Friday, January 24, 2014

Orbis Pictus and Gray Awards

The 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children goes to:

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jennifer Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (click here to find the book at your local library).

 Honors go to:

  • Locomotive by Brian Floca
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore  
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Ston

The 2014 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award, recognizing authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities, goes to.

Remember Dippy by Shirley Vernick (click here to find a copy at your local library)


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks (click here to find a copy at your local library)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scott O'Dell and Charlotte Zolotow Awards Announced

The Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction goes to Bo at Ballard Creek written by Kirkpatrick Hill and illustrated by LeUyen Pham (find it at your local library here).

The Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text goes to The Dark written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen (find it at your local library here).

Congratulations to these authors and illustrators!

Monday, January 20, 2014

World Read Aloud Day and Virtual Author Visits

World Read Aloud Day and Virtual Author Visits

Imagine a world where everyone can read...

This statement is the campaign call to action by LitWorld, a non-profit literacy organization and sponsor of World Read Aloud Day. Celebrated the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) advocates for worldwide attention to the human right of literacy and importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.  

From the website:

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

Last year on WRAD, 65 countries and over a million people participated in reading aloud and sharing stories. This year, WRAD is on March 5. You can sign up to participate and download a WRAD calendar at:

Many teachers read aloud to their students every day. However, on March 5, 2014, it takes on a greater intention. With this in mind, Children’s author Kate Messner has pulled together a list of children’s and YA authors who have volunteered to spend part of the day Skyping with classrooms around the world to share the joy of reading aloud! You can find Kate’s list at: Check out the list of participating authors. What an exciting way to share the joy of reading aloud.

Help spread the word about World Read Aloud Day and participate on March 5. Happy Reading!