The "Top 100 Picture Books" hits the Top 20. Speaking of the Fuse #8 picture-book countdown, we've hit the the Top 20, with great commentary on Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (#17), In the Night Kitchen (#18), Miss Rumphius (#19), and George & Martha (#20).
The UK looks towards its next Children's Laureate. Interesting speculation (and a helpful historical rundown) from the Guardian. (via achockablog--although as a commenter points out there, where's Eoin Colfer?)
Battle of the Kids' Books, continued. It was another wild week for the epic Battle of the Kids' Books. Tea Cozy, as ever, has some of the best commentary and highlight reels: No Kat-Fight For You!, Katniss Sinks the Ship, Isabelle Cages the Bears, Octavian Sends Twain Home.
Book dedication revue. Collecting Children's Books pulls together a bunch of poignant, funny, or otherwise noteworthy book dedications by kid-lit authors, from Lemony Snicket and Daniel Pinkwater to Sarah Mlynowski and A. A. Milne. Love this one from Freaky Friday author Mary Rodgers: "This book is dedicated to my small sons, Adam and Alec, without whom I was finally able to finish it." (As CCB points out, Mary is the daughter of Richard Rodgers, and Adam went on to win a Tony for The Light in the Piazza.)
A million kid-comics reviews. Well, not a million--but you'll find links to a couple dozen reviews, along with some news and interviews, from the fine folks at Good Comics for Kids.
"Reviews that Made Me Want the Book." Jen Robinson revisits her recurring feature, with a ton of ideas that range from picture books to YA.
Carnegie shortlist is out. Educating Alice tipped us off to the shortlist for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. Some of these might look familiar: Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic, Kevin Brooks' Black Rabbit Summer, Eoin Colfer's Airman, Siobhan Dowd's Bog Child, Keith Gray's Ostrich Boys, Patrick Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Kate Thompson's Creature of the Night. (More details in the Guardian.)
Eric Carle in Newsweek. It's another profile of the 80-year-old author and illustrator behind The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this time focusing more on his childhood during WWII. ("Some Nazi official came to the door and said to my mother, 'Your son tomorrow morning has to report to the railroad station, we'll give him a bazooka.' I thought it would be exciting to get a bazooka. But she didn't let me go.") (via 100 Scope Notes)
Duck! Rabbit! trailer. I've mentioned Duck! Rabbit! before here, but 100 Scope Notes just posted an effusive review ("A clever premise, well executed. This one is a must purchase.") and points to the fun trailer: