A New Book from Kate DiCamillo - Kate DiCamillo, who won a Newbery Medal for her book The Tale of Despereaux and whose Because of Winn-Dixie received Newbery honors, has a new novel for kids coming out September 24, 2013. K.G. Campbell is the illustrator of the 240-page book, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. The book has an intriguing format. (Source: USA Today, 1/24/13)
Another Movie with a Children's Literature Connection - Several weeks ago when I mentioned the upcoming 2013 movies based on popular books in a blog post, I left out one. Oz the Great and Powerful has been rated PG and will be released March 8. The film is about the origins of the character known as the Wizard of Oz in the classic children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Award-winning Nonfiction for Children - The National Council of Teachers of English has announced the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. The 2013 winner is Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words by Leda Schubert, with illustrations by Gérard DuBois. Five Orbis Pictus Award Honor Books and 8 Recommended Books were also recognized. These are all excellent books, carefully evaluated and selected so you can be sure they are accurate, well organized, well designed and well written.
(Cover art courtesy of Macmillan)