I’m doing some major freelance work these days, so forgive me if I haven’t time to do a proper round-up. Impropriety RULES!
I don’t indulge in YA-related matters, but this is small enough and easy to relate too. Sara Zarr describes on her blog how she found out that she won a National Book Award nomination.
I’m not the only person who reports on the award ceremonies she attends. The 2007 Horn Book Awards have been commented on. J.L. Bell selects one sentence or phrase from each recipient that struck his fancy. Loree Griffin Burns has photographs and a bit of reporting as well. Thanks to Read Roger for the links.
My favorite independent bookstore? It should be a children’s store here in town, but I’ve a special soft place in my heart for good old Powell’s in Portland, Oregon. Andlookee! They apparently have all kinds of kid-friendly stuff that I never even knew about. Gosh I miss their coffee shop.
You know, I’m willing to believe that a lot of children’s authors have had odd jobs in the past. But last year I read the delightful (if poop-o-rific) book Out of Patience by Brian Meehl and never, not for one SECOND, suspected that the man responsible once played this guy professionally:
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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