books? Maybe you should attend the 3rd Annual KidLitosphere Conference. From the website:

The Kidlitosphere Conference is an annual gathering of the Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The 2009 conference will take place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 17th. While sessions are not scheduled for Friday, a Library of Congress visit is currently in the planning stages. An informal outing in DC will be scheduled for Sunday as well.

The sessions go from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and will cover:

  1. The Blog Within: An Interview With Your Inner Blogger

  2. Building a Better Blog: Best Practices, Ideas, and Tips

  3. Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    It’s All About the Book: Better Book Reviews
    It’s Not About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Blogging Authors

  4. Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)

  5. Authors, Publishers, Reviewers (and ARCs): A Panel Conversation

  6. Coming Together, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy and the Reading Message (KidLitosphere Central/PBS/RIF/Literacy)

  7. Meet the Authors

For more information, check out the website. Also see posts by MotherReader and Liz B.

Special call for illustrators of color

August 26, 2009

Lee & Low Books, an award-winning publisher of quality multicultural books for children, is looking for skilled artists of color who can bring picture book stories to life with originality and authenticity. Their books feature children/people of color and fall within a range of genres including contemporary and historical fiction, biography, poetry, nonfiction, and more. They are particularly interested in hearing from illustrators whose cultural, ethnic, or racial backgrounds and experiences support their knowledge of diverse cultures. Illustrators should send a resume and/or cover letter, as well as color copies, tear sheets, or other illustration samples. They are particularly interested in samples that feature children/people of color and that show an ability to illustrate the same character consistently over many scenes. If you have a Web site with additional samples of your work, please include the Web address. Do not send original artwork, portfolios, slides, or electronic samples on CD or by email. Please visit their web site ( to learn more about the kinds of books they publish before submitting your samples.

Vote now for YALSA’s Teen Top 10

August 24, 2009


What do your teen readers think was the best YA in 2009?

YALSA wants to know.

Send your teen voters over to YALSA and let’s make sure some brown books are represented.

One Million Men and Me

August 10, 2009

Check out the trailer for Kelly Starling Lyons, One Million Men and Me.

Kelly also has some fun printable pages for the kiddies on her blog.

Share it with a young reader, today.

New Liar Cover…Same Pub Issues

August 7, 2009

For those who have followed the Liar cover controversy, Bloomsbury has created a new cover, with this statement to PW:

“We regret that our original creative direction for Liar—which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator’s complex psychological makeup—has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character’s ethnicity.”

New liar

It’s a start. But we must not let this lull us into complacency. The issues brought to the surface by the Liar cover remain.

Wanted: One Kiddie Lit Ambassador

August 5, 2009

The Library of Congress is looking for the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Here are the criteria:
*Author or illustrator of fiction or nonfiction books
* U.S. citizen, living in the U.S.
* Excellent and facile communicator
* Dynamic and engaging personality
* Known ability to relate to children; communicates well and regularly with them
* Someone who has made a substantial contribution to young people’s literature
* Stature; someone who is revered by children and who has earned the respect and admiration of his or her peers

Roger Sutton of Horn Book is taking names. So you know what that means, right?

Let’s get some children’s authors of color on the short list! Submit your suggestions in the comment section on Roger Sutton’s blog post.

Past 28 Days Later Trailblazers come to mind, immediately.