Wednesday, April 20, 2016

E.B. White Read Aloud Awards & Eisner Awards!

Today is a double award day - one for nominees, and one for winners!


Last week the ABA (American Booksellers Association) Indies Choice Book Awards were announced. The awards are described on ABA's website as follows:
"The Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide and the IndieBound movement. Book of the Year winners and Honor Award recipients are all titles nominated by ABA member booksellers to the Indie Next Lists."

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, previously administered by the Association of Booksellers for Children, recognize books that reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books. With the 2010 merger of ABC into ABA, they replace the Indies Choice Book Awards in the categories of Middle Reader and New Picture Book."

The E.B. White awards were established in 2004, at which time a single book was awarded per year. In 2006 the award was split into a picture book and older readers category, recognizing that children of all ages enjoy stories read aloud do them. Read more at the FAQ page.

This year's winners are...

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins for Picture book!!!!

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin for Middle Reader!!!!

Congrats, winners!!

Yesterday brought us the announcement of our 2016 Eisner Award Nominees! The Eisner Awards, or the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, are chosen yearly at San Diego Comic Con by a panel of judges comprised of members of the comics industry (sometimes including librarians!). Read more about the awards at the FAQ page.

The list of nominees for 2016 is simply too massive to drop into a humble little blog post like ours, so you can check out the full list here (which you might be pleased to hear contains a record number of women!). We will, however, call your attention to some familiar and beloved names in the list. The entire categories for "Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)," "Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)" and "Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)" are of course the main areas of excitement for our readership. I was personally excited to see Little Robot by Ben HatkeBaba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale, and Newbery Honoree Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson make the running! Over the Garden Wall by Pat McHale and Jim Campbell is also in there, which is a comic adaptation of a TV cartoon. If you're a grown up who enjoys cartoons like me, this is one you shouldn't miss - a creepy, atmospheric short series about two brothers lost in the woods that's secretly a retelling of Dante's Inferno? Not what usually comes to mind when you think Cartoon Network! (And it's already out on DVD!) Nathan Hale also snagged an exciting "Best Writer/Artist" nomination for Underground Abductor, which is really worth reading if you haven'y yet. The awards will be announced at this year's SDCC, on the evening of July 23rd, and you can be sure we'll be talking about them again then!

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