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1988 CBC Honors to Milton Meltzer and Mildred Taylor

The Children's Book Council's Honor Program singles out individuals whose contribution on behalf of children, sustained over a period of time, warrants special attention. The 1988 CBC Honor is for "a body of work that has examined significant social issues, and presented them in outstanding books for young readers." Milton Meltzer and Mildred Taylor will be the recipients.

Milton Meltzer's over 50 books in the fields of history, biography, and social reform have received the Washington Post/ Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the Christopher Award, and the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. Mildred Taylor is a Newbery Medalist who has twice received the Coretta Scott King Award. She also received a 1988 Christopher Award.

The Children's Book Council will present the 1988 CBC Honors as part of a one-day conference on "Social Responsibility and Children's and Young Adult Literature" on Saturday, November 12, 1988, in New York City (Fashion Institute of Technology, 8th Avenue and 27th Street). The conference is in observance of 1988 National Children's Book Week (November 14-20) and an early activity in the Year of the Young Reader, a 1989 initiative of the Center of the Book of the Library of Congress.

1988 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winner Honored

Barbara Reid of Canada was named the winner of the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats Award competition for excellence in children's book illustration for 1988. The biennial award includes a US $5000 prize and silver medal and is cosponsored by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, and USBBY, the United States Board on Books for Young People.

The award is funded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and dedicated to the memory of the artist who during his life-time sought to encourage excellence and innovation in children's literature. One condition for entry into the competition is that the artists have illustrated no more than five picture books published within the previous 5 years, but they may have had other works published or have worked in other areas of graphic arts. The criteria by which the finalists were judged include graphic and technical prowess, how the illustrations relate to the text, story-telling quality, and child appeal.

A versatile artist, Barbara Reid has received numerous awards and honors for her illustrations in children's books, textbooks and for newspaper editorials. She submitted The New Baby Calf, Have You Seen Birds, and Sing a Song of Mother Goose to the international jury which made the final selections. Jurors included Edward Booth-Clibborn of the United Kingdom, Betsy Hearne of the USA, Irma McDonough Milnes of Canada, and Norma R. de Newman of Mexico.

ALSC names Notable Children's Filmstrips

A committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced its list of Notable Children's Filmstrips of the year at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in San Antonio. The list "presents filmstrips of especially commendable quality that reflect respect for the intelligence and imagination of children through the age of 14."

The 1987 filmstrips and their publishers are: Beauty and the Beast, Weston Woods; Brother to the Wind, Weston Woods; Cat and the Canary, Weston Woods; Emma's Pet, Live Oak; Hand Rhymes, Random House; I'm Coming to Get You!, Random House; King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Random House; Oh , Kojo! How Could You!, Random House; Polar Express, Random House; The Relatives Came, Random House; Whiskers and Rhymes, Random House; Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, Weston Woods.

Call for Articles Visual Arts Column ChLA Quartertly

The new Visual Arts column of the Quarterly will feature articles on all aspects of visual forms, genre, and experiences related to children's literature. Especially sought are articles on picture books, theatre, drama, film, and translations of literature into visual media. Also welcomed are papers which explore visual media from cultural, political, crosscultural, and international perspectives as well as research articles that focus on child-visual media interactions including the child as responder, viewer, evaluator, and creator.

Articles for consideration should range in length from approximately 1500-2500 words and...


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