Dear @TheEllenShow, We Need #KidLitOnEllenShow

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(artwork by Katya Szewczuk)

Dear @TheEllenShow,
We need #KidLitonEllenShow

Long ago… Fine! FINE! It wasn’t long ago. *It HAS been six years though.*

 in a galaxy far, far away… All right! ALL RIGHT! It wasn’t in a galaxy far, far away. *It was in the good ol’ Milky Way. Right here on the third rock from the sun, in fact.*

KidLit was celebrated on national television. *<—It really was!!!!!!*

As writers, illustrators, and readers, we know the ALA awards are something to be proud of. Back then, the winners were treated like the celebrities they really are. People got up early and poured an extra cup o’ joe to see the authors and illustrators on the telly. Those who had given so much of themselves to help bridge the gap of those readers. To let them know they weren’t alone.

We matter.

Books matter.

ALA YMA (American Library Association Youth Media Awards) was held last Monday. AND GUESS WHAT?!? Barriers were broken! People are still talking about it!

  • More books dealing with DIVERSITY won and were honorable mentions.       BAM!
  • A woman illustrator won the Caldecott Medal with a non-fiction!       BAM!
  • A picture book won the Newbery Medal!       BAM!

Did you hear those walls tumble down? I sure did.  😀

Literary Hero Extraordinaire (John Schu)  started a movement last year. To get KidLit back on television and back into the minds of the general public. He had the brilliant idea to approach The Ellen Degeneres Show on Twitter using the hashtag #KidLitonEllenShow. With the awards announced last week, his campaign has gained new momentum. I, like a lot of others in the KidLit community, want to see the winners being back on television happen. Authors and illustrators need to know that we think their work matters. That it DOES make a difference.

So I did some research…

Did you know there is a form on The Ellen Show’s website where you can make a suggestion for a show??? There is!

I want to know something followers… Can I challenge you?

Huh? Can I?

Well, I am challenging all of you! I want each of you to send in a suggestion for KidLit to be on The Ellen Show. I’m even going to make it easy for you. Here is my letter to the show:

Dear Ellen,
Children’s literature (KidLit) is part of the foundation that helps define children and how they perceive themselves and the world around them. The American Library Association has an awards ceremony every year, the Youth Media Awards, which took place on 1/10/2016. Several years ago, the Today Show showcased the winners, but decided six years ago to stop promoting children’s literacy. The work you do as a humanitarian is wonderful. I feel you extending a hand to the KidLit community would be a great asset for you and your show. Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads) is leading the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign on Twitter. You only need to look him or the campaign up to see it is gaining momentum.
Please consider inviting this year’s winners to your show. Barriers were broken: a picture book won the Newbery, a woman won the Caldecott with a non-fiction book, and diversity was recognized over and over again.
Thank you for your time. I hope this grabs your attention and gives you thought.
Sincerely,
[INSERT YOUR NAME]
author/illustrator/reader <—SAY WHAT YOU ARE

All you have to do is copy and paste into the FORM HERE and sign your name with what you are. *Make changes to the last two lines!* Then look for my blog post on Twitter and RT it at 7 pm est tomorrow (Wednesday 1/20/16).

By doing this we should accomplish two things:

  1. Sending in the suggestion will show The Ellen Show how much KidLit means, that we are a force, and hopefully catch their eye.
  2. RTing at the same time we will hopefully get the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign trending. Again showing them we are a force and catch their eye.

Who’s with me? I’m encouraging EVERYONE to do this… writers, illustrators, teachers, media specialist, agents, editors, parents, grandparents, EVERYONE!!!

*Special THANK YOU to Katya Szewczuk for use of her artwork. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
*Special THANK YOU to John Schu for being a great kidlit advocate. Visit his blog and follow him on Twitter.

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Let me know what you think about the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign?
What was your favorite award this year? *if you can decide!!!*
Are you going to send in a letter? RT?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#alayma Results!

