Congratulations to author Toni Buzzeo on the Korean-language edition of Dawdle Duckling (Dial, 2003) and the publication of Ready Or Not, Dawdle Duckling (Dial, January 2005), both illustrated by Margaret Spengler.
I seldom find myself envying my various famous friends, but I must admit I'm turning green that Toni's Dawdle Duckling (Dial, 2003) was selected for Dolly Parton's 2004 Imagination Library.
May I just say, I adore Dolly.
I first saw her on an early elementary field trip to the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City. Dolly was singing, and I thought she looked and sounded like a fairy princess.
(While we're on the subject, this author also looks like a fairy princess, though lighter on the wigs, makeup, and sequins).
But back to Toni, who is also quite regal, and will be appearing at the TLA conference in Austin this spring. While you're on her site, check out the bounty of author/illustrator school visit info.
Interview With Children's Book Author Coleen Murtagh Paratore from Debbi Michiko Florence. Paratore is the author of The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Simon & Schuster 2005); it's her debut novel.
The National Council of Social Studies has put out its call for entries for the Carter G. Woodson Book Award for informational nonfiction books published in 2004. See the list of previous recipients.