Morning Notes: Covers All the Time Edition
NBA: IT’S FAN-TASTIC
The National Book Awards will be handed out tonight (Wedneday, November 17), including the award for Young Peoples Literature (click here to see the nominees). I’m throwing my full support behind One Crazy Summer. In a bit of tech-related brilliance, you can experience the awards via Twitter by following @nationalbook.
BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A BRILLIANTLY REDESIGNED COVER?
…than you need to take part in the cover redesign contest organized by Bookshelves of Doom. A quote from the source:
Create a book cover — something that would attract you (or an audience that you think is missing out on the series) WHILE ALSO reflecting the contents and tone of the story — for one of D.M. Cornish’s books, for either Jenny Davidson’s The Explosionist or Invisible Things, or for one of Ysabeau Wilce’s Flora Segunda books.
The deadline for entries is December 15, with a winner announced on the 17th. Join in! Click here for full details.
COVER REDESIGN HEADLINE II
Hey, speaking of cover redesigns, check out the site New Cover to get your daily fill. A sampling:
(Thanks to Pop Candy for the link)
‘IGNORE ALL OTHER LISTS – THESE ARE THE BEST’ SAYS KIRKUS
Another day, another great children’s lit best-of list – this time from Kirkus Reviews. Did I mention I love this time of year? Click here to check out the lists at the blog Chicken Spaghetti.
ARE CELEBRITY PICTURE BOOKS ANY GOOD?
The BBC asks this question in a recent article, including a list of the best-selling celeb-authors. Their short answer? No. Click here to read.
(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the link)
‘HARRY POTTER’ – INSPIRED BANDS KEEPING WIZARD ROCK ALIVE
Real headline alert! The New York Daily News covers the unusual phenomenon of Potter-inspired rock bands. Click here to read.
More Potter! I had heard that a real world version of Quidditch was being played, but never saw it until now. The Daily News brings us an extremely tongue-in-cheek report from the Quidditch World Cup.
Warning! There’s an ad at the beginning – sorry about that.
About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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