News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Alex, and other children’s and YA book award winners for 2016 were announced Monday. The Newbery went to a picture book this year: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson. The Caldecott, an award specifically for picture books, went to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (written by Lindsay Mattick; illus. by Sophie Blackall.) Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap won the Printz Award. (American Library Association)
- A petition was launched to name new element ‘Octarine’ in honor of Terry Pratchett. Octarine is the color of magic, the 8th element in the Discworld spectrum. You can sign the petition here.
- The most checked-out book at the UN library is a bit awkward (The Short List). I’ll say.
- Why are there so few girls in children’s books? Or more specifically, in picture books? (Jennie Yabroff for Washington Post)
- She wanted to empower young girls, so she made this coloring book. (Washington Post)
- Skills I Think I Have Because I Read Science Fiction and Fantasy (A.J. O’Connell, for BookRiot) Oh, I can so relate!
- 8 Reasons to Catalog Your Books (and How to Do It) (Emma Nichols for BookRiot) It leaves out the Book Collectorz software (which I like), but it has some good pointers.
Alan Rickman, the talented and beloved actor who played literary roles from Tybalt to Col. Brandon to Professor Snape, died Thursday of cancer at the age of 69. The internet was flooded with tributes, including Bustle’s list of 6 literary characters Rickman played onscreen, and a tribute here on The Bookwyrm’s Hoard.) Obituaries: The Guardian; NPR.
- SF/F books featuring weather magic (Tor.com)
- 7 Apps for your Bookish Resolutions (BookRiot)
- Advice from Literary Characters for an Awesome 2016 (Quirk Books)
- David Bowie’s top 100 must-read books (The Guardian) — in honor of David Bowie, who also died this week. Judging by this list, he was a well-read man with a thoughtful intellect.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- A children’s librarian turned the cupboard under her stairs into a Harry Potter-themed secret room. (Buzzfeed)
- Amazing Dr. Who coloring page by Hannh Chapman, via deviantArt (please don’t download without permission)
That’s it for this week!