May 30, 2012

Leo Dillon Dies

Leo Dillon was one of the giants of the American picture book.

Leo created many wonderful picture books with his wife Diane Dillon. The couple are the only ones to win back-to-back Caldecott Medals: in 1976 for a West African folktale, Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears, and in 1977 for Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions .Come in and check out these books and many others by Leo and Diane Dillon.

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May 17, 2012

Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George, who died this week at age 92, may have been best known for her Newbery Medal winning book, Julie of the Wolves , but she wrote many other novels and non-fiction books. Our library has 39 books written by George, including one of my favorites, The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets . From the beginning of her long writing career, George focused on instilling a love of nature in young readers.Newbery Winner Jean Craighead George Dies at 92

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May 15, 2012

Maurice and Ursula

You may never have heard of Ursula Nordstrom, but if you are a lover of children's literature, you're familiar with her work. Nordstrom was the legendary children's book editor at Harper & Row in the 1940's through the 1970's, and among the books she published were Goodnight Moon, Harriet the Spy, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Little Bear. But Nordstrom was always particularly proud of first discovering, and then carefully nurturing, the talent of Maurice Sendak, who died last week. Children's Corner: Maurice Sendak and Ursula Nordstrom - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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May 08, 2012

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, who changed the face of children's literature, died today. He was 83. Maurice Sendak, Children's Author, Dies at 83 - NYTimes.com. Regarded as the most important children's creator of modern times, Sendak also created controversy with his unvarnished look at childhood. Urusula Nordstrom, Sendak's Editor, on "Wild Things," 1964 | The Awl

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May 07, 2012

Children's Book Week!

This week, May 7-13, is Children's Book Week, a time to celebrate children's literature. So this week, we are asking children of all ages -- from babies (with parent's help, of course!) to centenarians -- to come in and fill out a brief form, telling us what is one of your favorite children's book and why you love it so much. Feel free to fill out multiple forms for multiple favorite books! We'll compile the results and then post them early next week. This year's Children's Book Week poster was designed by three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner. The poster is filled with beloved children's book characters. See how many you can identify: Children's Book Week 2012 Poster by David Wiesner! |

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May 04, 2012

Charlotte at 60

Charlotte's Web, one of the most beloved children's books of all time turns 60 this year with a special edition, featuring an introduction by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. Corner Corner: 'Charlotte's Web' has been spinning magic for 60 years Evansville Courier & Press
While Charlotte's Web has sold millions of copies and become a true classic, it was only a Newbery Honor book in 1953, something that is still hotly discussed in the world of children's liberature: Children's Corner: Why did 'Charlotte's Web' lose out on the Newbery Medal? Evansville Courier & Press

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