IBBY Announces the 2014 Jury and Nominees

IBBY Announces the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury and Nominees

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books.  Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.

IBBY Announces the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury and Nominees

The 2014 Jury, selected by IBBY’s Executive Committee from nominations made by its national sections, comprises the following ten distinguished members from across the globe.  Jury President María Jesús Gil (Madrid, Spain) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen awards.

  • Anastasia Arkhipova Illustrator, chair of the board of the Association of Moscow Book Illustrators and Designers, Moscow, Russia.
  • Fanuel Hanan Diaz Editor, author and researcher, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Sabine Fuchs University lecturer in children’s literature, Graz, Austria.
  • Sang-Wook Kim Professor in children’s literature at the Chuncheon National University of Education, Seoul, Korea.
  • Enrique Pérez Díaz Author and publisher, Havana, Cuba.
  • Deborah Soria Book-seller and promoter of children’s literature, Rome, Italy.
  • Susan M. Stan Professor of children’s literature at the Central Michigan University, USA.
  • Sahar Tarhandeh Independent researcher in children’s literature, freelance graphic designer and art director, Tehran, Iran.
  • Erik Titusson Publisher and former Director of the ALMA, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Ayfer Gürdal Ünal Writer, critic, and lecturer at the Bhosphorous University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Former IBBY Vice President Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and IBBY Executive Director Liz Page are ex officio Jury members.

The following nominees have been submitted for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards by the National Sections of IBBY.  For the 2014 Awards 29 authors and 31 illustrators have been nominated from 34 countries.

  • Argentina: author María Cristina Ramos; illustrator Isol
  • Australia; author Nadia Wheatley; illustrator Ron Brooks
  • Austria: author Renate Welsh; illustrator Linda Wolfsgruber
  • Azerbaijan: author Sevinj Nurugizi
  • Belgium: author Frank Andriat; illustrator Carll Cneut
  • Brazil: author Joel Rufino dos Santos; illustrator Roger Mello
  • Canada: author Kenneth Oppel; illustrator Philippe Béha
  • China: author Hongying Yang; illustrator Liang Xiong
  • Croatia: illustrator Svjetlan Junaković
  • Denmark: author Lene Kaaberbøl; illustrator Charlotte Pardi
  • Estonia: author Aino Pervik
  • Finland: author Kirsi Kunnas; illustrator Pekka Vuori
  • France: author Jean-Claude Mourlevat; illustrator François Place
  • Germany: author Mirjam Pressler; illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Greece: author Sofia Madouvalou; illustrator Daniela Stamatiadi
  • Iran: author Houshang Moradi Kermani
  • Ireland: author Eoin Colfer; illustrator PJ Lynch
  • Italy: author Bianca Pitzorno; illustrator Fabian Negrin
  • Japan: author Nahoko Uehashi; illustrator Ken Katayama
  • Republic of Korea: author Jin-Kyung Kim; illustrator Byoung-Ho Han
  • Latvia: illustrator Reinis Pētersons
  • Netherlands: author Ted van Lieshout; illustrator Marit Törnqvist
  • Norway: author Bjørn Sortland; illustrator Øyvind Torseter
  • Portugal: author António Torrado; illustrator Teresa Lima
  • Russia: author Vladislav Krapivin; illustrator Igor Oleinikov
  • Serbia: author Ljubivoje Ršumović; illustrator Dobrosav Živković
  • Slovakia: author Daniel Hevier; illustrator Peter Uchnár
  • Slovenia: author Polonca Kovač; illustrator Alenka Sottler
  • Spain: illustrator Javier Zabala
  • Sweden: illustrator Eva Lindström
  • Switzerland: illustrator Albertine
  • Turkey: author Serpil Ural; illustrator Saadet Ceylan
  • UK: author Jacqueline Wilson; illustrator John Burningham
  • USA: author Jacqueline Woodson; illustrator Bryan Collier

The Jury President will guide the judging process and preside at the jury meeting 15-16 March 2014.  The shortlist will be disseminated immediately following the Jury meeting and the winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Monday, 24 March 2014.

For more information about IBBY’s programme and current projects please contact the IBBY Secretariat or visit IBBY website!

