NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
It has been a long winter in the Edmonton Area so we are very happy to be welcoming spring weather and warm temperatures! This issue’s news items are a bit of a mixed bag of recaps and award announcements:
Recap of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week & Lana Button
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week was held May 5-12 across Canada. Events across the country featured 400 readings to 28,000 children in 175 communities. At the University of Alberta we featured Lana Button on May 9th for a presentation, showcasing her newest picture book, My Teacher’s Not Here! To read more about Lana Button check out the UAlberta Library Blog: Library News. To read more about other Book Week events see: http://bookweek.ca/
Canadian Children’s Book Centre is holding its Annual General Meeting 2018 on June 14, 2018. This year’s guest speaker is veteran publisher Jim Lorimer. CCBC members and the general public are welcome to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Room 200, Northern District Library
40 Orchard View Blvd.
The American Library Association Announces Youth Medal Awards for 2018
The annual ALA Medal Awards for 2018 were announced in February. Notable award winners were as follows:
- John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults: Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
- Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
- Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience: Little & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
For a full description of all award winners see the announcement on the ALA website.
Finally, as some food for thought I thought this article from the Family section of The New York Times (April 16, 2018) might be of interest to some our readers. Perri Klass, M.D. writes about how Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention.
All the best for an enjoyable spring!Hanne Pearce
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