SCIESZKA BODY DOUBLE OUT OF WORK; KATHERINE PATERSON NAMED NEW CHILDREN’S LIT AMBASSADOR

A wonderful choice. Read all about Paterson in this New York Times feature. And did you miss A Year of Reading’s tribute to our outgoing Ambassador? Click here read.

KIRKUS IS DEAD; LONG LIVE KIRKUS

Looks like the literary review journal may not be six feet under after all.

BLOGGERS ENCOURAGE COMMENTING AND LISTING

MotherReader is organizing Comment Challenge 2010, while A Fuse #8 Production is asking for your help in compiling the top 100 fictional chapter books.

We all know that vampires are popular, but I didn’t realize that currently 40% of the best selling series are about blood-suckers. Take a look:

Jacket Whys put forth three of their favorite covers of 2009. Some eye-catching picks, to be sure.

It appears that book publishing industry site GalleyCat is getting in on the review game. Not clear if children’s lit will be included, but this could be interesting. Thanks to @SueGreenbergPR for the tip.

Did you know they made a Where the Wild Things Are video game? I did not. Bonus points if you can guess what Max’s special power is.

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