Newbery, Caldecott, and More to Come
You may have been watching yesterday when the ALA live streamed their "Youth Media Awards." I wasn't, but I've been catching up on the winners, and see I have some reading to do. I was fascinated to see Christina Soontornvat received two Newbery Honors, one for a fiction title, and one for a nonfiction title. Has that ever happened before? I don't think so.
So I got to work updating my children's book awards section. So far, I've updated both the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal pages with the latest winners. I hope to update more pages in the coming weeks.
When you are there, you'll see that I've started to use Bookshop.org as an alternative to Amazon. This is an online bookstore that shares profits with independent booksellers and pays me a commission. I'm hoping it works better for folks than Indiebound.org, which was supposed to do the same, but never worked well. Please check out the Bookshop links and the lists of recent award-winners in Harold's Book Lists and let me know what you think. I plan to build more links to Bookshop.org, and may remove Amazon links, if people use them.
Crash Course in Children's Book Publishing
I also want to mention that the Crash Course in Children's Publishing--Everything You Need to Know, which I teach online via the Highlights Foundation, starts next week. There's still room and time to register. It's a great course for anyone who wants a thorough grounding in the practical side of writing or illustrating children's books, with both live and recorded sessions (10 in all), weekly online office hours, a 1:1 consultation with faculty, and plenty of handouts and resources.
Of course, I have also posted a couple of new items on the Who's Moving Where page.
That's it for now. I hope all is well with you!