It’s time for the 21st Annual
March 3 & 4, 2017
at The University of Redlands,
I’m thrilled to share details about this year’s Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival. I attended last year and it was absolutely an inspiring and rewarding two days! Register now and join the celebration of high-quality, award-winning children’s book creators working in a variety of genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, and novels. Meet People as passionate about children’s books as you are! Attend one day or both days, your choice. For updated information about the Festival and breakout sessions visit Charlotte Huck Festival online here.
But, before you attend, take a look at who’s coming and how the best in kidlit is being celebrated!
Featured speakers: Brian Floca, Yuyi Morales, George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rebecca Davis, Lisa Von Drasek and David M. Schwartz – award winning innovative children’s book creators from all over the nation. Check their websites for more information about them and their books.
Breakout sessions offer attendees a mix of styles and views–something for everyone in each time slot.
→Join George Ella Lyon and Festival Poet Laureate Kristine O’Connell George and explore “Where I’m From”– the importance of place and how it colors and informs our writing and our lives. They invite you to bring pictures or mementos that spark your own unique memories of place.
→In a Q & A titled “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” Tony Johnston, the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children’s books, shares her writing and her books with a few secrets thrown in.
→Redlands author Diane Adams will lead a small group titled “Love Is… Writing for Children” and sign her books including the 2017 Love Is…
→California authors Carrie Arcos, Elana K. Arnold, Jeff Gottesfeld, Lois V. Harris, Henry Herz, Katherine Kottaras, Sarah Lariviere and Elizabeth Wong will lead small group sessions and sign their books.
→Booking Agent and author Carmen Oliver will lead a small group titled “Raising a Reader: Empowering Children Through the Magic of Books and Author Visits” and sign her book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies.
→California author Diane White will sign her Beach Lane Book Blue on Blue.
→In place of their 2017 Spring Workshop, Children’s Literature Council of Southern California brings “Fighting Words”– one of their Youth Lit Salons–to the Festival on Saturday, March 4. This workshop for teachers, librarians, writers, parents and booksellers will cover two breakout session time slots.
→Lisa Silverman and Annette Goldsmith welcome you to the world of IBBY– the International Board on Books for Young People. “The Best Books You’ve Never Heard of from Around the Word addresses how we stay informed about excellent books from other countries.”
And there’s lots more so don’t miss out!
For updated information about the Festival and breakout sessions
visit them online at www.redlands.edu/charlottehuckfestival
Mention Good Reads With Ronna when you register for an extension through Saturday!
In addition to their Facebook page, find them on Twitter and Instagram @huckfestival
Don’t forget to use their hashtag #huckfestival when you’re there experiencing the best in children’s literature!
The first Tots, Tweens, and Teens Book Festival will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Pasadena High School in Pasadena, CA. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP on Facebook OR Eventbrite
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Pasadena High School, 2925 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Arrive at noon for a special live musical performance by Emily Arrow
Food will be available for purchase at the festival, so be hungry!
11am – 3 pm The Deli Doctor food truck
12 pm – 3 pm Pie ‘n’ Burger food truck
12 pm – until sold out Cake Girl (gluten-free treats)
1 pm – 3 pm Rita’s Ice of North Hollywood
PICTURE BOOK STAGE
Vincent X. Kirsch
Jennifer Gray Olson
with moderator Carter Higgins
MIDDLE GRADE STAGE
Elana K. Arnold
Andrew S. Chilton
James Iver Mattson
YOUNG ADULT STAGE
Elana K. Arnold
E. Katherine Kottaras
Ann Redisch Stampler
and introducing Jessica Cluess
More info at totstweensandteens.org
Hashtag #3Tbookfest on Twitter and Instagram
PRAESA accepts the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
at the Stockholm Concert Hall
It was an emotional moment when, this past Monday, June 1st, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) was presented to PRAESA of South Africa by Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke. PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), is the first laureate ever from the African continent.
PRAESA, an organization working to promote reading and literature for children and young people in South Africa since 1992, is based in Cape Town. It was founded by the political activist Neville Alexander who was imprisoned on Robben Island during South African apartheid era as a fellow- prisoner of Nelson Mandela. The organization emerged from Neville Alexander’s struggle against the apartheid education, intending to document alternatives that had been tried out that could inform the new education process.
