Tag: children’s literature

Simple but Not Always Easy: Talking with Ilene Cooper

Simple but Not Always Easy: Talking with Ilene Cooper

Whether you’re a reader of fiction or nonfiction, picture books, middle grade, or young adult, chances are you’ve come across—and admired—a book by Ilene Cooper. A former librarian and longtime Booklist editor and reviewer, Cooper is the author of the Lucy chapter-book series; A Woman in the House (and Senate), an award-winning account of women […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
National Book Award for Young People’s Literature 2019 Longlist Announced
By September 16, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

National Book Award for Young People’s Literature 2019 Longlist Announced

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the titles from which are linked to their Booklist reviews below. This marks the first longlist announcement of the week: the translated literature list will be announced tomorrow, poetry will be announced Wednesday, nonfiction will be announced […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Girl Detectives Take the Case

Girl Detectives Take the Case

With Booklist‘s celebration of the 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century well underway—and our tenth annual Mystery Month fast approaching—now is the perfect time to revisit this collection of gutsy girls in middle-grade mystery novels, originally published in the January issue of Booklandia.  There’s a proud tradition of girl detectives in middle-grade lit. […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

On Wednesday, February 20, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award. Given each year to both an outstanding writer and illustrator, the two-part award celebrates diversity in children’s books. This year’s awards will be presented Thursday, April 4, during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of […]

Remembering Richard Peck

Remembering Richard Peck

The recent death of Richard Peck at age 84 invites reminiscence. I first met him back in the early 80s, when I interviewed him for my television author interview program In Print. I was immediately impressed by how easily articulate he was. I so enjoyed talking with him that we continued our conversation after the […]

Posted in: Books and Authors

Of Hand Modeling and the 2018 YMAs

We’re still not done celebrating the 2018 Youth Media Awards. Watch this adorable, Booklist-produced video we made in tribute to this year’s winners. (And, if you haven’t already, check out our annotated list of winners and finalists here.) Until next year!

2018 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

2018 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the American Library Association announced the 2018 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Here’s a list of this year’s winning and honor titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly   Newbery Honor Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Book News

Reading Without Walls: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Writer, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang has thrown down an exciting challenge for April: diversify your reading list. As part of the national, month-long program Reading Without Walls, Yang has called upon readers of all ages to expand the kinds of literature they read. The rules are as follows:   Participants can […]

Congratulations, MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang!

Congratulations, MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang!

On Wednesday, when the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2016 fellows, Gene Luen Yang among them, Booklist released a collective cheer. “Gene’s work in the field of children’s literature and graphic novels makes him utterly deserving of this award,” says Sara Hunter,  Booklist’s senior editor of Books for Youth. “Not only does he pen entertaining stories full […]

Explore Diversity: The Reading Without Walls Challenge

Explore Diversity: The Reading Without Walls Challenge

On Thursday, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader deployed a pilot program in 25 schools nationwide, with the aim of encouraging students “to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats.” That initiative, spearheaded by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang and dubbed the Reading Without Walls Challenge, tasks readers to tackle work that […]