June 19, 2009

Glass Connections

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I’ve been following Jane Dorner’s blog about glass art for about four years, pretty much since I started blowing.  Last week she was in Corning for the Glass Art Society conference and we met up on Sunday at a gallery showing her work.  It was great to finally meet her in person.  We also hit a few wineries, had a lovely dinner at Suzanne’s, and the next morning tried some hard cider on the way to Ithaca for her bus ride to Manhattan.


November 3, 2008

Caldecott medal and honor books

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It’s harder than you might think, to get a list of Caldecott Medal and Honor books with links to Amazon, but I finally found one:

1938-1969 and 1970-present

I found this out by looking for a book I loved as a child, about a clever little fish who ganged up with a bunch of other little fish to mimic a big fish for protection. Having no idea of the title or author but recalling that the illustrations were simple yet effective, I started with the list of books singled out for Caldecott mention. (My mom was big on those Caldecott and Newbery winners. If the Scholastic Book Club didn’t sell it, then we got it from the library. As a result, I was exposed to most of the winners up to about 1970.)

My hunch was correct; the book was Swimmy, a Caldecott Honor book from 1964 (beaten out that year for the Medal by the well-known and loved Where the Wild Things are).

Curious about the rest, I hunted and hunted for a list with functional links. The 2007 winner, Flotsam, looks very interesting, coincidentally also with a fishy theme.

For those researching books for children, here is a handy list of similar awards.

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