Archive for February, 2012

The movie based on The Lorax by Dr. Seuss will be released on March 2, 2012.
The book tells the plight of the environment and the disappearance of the trees and how the Lorax speaks for the trees against the greedy and villainous Once-ler. But hope is still alive because there is still a single Truffula Tree seed left.

Teaching Resources for the Lorax

Random House is celebrating Read Across America on Facebook by giving away Lorax-themed prizes—one prize winner every day until 3/9/12.

The Linda’s Links to Literature database has 40+ book-related resource links for The Lorax.


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William Joyce’s Oscar-winning animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is currently available on YouTube in its entirety. It’s hard to say how long it will remain, so watch it soon.
The movie is also available on iTunes.

The book will be published in July of this year.

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The Children’s Choice Book Awards are selected by children and teens of all ages.
Voting begins March 14, 2012 with the winners announced on May 7.

These are the nominees:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

  •  Bailey by Harry Bliss
  • Dot by Patricia Intriago (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan)
  • Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal (Philomel/Penguin)
  • Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole (Peachtree)
  • Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

  •  Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
  • A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech (Albert Whitman)
  • The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Jonny Duddle and Aleksei Bitskoff (Templar/Candlewick)
  • Sidekicks by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

  • Bad Island by Doug TenNapel (GRAPHIX/Scholastic)
  • How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz (National Geographic)
  • Lost & Found by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein (HarperCollins)

Teen Choice Book of the Year

  • Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
  • Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate (Delacorte/Random House)
  • Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)

Author of the Year

  •  Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever (Amulet Books/Abrams)
  • Christopher Paolini for Inheritance (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
  • James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (Little, Brown)
  • Rick Riordan for The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) (Disney Hyperion)
  • Rachel Renée Russell for Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

Illustrator of the Year

  • Felecia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
  • Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (Philomel/Penguin)
  • Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home with Mama (Viking/Penguin)
  • Victoria Kann for Silverlicious (HarperCollins)
  • Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck (Scholastic)


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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards which will be presented in May.
These are the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.

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Scholastic, in conjunction with Parent & Child magazine, has created an interactive bookshelf of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids.  The list contains different book categories (fiction, nonfiction, award winners, etc.) and age groups. Visitors to the site can click on a question mark in the upper right corner to vote for a favorite book until February 24. On Read Across America Day on March 2, Scholastic will post a slideshow of the top 10 books. Add your own favorite if it didn’t make the original list.

The list is also posted on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page.

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Random House is celebrating
Read Across America on Facebook
by giving away Lorax-themed prizes
–one prize winner every day until 3/9/12.

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Interested in what book bloggers consider the best of the year? The Cybils honor books with literary merit as well as kid appeal.
The Cybils website has the complete list with blurbs in the following categories:

  • Book Apps – The Monster at the End of This Book by Callaway Digital Arts
  • Fiction Picture Books – Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell
  • Non-Fiction Picture Books – I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia
  • Easy Readers – I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
  • Early Chapter Books – Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke
  • Poetry – Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Graphic Novels – Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction – The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
  • Middle Grade Fiction – Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  • Young Adult Non-Fiction – Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels – Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction – Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Young Adult Fiction – Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

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