ACL Meeting on Friday, July 12, 2013: We hope you can join us for the ACL Meeting on Friday, July 12, 2013, from 9am-1pm at the Oakland Main Library. We will have our usual book reviewing and Distinguished books sharing, along with a sharing of programs and events from the recent ALA Conference in Chicago. Thanks! http://www.bayviews.org/calendar.html
Author Elaine Landau Dies: Elaine Landau, author of many non-fiction titles for young people, passed away on June 29,2013 at the age of 65. She died of complications due to autoimmune diseases. The author of over three hundred books with topics such as the Gulf Oil Spill, head lice, Wild West legends, earth science, holidays, the supernatural, planets, dinosaurs, firefighting, ancient civilizations, and ecology, Landau also wrote about a broad range of contemporary issues. Her interests were many and varied and she never hesitated to share what she learned with her readers.
Landau received a number of honors. Her books were chosen for ALA/YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, International Reading Association’s Children’s Choices and IRA Young Adult Choices, NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. She had at least three Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Awards. Her books were included on the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teenage, Booklist’s Top Ten Biographies for Youth, the Center for Children’s Books’ Best Book List, Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, and VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List. Her books were also honored on a number of state awards, and she received other awards too numerous to list. Besides being an extraordinary non-fiction writer, Landau was a mentor to many in the Florida SCBWI and her boundless energy and encouragement were an inspiration to fellow writers, many of whom considered a good friend.