Showing posts from February, 2019

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Longlist 2019

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards longlist have been announced.
As always, the lists are extremely comprehensive, reflecting the outstanding quality of childrens' books published over the last year. It's really just astonishing!
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019:
Both Middle Grade (mg) and YA literature are represented on the Carnegie Longlist for 2019 and is 137 books strong... and all are simply exceptional. (I have read about 120 of them or so.) To comment on them all would be a bit much for this blog.
I would like to mention a few of note that weren't included on the poster...such for your information.
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed is well worth a read; dealing with both teenage romance, decision making and the effects of a terrorist attract on a broader community in terms of preconceptions, racism and social attitudes. (YA)
The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle is one of 'must-read' books of the year. This compelling …

Tomi Ungerer- 28 November 1931- 8 February 2019

Earlier this week, it was announced with great sadness that Tomi Ungerer, French author,artist,  illustrator, cartoonist, political satirist... passed away peacefully at his west Cork home.
Tomi published over 140 books, many of them childrens picture books. He was a champion of simple human dignity; always outspoken and never shying away from controversy.
His first picture book, The Mellops Go Flying was first published in 1957. This was the first in a series about a family of pigs who go on adventures and find themselves in all kinds of quandries and predicaments. Irreverent and bold, it set the tone for a lifetime of thought-provoking and insightful books for children that never fail to delight.
His books were honest and bold at a time when childrens books were, in his opinion "ghastly - tame and unimaginative." When Tomi went to see the biggest published of childrens' picture books in the US, Golden Books, they were uninterested. The editor he spoke to there told him…

2019 Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners

Recently, the American Library Association announced the two winners (and honour awards) for the 2019 Caldecott and Newbery Awards. These prestigious awards in childrens' literature have a long-standing history of honouring and promoting the best in childrens' books in the United States and are always anticipated with much enthusiasm.
The Caldecott Medal is named after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th century English illustrator. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished childrens' picture book in America. The award is made by the Association for Library Service to Children. Some previous winners include; Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and more recent winners; This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik and last years' Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell.
Joinning this fantastic line-up …