Marc Simont Dies: Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Marc Simont died at age 97 at home in Cornwall, CT, on July 13, 2013. Simont received the Caldecott Medal for illustrating A Tree Is Nice, written by Janice Udry, in 1957. Over 40 years later, he received a Caldecott Honor for The Stray Dog in 2001. He also received a Caldecott Honor for The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss in 1949. Born in Paris, Simont and his family moved to New York City when he was 11 years old. He later studied art in Paris, and at the National Academy of Design in the United States.
Simont also illustrated Karla Kuskin’s The Philharmonic Gets Dressed and The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed, Betty Bao Lord’s novel In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, and James Thurber’s The Wonderful O and The 13 Clocks, and hundreds of other books. In the 1930’s, Simont shared an apartment with Robert McCloskey, who kept ducks in the bathtub while working on Make Way for Ducklings.
New BayNews Posted to ACL Website: Check out the new BayNews, the newsletter for the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. The July issue features ideas for storytimes on pajamas, and on rabbits, a “Star Wars” Do-It-Yourself programming outline, a Retro Review of Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes, and Read-alikes for Kathryn Lasky’s “The Wolves of the Beyond” series.
Free NASA Webinars: Public library staff and informal educators are invited to join the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore program team for hands-on activities and
programming ideas. Use food, art, storytelling, and interactive investigations to celebrate our Moon. Explore: Marvel Moon activities rely on inexpensive materials and can be flexibly implemented. Each two hour webinar will feature a different selection of hands-on science activities designed for use with children ages 8-13. Apply for both webinars today — space is limited!
Bring the Moon’s Life Story to Children ages 8-13: Wed., July 31, 2013, Noon PDT: Apply at www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/lib_trainings/webinar_31jul2013 .
Celebrate Our Personal, Cultural, and Scientific Connections to the Moon: Fri., August 16, 2013, Noon PDT: Apply at www.lpi.usra.edu/explore/lib_trainings/webinar_16aug2013 .