Kid/YA Book News and Notes

For those who don't follow me on Twitter, here's a roundup of interesting links I shared recently:

Literacy, Reading, and Education

You gave away one million books to low-income young readers in just 10 days? Congratulations, First Book!

"Share your love of reading to help us get books in the hands of kids who need them most," says Reading is Fundamental, launching Book People Unite

“Why do we have to read poetry?” whines a 9th-grader. A wise English teacher responds in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

What makes a children's book a classic?" asks the Guardian


"Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?" The Atlantic explores how designers are responding to e-readers.

"Amazon's weaknesses. What can publishers and ebook retailers do? What should Amazon do?" asks Baldur Bjarnason, a UK resident researching eBooks and interactivity.

Book Awards

In the UK, the newly-launched Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize seeks the "next generation of writers of children’s fiction."

Minnesota Book Award in YA Fiction goes to Brian Farrey for WITH OR WITHOUT YOU (Simon Pulse).

Minnesota Book Award in Children's Fiction goes to Laura Purdie Salas for BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).


David versus Goliath: a children’s book publisher pulls titles from Amazon.

“Amazon is squeezing everyone out of business. I don’t like that. They’re a predator. We’re better off without them," declares Randall White, CEO of Educational Development Corporation.