The 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association has selected the following books as recipients for the 2012 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. =D

Picture Book Award:


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

Honor Book:


Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji written by F. Zia and illustrated by Ken Min (Lee & Low Books)

Children's Literature Award:



The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Scholastic)

Honor Book:


Vanished by Sheela Chari (Hyperion)

Young Adult Literature Award:


Orchards by Holly Thompson (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Honor Book:



Level Up by Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books)

Congratulations to all the winners! Click here to see the winners and honor books for the adult fiction and adult nonfiction categories.

The 2012 American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Monday, January 23, 2012
Today the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2012 Youth Media Awards - the top children's and young adult books, audio books, and videos of the past year. The winners included. . .

Stonewall Book Award

Honor book:


Money Boy by Paul Yee (Groundwood Books)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

Honor book:



Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (Scholastic Press)

John Newbery Medal

Honor book:


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Congratulations!!! Click here to see the list of all winners.

Happy Lunar New Year!!!

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards! The Sydney Taylor Book Awards honor new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Pasadena, California in June.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:


Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen with artwork by Robert Sabuda (Candlewick Press)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:


Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti with illustrations by Holly Meade (Candlewick Press)


Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard (Jewish Lights Publishing)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:


Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (Charlesbridge Publishing)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers:


Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh (Graphic Universe)


Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer (Calkins Creek)
Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan with illustrations by Ron Mazellan (Lee & Low Books)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:


The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Harper Teen)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Teen Readers:


Then by Morris Gleitzman (Henry Holt and Company)


The Blood Lie: A Novel by Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press)

Congratulations again to all the winners! Click here to see the list of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards Notable Books.

Finalists of the 2011 Cybils

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2011 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils)! For this blog, I would like to highlight the following finalists. =D

Middle Grade Fiction


The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers)


The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Scholastic)


Warp Speed by Lisa Yee (Arthur A. Levine)


Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (Arthur A. Levine)

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade)


The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (Harcourt)

Poetry


Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko (Candlewick Press)

Graphic Novels


Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Amulet)


Sidekicks by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine)


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

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult)


Angelfall by Susan Ee (Feral Dream)


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Tor Teen)

The winners will be announced on Valentine's Day! <3

Author/Illustrator Interview: Joyce Wan

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I am in love.

With these board books:

You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan (Cartwheel Books, 2011)


A quote from the book:

"You are my. . . Chubby little pumpkin"

Detail shots of the interior:


We Belong Together by Joyce Wan (Cartwheel Books, 2011)


A quote from the book:

"We belong together. . . Like bacon and eggs every day"

Detail shots of the interior:


Can you see how my eyes are sparkling from reading these board books? They are good enough to eat! I shared them with my family and students and everyone just melted. Awww. <3

Author/illustrator Joyce Wan is here today to share about the books and Wanart, her greeting card and gift company. She's also going to give us a little tour of her studio!

Tarie: What is a typical day like at Wanart?

Joyce: There is no typical day at Wanart. I could be working on new card designs to working on new book ideas. It's different every day, and every hour even, but that's the way I like it! I always have coffee in the morning to start my day - gets me into work mode. I also always need music while I work - I don't think I can work without it. My musical taste tends to change over the years, but lately, if I need to write, be it a sales letter or a new story, I have to listen to classical music. Interestingly enough, I also find classical music works well if I have trouble motivating myself to work. If I'm drawing or designing something new I like contemporary pop/dance music by Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Florence + The Machine, Katy Perry. If the designing stage of a project is done and I'm doing more production work like tracing final drawings for a book dummy, or coloring drawings in Illustrator then I need my 80s music, stuff I can sing along with, music by Madonna, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, U2, etc. For snacks, give me my Diet Coke and potato chips and I'm happy as a clam although I do occasionally like my Wild Berry Skittles especially when I really need to dig into a project and focus!

Tarie: Can you give us a tour of your studio?

Joyce: This is my workspace. I work mostly in the digital medium so I'm usually on my computer. I'll use my light table for the concept stages of developing a book and for creating book dummies. Hanging on the wall behind my desk is my inspiration board where I pin up printouts of stuff I'm working on, postcards, photographs, quotes, scraps of paper, fabric – anything I find that resonates with me. I think it's really important to create a space for yourself that nurtures your creative spirit.


If you look in this picture there is a window ledge to the right of my desk. I put all sorts of knick knacks here - I love to surround myself with all sorts of cute, happy, and lucky items! I treasure my collection of lucky cats especially!


This is the favorite part of my studio. It's where I sit when I need to clear my mind, flip through books of artists/authors I admire, and get inspired. The art books sitting on the table right now are about Charlie Harper, Murakami, and Yoshitomo Nara.


I also still have my little pink Christmas tree sitting on top of my filing cabinet in my office from this past holiday. It makes me happy so I left it up. It's Christmas all year round here in the Wanart studio! Haha!


Tarie: Gotta love a studio where it is Christmas all year round!

Please guide us through your creative process for You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together.

