Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Jazz Giant Review!

Jules from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast has a nice review of Before John was a Jazz Giant and a couple of other new picture book biographies here. Thanks Jules!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Poet Slave of Cuba Wins the Pura Belpre Award at ALA!

I'm a bit late getting around to announcing this but if you don't already know about two weeks ago the ALA announced its annual award winners and Poet Slave of Cuba was among them. Poet Slave won the Pura Belpre Award for writing. Here's a quote from the ALA website about the award - "The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth." While the award acknowledges the book as a whole it is really for the author Margarita Engle. Congrats Margarita!
You can see a list of all of the award winners here.
Congrats to everyone including friends Mo Willems, Gregory Christie, and Brian Selznick.