Wednesday, May 14, 2008

National Children's Choice Book Awards Announced...

You may have spied the Children's Choice Awards widget on the right side of my blog. Well the results are in for the award, announced last night at a Children's Book Council dinner in NYC hosted by Jon Scieszka. Here they are (in non-widget form), reinforcing for all of us that kids dig scary stuff, precocious pigs and boy wizards (drumroll please...):

  • Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year: Frankie Stein written by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry (Cavendish). I'm posting the cover of this one, because I really dig Kevan and his book. (Murray loves it too, but he's too young to vote.)
  • Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year: Big Cats by Elaine Landau (Enslow)
  • Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year: Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee (Scholastic)
  • Illustrator of the Year Award: Ian Falconer, Olivia Helps with Christmas (Simon & Schuster)
  • Author of the Year Award: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic)


Unknown said...

Hi Alice,

This comment is really a question and not at all related to your post - but couldn't find any email contact for you.

I am a middle school librarian and as I was weeding the shelves today of books 20+ years old I couldn't help but observe just how cheesy and, well, juvenile, art work was on many books aimed at this age book. So many books today have such beautiful, artistic covers that seem like they might actually stand the test of time. I've also noticed a trend for YA books to use photography as opposed to drawings.

Anyway, this led me to become curious if there was anything written about a)the history of trends in YA lit illustration and b) anything written about trends in YA book cover illustration today.

It just seems more than coincidental that there seems to be such a consistent ethos for each era...

Thanks for reading this!

kevan atteberry said...

Thanks for posting this (and the image of Frankie) Alice!! I am absolutely thrilled about this!