Joyce: A lot of my book ideas are inspired by my card designs. You Are My Cupcake is based on a line of New Baby cards and We Belong Together off of a line of Love cards. My card designs usually start as sketches. Then I scan and trace and color in Adobe Illustrator. My art for both books was created digitally.

The very original concept sketch when I first came up with the idea [You Are My Cupcake] back in 2009:


Images of the packages that I sent out to publishers when I was pitching the idea. The packages contained a cover letter, my bio, a Wanart catalog, a book dummy, and a manuscript page.




Tarie: Very impressive book pitch!

Please tell us about how you are influenced and inspired by traditional and pop Asian culture.


Joyce: For my card line I generally have two styles. I have designs that feature elements of traditional Chinese culture and themes such as cards featuring the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and decorative motifs inspired by the traditional Chinese folk art of paper-cutting. My parents are originally from China so traditional Chinese culture, holidays, and imagery were very much part of my childhood. These cards were also the reason why I started my company to begin with because when I went away to college I never found cards I felt I could send to my parents. As my company grew, I further expanded to include more designs that are kawaii (Japanese term used to describe cute things) inspired. I have always been, and will always be, a Hello Kitty girl! Simple, bold, clean lines, vibrant colors, round shapes, adorable faces - I just LOVE surrounding my world with cute, happy images and spreading the joy of cuteness through my art. Some Asian artists that inspire me include Yoshitomo Nara and Murakami - both artists have managed to bridge the gap between commercial and fine art and have taken their art across all different kinds of mediums which I really admire.

Tarie: Happy Year of the Dragon, Joyce! Thank you so much for your time and for your commitment to cuteness!

I'll end this post with an image of Joyce's greeting card for the Year of the Dragon. :o)

Eeeeeee! ~^o^~

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley (Tu Books, April 2012)

What are kids in India reading?

Via Pratham Books and Hindustan Times. Thank you so much for this information!

It's not too late!

Friday, January 13, 2012
The Philippine National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are now accepting nominations for the 2nd Philippine National Children’s Book Awards.

All publishers, authors, and illustrators are invited to submit their nominations. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2012.

Please click here for more information. :o)

Call for Papers: Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Call for Papers

Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association, English Department of Soochow University

Contact email: tclra101@gmail.com

Children’s literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The first action of the TLRCA is this conference, held in conjunction with the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), that seeks to unite Asian scholars of children’s literature with each other and with scholars from regions where the study of children’s literature has had a longer tradition.

By focusing the theme for this conference on “the Child in the Book” we wish to interrogate the ways in which children and childhood are constructed in texts for young people from a variety of cultures and perspectives. What ideas lay behind the representation of children in literary texts? What assumptions are made about potential readers? If childhood is a shifting idea that is ideologically constructed, then how do these ideas shift between texts written by or for people in different national contexts? Do the historical ideas of childhood that have played such an extensive role in North American and European societies translate to other societies and cultures? While issues of childhood representations in all settings are welcome, of special concern is the representation of cultures and diversity in Asian contexts as well as with Asians in non-Asian settings.

The following are suggested topics, but other ideas implied by the title are also welcome:

Children and childhood in Asia

Children in translation

Comparative perspectives of childhood

Minority childhoods

Refugee children

Children and war

Immigration and childhood

Cross-cultural childhoods and experiences

Representations of adolescence

Representations of diversity

Questions of authenticity in representation

Childhood in graphic novels

Childhood in non-print media (film, theater, video games)

Media representations of children

Children as writers

Child narrators and focalizers

Please email abstracts fewer than 500 words with a brief resume to the TLRCA Conference Committee (tclra101@gmail.com).

Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2012. Notification of acceptance is by March 30.

Conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/tclra2012/

cfp categories:
childrens_literature
international_conferences
professional_topics

Aaahhh, it feels so good to be back.

Monday, January 9, 2012
I've felt a little unstable without my blog =P, but I'm back now and I'd like to share the latest releases from Adarna House. All these picture books are in Filipino, but include English translations. To give you an idea of the writing and illustrations, I have posted below their covers as well as their first couple of pages:



Ang Ambisyosong Istetoskop, written by Luis Gatmaitan and illustrated by Beth Parrocha Doctolero (second edition)

A book revealing some of the struggles and triumphs of Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero.



Dalawang Dagang Bulag, written by Rodolfo Desuasido and illustrated by Rommel Joson (third edition)

I love this! Tight, smart rhyming text and illustrations that both capture and expand the spirit of this little country tale. Woot!



Rosa Albina, written by Virgilio S. Almario and illustrated by Kora Dandan-Albano (third edition)

A classic Filipino children's story about humility and camaraderie.



Si Hinlalaki, written by Virgilio S. Almario and illustrated by Hubert Fucio (third edition)

I love this one too! A playful story about fingers - yes, fingers - with restrained writing (Can you tell I prefer restrained writing for picture books?) and cheeky illustrations!

ETA: Oh, oh, oh! I just found out that you can buy the electronic version of Si Hinlalaki. Click here. Buy now! Buy now!



Whuush!, written by Glenda Oris and illustrated by Aldy Aguirre

This book makes the winds and the rest of their environment come alive for children in interesting ways!