Malusi Ntoyapi, Ntombizanele Mahobe and Carole Bloch from PRAESA. Skeppsholmen May 25, 2015 [Source:Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award]
At the Stockholm Concert Hall PRAESA was represented by Director Carole Bloch, Training Coordinator Ntombizanele Mahobe and Programmes Support Officer Malusi Ntoyapi. In her speech, Carole Bloch emphasized how stories actually can change children’s and young people’s lives:
“We believe that the stories we tell, write and read can change lives. Sharing stories inspire us all to struggle against becoming overwhelmed by the challenges we meet each day in our fractured and profoundly unequal society. This is also the impetus behind the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign PRAESA runs.”
Carole Bloch, Director at PRAESA. Skeppsholmen May 25, 2015 [Source:Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award]
The Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, underlined the importance of culture for democracy:
“For me as a minister of both culture and democracy it is very encouraging to see PRAESA’s successful work using culture to strengthen democracy. A wide range of culture, arts and literature that reaches both adults and children is a prerequisite for democratic development and for preserving democracy.”
Artist Kristina Amparo performed her own songs during the evening, and Swedish rap artist Petter performed his own text Fäller en tår. The program also included a street dance performance inspired by the South African Kwaito music style. Host for the evening was Ingemar Fasth, Head of Literature and Libraries at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5,000,000 (or U.S. $602,177.50), is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature, and in children’s rights, globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organizations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. Last year’s winner was Barbro Lindgren.
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve With Comics:
Get free comic books & purchase mini-comics
to hand out instead of candy.
In homes across America, families are preparing for Halloween. Many are looking for a candy substitute, something to offer as a treat. Is there something sugar-free that will still bring a smile to kids’ faces? Consider this great idea – comic books!
Take note parents! On Saturday, October 25th, participating comic book shops will be handing out FREE comics to anyone who comes to their stores in celebration of Halloween ComicFest in addition to hosting special Halloween activities in communities across the US, Canada and internationally. There are 19 free comics available to choose from that are great for readers of all ages with titles that include, Scooby Doo and Batman Team Up, Marvel Secret Wars, My Little Pony, Afterlife with Archie, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, and more!
Also, it’s a great time to consider giving out comics instead of candy. So, while getting your free comics, pick up Halloween ComicFest Mini-Comic Packs because they’re “just as sweet and last a lot longer than candy!”
Each pack contains 20 mini-comics and are only available to purchase at comic book shops for just $4.99 per pack. Such a delicious deal that won’t get stuck in your teeth! There are seven titles to choose from which include Angry Birds, Betty and Veronica, Plants vs. Zombies, BOOM! Studios Fright Fest, LBX Little Battlers, Mermin and Vamplets. The Mini-Comic packs are a healthy alternative to candy, promote literacy, provide entertainment for families to enjoy, can be used as prizes for Halloween games or prizes used in the classroom.
Click here to find participating comic shops in your community.
“Our BOOM! Studios Halloween Fright Fest mini-comic, featuring stories from Adventure Time, Peanuts, and Fraggle Rock, is sooooo sweet that you don’t need to eat any candy! Plus, you won’t get any cavities from reading it either. Because it’s comics!” – BOOM! Studios publisher.
“The LBX Halloween Comic-Fest sampler is better than candy because super-strong cardboard robots that battle each other on command are pretty much better than anything, right? And this new manga series is actually about super-strong cardboard robots who battle each other on command!
Kids will love LBX because it’s about kids who do tournament battles with super-strong cardboard robots that battle each other on command (which is, of course, better than candy…or most anything). It’s a kid-safe comic starring an actual kid trying to save the world with his paper robot. What’s not to love, really.
Handing out the LBX mini-comic will make even the dullest, apple-giving, toothbrush house the most popular because you can win anyone over with manga, even the most super-strong cardboard robot-hating neighbor kid. Only, since there aren’t any kids who hate super-strong cardboard robots (especially if they can battle each other on command), you don’t have to worry about that. Can’t help you with the toothbrushes, though.” – Joel Enos, editor of the Little Battlers comic from VIZ Media.
MIX IT UP! FUN FOR EVERYONE
Good Reads With Ronna recently interviewed notable Parisian artist and author Hervé Tullet via email before his upcoming trip to Los Angeles. Tullet, the creative force behind the best-selling Press Here, and his latest, Mix It Up!, will be at both MOCA & LACMA this weekend conducting mural workshops for children using his books as inspiration. Both books are published by Chronicle Books, cost $15.99 each, and are recommended for ages 3-5.
