I'm sure you've already heard, but just in case you haven't, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal!!! Yay yay yayyyy! You might remember that I freakin' loved it and wrote a very gushy review for Bibliobuffet. If you weren't motivated enough to read it already, let this be the gush that pushes you over the edge! Click here to read Neil's delighted reaction to his win.
When I heard that Susan Marie Swanson's The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, won the Caldecott Medal, I hurried right out to my library and picked it up. Click on either of the images from the book to enlarge--you won't be sorry.
The House in the Night is a subtle little book written as a cumulative poem--like the structure of "This is the House That Jack Built." It takes the reader through a house at night--a little girl's room, into a book, we get a bit of a bird's song, a look at the moon, etc. The illustrations are certainly the centerpiece. Beth Krommes' wood engravings are powerful, dramatic, and just really stunning. I couldn't stop petting the pages as I was reading through. Here's another one...
Visit Beth Krommes website for more of her gorgeous illustrations.
In other bookish news, I'm thoroughly involved in Lauren Groff's book of short stories, Delicate Edible Birds, and I have a slew of other great tomes screaming at me from the stacks. I think the short stories are good for my waning attention span. Can't wait to dive back in (if I can force myself off the computer).