The 2009 longlist for the Guardian children’s fiction award is surprisingly short on fantasy. The chair of judges and the Guardian’s children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare says, “There is still a lot of fantasy around, but exceptional fantasy has always been rather hard to find.”
Check out this online showcase of children’s books illustrators, including Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera, who created the whimsical scene of a water monster at right.
Wondering what it’s like to work with a book publicist? Read this interview with publicist Julie Schoerke, who talks about her job and also gives tips on book promotion.
This headline should be the premise for a YA book: “Kids lends banned book from his school locker, boosts interest in reading.” Read his comments here.
Just released: ANY WHICH WALL by Laurel Snyder, about “four kids on a magical summer journey that includes pirates, wizards, dastardly villains, and just bout everything else that Common Magic can summon up.”
Isn’t this the plot of a Stephen King novel? A Japanese company has printed a horror story on rolls of toilet paper. The story, about a hand that reaches out of a toilet, was written by Koji Suzuki, the Japanese author of “Ring.”
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For all you picture book lovers: Win a copy of I NEED MY MONSTER by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam. It’s about a boy who can’t sleep until a monster is firmly in place under his bed, here. (Ends May 29th.)
Win INVISIBLE TOUCH by Kelly Para, about a girl who “sees signs, visions that are clues to a person’s fate,” here. (Ends June 2nd.)
Win an ARC of PRETTY DEAD by Fancesca Lia Block here. (Ends June 3rd.)
Parker Peevyhouse hopes to win some books!