- The winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award were announced this month. The best new writer award went to Chieri Uegaki for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. The best new illustrator award went to a favorite around these parts, Chris Haughton for Shh! We Have a Plan.
- Speaking of awards, the American Libraries Association (ALA) announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards at their Midwinter Conference early this month. The winners include: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Newbery), The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Caldecott), and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Printz). For a full list of winners, visit the ALA Youth Media Awards website.
- If you were a fan of last year’s most popular song, you may be excited to hear that Pharrell William’s song Happy is turning into a children’s book. It will be available this coming fall.
- There seems to be a new article every week talking about how damaging (or not damaging?) screen time can be to developing minds, including this one. So, it is refreshing to read one of these articles that gives a useful, research-based alternative to screen time. Dr. Dimitri Christakis’ research shows that something as simple as playing with blocks can help your child develop language skills!
- We love this piece in the Guardian about children’s books. Who didn’t re-read their favorites when they were kids (or adults!)?