Friday, March 5, 2010

Correction regarding Children's Choice Book Award finalists

Earlier today I announced the names of three JacketFlap members as finalists in the Children's Choice Book Awards:

Shiver, written by Maggie Stiefvater

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, written by Rachel Russell and illustrated by Leisl Adams.

In fact, Rachel Renee Russel is the sole credited author and illustrator of Dork Diaries. JacketFlap member Liesl Adams and Rachel's daughter Nikki contributed artwork to the book as assistant artists under her direction.

Congratulations again Rachel!


Congratulations to Children's Choice Award finalists and get the widget

The finalists for the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards were just announced. I'm excited to say that books written and illustrated by two of JacketFlap's members are among the finalists! Please join me in congratulating the two finalists by clicking their names below and leaving a congratulations comment on their profiles:

Shiver, written by Maggie Stiefvater

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, written and illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell.

Voting for the finalists will open March 15th. Children and teens will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and online until May 3, 2010. 15,500 children and teens from around the US spent months reading and evaluating books submitted by publishers. The five favorite books published in 2009 in each of these categories are open for a nation-wide vote in March and April 2010 in each of four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and Teen as well as Favorite Author, and Favorite Illustrator. The winner in each category will be named at a gala during Children's Book Week on May 11th, 2010 in New York City as part of Children's Book Week (May 10-16, 2010), the oldest national literacy event in the United States.

To enhance the awareness of the awards, the Children's Book Council is working with JacketFlap again this year to create a Children's Choice Book Awards Widget, which displays a different finalist book every time it loads on a web site or blog. You can get the Widget for your own blog or web site at:

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Please spread the word to children and teens so they can vote. Remember, voting ends May 3, 2010! The full list of award finalists are listed below.


Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley (Marshall Cavendish)
Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan (Bloomsbury USA)
Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban, illustrated by Henry Cole (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster)
Opposnakes by Salina Yoon (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

The Book That Eats People by John Perry, illustrated by Mark Fearing (Tricycle Press)
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)
Gonzalo Grabs the Good Life by Janice Levy, illustrated by Bill Slavin (Eerdmans)
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)
Oceanology by Ferdinand Zoticus deLessups (Candlewick)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

The Adventures of Benny by Steve Shreve (Marshall Cavendish)
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Moonshot by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Richard Jackson/Simon & Schuster)
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee, Sam Hart, and Artur Fujita (Candlewick)
Zoobreak by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Press)

Teen Choice Book of the Year

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) by Richelle Mead (Razorbill/Penguin)
Blue Moon (The Immortals, Book 2) by Alyson Noel (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan)
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

Author of the Year

Suzanne Collins for Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (Scholastic Press)
Carl Hiaasen for Scat (Knopf/Random House)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Amulet Books/Abrams)
James Patterson for Max (A Maximum Ride Novel) (Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan for The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5) (Disney Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year

Peter Brown for The Curious Garden (Little, Brown)
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! (HarperCollins)
Victoria Kann for Goldilicious (HarperCollins)
Susan Roth for Listen to the Wind (Dial/Penguin)
David Soman for Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy (Dial/Penguin)

Kirkus Reviews has new owner!

Previously I reported the sad news that Nielsen was closing Kirkus Reviews. I'm happy to note that Herb Simon, owner of the Indiana Pacers, has bought Kirkus Reviews.

The company will be renamed Kirkus Media, and Marc Winkelman has been named as the CEO of the company. According to the New York Times:

Mr. Winkelman said that Mr. Simon was “an inveterate and unquenchable and voracious reader” who was a longtime subscriber to Kirkus, which was founded in 1933. “The idea that Kirkus was leaving was a real shame for him,” Mr. Winkelman said.

Editor & Publisher has also been saved. It has been bought by Irvine, California-based boating magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. In December, Nielsen agreed to sell The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Back Stage magazines, as well as Nielsen’s Clio Awards and Film Journal International to e5, a company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.

Here's a link to the latest Kirkus Children's Reviews.