PATTERSON WRITES CHECKS
James Patterson is giving one million dollars to independent bookstores around the country. He’s the second-richest author in the world, so he can do things like this. He recently went on CBS This Morning to talk about his plans. Two criteria for getting a cut? The bookstore must be viable, and it must have a children’s section. Click here to read more.
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HOW’S YOUR SPORTS SECTION?
I love the Top 10 lists put out by Booklist. This time around they name the 10 best sports books for kids published in the last year. Good for updating the collection. Click here to read.
CYBILS, STEP ONE
The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) are coming. Members of the various committees were announced this week and nominations begin October 1. I’m proud to be a second round judge in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book category. If you write a children’s or YA blog, I recommend you give the Cybils a try at some point. Click here for more information.
VOLVO MARRIES PRINCESS
Odd story of the week: Volvo once commissioned a children’s picture book and then sent it to every seven-year-old in Sweden. Can you guess who the hero is? Click here to read.
NEWBERY CHRYSTAL BALL
Man, it’s really feeling like awards season is kicking into gear, doesn’t it? What with the National Book Award Longlist announcement and various blog discussions going on. If you haven’t read A Fuse #8 Production’s Newbery/Caldecott predictions, you need to get over there. Click here to get over there.
A QUICK B.A.C.A. ALERT
I actually thought this had already happened.
WEED BOOKS WITH CAUTION
In my experience, when you weed a bunch of books from the library all at once, it draws attention. The librarians of Fairfax County know what I’m talking about. Click here to read.