Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Caldecott & Newbery Winners Announced

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The 2010 Caldecott Medal winner is: 

THE LION AND MOUSE, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers).

The 2010 Honor Books are: 

ALL THE WORLD, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books.

RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS: A YEAR IN COLORS, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The 2010 Medal Winner is: 

WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

The 2010 Honor Books are: 

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company.

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.

THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG by Rodman Philbrick, published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.


Friday, January 15, 2010

A Comedy of Errors #1

I entitled this post, A Comedy of Errors #1, because I know from experience, there will be more to follow. So, what's my latest comedy of errors? Here it is...

I've been trying to grow out my nails and have been using a cuticle softener as part of my regimen. The other night, I went to sleep way later than I should have - as usual. I was so proud of myself for remembering to apply the cuticle softener before I went to bed - even though I was sooo tired. I quickly slathered it on my nails and finger tips and went to bed.

In the morning, I noticed my fingers looked odd. Then I checked the bottle on the bathroom counter - it was clear nail polish, not cuticle softener. I decided to take it off before showering so I didn't smell like nail polish remover all day. So, I grabbed the remover from under the sink and scrubbed off the polish.

After my shower, I realized that the polish was still on my fingers. How could that be? I looked at the bottle I had used and saw that it was rubbing alcohol, not nail polish remover. So, I put on my reading glasses, found the correct bottle and proceeded to take off the nail polish. Success - naked nails!!

Ah, but here's the rub, my hands smelled like nail polish remover all day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Six-word Resolution

The bloggers over at Teaching Authors challenged their readers to write a six-word new year's resolution. There will be prizes - check it out! Here's my six-word resolution:

Embrace the changes that are coming!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Great Advice For Writers

If you are a writer or want to be a writer or just want to watch a cute youtube video, check this out. What a great way to start the new year! Happy new year everyone!!