Mix It Up! is an interactive board book of the coolest kind. It’s the type of book children will reach for frequently, and each time engage with it in a new and exciting way. Picking up where Press Here left off – although each book stands on its own – Mix It Up! requires no battery or password. In fact it’s better than any app because youngsters get to hold the book in their hands and take a journey through color under Tullet’s expert tutelage. Note: Insert fab French accent here, “Tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.”
Written in the second person, Mix It Up! invites kids to place their hands on the page, close their eyes, and count to five then MIX IT UP! They can tap, rub, smudge and smoosh to their hearts’ content without getting a drop of paint on them. I couldn’t wait to turn each page to see what Tullet had in store. This book got me away from the computer and onto my feet, moving, tilting and turning pages to and fro, but really, it’s okay to read it seated as well! The best part is finding out what happens when various colors come together on the page. Tullet’s text will make each youngster interacting with Mix It Up! feel satisfied, successful and ready to smoosh some colors on their own. – Ronna Mandel
Good Reads With Ronna: At what age would you recommend parents begin introducing art to their children to look at? To engage in?
Hervé Tullet: Babies don’t know anything, which is why I think they know everything. With their eyes they experience everything as new and interpret everything without any prior experience. This is imagination. They are the artists, our real artists, that’s why I think that museums are the perfect place to feed them with colors and shapes and sensations without any restrictions (except maybe at feeding time!)
GRWR: Were you stirred and moved by art as young as age three – five like the age of the kids your books are geared to?
TULLET: It was a different time, and people didn’t raise children the way they do now. During my childhood, I learned a lot from being alone, from being bored, from not knowing. When I was a teenager, books and museum became my way out, my breath, my salvation
GRWR: Your new book is just so kid-friendly. Why do you think no one has thought of your brilliant idea for a book like Mix It Up! sooner?
TULLET: On the one hand, hand I think that ideas are in the air and everybody can catch them. That’s what happens when you find one; it looks like it came out of the blue. On the other hand, I think that it is a long process of maturation and that I spent lot of time on, nearly obsessed, to find, to think, to search, go on thinking again, erase, cut and at last find the ideas.
Press Here and Mix it Up! are the result of this long process, the high point of 20 years of exploration and work.
GRWR: By having kids get down on their hands and knees with some color and a paintbrush (at your workshops), while you’re out there motivating them, what are the things you’d like to achieve?
TULLET: I’m motivated by having a great time all together and making great memories. And maybe, from this experience, it will create a desire to have another one, or it will be a seed that will flourish later on, out of the blue. Or, maybe not exactly out of the blue.
GRWR: What do kids say to you after they’ve worked on the enormous mural?
TULLET: A look, a smile, a word, a hand shake, a kiss, a sign, a thank you. All these are so deep, so sincere, so true, to me that I accept all of them as true gifts.
Here’s some advice Tullet offers attendees to this weekend’s artsy workshops: “… one thing, please listen to my prompts very carefully. That’s it! That’s all what you have to do! Except the babies of course, they’re going to do whatever they’re going to do!”
Don’t miss Tullet’s L.A. appearances this weekend at MOCA & LACMA on Saturday, 10/11 and Sunday, 10/12. Head to L.A. Parent to get more details by clicking here. In that article, you can also read Tullet’s reply to my question: Is there anything you’d like to say to the families of L.A. and Southern California who will be attending your events? I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of his warm and welcoming response.
To purchase Press Here and Mix It Up! head to your local independent bookseller.
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We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week,
“the longest-running children’s literacy
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Here’s the beautiful poster that
FANCY NANCY illustrator,
Robin Preiss Glasser, designed
for the 2014 Children’s Book Week.
Today, May 12th, is the last day to enter your vote for favorite book, author and illustrator. Visit the voting page for the Children’s Choice Book Awards and the Teen Choice Book Awards to make your voice heard. Click here to vote.
WIN THREE FABULOUS PICTURE BOOKS!
Here’s a list of the three terrific picture books (worth a total of $49.50) from Peachtree Publishers that we’ll be giving away to one lucky winner. We’ve reviewed two of the three books on the blog so you’re likely to be familiar with the stories.
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NOTE: This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, May 26, 2014. One winner will be selected by Random.org and notified on Tuesday, May 27th.
Lost for Words
Written & Illustrated by Natalie Russell
Churchill’s Tale of Tales
Written & Illustrated by Anca Sandu
The Grudge Keeper
Written by Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler