As usual, it's been a busy week for children's literature. Here are some of the highlights:
- A December 4 article in The New York Times, For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing, decried the fact that "nonwhite Latino children seldom see themselves in books written for young readers." In a follow-up blog post, Searching for Latinos in Children's Literature: A Reading List, a brief list of "recommended books by and about Latinos" was provided, courtesy of bookstore owner Aurora Anaya-Cerda.
- As we get closer to the end of the year, more and more "recommended/notable/best of 2012" booklists are being published. Look for mine next week. In the meantime, take a look at the New York Public Library's Children's Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. It includes some of my favorites, including picture books And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano, with illustrations by Erin E. Stead, and Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky, plus middle grade novels Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker and The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy, among many others.
- Greenwillow will be publishing 5 Amelia Bedelia books in January in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first book about the amusing housekeeper. I am particularly interested in seeing Amelia Bedelia: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, which is a facsimile of the 1963 volume. Do your kids love the humorous Amelia Bedelia books? Let me know by clicking on "Comments" below and posting a message.
- Scholastic has announced that the trade paperback edition of Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, will be released June 4, 2013.