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Volume 1, Issue 3 October 2011

University of Kentucky School of L i b r a r y a n d I n f o r m a ti o n S c i e n c e

The McConnell Center for the Study of Youth Literature McConnell Conference: Registration We hope you will join us for the 44th McConnell Conference on March 23rd– 24th, 2012, featuring M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Holm, and Lisa Desimini. M. T. Anderson has written many stories for children and young adults, including Whales on Stilts!, Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, Thirsty, and The Game of Sunken Places trilogy. His young adult book Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Octavian Nothing: The Pox Party won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Prize, and it, along with its sequel Octavian Nothing: The Kingdom on the Waves won the Printz Award Honor. Anderson's most recent publications include Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger! and Whales on Stilts!. Jennifer L. Holm's first novel, Our Only May Amelia, was inspired by a great aunt's diary and received a 2000 Newbery Award Honor. Two more of her more recent novels, Penny from Heaven (2007) and Turtle in Paradise (2011) received

Newbery Award Honors. Holm also writes series for younger readers, such as her Babymouse series, which she coauthors/ illustrates with her brother Matthew Holm. The series has won several awards, including a 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book. Her most recent books include The Trouble with May Amelia and Squish #1: Super Amoeba.

Table of Contents ● McConnell Conference: Registration ● Events Reminder ● McConnell Conference: Pricing ● Good Enough to Eat Contest Winners

Lisa Desimini has written ● Dear Bully Review and illustrated over thirty books for children. Her books ● On the Blog/In the Center have won several awards and honors, such as a New York ● About the Center Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Publisher's Weekly Best Picture Book of the Year, A BCCB Blue ribbon Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. One of her books, Dot the Fire Dog, has been adapted to video. Her artwork has also been used for many covers, including the 1995 Newbery Award Medal Winner Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Desimini enjoys exploring new mediums in her artwork and has worked with oil paints, acrylic, collage, photography, and sculpture. Some of her work is a combination of all of these mediums on the computer where she draws, paints, and reshapes them into her works. Registration is now open:

Upcoming Events Reminder October 15th Call for Proposals: Submit your proposals for sessions at the McConnell Conference 2012; Deadline October 15th; Notifications sent by November 15th; Turn in your proposals here: 

March 23rd–24th, 2012 McConnell Conference 2012: Celebrate great children’s literature and meet our featured presenters this spring! Registration is now open. Check here for more information: 

February 1, 2012 Connecting with Characters Contest: Encourage your students to submit their letters and artwork for a chance to win a signed book by one of our Conference authors. Full rules/guidelines here: http:// 

Check out this article! Recognizing the Impact of Ezra Jack Keats

McConnell Conference Pricing Early Registration

Student Registration

Friday Only: $35

Friday Only: $15

Saturday Only: $55

Saturday Only: $25

Friday & Saturday: $90

Friday & Saturday: $40

Please note that these fees do not include Special Events. Deadline for Early Registration is February 5, 2012.

Please note that these fees do not include Special Events.

Special Events Friday Banquet with M.T. Anderson: $42 Saturday Lunch with Jennifer Holm: $28

Good Enough to Eat: Contest Winners! Thank you to all our entrants for some delicious books! 

“The Very Delicious Caterpillar” based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; avocado sushi roll submitted by Amber Surface “Bentley's Snowflakes” based on Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; sugar cookies submitted by Ashley Izzo “Brown Bear and Friends” based on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle; cupcakes submitted by Tricia Calico and Katie Fielding

“And Tango Makes Three” based on And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; cake submitted by Rachel McGuire And congratulations to our winners: Best Overall: Brown Bear and Friends by Tricia Calico and Katie Fielding Best Book Representation: The Very Delicious Caterpillar by Amber Surface Most Creative: The Very Delicious Caterpillar by Amber Surface Most Edible: And Tango Makes Three by Rachel McGuire And a delicious honorable mention to “Bentley’s Snowflakes” by Ashley Izzo!

From top left to bottom left: 2011 Good Enough to Eat Entries—And Tango Makes Three, Bentley’s Snowflakes, Brown Bear and Friends, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picture at left: Banned Books Week Display

Reviews from the Blog: Dear Bully Teens have always experienced enough adolescent angst without the added trauma of bullying, which has crossed new boundaries thanks in part to the Internet and social media. Although most of the authors for teens who contributed to this masterful anthology came of age before cyber -bullying took on a life of its own, the stories in Dear Bully are both compelling and timeless. The stories, told by 70 teen authors, not only convey the turmoil felt by those who were bullied, but also the remorseful voices of those who have committed acts of bullying. We also hear from the voices of those

who stood by while it happened and did not intervene, providing unique insights from those who were neither the victim nor the perpetrator. All of those viewpoints provide for a distinctive collection of very personal stories that will provide both teens and adults an opportunity for understanding and growth.

October is National Bullying Awareness Month! Check out these resources: The ABCs of Bullying: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Contributed by Dr. Stephanie Reynolds Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, September 2011 from HarperTeen.

Cyber Bullying Research Center It Gets Better Project The Ophelia Project Stop Bullying More resources on Dr. Reynolds’ Wiki

On the Blog and In the Center On the Blog: For book reviews of new and upcoming youth literature, check out our blog Youth Lit Matters at: http://

Don’t forget, you can also help us out with the reviews by volunteering for our ARC Read and Review program!

Our available titles are: Juvenile Fiction Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier Dear America: With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney Young Adult Ashes by Ilsa J Bick Bronxwood by Coe Booth iBoy by Kevin Brooks Reel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald The Shattering by Karen Healey The Hourglass Door by Lisa Magnum Deviant by Adrian McKinty Ashfall by Mike Mullin Boy 21 by Matthew Quick The Phantom Limb by William Sleator and Ann Monticone

In the Center: We’re planning a discussion group for Brian Selznick’s newest novel Wonderstruck. We’re still trying to find a time that works so please check out our Facebook page and take the poll to let us know when you could attend the event: groups/164302160289842/ We also have a new Youthlitmatters Group on Facebook. Check it out here: groups/249490781731022/

About the Center A vital gathering place for books and ideas, the McConnell Center is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and to bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional, career, or personal interest in connecting young readers with books. We maintain two main, noncirculating collections: Our Current Collection includes all books sent to us for review by publishers during the current year. The Permanent Collection is several collections of books maintained in the Center as a resource for students and librarians. It includes the Basic

Collection, the Award-winning Collection (Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Morris, Pura Belpré, Sibert, and Orbis Pictus Awards), the Kentucky Collection (notable Kentucky authors and books about Kentucky), the Reference Collection, and the Periodical Collection. Our Fall 2011 hours are Monday/Thursday 12–5pm and Tuesday/ Wednesday 9–2pm. Please visit our website for more information: CommInfoStudies/SLIS/mcconnellcenter/

Contact us! Dr. Stephanie Reynolds Rachel McGuire, GA

Visit us!

Lucille Little Library, 3rd Floor, Room 310 N Fall Hours: Monday/Thursday 12–5pm and Tuesday / Wednesday 9–2pm

McConnell Center October 2011 Newsletter  

McConnell Center October 2011 Newsletter

McConnell Center October 2011 Newsletter  

McConnell Center October 2011 Newsletter