Vivian Kirkfield hosts a children’s story writing challenge each year. The idea is to come up with a story in 50 words or less.
Of course I thought of insects.
Beetle Small Talk
By Roberta Gibson
A lightning bug is a beetle,
Flying in the night.
No worries about getting lost
It carries a flashlight.
Gently touch a milkweed beetle,
It will give a squeak.
Bet you didn’t know an insect
So very small could speak.
We’re not supposed to include illustrations, but in case you wonder what a milkweed beetle looks like:
Social media is all abuzz with the 2021 ALA Youth Media award announcements.
Turns out I have picked three of the picture book winners to review this year.
The 2021 Randolph Caldecott Medal
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade – review
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison.- review
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann – review
Congratulations to all the winning authors and illustrators.
Nonfiction picture books did well this year! Yay!
Nominations for Cybils Awards (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) are now final. You should go check them out.
If you want to encourage young people to read, the nomination lists are fabulous places to find the best children’s books from the last year, separated by reading level/genre.
If your are a children’s author, comparing lists from past years can help you find out what current trends are in children’s literature. (I see big changes in the nonfiction list compared to last year).
Direct links to the categories:
Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction * My favorite category*
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books/Board Books (Some of the board books are nonfiction.)
Junior/Senior High Nonfiction
Poetry (Nonfiction everywhere here, too.)
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
What are your favorite categories?
Book spine poems are so fun. A recent one of mine: