“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench
rollscresssandwichespottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater----'

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Big Doings in Boston

My hometown played host to the American Library Association Midwinter conference this weekend and showed big love to some Picnic Basket authors:

Already honored by the National Book Award, Deborah Heiligman brought home two of the top awards.  Her CHARLES AND EMMA:  THE DARWINS’ LEAP OF FAITH was the WINNER of the first ever YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Excellence in Nonfiction Award.  “Charles and Emma represents a perfect union between author and material and stands out for writing that is gorgeous and evocative of the era it depicts,” said Award Chair Angela Carstensen.

She’s pretty happy:here Deborah (right) shows off the plaque and award, helped by her editor, Laura Goldwin, of Holt.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Deborah showed that her book wasn’t only the best nonfiction book for teens, but one of the best books for young adults across the categories, earning her a PRINTZ HONOR award for overall “excellence in literature written for young adults.”


Another nonfiction Picnic Basket offering, ALMOST ASTRONAUTS:  13 WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM by Tanya Stone, also took home two big awards (this feels a little bit like the Picnic Basketers on the Olympic podium, doesn’t  it?):  the Siebert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children.  “Stone has a less-is-more approach that really packs a wallop,” said Sibert Committee Chair Vicky Smith. “Readers will come away with their blood boiling. It’s a heckuva story.”  Plus, the book was a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.

And it’s not just nonfiction in the Picnic Basket/ALA Awards spotlight: ALL THE WORLD, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was awarded a Caldecott Honor as one of the most distinguished picture books of the year.

Congrats to all!  Many of you had the chance to preview these books when the sample copies were available – and we so appreciate your thoughtfulness when considering these books for your readers.  There are so many books deserving of awards -- and so many other incredible books for children and teens that didn't get an award but are still so worthy.  Here’s hoping that more of you check them out or, more importantly, that your students and readers check them out of your libraries and classrooms!

1 comment:

Peaceful Reader said...

It was wonderful to see so many familiar titles win awards!! Congrats to the Picnic Basket for offering such award-winning titles.