Please welcome Danette Haworth, author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets, and soon to be released Me & Jack. I fell in love with Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening when I read it last year. The book really stuck with me and when I posted a list of Boy Characters You’d Let Your Daughter Date, I frankly could not forget Eddie from Violet Raines. Danette was kind enough to leave a comment and that lead to an email exchange and then this interview. I confess that I was slow to come up with questions because a different author at KidLitCon 2010 had complained about when an interviewer did not do her research and asks questions that were clearly stated at the author’s website! I didn’t want to be one of those people!
Reading Lists for 2nd -5th graders of books that deserve a Newbery Award plus Newbery Award winners that are appropriate for elementary school children.
The National Book Awards
Kathryn Erskine’s acceptance speech.
Reviews of books from Six Boxes of Books.
Interviews by National Book Foundation.
A whole slew of children’s book awards including the Sheffield, Costa, O’Dell and Children’s Book Award.
So it’s only now, as I learn alongside my children that I start to get a sense of the what exactly happened during the civil rights movement and truly, what a great man of historic proportions Martin Luther King, Jr. is. And, like a puzzle coming together, I am only just now able to connect the dots to see how Dr. Martin Luther King inspired every day people to do extraordinary things.
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: