As you've probably noticed, we have news of our own-- a new logo! We're all so happy with it that we've made it a full page, at least for now. All of the credit for spearheading the logo campaign goes to Loreen Leedy. She did a terrific job of getting everyone involved and pushing us to forge ahead. Many thanks to Steve Jenkins for giving of his time and talents to design a logo that we all love. Don't be surprised to see our distinctive ink splot on bookmarks and T-shirts in the near future.
Two of Vicki Cobb's books from her new Millbrook series, Your Body Battles a Cold and Your Body Battles a Broken Bone, were named as Junior Literary Guild Selections for Spring 2009.
Dorothy Patent reports that her book, When the Wolves Return: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone, is an IRA Teachers’ Choice winner for 2009. Dorothy will be traveling to Cody, Wyoming this month, to complete her residency at the Cody Institute for Western American Studies. On April 23, she will give a presentation there about her current project, a book on the relationships between Indians and horses through time.
Kathleen Krull will be speaking and signing at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on Sunday, May 26, and at the San Diego Children's Book Festival on Saturday, May 9.
April Pulley Sayre's new book, Honk, Honk, Goose: Canada Geese Start a Family (Holt) is being released April 14th and has already received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal.
In the last two months, she has traveled to 8 states, presented programs for 16,000 students, and snorkeled with 6 manatees.
Susanna Reich has been elected to the Board of Trustees of PEN American Center, an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. Among PEN's many activities are the World Voices Festival of International Literature, which this year welcomes 160 writers from around the world to New York City, April 27-May 3. Panels, readings, performances and public conversations will center on the theme of Evolution/Revolution, including three panels of children's and young adult writers, featuring Neil Gaiman, Mariken Jongman, Shaun Tan, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Mary Ann Hoberman, Francine Prose, Vera B. Williams, Tijs Goldschmidt, and I.N.K.'s own Vicki Cobb and Deborah Heiligman. For details visit <http://www.pen.org/>
From Susan Goodman: PEN New England's Children's Book Committee is holding it's 11th Annual Children's Book Discovery Evening (The Susan P. Bloom Award presentation). This year, one of its winners is a nonfiction entry, Maria Gianferrera for her picture book, Terrific Tongues. Come hear Gianferrera and the other winners read on Sunday May 3 at 6:30 p.m., at Lesley University's Amphitheater in University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. The winning manuscripts will be read by editors from Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin and Knopf Books for Young Readers.
From Deborah Heiligman: A few nice things recently for CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS' LEAP OF FAITH. AARP featured it in their March issue on line as books that Grandparents should know about. http://www.aarpmagazine.org/books/books_for_grandparents_march09.htmlAudiocommentary.com named the audio version Editor's Pick of the Month. Both of these things were especially nice because the book is non-fiction and it's lovely to see non-fiction next to the more usual fiction choices. The audio version has a nice review coming in Horn Book, too, which makes me very happy for the fanstastic reader, Rosalyn Landor, who gives voices to all the characters, in her lively British accent. It is so much fun to listen to my words by someone who is an actor and also knows how to pronounce the words in the correct British way. We got to know each other, though, becasue she called me a number of times while recording to ask how various scientific words are pronounced. (Which sent me scurrying to dictionaries and experts. One doesn't think of the pronunciation while writing YA non-fiction.)
From Barbara Kerley: My book, WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? just made the Capitol Choices 2009 list.
If you missed Tanya Lee Stone's CSPAN/BOOK TV presentation to 5th graders at Politics & Prose on her new book Almost Astronauts, it can now be viewed anytime on the BookTV website