Tomatoes are ripe, the weather has cooled down, pockets of red and orange are emerging on the mountain outside my window--it's almost time for pumpkin pie. And just in case you need more reasons to celebrate fall, let me give you three:
First, two of the best children's literature blogs are back in session. At Heavy Medal, Jonathan Hunt and Nina Lindsay look closely at Newbery contenders with ooh-I-wish-I-would-have-written-that posts. Their commentary is smart and thoughtful, and the comments provide a great forum to join the discussion. Calling Caldecott considers possible Caldecott contenders. Check it out to discover titles you may have missed, look at some the year's best books in a new way, and add your own two cents to the discussion.
Second, the National Book Awards announcement yesterday of their longlist for Young People's Literature started--albeit unofficially--the awards season. Finalists will be announced October 14th and the winners will be announced on November 18th. Mark your calendars. Meanwhile, I am just waiting to get my hands on a copy of The Thing About Jellyfish.
Finally, the Cybils Awards will begin accepting nominations October 1st. Put together a list of books you would like to see recognized and get ready to nominate. (Rules are found here. Nominate here.)
Tomato sandwiches, open windows, good books . . . happy fall.