I'd like to encourage all young people to celebrate Black History Month this February. One great way to recognize the month is to participate in the city-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Poster and Essay Contest.
Rebecca Stead, author of “When You Reach Me” and Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of “The Lion & the Mouse,” are the 2010 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.
StoryTubes is the public library sponsored "two-minute or shorter" my favorite book online video contest. Entries will be accepted from January 20 through February 28, 2010. The contest is open to all, with prize awards available to young people entering kindergarten through high school.
Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox and illustrated by Lydia Monks was selected by New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, as the winner of the 2009 Ladybug Picture Book Award. There were 20,441 votes cast by children across the state this year at 149 voting sites.
This month the Young Adult Library Services Association announced the shortlists for two new book awards.