April 24, 2009
The Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists are out. Highly respected and much debated these awards are one of the most significant.
CILIP Carenegie Medal Shortlist
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cosmic (Macmillan)
Kevin Brooks, Black Rabbit Summer (Penguin)
Eoin Colfer, Airman (Puffin)
Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child (David Fickling)
Keith Gray, Ostrich Boys (Definitions)
Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go (Walker)
Kate Thompson, Creature of the Night (Bodley Head)
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Angela Barrett, The Snow Goose (text by Paul Gallico, Hutchinson)
Marc Craste, Varmints (text by Helen Ward, Templar)
Thomas Docherty, Little Boat (Templar)
Bob Graham, How to Heal a Broken Wing (Walker)
Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home (HarperCollins)
Dave McKean, The Savage (text by David Almond, Walker)
Catherine Rayner, Harris Finds His Feet (Little Tiger Press)
Chris Wormell, Molly and The Night Monster (Cape)
Those with eagle eyes will spot that four of the books shortlisted also feature on the Bisto Book of The Year shortlist- Jeffers, Thompson, Colfer and Dowd.
Bookbrunch already has some analysis with Fiona Barrows looking at the large number of male protagonists featured in the Carnegie list and Nicolette Jones looking at the diversity of styles in the Greenaway list.
April 19, 2009
I’m a big fan of Shelftalker, a booksellers blog from the US. A recent post about toddler book choice is a fascinating read.
It is strange habit but I do often find myself lurking in bookshops watching parents and kids make book choices. Over the past wee while there are a couple of things I’ve spotted -
Cover design is the most important factor in kids choosing books. Let me say that again, cover design is the most important thing in kids choosing books. You’d think that as a result good design would be everywhere – it’s not. Often it seems rush, poorly conceived and slapped together. The poorest element is usually the typography. It’s daft because without a decent cover, kids won’t even flick to the blurb. Adults buy based on the blurb, kids buy based on the cover.
The other most important factor in book choice is the adults in the room. Parents so often get in the way. Lots of times I’ve seen kids spot Book A, pick it up, dive in and turn round expectantly to parent. In an ideal world, parent drops down to shelf height has a read of Book A too and they decide together if it will be their choice that day. Alas normally Book A is quickly dismissed as parent shows them Book B which they think they will enjoy. I’m not saying the parents are wrong in their choice, it would just be nice in Book A was given a fair chance.
Bookshop layout and atmosphere is also key. The best spaces are bright, big and welcoming. Kids don’t mind if its untidy as long as they can reach the books and as long as they are welcomed. The kids from Trim put it best last year when they said
We appreciate helpful staff but don’t stalk us around the shop
A couple of things they also said which didn’t make it to final poster –
Don’t put the sticker over something important, Make the price clear, Display staff recommendation posters and signs, and Don’t over promote one title
Lastly for a treat – direct from Shelftaker – do you see a rabbit or a duck or both?
April 6, 2009
Yipee, a full day of chat about picture books –
Walker Books and Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines are presenting ‘The Story in the Picture’ on 25th April 2009 in the College in Rathmines.
Featuring illustrators Patrick Benson, Bruce Ingman and Niamh Sharkey along with Deirdre McDermott and Lizzie Spratt from Walker Books
Venue: The Church of Ireland College of Education, 96 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.
Cost €35 (students €20) to include coffee/tea and lunch.
Bookings: The Reading Centre@The Church of Ireland College of Education (Please make cheques payable to ‘The Church of Ireland College of Education’)
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01 4970033
April 1, 2009
Shortlists all out today – see here for all those irrelevant adult prizes!
Children’s Shortlists below.
The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children’s Book of the Year – Jn for readers aged 8 and under.
THE GREAT PAPER CAPER by Oliver Jeffers
HER MOTHER’S FACE by Roddy Doyle, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
BEFORE YOU SLEEP by Benji Bennett
HIGHWAY ROBBERY by Kate Thompson
The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children’s Book of the Year – Snr for children in the 9 + age group.
THE MAGICIAN by Michael Scott
ALICE AND MEGAN FOREVER by Judi Curtin
SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT – PLAYING WITH FIRE by Derek Landy
THE POISON THRONE by Celine Kiernan
Celine is also nominated in Best Newcomer Category, Bravo!