Ezra Jack Keats…and Summer Reading resource

Ezra Jack Keats Award Announced

The Ezra Jack Keats Awards honor new authors and illustrators of children’s picture books whose work reflects Ezra Jack Keats’ values—the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world. The winner of this year’s New Illustrator Award is Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for Same, Same but Different (Henry Holt, 2011). The recipient of the New Writer Award is Meg Medina for Tía Isa Wants a Car (Candlewick, 201). The members of the Awards Committee were Rita Auerbach, Chair; Miriam Lang Budin; Nina Crews; Pat Cummings; Barbara Genco; Ginny Moore Kruse; Marisabina Russo; Karen Patricia Smith; and Lisa Von Drasek.

2012 New Writer Honor

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for Same, Same but Different
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company

2012 New Writer Honor

Nicola Winstanley for Cinnamon Baby
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd

2012 New Writer and New Illustrator Honor

Anna Witte (writer) and Micha Archer (illustrator) for Lola’s Fandango
Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Com edition

2012 New Illustrator Honor

David Ercolini for Not Inside this House!
Publisher: Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic

The awards will be presented on April 12 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Please check the press release for information on our award winners and honor books: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/press-release-book-award/ .

Are you still looking for some great ideas for summer?

The California Library Association’s 2012 summer reading training workshop is still available for viewing from CLA’s website. Our workshop takes you beyond the summer reading manual and includes great ideas for:

* Programming for children, tweens, teens, and adults

* Decorating the library

* Community outreach

* Online summer reading programs

* Altruistic summer reading programs

* Evaluating your summer reading program

Handouts and PowerPoint slides are also available for download.

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