Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Video of the Week: Placing the First Newbery Medal Seal on Flora and Ulysses

Congratulations to two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo! 


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Holy bagumba! Here is what the 2014 Newbery committee had to say about Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. 


Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love.  

“Our dedicated committee of 15 considered hundreds and hundreds of titles in our quest for the best books for children, and I am delighted with our selections,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Orsburn. 

Members of the 2014 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair - Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, Drexel University, Philadelphia; Marilyn Ackerman, BookOps, Long Island City, N.Y.; Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada; Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Sac-ramento (Calif.) Public Library; Andrea Erickson, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Laurel, Md.; Kathy Jarombek, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, Conn.; Laura M. Jenkins, Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch; Ada G. Kent, Worthington, Ohio; Amy E. Koester, St. Charles City-County Library District, Wentzville, Mo.; Debra Ann McLeod, John-son City Community College, Overland Park, Kan.; Elizabeth A. Poe, Morgantown, W.Va.; Su-san H. Polos, Bedford (N.Y.) Central School District; John Schumacher, Butler School District, Oak Brook, Ill.; Amy E. Sears, Teaneck (N.J.) Public Library; and Meg E. Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Hope Mills, N.C.

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7 comments:

  1. Flora and Ulysses is an inspired choice. It is still with me weeks after reading the story. And, I will never look at squirrels the same way again.

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  2. I love the Vine! Thanks for sharing that. :-) Flora and Ulysses is an AWESOME choice! My students and I were thrilled. Thank you so much for all your hard work and reading. :-)

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  3. Beautiful. Perfect video to share this week. Thank you again!

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  4. So wonderful! I'm happy for Kate DiCamillo whom I heard speak at Kutztown University a few years ago--her book certainly deserves this honor!

    -Kate

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  5. Thank you for sharing! Love the casualness of it!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! What an incredible honor for a deserving book!

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