Thursday, January 24, 2008

While we are on the subject of Award Books, check out the January Carnival at Wizards Wireless; it's all about book awards and tons of great reading.

Also, a colleague sent me this in an email today, taken from the site

To help celebrate the recently announced ALA Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and others), has announced it is offering free access to a great batch of original short movies and readings by the award winners.

These links let you "meet" these award-winning authors today. The selected interviews, discussion guides, book readings, and audio files of authors pronouncing their names help readers relate to the author and award-winning books in memorable, personal ways, according to the announcement.

To meet winners of the 2008 medal and honor books announced Monday, Jan. 14, by the American Library Association, has created and assembled dozens of multimedia, online materials with these authors. Follow this link to access them.

Among the resources:

* Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz . . .

Tells why she wrote these medieval dramatic monologues and reads from her winning book, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village .

* Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick . . .

Reads the first chapter of The Invention of Hugo Cabret while walking us through his award-winning pictures.

* Coretta Scott King Author Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis . . .

Shares in an original movie how and why he wrote his prize-winning book Elijah of Buxton .

* Sibert Medalist & Caldecott Honoree Peter Sís . . .

Reveals the historical context of his award-winning book The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain in this brief movie he and his brother made combining book illustrations with powerful footage from Communist Czechoslovakia.


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