We hope 2011 Scholastic Award winners from across the country are gearing up for the National Celebration at the end of the month… we certainly are! Before, during and after the big shebang, we want to hear what all of you are saying, see what you’re up to, and give you some tips on what to do and see. Enter “The Hub”- your one-stop for all of the info you’ll need.
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David Shannon, author/illustrator of NO, DAVID! and its sequels

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog May 18 2011, post by Ivy Li

For the past two weeks, we’ve showcased several of the twelve children’s books illustrators’ artistic interpretations of our global literacy campaign Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The works, featuring some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, were created to help raise money for literacy nonprofits Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental via an online auction – open now. If you missed our coverage of the artwork so far, click here.

It’s our hope that the amazing artwork will inspire children all over the world — whether they see the posters hanging in their classrooms, the library, or at home –  and remind them that reading is important and shapes who we become.

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Chris Seongwoo Lee, Cubicle. Grade 11, Age 17. 2010 Silver Medal.

On Wednesday, March 23,  we held a chat on twitter with five of this year’s writing jurors. For one hour online, they shared their experiences on what it was like to judge, answered some of our questions, and tweeted advice for all the young writers out there. See the full conversation after the jump.
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The Decades at "Now Showing," March 9, 2011. Photo by Ronnie Wright.

Recently, the Alliance and some of its good friends got together for a night full of art, fashion, music and fun. Now Showing, which took place on March 9, was a silent auction featuring emerging artists, beats spun by DJ Gilles Wasserman, live music by Max Vernon and a performance by chamber-rock trio Rasputina. To top that all off, there were also literary readings by Lili Taylor and Jesse Eisenberg.
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Ian Boone Timothy won three national gold medals for his stop motion animated episodes, Beaver Creek. His first video camera and early visits to the zoo were just the beginning of his budding career as an animator. Ian’s early success in film and animation came at just fourteen, when he won the AT&T Virtual Science Challenge for a scientific video about beavers. Continuing with the beaver theme, he created the stop motion animation series Beaver Creek, a humorous take on modern life through the perspective of two main characters, Twigs the Beaver and Drake the Duck. Read More

Our friends at Amazon are presenting an exciting opportunity: the chance to be their 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist!

Sign Language, by 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner Amy Ackley.

The fourth Amazon Breakthrough Award is looking for new literary voices in two categories: General Fiction and Young Adult. This annual contest is open to novelists of all levels who are at least 13 years of age. Participants submit their manuscripts for a chance to secure a publishing deal with Penguin and a $15,000 advance. Read More