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#alayma Results!

Were you able to watch the awards Monday? I did.. as long as my internet would keep up, at least. Everyone has been abuzz since. Great choices were made (as always), and unexpected choices are still being talked about. I think a picture book (I repeat, A PICTURE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!) winning the Newbery Medal was completely unexpected and so well deserved. I will be writing a post on my thoughts of this next week… So stay tuned!  😉

So I’m sure you are wondering (IF you already don’t know) who all won what. You can rewatch the whole event on the <3ilovelibraries website or DOWNLOAD THE PDF if you want to read the titles.

Here are the cover art of the winners. Some were multi-winning!!!

~ Congratulations to everyone~

Last Stop On Market Street   Finding Winnie   Gone Crazy in Alabama   Trombone Shorty   Hoodoo   Voice of Freedom   Bone Gap   Emmanuel's Dream   Fish in a Tree   The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B   The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy   The War That Saved My Life   The Drum Dream GirlEnchanted Air   Funny Bones   George   Don't Throw It To Mo   Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda   Most Dangerous

Jerry Pinkney was awarded the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement AND the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award!!!

David Levithan was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults!!!

Jacqueline Woodson was awarded the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award!!!

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What do you think of the winners this year?
Were you surprised by any?
Where there any not mentioned you would have chosen?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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It’s AWARD season!

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It’s AWARD Season!

I’m sending this post out a bit earlier to let you know even if you cannot be in Boston for the YMA ALA ceremony, you CAN join on the web.n Yep, you can join in on the glitz and glam, and the excitement!!!

Zip on over to <3ilovelibraries website to read up on all the different awards. Then click on the link HERE (or you’ll find one on their website too) to watch it all go down LIVE!  I’ll  be there.  😉   Rooting and cheering for my friends! I’ll have a separate post to showcase all the winners.

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Are you watching?
What do you think?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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This is not a test…

The ALA Awards Are This Morning!

ALA15logoI’m interrupting my regular blog posts and posting early, because…

The Awards are coming!

The Awards are coming!

Let me get off my horse and zip over and watch! You can too! It starts at 9 am, est!!!

http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2015/live/

You can follow along on Twitter too:  #ALAyma

Come back Wednesday to get a recap of the Awards!!!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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It’s AWARDS TIME!

There has been a lot of talk going around about awards this past week. This morning was full of  excitement and cheers!

Nope I’m not talking about Red Carpet walking or Super StarS performing together. I’m not even talking about a little golden bald-headed dude named Oscar. I don’t want any of that. I talking about… MEDALS!

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I’m sending out HUGE congrats to all those who were NOMINATED, HONORED, and WON.
Don’t forget about the families, critique groups, agents, editors, and houses they represent either!

And now onto the AWARDS…

ALA News

American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/27/2014

Contact:

Macey Morales
ALA Media Relations
Public Information Office (PIO)
312-280-4393

mmorales@ala.org

PHILADELPHIA — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

A list of all the 2014 award winners follows:

** John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:
“Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division;
“The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

** Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

“Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
“Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
“Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

 

** Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

“P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected:
“March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions
“Darius & Twig,” written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Words with Wings,” written by Nikki Grimes and published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights.

 

** Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group.

One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected:
“Nelson Mandela,” illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

 

** Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:

“When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop,” illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

 

** Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack are the winners of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

Patricia McKissack and her late husband Fredrick McKissack, both natives of Tennessee, began their writing and research partnership in the 1980’s.Their subject matter from family-based folklore to nonfiction titles, are scholarly researched and written with accurate, authentic text, creating a cultural transmission of history. Their immense range of topics are informative, readable and enjoyable, covering accounts from slavery days to biographical studies of noted men and women in African American history past and present.

 

** Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick, is the 2014 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
“Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell and published by St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan)
“Kingdom of Little Wounds,” written by Susann Cokal and published by Candlewick Press
“Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch and published by Candlewick Press
“Navigating Early,” written by Clare Vanderpool and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, Penguin Random House Company.

