LaTronica Named Nat’l Book Award Judge, McLimans and Townsend Obituaries, 2013 ACL Distinguished List

LatronicaStarr LaTronica Named National Book Award Judge: Starr LaTronica has been named a judge for the Young People’s Literature panel for the 2014 National Book Awards. LaTronica is currently the president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. For many years, she was a member of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California.

ACL 2013 Distinguished Books now available online: The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California compiles a yearly list of Distinguished Books for youth. The 2013 list, with annotations, is now available online at:

TownsendJohn Rowe Townsend Dies: Author John Rose Townsend died at age 91 on March 24, 2014. The British author wrote 36 books, including several novels for older children and teens, depicting a more working class setting than most children’s books. His first book, Gumble’s Yard (1961) influenced the publishing industry to offer more books about different types of childhoods, including those from rough surroundings. He also wrote books about children’s literature. For more information, see:

David McLimans Dies: Illustrator David McLimans has died at age 66 at his home in McLimansWisconsin, on March 20, 2014. He wrote three children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor book Gone Wild (Walker, 2006), as well as Gone Fishing (2008) and Big Turtle (2011). For more information see:



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