Current UK children's laureate Michael Rosen says, "Give children books, not SATs," at the Independent.
The Children's Book Council of Australia announced the books of the year earlier this month. And there is controversy about the picture book winner, Matt Ottley's Requiem for a Beast, a graphic novel for young adults. (2nd link via CBC, Canada's public radio.)
Interested in being a judge or panelist for the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (a.k.a., the Cybils)? Details here.
Children's literature bloggers are organizing a big meet-up in Portland, Oregon, at the end of September. Portland Kidlit has the scoop.