7/22/14: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2014 Kids Count Report on the welfare of children in the United States has been published. It is encouraging that the indicators in the Education area are all showing progress.
7/17/14: Saturday, July 19 is the birthday of John Newbery. He was born in Berkshire, England on July 19, 1713. We all know the Medal but how many know who John Newbery was? He was a book publisher in England who really began the business of publishing children's books from the 1740s through the 1760s. One of his most popular titles was The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes in 1765.
7/14/14: The Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarships for students getting a graduate degree in library services for children have been awarded for the coming school year by the Association for Library Service to Children. This makes over 80 scholarships awarded over the last 29 years!
7/9/14: The National Council for the Social Studies have created their 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list. Only members of the Council have access to the list for now but our version of the list is available on our online Bookstore under the Series Search.
7/3/14: This Sunday, July 6, will be the birthday of Frida Kahlo, a pioneering Mexican artist. Her life was even more noteworthy because she was married to another extremely important Mexican painter, Diego Rivera. We have a couple of children's books that shed more light on Frida's life and career. One is historical fiction and the other is a biography of her and Diego that will be published later this summer.
Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky, illustrated by David Diaz, published by Abrams in 2010, ages 4-8, BTSB# 683902, $19.27, good reviews by Kirkus, SLJ and Booklist. Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California.
Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life, by Catherine Reef, published by Clarion in 2014, ages 12-14, BTSB# 742735, $20.69, good reviews by Kirkus and Booklist so far. A biography exploring the tumultuous lives, marriage and work of the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
7/2/14: Today is the birthday of Jack Gantos. He is 63 years old today. He continues to write a wide variety of books for children and young adults. He won the Newbery Award in 2012 for the most recent of his autobiographical novels, Dead End in Norvelt. Just this spring he released another of his humorous picture books about the cat Rotten Ralph, Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family. And in September the final book about crazy middle schooler Joey Pigza, The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, will be published. There seems to be no slowing down Jack Gantos, and we're all glad about that!
7/1/14: The people at Bank Street College of Education in New York City have chosen their Best Children's Books of the Year from 2013. Our version of their list is on our website in the Series Search under Best Children's Books of the Year 2014.