It's that time of year when the air is buzzing with the excitement of the upcoming ALA awards. The ALA Midwinter conference begins held this weekend in Philadelphia, and the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott winners (among many others) will be announced a week from today. Can't make it? Listen to their live webcast, starting at 7:45 AM on the 14th.
As you can imagine, the kidlitosphere is swarming with predictions and commentary...I can't wait to see what it's like on Monday! Check out Ms. Bird's predictions at A Fuse #8 Production. Have you ever wondered what this time of year is like for small, independent booksellers? Check out Susan's post at Wizards Wireless who gives us some insight and also a list of books that she will have stocked on her shelves on Monday.
The Cybils finalists for the following categories have been announced. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the nonfiction picture books!
The Big Read Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to community arts, cultural, literary, and civic organizations such as libraries, museums, and local arts agencies. The Big Read is an initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. It brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The 2008 application deadline is February 12, 2008, but applicants are encouraged to submit an "Intent to Apply" by January 11, 2008. Get more information here.
The Verizon Tech Savvy Awards
The deadline is quickly approaching for the Verizon Tech Savvy Awards (JANUARY 11, 2008!). The awards honor programs that promote computer/technological literacy among children and their parents. Four $5,000 regional scholarships and one $25,000 national scholarship are up for grabs. Learn more here.