Morning Notes: Throw Pillow Edition
E.L. KONIGSBURG 1930-2013
Sad news. As you likely have heard by now, author E.L. Konigsburg has passed away at the age of 83. Winner of two Newbery Medals and one Newbery Honor, her books have lived on like few do. School Library Journal remembers her here.
PLACE YOUR BETS – EISNER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Nominees for the biggest awards in the comics world have just been announced. The Early Readers category could be renamed the TOON award, as three of the five nominees are TOON books. Among the Early Readers and Kids categories, there are three titles I haven’t read – Kitty & Dino, Cow Boy, and Crogan’s Loyalty – gotta love a few surprises. The winners will be announced July 19. Click here for all the nominees.
ADAM REX MAKES A BOOK
Ever wonder how a picture book goes from words on a page (ah, who are we kidding, screen) to an illustrated finished product? Adam Rex shares the entire process using his recent Neil Gaiman collaboration, Chu’s Day, as an example. It includes deciphering images like this:
This is cool. Click here to read.
THE SIBERT AWARD: IT’S INFOGRAPHIC!
This made my day. Nonfiction Detectives blogger and school librarian Cathy Potter went and made a Sibert Medal infographic based on my Newbery and Caldecott attempts. Here’s hoping this leads to every ALSC award getting similar treatment. Click the image below to check it out.
PEOPLE ARE VERY MAD ABOUT THESE BOOKS
ALA released the top 10 most challenged books of 2012. America, apparently, has had it up to here with you, Dav Pilkey. Click here to see the whole list.
I WANT MY THROW PILLOW BACK
This is one of my favorite Instagram pictures in a while. Jon Klassen’s mom sewed a pillow based on her son’s artwork. Click to enlarge.
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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