Thursday, January 3, 2008

Some news, related and not-so-much...

We know that this has no direct relation to 2k8, but we'd feel a little remiss if we didn't mention the BIG NEWS TODAY in kidlit!

Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The Time Warp Trio series, will get the imprimatur of the Library of Congress Thursday as the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

"We think it's very important to have an evangelist for reading" said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. The library's Center for the Book has teamed up with the Children's Book Council, a publishing industry trade association, to create the National Ambassador program.

Slightly less HUGE as world news, but of great interest to us is this awesome link over at Haunts of a Children's Writer! And THIS ONE at Galleycat! Me-OW!

We do, in fact, plan to be the "kiddie lit heroes of 2008". It's all right there in our strategic plan, right after "make some kids happy" and "get lots of warm fuzzies". We know it's kind of a weird strategic plan.

Last, but not least, be sure to stop back on Monday for Liz's virtual release party!


TJ Brown said...

Woohoo! I love the idea of having an ambassedor for children's literature. Really, if you think about it, its about time!

Barrie said...

Oh good. I was hoping we'd mention the Jon Scieszka news. Yay for KidLit!!

N.A. Nelson said...

He's speaking at a local library next week (along with David Shannon and David Gordon)
about his new series Trucktown.

I don't know who's going to enjoy it more, me or my 4 year old son!

Gabriele Goldstone said...

Jon Scieszka so deserves this honor. His books totally dazzled me and the
grade two class I once shared them with.
This proves the world is getting better all the time.-gabe

Anonymous said...

Happy reading Time Warp Trio