A couple points of interest, this fine and frisky Friday morn...
Ever wonder what it takes to make a Newbery Honor book? Darcy Pattison just turned me onto this posting circa 12/6/06 where author Kirby Larson discussed the various revisions it took to make Hattie Big Sky the book it is today.
And this came out a little while ago, but is only now available online. The New York Public Library's 2006 100 Books for Reading and Sharing (a.k.a. their best books list) is up and running. There may be a title or two on there that you've not seen before. Go give it a glance.
Kelly from Big A little a posted this yesterday and it's a hoot. Insofar as we consider A Christmas Carol children's fare (not SOLELY children's fare, but kid-friendly just the same) we may, by extension, claim Dickens as our own. Two points of interest then. The first is an online game where in the player is meant to survive Dickens' London. If you've little interest in that arena, you may prefer the fun encapsulation of his life as presented by pointy-nosed legless people.
And a great great debate is simmering on Roger Sutton's blog regarding the most recent Newbery books and a certain something they all had in common. I'll excuse myself from commenting, but y'all should offer your own two cents. Some good ideas are being weighed.