 

** Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.

“Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.

The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Rose under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein and published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

 

** Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

“Brewster,” written by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company

“The Death of Bees,” written by Lisa O’Donnell and published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

“Golden Boy: A Novel,” written by Abigail Tarttelin and published by ATRIA Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

“Help for the Haunted,” written by John Searles and published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

“Lexicon: A Novel,” written by Max Barry and published by The Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

“Lives of Tao,” written by Wesley Chu and published by Angry Robot, a member of the Osprey Group

“Mother, Mother: A Novel,” written by Koren Zailckas and published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

“Relish,” written by Lucy Knisley and published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

“The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel,” written by Katja Millay and published by ATRIA Paperback, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

“The Universe Versus Alex Woods,” written by Gavin Extence and published by Redhook Books, an imprint of Orbit, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

 

** Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video:

Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Bink & Gollie: Two for One,” are the Carnegie Medal winners. The video’s cast is anchored by Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, with music by David Mansfield. Tony Fucile’s artwork is brilliantly brought to life by Chuck Gammage Animation.

 

** Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

Markus Zusak is the 2014 Edwards Award winner. His books include: “The Book Thief” and “I Am the Messenger,” published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, and “Getting the Girl” and “Fighting Ruben Wolfe,” published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic.

 

** May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:

Brian Selznick will deliver the 2015 lecture.

Author and illustrator Brian Selznick graduated from Rhode Island School of Design intending to be a set designer for the theater, but a stint at Eeyore’s children’s bookstore in New York City changed his mind and his first book was published while working there. He left to pursue a full-time career in children’s book illustration, but he still designs theater sets and is a professional puppeteer. Among his award-winning works are illustrations for two Sibert Honor Books and a Caldecott Honor Book. His groundbreaking “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal.

 

** Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

“Mister Orange” is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as “Mister Orange,” the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.

Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:
“The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life,” written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick, and published by Enchanted Lion Books
“My Father’s Arms Are a Boat,” written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books
“The War Within These Walls,” written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

 

** Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

“Scowler,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2014 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Four Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected:
“Better Nate Than Ever,” produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle
“Creepy Carrots!” produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., and written by Aaron Reynolds
“Eleanor & Park,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
“Matilda,” produced by Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.

 

** Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

“Niño Wrestles the World,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected:
“Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita,” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
“Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 

** Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” written by Meg Medina, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named:
“The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist,” written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
“The Living,” written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House CompanY
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 

** Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

“Parrots over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc.

Four  Sibert Honor Books were named:
“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard,” written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate and published by Candlewick Press
“Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
“The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius,” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

 

** Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

“Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd; and “Fat Angie,” written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press, are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.

Three Honor Books were selected:
“Better Nate Than Ever,” written by Tim Federle and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
“Branded by the Pink Triangle,” written by Ken Setterington and published by Second Story Press
“Two Boys Kissing,” written by David Levithan and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

** Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:

“The Watermelon Seed,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Three Geisel Honor Books were named:
“Ball,” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
“A Big Guy Took My Ball!” written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
“Penny and Her Marble,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

 

** William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“Charm & Strange,” written by Stephanie Kuehn, is the 2014 Morris Award winner. The book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan.

Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Sex & Violence,” written by Carrie Mesrobian and published by Carolrhoda LAB, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group
“Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets,” written by Evan Roskos and published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
“Belle Epoque,” written by Elizabeth Ross and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
“In the Shadow of Blackbirds,” written by Cat Winters and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 

** YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi,” written by Neal Bascomb, is the 2014 Excellence winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design,” written by Chip Kidd and published by Workman Publishing Company
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II,” written by Martin W. Sandler and published by Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.
“Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers,” written by Tanya Lee Stone and published by Candlewick Press
“The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” written by James L. Swanson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

 

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.  For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit: www.ala.org/yma .