Dog-Eared: October 2015

New and exciting in the world of children’s and teens’s literature:

This is the fifth year of *drumroll* the 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival! The festival is, to quote organizer James Kennedy,

“a video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.”

Weird is not pejorative; the videos are uncannily good. The annual screening of these seriously awesome videos is coming up, so if you live in the USA, you’re in luck (and I’m jealous of you). Authors will be there, as will tons of bookreading children. More info on the screenings can be found at the website linked above.

If you are, or you know, a child who likes to make movies, the deadline for next year’s festival is January 10, 2016.

“Plenty of time, but no time to waste!” (- James Kennedy)

Entries have been made by children, entire classrooms of children, families, various larger and smaller groups of dedicated readers. I encourage you to shoot your own film and submit it.

Want to watch videos from past years? Here are 25 excellent videos that will make you laugh or make your jaw drop in awed admiration. Or both.

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A panel I wish I’d been there for: moderated by editor Connie Hsu, authors/artists Kate Milford, Rebecca Stead, and Mariko Tamaki talked about that odd gap between books for middle grade readers (8-12) and young adults (ostensibly 13+) – where are the books for 13-15 year olds, and where are these books placed by booksellers?

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Some of Vancouver’s own spoke recently with other experts on Canadian children’s literature, and on the possibility that Canada is entering a (second) Golden Age of picturebooks. The panelists included the Book Warriors’ former and very beloved professor Judi Saltman, author Sarah Ellis, and librarian Shannon Ozirny – wonderful women and keen minds, all of them.

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People to watch: We Need Diverse Books has announced the five winners of the inaugural Walter Dean Myers grants for artists in support of diverse literature and illustrations. Naaheyah HaseebJami Nakamura LinYamile Saied MéndezShveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas are artists to keep an eager eye on [source].

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The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Mars in 1816 is a world of high society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan wants to become a spy like the ones he reads about in his favorite magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales, but he’s far too busy keeping his eccentric family from disaster. All of that is about to change. In […]

Blog Tour: The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

Blog Tour: The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

Hardcover, 176 pages Published October 1st 2015 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks Source: Publisher If you’re not familiar with “The Wild Swans” by Hans Christen Anderson then let me present it to you in my own irreverent words. In the Hans Christen Anderson story, there are twelve royal siblings, 11 boys and 1 girl, who lose […]

TTT: Winter 2015 TBR List

TTT: Winter 2015 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Go! Steph The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness … because Patrick Ness. New. Book. Must. Read. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I know, I know, this is an adult book but it is […]

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls: The Creepiest H&G Retelling Ever

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls: The Creepiest H&G Retelling Ever

When Victoria Wright was twelve years old, she had precisely one friend. In fact, he was the only friend she had ever had. his name was Lawrence Prewitt, and on Tuesday, October 11, of the year Victoria and Lawrence were twelve years old, Lawrence disappeared. Victoria and Lawrence became friends shortly after Lawrence’s first gray […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Space-farmer Rae Darling is kidnapped and trained to become a warrior against her own people in this adventurous middle grade space western. Rae Darling and her family are colonists on a moon so obscure it doesn’t merit a name. Life is hard, water is scarce, and the farm work she does is grueling. But Rae […]