Hilary McKay interview. Publishers Weekly just interviewed Hilary McKay (the author behind The Exiles and Saffy's Angel) about her new book, Wishing for Tomorrow, the sequel of sorts to A Little Princess, a classic book from 1905. ("As a child, I read the novel so many times. In fact I read it and reread it until my copy almost fell to pieces. My sister and I knew the novel so well that we could actually recite it. It became almost like theater to us.")
"Starred" books from 2009. Looking for the year's very best books? We've been following ShelfTalker's compilations of starred reviews (from Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, et al.), and there's now a complete list up for all of 2009.
Eloise at the Plaza Hotel. The LA Times reports on "a 2,100-square-foot pink shrine to all things Eloise" at New York's Plaza Hotel, a tribute to the beloved kids' series. You can even book a "Live Like Eloise Slumber Party Package" from *just* $3,855 per night.
SLJ kids' book gift guide. Still strapped for gift ideas? School Library Journal offered up some great suggestions, across such useful categories as "Imagination-Stirring Picture Books," "Funny-Bone Ticklers," and "Adventures for Younger Chapter Book Readers."
Christmas books from the Guardian. Julia Eccleshare just pulled together a Christmas book round-up, with everything from young-kid classics like Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to The Lark and the Laurel for ages 10 and up.
Grace Lin sits down with Al Roker. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a recent pick for Al's Book Club for Kids, on the Today Show. (via Fuse #8). Watch Grace Lin answer questions from kids on the show: