Ezra Jack Keats Award, Cybils Awards, Dia Registration, Arne Nixon Center

The 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Winner Is:

Tea PartyAme Dyckman for Tea Party Rules, Viking, 2013.

The 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award Winner Is:

Christian Robinson for Rain!  Written by Linda Ashman, Houghton Mifflin, 2013
2014 New Writer Honor
·         Pat Zietlow Miller for Sophie’s Squash, Schwartz & Wade
·         Linda Davick for I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! Beach Lane
2014 New Illustrator Honor
·         K.G. Campbell for Tea Party Rules, Viking
·         Aaron Meshon for Take Me Out to the Yakyu, Atheneum
·         Marta Altés for My Grandpa, Abrams


Dia Program Registration Open:  The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is fast approaching, have you registered your library’s program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming and receive free bookmarks, stickers, and buttons!

Visit the Día website at http://dia.ala.org to learn more about how you can celebrate diversity and connect children to a world of learning through books, stores and libraries.  Explore and download the free bi-lingual Día booklist, book club lesson plans, activity sheets, poster and resource guide to help make your program a success!

Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  The celebration is intended to be year-round, culminating on April 30th.

mr tiger2013 Cybils Awards: The 2013 Cybils Awards, given by the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literatary Awards, were announced in mid-February,, 2014:   www.cybils.com/2014/02/the-2013-cybils-awards.html

Secret Garden Party—and Leo Politi Garden Rededication

The Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) invites everyone to attend the party/rededication of the Leo Politi Garden on Sunday, April 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at California State University, Fresno. The party is ANCA’s major annual fundraising event, with all profits going to the Arne Nixon Center. Underwriters are needed; they will receive tickets to the party and acknowledgements in promotional materials. The $1,000 Sponsor fee includes up to eight tickets; Patrons, for a $500 fee, get up to six tickets; Contributors, for $250, receive up to four tickets. Individual tickets for $50 are also available.

Leo Politi was the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator and/or author of over three dozen books. A Fresno native who relocated to Los Angeles, Politi was a good friend of Professor Arne Nixon. Nixon often asked Politi to return to Fresno to give presentations to his children’s literature classes and festivals. The Politi Garden was created with funds raised by ANCA to honor the special friendship between the two men. Paul Politi and Suzanne Bischof, the son and daughter of the late Leo Politi, will attend the rededication.

Bronze castings of Politi’s only known sculptures will be installed. The statues, fabricated by sculptor Lester Harries, depict a girl and boy reading a book with a dog, and a little girl with arms outstretched to birds overhead.  For more information or to make reservations, please send email to jsanford@csufresno.edu.

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