Friday, January 20, 2012

Congratulations NCTE Orbis Pictus Winners!

The winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Childern was announced today.  Congratulations to Melissa Sweet for her beautiful picture book Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade.

Honors include:
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade Books)
Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons by Harold Holzer (Calkins Creek)
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt and Company)
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson (Candlewick Press)
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore (Lee & Low Books Inc.)

But I'd like to congratulate the folks at Boyds Mills Press and their imprint Calkins Creek for collecting one honor and having 3 of their books included on the short Recommended list -- Harold Holzer was honored for his Father Abraham, and the recommended titles include: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, Inkblot by Margaret Peot, and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by yours truly and the amazing illustrator Laura Jacques!

Maybe someone will take me out tonight?!?!?

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