In the case of Nancy Yi Fan, it’s clear she was born with a special gift. My 10-year-old, nearly 11-year-old brought home this book for me to blog on. (At the same age, Nancy had banged out a draft of this book and was sending it in to publishers!).
I would not say to read The Pharoah’s Secret OVER The Red Pyramid. Actually, I ‘d recommend reading both. And then compare/contrast. The Pharoah’s Curse focuses on the rare female pharaoh Hatshepsut and gives the reader insight to the court intrigue that is as fascinating, if not more so, as the Renaissance English version.
I had to look up the Carnegie Medal in Literature Award in Wikipedia. It’s another version of the Newbery with the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration aping the Caldecott. It’s all good to me but surprisingly, there is not a ton of overlap between the Newbery and Carnegie s well as the Caldecott and Kate Greenaway. There are plenty of great books out there that deserve awards!
I am excited about the Newbery Awards! Amanda Struckmeyer served on the Newbery Committee that selected Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and her list, I believe, is dead on. Here’s a link to the post that has her Mock Newbery event. But more importantly, here’s her list:
This appealing series is a fun and funny read with great illustrations by LeUyen Pham that really make the book come alive. Look and Pham have a winning combination. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid can have another series to dig into! Hooray for that!
This was such a great list of books that I asked LiteratureForLunch for permission to repost and she graciously said yes. Enjoy!
A Big THANK YOU to Karen Day for her visit! And just a shout out that SHE’S AN AMAZING SPEAKER. SHE IS OPEN TO VISITING SCHOOLS. Our elementary school brings authors into the classroom as part of our literacy program that is funded by the PTO. Here’s her contact info.
Ok. So these are not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about. We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct.
My oldest choose No Cream Puffs by Karen Day for the first book club of the year. They are in 5th grade now and have been meeting for book club since 2nd grade. My daughter played soccer with the author’s daughter this past spring, but she had no idea that the mother is an author, though we (the moms) have all heard of Karen Day and knew of her books here in Newton, MA. What I didn’t know was that KAREN was a really great baseball player and the book is loosely based on her own childhood story! (see interview below)