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

Bouncy New Sing-Along app from Little Bahalia Teaches Kids (and their grown-ups) Animal Group Names

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys arrives in the iPad store as the first in an app trilogy written by Julie Hedlund and illustrated by Pamela Baron. Produced by Little Bahalia Publishing, a new transmedia book and app company based in Milwaukee, the app features original music by singer/songwriter Tim McCanna.

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

Little Bahalia was launched in 2012 by Stacey Williams, who’s spent over fifteen years in the field of interactive e-learning materials. A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is designed to delight and educate kids 3-8 and entertain all ages.

The pandemonium of parrots, parliament of owls and pride of lions are just a few of the groups that join the swinging monkey troop on this musical, interactive romp through the animal kingdom. Little fingers will enjoy tapping on the animals, and hearing their calls and seeing them react in charming, surprising ways. Owls turn their heads and hoot, monkeys swing from branch to branch, parrots take flight, and the skunks – well, just guess what they do?!

Little Bahalia publishes children’s literary fiction and nonfiction in a variety of media formats, with a focus on iPad apps. Williams said, “I believe tablet computers open up wonderful possibilities for experiencing stories, and now, inspired by my passion for art, music, and books, my goal is to bring stories to life using animation and sound in exciting new ways. Our intent at Little Bahalia is to keep pushing the boundaries of storytelling as new technologies emerge and to offer exciting new opportunities for authors and artists”.

Little Bahalia is both an independent press creating original content, and a studio for hire. Their team of designers, animators and production staff helps clients and other publishers make interactive books for iPad. Little Bahalia welcomes inquiries from authors, illustrators, animators, and publishers who want help in getting an iPad app concept off the ground.

New apps coming from Little Bahalia Publishing will include the sequels to A Troop is a Group of Monkeys featuring undersea creatures and creepy crawlies, as well as apps that take kids to a stormy garden, an Italian opera, and on the road/in the air in fleets of tiny trucks and airplanes.

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys
Little Bahalia Publishing
February 2013
iPad Version 1.0
Ages: 3-8
Price: $3.99 ($1.99 until 2/28/13)

Nevella To Go! Review

Life “On The Go” Just Got a Little Sweeter!

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) to complete this review.

Do you love to sweeten your drinks or food on the go but don’t like to deal with messy packets or endless stirring? You’ve probably been in a restaurant that doesn’t have your favorite sweetener, what do you do then?

Introducing Nevella Liquid Sweeteners To Go!

Ever found yourself in a coffee shop or a restaurant, even your friends house without your favorite sweetener? Now you can have your favorite sweetener always with you.
These handy little bottles fit perfectly in your purse or pocket, come in your favorite sweetener variety, and best of all, they’re calorie, carbohydrate, and guilt free! You squirt just the right amount for you into your drink and it dissolves instantly, no more stirring.
We recently replaced sugar with Nevella To Go! and tried all three sweeteners with coffee and they all added a different sweetness to it. Personally we enjoyed the Stevia sweetener the most.
When you are trying to lose weight, or are working hard on maintaining it sweets and sugars can add up and your morning coffee might as well serve in place of your breakfast. With Nevella To Go! you can enjoy your coffee or tea without worrying about the extra calories or carbohydrates or even gluten that seems to be in just about anything these days.
For us, as busy parents and always on the go these sweeteners make a perfect choice, because not only can we always have them with us, but we can enjoy our favorite drinks guilt free.
Why we love Nevella To Go!
  • Convenience – innovative new packaging makes this product portable
  • Easy to use – the liquid form allows it to easily mix within drinks and stay mixed
  • An attractive alternative – zero calorie, zero carbohydrates, and gluten-free
The convenient packaging of these sweeteners makes it easy for you to always have it with you. It’s convenient to keep in you desk at work or your purse when on the go. They even fit in your pocket if needed and you can always keep one in your car.
The Nevella To Go! comes in three flavors: Monk Fruit, Stevia, or Sucralose.
  • Monk Fruit is a fruit from Asia that has been used for nearly 800 years by locals as an all natural sweetener. Monk Fruit contains mogrosides, a naturally occurring zero calorie sweetener.
  • Stevia is a plant that grows mainly in the plains areas of South America. Stevia contains rebiana, a naturally occurring zero calorie sweetener.
  • Sucralose To Go is sweetened using sucralose, the main ingredient used in Splenda®* brand products. This sweetener is made using a process that starts with sugar and converts it to a zero calorie and zero carbohydrate sweetener that is almost 600 times sweeter than sugar.
About Nevella To Go: “Portable Sweetening Just the Way You Want It” New Nevella® Liquid Sweeteners To Go easy squirt bottles are just the right size to take with you in your purse or pocket so that you can sweeten at work, at a restaurant that doesn’t offer the sweetener you like, or wherever you are!
Each of Nevella To Go! sweeteners is exclusively available at your local Walmart Supercenter and you can try them all today!

