Our ALA Youth Media Award winners

Just finished watching the ALA Youth Media Awards and we are SO happy for everyone, but especially for these clients of ours:

Pat Mora will give the 2016 The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture.

Pat Mora will give the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot lecture

Live Oak Media won the Odyssey Award for H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Imagination and Baseball.

2015 Odyssey Award

Susan Kuklin won a Stonewall Honor Award for her book Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

Chesapeake & Hudson Publishers’ Representatives had many publishers honored this year.

The Highlights Foundation had multiple faculty authors and editors winning prizes.


Today’s the day!

Soon the press conference will begin and the world will learn the titles chosen for the most prestigious children’s and young adult book awards in the US. The Newbery and Caldecott provide lots of WOW! factor but there are many important awards given today along with those.

Usually I’d be sitting in a room along with hundreds of excited others in the children’s book community, amidst the buzz and smiles. But this year I’m home so Bobbie and I are having a little breakfast party. The cherry almond scones are fresh out of the oven, coffee and chai are on the table, and we’re signed into the live webcast in Chicago. We’re READY! We’re joining Elizabeth Bird for the SLJ Pre-Game show.


It’s time to visit with Anne-girl

Anne of Green GablesEvery October 1st, I have to go and read Anne of Green Gables again. Mostly because of this line:

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?”

I didn’t meet Anne until I was 17 years old, when a friend said to me: “Read this. You’re just like her.”

And she was right. Hello again, kindred-spirit-of-mine!

One celebration we’d like to let go of

This week is Banned Books Week, and once again we are surprised and dismayed to see the lists of books that have been challenged and banned. We’d love to stop celebrating Banned Books Week – if only there were no more banned books!

The Huffington Post put together a great group of infographics in Banned Books by the Numbers, including “by state” as seen below.
Banned Book Week
In honor of the “celebration,” I’m re-reading Fat Kid Rules the World, by our friend and client, K.L. Going.

The Mighty Vera B. Williams

The absolute BEST part of working in the children’s book business is getting to meet so many of the creators we admire. This past weekend we had the immense pleasure of meeting, dining with and listening to Vera B. Williams. She was just so GREAT in every way: smart, funny, earnest, full of creative spirit. We wanted to follow her home like stray puppies, sit on her floor and just ADORE her for days on end.

We saw her at The Power of Picture Books, a workshop for teachers and writers that’s put on jointly by the Highlights Foundation and the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum. There’s another one coming up in October – Check it out here!

Laurina and Bobbie book-ending Vera B. Williams!

Laurina and Bobbie book-ending Vera B. Williams!

Time to sign up for the Crash Course!

Highlights FoundationFor the last few years, we have been honored to be among the faculty at a Highlights Foundation workshop called Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course. It’s the perfect workshop for the true beginner, and this year’s will take place from September 19-21. You can register here or find out more here.

The Highlights Foundation cabins & lodge rooms are perfect for getting some writing done!

The Highlights Foundation cabins & lodge rooms are perfect for getting some writing done!

Bobbie Combs speaks to a group of children's writers at a Highlights Foundation workshop.

Bobbie Combs speaks to a group of children’s writers at a Highlights Foundation workshop.