Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction Named: Laura Amy Schlitz’s The Hired Girl was named the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction recipient. Read more about the book and the award at School Library Journal: www.slj.com/2016/01/industry-news/why-the-hired-girl-won-the-2016-odell-award/#_ .
New Maurice Sendak Museum Planned: The late Caldecott Medalist Maurice Sendak’s Connecticut home is the site of a planned museum: www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/arts/design/where-the-wild-things-arent-a-sendak-museum.html?emc=edit_th_20160126&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=1274360 .
New Beatrix Potter Book to Publish Fall 2016: A new Beatrix Potter book will be published in the U.S. and U.K. this fall by Frederick Warne & Co. The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots will feature three unpublished manuscripts found in the Potter archives. The book will feature illustrations by Quentin Blake. For more, check out the full story at: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/69247-new-beatrix-potter-book-to-publish-in-fall-2016.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=cb77bae3b9-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-cb77bae3b9-304449365 .
New Introductions for Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday: Anniversary editions of Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s novels will be published this year to honor Cleary’s 100th birthday, April 12, 1916. These editions will feature new introductions by various celebrities and authors, including Amy Poehler and Kate DiCamillo. For more, see: www.ew.com/article/2016/01/21/beverly-cleary-100th-birthday?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=cb77bae3b9-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-cb77bae3b9-304449365 .
Special thanks to Ruth Gordon for many of these items.