I took the Sweetness To Go Challenge using Nevella To Go. These handy little bottles fit perfectly in your purse or pocket, come in stevia, monk fruit, and sucralose varieties, and best of all, they’re calorie, carbohydrate, and guilt free! Take the Sweetness To Go Challenge yourself and click here to get your $1 off coupon!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nevella. The opinions and text are all mine.

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East – West Literary Leads with Books

East – West Literary Leads with Books on New York Times Bestselling List for Fifteen Consecutive Weeks…and Counting

New book by Anna Dewdney expected to hit the list when it drops Sept. 4

For 15 consecutive weeks, East/West Literary Agency’s books have landed slots on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller List, and there’s no reason to believe the streak will end anytime soon. East/West has owned the No. 1 position five of the last 15 weeks, and held three of the top picture book slots for 10 of those weeks.

On 4 September, Viking will release Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney.  Upon its release last year, Llama Llama Home With Mama—a Children’s Choice Book Award “Illustrator of the Year” nominee–landed the top spot on the coveted list. Among other recent accolades for Dewdney:   Llama Llama Red Pajama was chosen as Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” book in 2011, setting the world’s record for most readings of a particular book on one day.

Much of the agency’s recent command of the top ten can be attributed to Harper Collin’s popular Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean (www.petethecat.com/), including Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. “In addition to Llama Llama Time to Share, I expect we can earmark another slot for Pete the Cat Saves Christmas when it lands on 25 September,” Deborah Warren, founder of the Agency, adds.  “And I know that Pete fans will be delighted by the upcoming extension books written and illustrated by James Dean—lift-the-flaps, 8 x 8’s and beginning readers.”

“Referring to one of our NYT picture book bestsellers last year, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Dream Big, Little Pig!, illustrated by our very own Tim Bowers (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky), we have big dreams,” says Rubin Pfeffer, who leads the Boston-based arm of the Agency.   “East/West prides itself on finding and nurturing new talent—picture book and otherwise–as well as managing and leveraging the accomplished careers of our more established authors and illustrators such as Marion Dane Bauer, Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Edith Pattou, and David Diaz.  In every regard, we’re proud to make those big dreams come true for the very talented writers and artists we are honored to represent.”

East/West specializes in children’s books of all genres, from concept, novelty and picture books to chapter, middle-grade and young-adult. “We have a particular strength in the picture book category, true,” says Deborah—“from author/illustrators like Rubin’s Mike Austin, Linda Davick, Jeff Mack, Aaron Meshon, Jesse Joshua Watson and Richard Jesse Watson to Jim Averbeck, Gianna Marino, Andy Myer, Antoinette Portis, Lucianna Navarro Powell and Belle Yang—that said, East/West has a full roster of talent in every category–including MG/YA/Fantasy authors Kwame Alexander, Elana K. Arnold, Platte Clark, Alethea Kontis, Holly Schindler and Tyler Whitesides.”  And “soon,” Deborah and Rubin promise, “there will be a major announcement about placement in other categories, as well.”

“We’re not just dreaming,” the pair state, “we’re doing what people want – bringing the best books to market by talented writers and artists who will keep selling over the long term. We’re of course thrilled for our authors and illustrators and for their publishers, who have helped make this all possible. We also want to recognize and thank all of the terrific booksellers out there who help make our clients’ dreams come true.”

The agency’s strength in the picture book category was highlighted last year when it scored four of the top ten slots on the New York Times bestseller list the week of September 11.

Based in Los Angeles, California, East/West Literary Agency, LLC was founded in 2000. For more information contact dwarren@eastwestliteraryagency.com.

Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative

New Literacy Project to Bring Beloved Stories From Around the World to Children of Tibet

Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative preserves Tibetan language, promotes cultural curiosity.

Dharamsala, India – An exciting and significant new literacy project has been launched to give thousands of Tibetan children living in exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan the rare opportunity to read popular children’s books in their own language. The Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative (SLSI) promotes literacy and proficiency in the Tibetan language from an early age and seeks to inspire curiosity in other cultures.

