EBYR All Over: February 6, 2015
Welcome back to EBYR All Over, a Friday roundup of all the EBYR-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can gather in a given week.
- It’s been a quiet week for EBYR . . . just kidding! We were thrilled and honored this Monday when EBYR titles won three major awards at the ALA Youth Media Awards:
♦ The Right Word won the Sibert Medal as the “most distinguished informational book” of the year.
♦ The Right Word also won a Caldecott Honor for excellence in illustration.
♦ Mikis and the Donkey won the Batchelder Award as the most outstanding translated book of the year.
- There were, of course, many great moments throughout the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago. Don Tate, illustrator of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, shared a recap of the weekend on his blog and included a picture of him sitting with Anita Eerdmans and art director
Gayle Brown at the awards ceremony. KidLit legend Roger Sutton also dropped by the EBYR booth and took a photo with a particular book that caught his eye.
- Just yesterday Publishers Weekly published an article celebrating “The Small but Mighty Presses” who prevailed at the ALA Awards. Our EBYR winners are featured at the top, along with some comments from our own Anita Eerdmans!
- Minh Le included The Right Word in his gallery of “Extreme Caldecott Placements.” (Think “I Spy” meets kidlit awards.)
- The Orbus Pictus Award was announced last week, with The Right Word named as an honor book, and this week the National Council of Teachers of English hosted a discussion with the honored authors and illustrators. You can watch the video via Google hangouts; start around the 11:20 mark for the discussion with Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet.
Speaking of awards, the 10th annual Outstanding International Books list was announced by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Three EBYR books were honored: Anna’s Heaven, In Search of the Little Prince, and A Pond Full of Ink. In years past the USBBY has created a map that locates the settings of each book of on their website. We can’t wait to see their 2015 map!
- Chris Barton, author of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, was interviewed on the Let’s Get Busy podcast. The book is mentioned toward the beginning of the podcast and then discussed in greater depth starting at the 24:15 mark.
- Kirkus reviewed two EBYR books this week, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch — “A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering” — and Animal Supermarket — “A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn’t have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag.”
- Congratulations to the two winners of our Caldecott Honor Prize Pack giveaway, Elizabeth R. and Becky S.!
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