Kid-lit illustrators pitch in on the BP oil spill. Illustrator Kelly Light responded to the BP oil spill with a simple but ingenious fund-raiser: "I had the idea that this should be about 'small acts' that anyone could do--an artist can do a quick sketch--and most people could afford to donate $10." She posted a sketch to her blog, it sold quickly. Within a short amount of time, all sorts of illustrators--including big kid-lit names like Jarrett Krosoczka and Mo Willems--joined in. Willems, who is from New Orleans, donated nine sketches to the cause.
New kid-lit graphic novels. Publishers Weekly has the latest on three popular kids' stories getting the graphic novel treatment: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Amulet of Samarkand (from the Bartimaeus trilogy), and The Little Prince (by Joann Sfar, of the Little Vampire comics).
"Boys trail girls in reading; can fart jokes help?" Best kid-lit headline of the week goes to this story from the AP. (Jon Scieszka:"Boys will read a wide variety of stuff, not just gross-out humor, but stuff they enjoy in large part is stuff that's not seen as legitimate reading in some schools, so they're already feeling they're not part of the system.")
Le Cozy est mort. Vive le Cozy! Liz B's kid-lit super-blog Tea Cozy (properly, "A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy") has found a new home, as part of the esteemed School Library Journal blog family.
Ramona and Beezus review revue. The movie based on Beverly Cleary's classic characters is out and the reviews are in. Roger Ebert is at least charitable ("this is a featherweight G-rated comedy of no consequence, except undoubtedly to kids about Ramona's age"), and the NYT's Mike Hale is ambivalent. (But Hale does note that "Parents may also be happy to see a movie for children that doesn't involve wizards, vampires or action figures that can be bought in the food court.")
Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical. As noted in Omni Daily News earlier this week, Julianne Moore's kid-lit book, Freckleface Strawberry, is going to become a family-friendly musical, opening off Broadway this October.
Thursday 30! Pam at PBS Booklights has an amped-up edition of her usual "Thursday Three"--with "thirty books about summer from tot to tween." (Including "Thirteen Summer Picture Books," "Thirteen Summer Chapter Books," and "Four Special Summer Books.")