There are over 190,000 Tibetan refugees in India and 5.4 million Tibetans living in territory that has been claimed by China over the past 60 years. Despite the significant Tibetan population, there is limited opportunity for the study of the Tibetan language. The curriculum is taught in Tibetan only in primary schools. As a result, education levels among Tibetans in Tibet are much lower than those of Chinese. An estimated 30 percent of Tibetans in India are children and students seeking a Tibetan education.

Thanks to the generous support of Dalai Lama Fellows , the Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative is translating some of the most beloved children’s books from around the globe into Tibetan. The SLSI will distribute to Tibetan government schools across India, Nepal and Bhutan freshly printed copies of beautifully illustrated stories from Africa, Asia, North America, the Arctic and more.

“The Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative will help open the door to a world of possibilities for thousands of Tibetan children,” says Marty Krasney, Executive Director of Dalai Lama Fellows. “Dalai Lama Fellows supports the project not only because we share a common goal of enhancing understanding and cooperation across peoples and culture, but because we want all children to achieve their highest potential.”

The SLSI hired three students from Lha Charitable Trust in Dharamsala, India, to translate the books, which have already been translated into many other languages and were chosen for their international appeal. The books include children’s classics like Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Barbara Joose’s Mama, Do You Love Me?, and Alice McLerran’s The Mountain That Loved A Bird, but also new books like Salina Yoon’s Penguin and Pinecone.

The SLSI is indebted to Konga Gyatsen, editor of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Phayul magazine for children, who proofread the translations pro bono. An educator and father of two, Gyatsen finds the illustrations of the SLSI books especially important for Tibetan children’s development. “Through these illustrations, our children gain access to new dimensions,” he says. Geshe Lhakdor, director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, agrees that the art in these books is a precious addition to the available children’s literature in Tibetan. The SLSI speaks to the dire need for creative artwork in children’s literature, something that is lacking in Tibetan publications to date. “The children read the pictures,” the Geshe explains.

The SLSI is the brainchild of Eléonore “Nelly” Buchet-Deàk, a student at McGill University in Montreal and 2012 Dalai Lama Fellow. Buchet-Deàk grew up in a multicultural family attempting to master two languages herself, as she was taught English at home but attended school in France. From this experience, she recognized early the value of having access to reading materials written in both French and English. Dalai Lama Fellows partner only with select institutions, including McGill, which conduct a rigorous selection process on campus using Fellowship criteria and guidelines to evaluate project proposals and candidates.

The Amazing World of Gumball Season Two

Season Two of The Amazing World of Gumball

The tomfoolery returns with season two of The Amazing World of Gumball premieres Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Cartoon Network’s acclaimed animated media series The Amazing World of Gumball will begins its second season on the air on August 14 at 7 p.m. The mixed-media show which won a BAFTA this year centers on a young boy (a blue cat with a giant head) and his best buddy Darwin (a pet goldfish which sprouts legs) ranked #1 in its time period with boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Amazing World of Gumball tells the story of an extra-ordinary suburban family who just happen to live in an ordinary town. Along with Gumball and Darwin there’s Dad, a 6’4” pink rabbit who stays at home while Mom works in the rainbow factory and Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny. Gumball faces the trials and tribulations of any 12-year-old; like being chased by a rampaging T-Rex, having a robot steal his identity or dressing as a cheerleader to impress the girl of his dreams.

Created by Ben Bocquelet, The Amazing World of Gumball was the first full-length animated series out of Cartoon Network Studio Europe. It combines 2D and 3D animation in a live-action setting and has garnered BAFTA, Annecy and ASIFA Hollywood Annie awards. The series follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Gumball and his family in the wonderful little town of Elmore. Featuring a colorful and diverse cast of characters, Gumball’s school friends include the aforementioned T-Rex, a cheerleading peanut and a banana.

This season will bring to light to some tough questions such as; will Gumball ever win the affections of Penny? How will Darwin react when Banana Joe chews up his pen? And what happens when Gumball and Darwin get their first cell phone?

The Amazing World of Gumball “The DVD” DVD is packed with 12 episodes from series’ first season—including the titular episode “The DVD”—and a character gallery special feature, the compilation DVD will be available on August 28, 2012.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and The Move-It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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