Maurice Sendak's little-known first book. One of this week's gems from the always-amazing Collecting Children's Books blog: the story behind Atomics for the Millions, a textbook that Maurice Sendak illustrated for $100, for his science teacher at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn. Follow the link for more Sendak samples from the book like this one:
(You can pick up a signed first edition for *only* $1,340.96.)
A celebration of children's poetry. GottaBook just announced the first annual 30 Poets/30 Days, to celebrate National Poetry Month. Every day in April, we'll see a previously unpublished poem by a different poet--including former Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and some other kid-lit names you might recognize, like Jon Scieszka and Jane Yolen.
"Battle of the (Kids') Books" in Twitter and blog form. We mentioned the upcoming Battle of the (Kids') Books last week. If you don't want to miss out on the action, you can now follow BoB on Twitter and/or read their new blog.
Read with your kids, win a trip to Disney World. RIF--a.k.a. Reading Is Fundamental--is starting its second annual Read with Kids Challenge on April 1, with the goal of five million minutes of reading to kids. (Collectively, that is. Not just by you.) Check out the site for more info and neat stuff like these cute bookmarks:
The Magician's Elephant preview. Neat! Check out a free preview of Kate DiCamillo's upcoming novel, right here from the comfort of this very post:
More than 90 novels, and over 25 million books sold in the U.K. alone. The Times Online interviews Britain's bestselling children's author. (No, it's not J.K. Rowling.) (found via Bookninja)
Matthew Cordell interview... and then a James Preller interview with Matthew Cordell. Children's Illustration tipped me off to this great interview with illustrator Matthew Cordell (whom you might know from books like Righty & Lefty and The Moon Is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish). Then I noticed Cordell turned around and interviewed writer James Preller--his collaborator on the new Mighty Casey--for their imprint's blog. Love this great Mighty Casey image from the Seven impossible Things interview: