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Kids Read Comics! Kids’ Comics Award Winners Unveiled

great comicsThe winners of the Kids Read Comics! Kids’ Comics Awards have been announced. The organizers counted votes cast by kids to determine the winning comics and characters in eleven different categories. Below, we’ve created a list of all the nominated titles. (via ComicsAreGreat.com)
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Daniel Handler to Host National Book Awards Ceremony in November

unnamedNovelist and children’s book author Daniel Handler will host the 65th National Book Awards Ceremony in New York on November 19th.

The author, who often publishes under the pen name  Lemony Snickett, joins the likes of Andy Borowitz, Fran Lebowitz, Steve Martin, John Lithgow, Faith Salie and Garrison Keillor, all of whom have served as the Master of Ceremonies for the annual event.

“Daniel Handler is witty, charming, and one of the best writers in America,” explained Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. “We are looking forward to a wonderful National Book Awards evening this year with him as host.”

Jon Klassen Named Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

This is Not My HatJon Klassen has been named the winner of the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration.

Klassen was presented with this award for his 2012 title, This is Not My Hat. According to the press release, Klassen’s hit picture book “will go into the history books as the first ever title to win both the UK’s highest illustration honor with the Kate Greenaway Medal, and also win the most prestigious award for children’s book illustration in the US, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which was awarded in 2013.”

The same year that Klassen received a Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat, he also earned a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn which is written by Mac Barnett. Klassen and Barnett will team up once again for a new project entitled Sam and Dave Dig a Hole; Candlewick Press plans to release it in October 2014. What do you think?

Free Samples of the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees

penamericaPEN has released the shortlists for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards, revealing the nominees for ten different prizes this year.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the nominated books, a great way to explore the best books of the past year.

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Capstone Executives Earn Ernst and Young Award

Robert Coughlan and Tom Ahern, the leadership behind the children’s book publisher Capstone, have won the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year capstone youngAward for the upper Midwest.

The two executives were honored for their “success in innovation, financial performance, risk, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.” The publishing house has more than 13,000 titles and focuses on using emerging technologies to create books.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition and accept it on behalf of our 350 colleagues at Capstone who bring their creativity and passion every day and are the foundation of our company. At Capstone our motto is, ‘create awesome learning experiences.’ We share a common mission of realizing the power of literacy education and its impact on children’s lives,” stated Ahern.

Mike Meginnis Wins Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

horationelsonfictionMike Meginnis has won the inaugural Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for his debut novel Fat Man and Little Boy. As the winner he earns a $5,000 cash prize, as well as a book deal with Black Balloon Publishing.

The new prize from Black Balloon Publishing is aimed at honoring books that invoke the spirit of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, “A one-eyed, one armed lunatic genius who never gave up…”. Here is more about the winning book:

Personifying the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan near the end of World War II, Meginnis has crafted a book unlike anything else we have read. As the brothers attempt to cope with the enormity of their pasts, and the reality that those pasts cannot be escaped, these symbols of death and destruction become beacons of longing, attracting an astounding array of characters, from Japanese farmers to black-market peddlers, an unhappy French wife, an American war widow, and a fortune teller, to name but a few.

The second Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize will accept submissions during the month of October. The award is open to unpublished original works of fiction of more than 50,000 words.

IndieReader Discovery Award Winners

IRDA-stciker2-220x130Will Summerhouse took first place in the 2014 IndieReader Discovery Awards in the fiction category for his book Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer.  Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart earned the second place award and Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu by Ylleya Fields took home third place.

The awards were revealed over the weekend at Book Expo. Follow this link to explore the winners by category.

Here is more about the judging process: “The judges on the IRDA panel included top people in all areas of the publishing industry, in concert with IndieReader’s trusty reviewers. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. There was a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories, in addition to winners in various sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).”

 

Dan Fagin Wins Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

danfaginDan Fagin has won the Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

The book investigates childhood cancer clusters in a New Jersey town which were the result of toxic dumping and industrial pollution. The title has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

“I’m very grateful to Helen Bernstein and her family, and to the wonderful people at the New York Public Library for this recognition,” stated Fagin. “It’s truly humbling to be in the company of so many past Bernstein winners whose work I deeply admire, and also to be mentioned in the same sentence with my fellow finalists, all of whom have done extraordinary work under the most trying possible conditions. In spotlighting the deep reporting that so many of us are still trying to do, the Bernstein family and the New York Public Library are providing a crucial boost for long form nonfiction at a time when it is increasingly difficult to undertake, yet more crucial than ever to the future of our democracy. Thank you.”

Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award

rushlimbaughRush Limbaugh has won Author of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his latest kids book Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.

Kids could vote for their favorite author, illustrator and book of the year online between March 25th and May 12th. Limbaugh beat Jeff KinneyRick RiordanVeronica Roth and Rachel Renee Russell, who were also finalists in the category.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday night in New York. Limbaugh blogged about his experience at the ceremony on his website. “I have to tell you, there were so many immigrants that came up to me before the event started, when everybody was being seated and during the event, and they were telling me what coming to America meant to them,” he wrote. “One of them was the photographer, one of the official photographers for the event.  There were a lot of people that were working the event that came up and wanted me to understand how much America had meant to them, and it was really great.”

The Eric Carle Museum Reveals Carle Honors Winners

ericcarleThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has revealed the honorees for the 2014 Carle Honors.  The honor pays tribute to four different children’s creators.

Françoise Mouly, publisher and editorial director for TOON Books and art editor of The New Yorker won the “Bridge” honor. Jerry Pinkney, Children’s book illustrator was honored with the “Artist” honor. Children’s librarian Henrietta Smith was given the “Mentor” honor. Reach Out and Read, which is represented by Brian Gallagher and Dr. Perri Klass, was honored with the “Angel” honor for the efforts in early literacy.

The organization will host its ninth annual awards ceremony in New York to celebrate the honors


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