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The Orbis Pictus Awards: Outstanding Nonfiction Literature

by Deborah Dimmett, The University of Arizona

National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Seal>The Orbis Pictus Awards, established in 1989, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, whose work included the first nonfiction book for children, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657). Each year, NCTE gives one award for a book representing the best of children’s nonfiction for that year along with five honor books and eight recommended books can also be recognized. Continue reading

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“Outstanding International Books 2015”: Part 2

by Holly Johnson, The University of Cincinatti

USBBYAs I noted last week, on January 30, 2015, USBBY announced the Outstanding International Books for 2015. I also mentioned how terrific this year’s books are, and how indeed, there is something for everyone. I also noted that many of the books can be enjoyed and used across age categories. Last week I looked at four great books that highlighted wonderful artistic forms. This week, I turn to some fantastic picture books that can be enjoyed or used across age groups. Continue reading

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Outstanding International Books 2015!

by Holly Johnson, The University of Cincinatti

USBBYOn January 30, 2015, USBBY announced the Outstanding International Books for 2015. The OIBs, as stated on the USBBY website are “deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. For the purposes of this honor list, the term “international book” is used to describe a book published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.” The criteria includes artistic style and literary merit, creativity of approach, distinctiveness of topic, uniqueness of origin, and qualities that engage and appeal to young people. Continue reading

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What It’s Like to be on the Caldecott Committee

Kathy G. Short

CaldecottMedal2The last column for this month focuses on the process of selecting an award-winning book, rather than on resources for global literature. Because the deliberations of the Caldecott committee occur behind closed doors, I have always wondered what really goes on behind those doors and so was thrilled to experience that process as a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. The more secretive something is, the more we all want to know what really happens. Continue reading

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February—And more awards go to . . .

by Barbara Thompson Book, Indiana University Southeast

This week I explore some of the less popular, but not less important awards, the American Library Association gave out in January. First I’ll discuss the Geisel Award. Created in 2006, the award honors the best book, written in English, for beginning readers. Past recipients of this award reflect the best that is early reading: Ethan Long, Josh Schneider, Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Geoffrey Hayes, Mo Willems, Continue reading

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February—And the next award goes to . . .

by Barbara Thompson Book, Indiana University Southeast

Previously, we looked at the 2014 Caldecott Winner Locomotive by Brian Floca. Then winter exacted its continued revenge in the Northeast and I became a victim of a door locked against the cold, a door jam and cement. Meaning, I fell and dislocated my finger, broke ribs and more. So this week we play catch up.

I promised the answer to who are Flora and Ulysses? Continue reading

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February—And the award goes to . . .

by Barbara Thompson Book, Indiana University Southeast

LocomotiveJanuary and February are award months in the United States. We (at least my husband and I) sit before our television and watch to see which members of the various media groups are honored by their colleagues. We debate, discuss, feel old and even yell at the screen as the announcements are made. Although literature for children does not draw a national television audience, it certainly was present on social media and the web. While my phone was not cooperating Continue reading

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International Awards: The Batchelder

by Barbara C. Thompson Book, Indiana University Southeast

Last week we explored some of the countries represented in recently awarded Batchelder Awards by the American Library Association. Mildred Batchelder, for whom the award is named was a remarkable and adventurous woman. Born in 1901, she was raised on the Massachusetts coast in the family of a well off businessman. Sent to Mount Holyoke for college, she decided to become a librarian “because she liked seeing college catalogs addressed to “Mildred Batchelder, Librarian’ when she was helping in the high school library.” (Bader p. 16). Continue reading