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Walter Dean Myers Has Died

WDM 3Walter Dean Myers (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 76-years-old.

Myers enjoyed a 45-year career as a writer who penned more than one hundred children’s books. Some of his most beloved works include Fallen Angels (1988), Monster (1999), Bad Boy: A Memoir (2001), Autobiography of My Dead Brother (2005), and Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008). The publishing houses he worked with have a number of projects that will be posthumously released including On a Clear Day (2014), Juba! (April 2015), and a graphic novel adaptation of Monster.

Here’s more from the press release: “His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. In 2010, Walter was the United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 2012 he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year tenure in the position.”

Editor’s Note: This GalleyCat writer is currently employed at the Children’s Book Council.

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Amy Poehler Named 2014 Honorary Chairperson for World Book Night U.S.

amyGolden Globe-winning comedienne Amy Poehler has been named the 2014 honorary chairperson for World Book Night U.S.

Poehler (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “I grew up loving books. In today’s digital world, it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands. I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night.”

The organizers plan to kick off April 23rd with an author event at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Some of the writers set to appear include Malcolm Gladwell, Garrison Keillor, and Walter Dean Myers.

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Kate DiCamillo Crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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Flora & Ulysses author Kate DiCamillo has been named the fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She will serve in this role for the next two years.

As Ambassador, she will travel the country and promote reading under the platform “Stories Connect Us.” DiCamillo, who will be officially inaugurated on January 10th in Washington D.C., succeeds Fallen Angels author Walter Dean Myers. Past ambassadors also include The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales author Jon Scieszka and Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson.

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World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Phoebe Yeh To Serve as Crown Books for Young Readers Publisher

Phoebe Yeh has been named the new vice president and publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers.

Previously, Yeh spent seventeen years as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She has worked with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean MyersBig Nate series author Lincoln Pierce, and Caldecott Honor-winning husband and wife duo Betsy and Ted Lewin.

A number of other job changes were announced this week…

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HarperTeen Impulse Digital Imprint Launched

HarperCollins has created HarperTeen Impulse, an eBook imprint dedicated to publishing short stories and novellas for the young-adult genre.

The imprint will release one to four eBooks on the first Tuesday of every month, a day the publisher has dubbed “Impulse Tuesday.” The prices will range between $0.99 to $2.99. Follow this link to see the upcoming titles.

Here’s more from the release: “The first titles go on sale December 4, 2012, and they include Breathless by Sophie Jordan, a companion novella to her Firelight series; Stupid Perfect World, a future-set novella by bestselling author Scott WesterfeldCruisin’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; and Radiant by Cynthia Hand, a novella set in the world of her bestselling Unearthly series…Forthcoming titles include The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass, a companion to the New York Times bestseller The Selection; Tags, a one-act play by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers; and One Day More, a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, Life After Theft.”

Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year Award at 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards

Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. This marked the second year in a row that a middle grade author has emerged victorious in this category.

Follow this link to check out videos from last night’s gala. We’ve posted the full list of winners below.

Kids cast their votes for the awards, breaking last year’s record with more than 900,000 submissions. The Children’s Book Council hosted the event to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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Walter Dean Myers Crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Children’s author Walter Dean Myers has been named the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Myers, who will be officially inaugurated on January 10th in Washington D.C., succeeds Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson. He has decided his platform heading to be “Reading is Not Optional.”

Here’s more from the release: “The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.”

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Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing

More than 25 years ago, children’s author Chris Van Allsburg published The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 mysterious illustrations.

For The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg teamed up with thirteen fellow writers to create short stories inspired by these drawings. The group of authors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

This powerhouse group of writers has collectively won one Pulitzer Prize, three National Book Awards, five Newbery Medals and several Caldecotts.

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Clare Vanderpool Wins 2011 Newbery Medal

Author Clare Vanderpool has won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for her book, Moon over Manifest. The award was announced at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards in San Diego.

Follow this link to read free samples of the winning titles. Four other titles were named as Newbery Honor Books: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

In addition, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

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