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Kids’ Book News: National Poetry Month

  • Hear ye, hear ye — April is National Poetry Month! Gather your haikus! Brush up on your iambic pentameter! Dust off that old... wait. Why dust off old poetry books when there's so many fantastic new ones?

    If you read one poetry book this year, make sure it's Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry.Collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these 61 poems perfectly capture the everyday tribulations of a toddler's life, and we can't stop talking about it.

    David Elliott's On the Farm combines poems, using unique distillations of farm animals' important features, with Holly Meade's visually striking woodcuts. For the older crowd, editor Jan Greenberg's Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World puts artists and poets literally on the same page.

    For older poetry lovers, our Mary Z. has compiled a few of her favorite young adult poetry books.

  • Millie McDeevit Screamed a Scream...


Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

Rather than a grim manifesto on the world's problems, Jeffrey Sachs offers readers what he calls the four key goals of a global society — prosperity for all, the end of extreme poverty, stabilization of the global population, and environmental sustainability — and gives real economic data on how we can achieve these goals. Like Sachs's first book The End of Poverty, Common Wealth is accessible, balanced, and hopeful.


Sharp, compelling, and dark. Edward Docx is fantastically gifted with prose and weaves a complex family saga and literary thriller. With descriptive powers rivaling Le Carre, and a setting that hops between Russia, London and New York, I devoured this book in one sitting.

Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse: Cupcakes, Small Cakes, Muffins, and Other Mini Treats

This mother-daughter baking team has ratcheted up the cuteness quotient on delicious confections in their third book in the Whimsical Bakehouse series. Learn easy secrets to making mini treats at home with this colorfully illustrated cookbook.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Eric Weiner takes an entertaining romp around the world in search of geographical happiness, and I was willingly taken along for the ride. His self-professed Eeyore-centric take on the world and his grumpy wit made his discourse all the more fun. Highly recommended.

Night Train to Lisbon

From its first memorable passages to the complex tale that emerges, Night Train to Lisbon never relents in its existential telling of what life can be. A soulful look into the heart of what nourishes you; a compelling and beautiful book to savor.

Night Train to Lisbon

Best YA Books for 2008

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2008 list of Best Books for Young Adults. The list of 85 books are recommended for those ages 12-18 and "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens."

In addition, the Best Books for Young Adults Committee created a Top 10 list of titles from the final list that exemplify the quality and range of literature being published for teens:

So many good books, so little time. Get to it! ...

Stop the Presses!

Big Day for Kids' Books:
Brian Selznick has won the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press), a 533-page novel that he also illustrated. And Laura Amy Schlitz won the 2008 Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, illustrated by Robert Byrd (Candlewick).

The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Philadelphia.

Three Newbery Honor Books were named: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Press); The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion); and Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam).

There were also four Caldecott Honor Books: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (Scholastic Press); First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Porter); The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (FSG/Foster); and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion).

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean (HarperTempest) won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults. Four Printz Honors were given: Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox (FSG/Foster); One Whole and Perfect ...

Kids’ Book News

  • We were Wimpy before Wimpy was cool: You might notice a little book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the top of the New York Times Children's Chapter Book's Bestseller List this weekend.

    Well, we have loved this book since way back when and thought we'd give you another opportunity to read Jeff Kinney's fun Q&A for Powells.com.

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: There's just no end to the creative things that Frank Beddor is doing with his time.
    Formerly a ski champion, stuntman, and producer, and now author of The Looking Glass Wars, as well as its outstanding sequel Seeing Redd, his books take us deep into the dark world of Alice in Wonderland, or as Beddor calls her, Alyss Heart. The story is also featured in the series of graphic novels called Hatter M.

    There's also an online card game and now, for the youngest fans, he presents the "scrapbook" of Princess Alyss of Wonderland. Filled with illustration, removable objects and facts about the "real" Alyss, this book is the perfect gift for your Queen of Hearts.


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