Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Red Dot Longlists.... and the AFCC today....

Six of us met on Saturday (Kate B (SAS), Carla (EtonHouse) , Lisa (CIS), and two middle school literacy specialists -- Scott from SAS and Angie from UWC Dover) and added quite a few titles to the GoodReads bookshelves.

These bookshelves include all the titles on the Listopia lists, but also include ones members suggested either in person or via email. We also looked at the current shortlists of our sibling awards: the Panda ones in China, the Sakura Medal in Japan, and the Morning Calm Medal in Korea.


Criteria in choosing books for the longlist:
  • Mix of genres, e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic format
  • Balance of boy/girl main characters
  • Balance of nationalities
  • Published (in English) within the last 4 years
  • The shortlists will consist of 8 books at each level
  • Preferably only #1 if in a series
  • Preferably no repeat of an author from previous years

NB:  Titles can still be added - the shortlists are limited to the longlists.  You might find a great book over the summer, so keep reading!

We're looking for someone to head up the Red Dot committee for next year -- and to call a meeting in late August so the shortlists can be announced at our September 4th meeting.  Please let me or Linda know if you're interested.  You might think about a joint-leadership position (i.e., two working together).

Today I'm heading off to AFFC - http://afcc.com.sg - the Asian Festival of Children's Content at the NLB main building on Victoria St. 

The line-up includes Holly Thompson, Wendy Orr, Candy Gourlay, people from Shen's Books and the Paper Tigers blog, and lots of local authors and illustrators, not to mention our own Ben Farr on a panel at 4:15pm and Nancy Johnson doing the children's book awards keynote starting at 7:30pm.

Hope to see some of you during the day.

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