PAM MUNOZ RYAN USA NOMINEE 2018 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD FOR WRITING
“Readers need more than one story. They need many stories about many different families and cultures, traditions and holidays, histories and realities. Reading a breadth of stories nurtures the seeds of understanding.” Pam Muñoz Ryan
MAINE ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA SWEET EARNS NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK HONOR
The career of children’s book illustrator Melissa Sweet of Portland will be celebrated at this year’s Carle Honors gala in New York City in September.
Presented by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts, the Carle Honors recognize creative vision and dedication in the field of picture books and children’s literature.
INTERVIEW: KAREN LEGGETT ABOURAYA AND SUSAN L. ROTH ON MALALA YOUSAFZAI AND OTHER WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THEM
Released this past January in both English and Spanish, Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words is the picture book biography of the amazing Nobel Peace Prize winner and brave, outspoken girl who continues to fight for the millions of children worldwide who are not able to go to school. In this interview for Women’s History Month, we chatted with author Karen Leggett Abouraya and illustrator Susan L. Roth about their inspiration for the book and the women they look up to:
A ‘SESAME STREET’ SEDER AND 4 OTHER NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR PASSOVER
In Susan Lynn Meyer’s humor-filled tale, two families share a home in Apartment 4B, where they are eager to celebrate Passover. Young Eli Winkler is welcoming his human family’s guests to their seder in their “Abovestairs” apartment. Under the Winkler’s floor is the young Miriam Mouse and her mouse family, who live “Belowstairs” and occasionally enter the Winkler apartment through a tiny round mouse hole.
GISH JEN, SUSAN WISSLER, AND LAUREN WOLK SLATED FOR UMASS DARTMOUTH AUTHOR’S BRUNCH
The Claire T. Carney Library Associates will host its annual authors’ brunch on Sunday, April 7 at noon at the Woodland Commons at UMass Dartmouth.
“This year’s program will feature three distinguished women who have contributed immensely in their own particular way to the advancement of the literary and cultural world of the 21st Century,” a release about the state states.
Lauren Wolk is a poet, author and artist. She is the associate director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Her novel, “Wolf Hollow,” was named 2016 New England Book award winner.
Beyond the Bright Sea, by Newbery Honor author Lauren Wolk, is a nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, and the story features a narrator with an unusual name: Crow.
NEW ZEALND AIMS TO SAVE THE ‘STRANGEST PARROT ON EARTH’
Readers 10 and older will enjoy “Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot,” by Sy Montgomery. The author and photographer Nic Bishop spent 10 days on Codfish Island during breeding season and then turned their adventure into an award-winning book.
LITTLE READ AUTHOR FEATURE AT LRU
Nye is the author of this year’s Little Read, “The Turtle of Oman,” which won the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature and was named a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The novel follows the story of Aref Al-Amri, a boy who doesn’t want to move with his family to Ann Arbor, Mich., from his hometown of Muscat, Oman.