Monday, January 25, 2010

The Missing, Book 2

Margaret Peterson Haddix's newest book Sent, in the Missing Series, just came out a few days ago and we're all very excited!

In fact, so is the author herself! Check out this video of her talking about the series:

Click here to reserve your copy of Sent, or if you're new to the series, click here to reserve your copy of book 1, Found.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be Funky!

We're all chatting about this website this morning called Be Funky. It allows you to turn your photos into fancy, artsy pictures with very little effort. It's not a replacement for high-end photo editing software, but it's pretty fun to play around with if you want to have an original looking Facebook avatar. This is a photo of me that I ran through the different filters. It really only takes one click, super easy. Give it a shot!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor books!

The American Library Association (Association for Library Service to Children) has announced the official Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor Books for 2010!

And the Caldecott Medal winner is...

"The Lion and the Mouse"illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

The Caldecott Honor books are:

"All the World"illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books

"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors"illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, puslished by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Newbery Winner and Newbery Honor books!

The American Library Association (Association for Library Service to Children) has announced the official Newbery Winner and Newbery Honor books for 2010!

And the winner is...
"When You Reach Me," written by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

And here are this year's Newbery Honor books:
"Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" written by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" written by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" written by Grace Lin, published by Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

"The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" written by Rodman Philbrick, published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Keeping with a theme...

In keeping with the "creepy and artistic" theme, here is a video that is NOT by Tim Burton, but is honestly just as awesome as something he would do. It's creepy though, so bewarned if you're easily creeped. It's been called "equal parts Pixar and The Twilight Zone." Here is Alma, by Rodrigo Blaas.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tim Burton Exhibit!

I don't mean to be an advertisement for the Museum of Modern of Art or anything, but last week I saw the Tim Burton exhibit there and it was AWESOME.

From the MoMA website:

"This exhibition explores the full range of [Tim Burton's] creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism."

The exhibit is there until April 26, and is totally worth the short wait in line if you don't have a timed ticket (which I didn't). Apparently they are required on weekends, and you can buy them with your ticket, which you can buy online here.

Seriously I'm not trying to advertise MoMA but this exhibit was just so good.

P.S. If you're interested, you should reserve this biography on Tim Burton!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Babysitter's Club make a return!

Say hello to your friends! The much loved Babysitters Club are making a return! We're so excited! Scholastic is re-releasing the first two books in the series, as well as a prequel, called The Summer Before! Read the full article here.
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda