End-o'-the-Week Kid-Lit Roundup
Judith Kerr interview. The Tiger Who Came to Tea has long been a favorite at our house--one of those books that Heidi and I like just as much as our almost-three-year-old Silas. So it was a treat to read the Guardian's recent interview with Judith Kerr, "still going strong at 86." (via Children's Illustration)
A Taste for Red review. Tea Cozy reviews a promising vampire book for grades 4 to 7, with a "delightfully snarky and world weary" girl protagonist named Svetlana. ("And yes... I am amused that Svetlana's birth name is Stephanie.")
"2010 Newbery, Caldecott and Other ALA Award Winners Announced." Of course, the major news of last week came on Monday, when the year's biggest kid-lit award winners were announced. If you missed it, Lauren had a great rundown right here on Omnivoracious. If you've been reading Omni, you've probably heard about most of these books at some point--but make sure you check out all the winners.
Werner Herzog reads Curious George. Definitely, the funniest kid-lit video you'll watch this week--or this year so far, for that matter. (And no, it's not really Werner Herzog! But it's still hysterical.)
(via Andrew Sullivan)
"Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Named." School Library Journal has the story on the winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, "which celebrates new books that combine literary excellence with an accurate portrait of the Jewish world." The gold medal in the "Younger Readers" category went to New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story.
"Kaiser Media Report Finds Kids' Book Reading Steady." This Kaiser media study has a ton of data (about everything from newspaper reading to cell phone ownership), so it's worth a full read, but this was one of the more interesting bits w/r/t reading: "Back in 1999, the survey reported that kids and teens spent 21 minutes a day reading books and 27 minutes on the computer. This year’s survey demonstrates just how dramatically that gulf has widened: while book reading increased slightly, to 25 minutes daily in 2009, time spent on computers leaped from just over an hour in the 2004 survey to nearly an hour and a half each day."
"Time Travelers." School Library Journal has pulled together a fun list of time-travel themed books, including an installment from one of my favorite series, Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure. ("When Molly starts encountering younger versions of herself, things get a little trippy, but she finds a way to cope and, of course, foils the evil and insane maharaja and saves the world. Kids may miss some of the historical references, but the fast-paced story won’t be diminished.")