Happy Holidays!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011
The slowest laptop in the world + no Internet access = the height of frustration

I have been having problems with my Internet service provider and will be visiting family for the holidays. I'll be back blogging next year!

Happy Holidays, everyone. ~^o^~


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Call for Submissions: Tu Books

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tu Books publishes speculative fiction for children and young adults featuring diverse characters and settings. Our focus is on well-told, exciting, adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels featuring people of color set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture. We welcome Western settings if the main character is a person of color.

We are looking specifically for stories for both middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12-18) readers. (We are not looking for picture books, chapter books, or short stories. Please do not send submissions in these formats.)

For more information on how to submit, please see our submission guidelines. We are not accepting unagented email submissions at this time.

What we’re particularly interested in seeing lately: Asian steampunk, any African culture, contemporary African-American stories, Latino/a stories, First Nations/Native American/Aboriginal fantasy or science fiction written by tribal members, original postapocalyptic worlds, historical fantasy or mystery set in a non-Western setting. Please note that while our focus remains on main characters that are people of color, we strongly welcome GLBTQ characters as well.

We look forward to reading your book!

The 2012 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Congratulations to Russell Molina for winning the 2012 Philippine Board on Books for Young People - Salanga Prize! Molina also won the prize in 2003. :o)

Congratulations to honorable mentions Felinda Bagas and Segundo Matias!

Click here to learn more about the contest, or email pbby@adarna.com.ph.

And according to the New York Times. . .

Saturday, December 3, 2011
The most notable children's books of the year include Allen Say's Drawing from Memory and:


Level Up, written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Thien Pham (First Second Books)

Waiting with you, Ari!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 10 January 2012)

My other blog crush, Ari of Reading In Color, is waiting for this to be released. A half Indian, half Jewish American protagonist? I'm waiting with you, Ari!

Ohohoho, and the awesomeness continues.

School Library Journal named their picks for the Best Books of 2011, and they include:


The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China by Ed Young (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Dear Ed Young, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . .


The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)