The Brown Bookshelf is accepting submissions for its annual 28 Days event. During the month of February, they will feature new and unsung children's/YA books by African-American authors:
We’re looking for the best new and unnoticed works by African-American authors. From picture books to novels, books fresh off the presses to those that have lurked in the background unsung for months or years–whatever books you like, we want to know. We’re specifically looking for new books and books that have “flown under the radar,” that are children’s or Young Adult written by an African-American author published by a traditional publisher for the trade market.
Readergirlz, another cool website/blog, is looking for fall recommended reads. Lots of great suggestions here.
We'll start seeing "Best of 2009" lists next month. I'll post them here when I find them.
Now that our fall book orders are rolling in (I submitted my October orders this week-another impressive list!), the Newbery and Caldecott predictions are starting to swing into full gear. I'm never good at predicting these things, so I usually "eavesdrop" on other blogs and sites. Mock Newbery and Caldecott groups are good places to do this. Here are my favorites:
Allen County Public Library Mock Newbery blog (Mock Caldecott and Mock Printz)
Eva Perry Mock Newbery blog
Good Reads Mock Newbery (Mock Caldecott)
Anderson's Bookshop (their Mock Sibert list)
Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services Mock Newbery list