Seventh Biennial Dolly Gray Award Winners Announced

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award will be presented on January 19, 2012 at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) international conference in Miami Beach, Florida. The intermediate/young adult award will be presented to Kathryn Erskine, author of Mockingbird and Beverley Brenna, author of Waiting for No One. In the picture book category, the awards go to Rebecca Elliott, author/illustrator of Just Because, and Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (authors) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator) for My Brother Charlie.

The Dolly Gray Award recognizes high quality fiction/biographical books for children, adolescents, and young adults that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities. Special Needs Project, a worldwide leader in the distribution of books related to disabilities, co-sponsors this award.

Fran Prezant, disability consultant, author, presenter, and Dolly Gray Award panelist notes, “Engaging books that feature people with disabilities as individuals with personalities, strengths and talents as part of the story line, have the exponential power to change attitudes and promote inclusion in education, jobs and community life. These are important, not only for young readers with and without disabilities, but for parents and teachers who read books to them and model societal attitudes through words and actions. This year, it is wonderful to see so many positive contributions to the literature choices compared to a decade ago when people with disabilities were rarely featured in positive ways if at all, in children’s books. The Dolly Gray Award has been a positive vehicle to call attention to this and authors and progressive publishers should be commended and encouraged to put more of these books into the hands of readers.”

A list of all books eligible for the award, procedures, and submission guidelines are available on the DADD website:

Muppets Book News

tales of a sixthThe new Muppets movie is coming out in November.  Personally I can’t wait.  I grew up on the Muppets and this movie looks like it will be an excellent addition to all the others.  With the movie’s release it was announced that Little Brown will publish seven new  Muppets books.  Most of these books are your typical Movie tie-in’s, some with stickers and punch outs, but that is not what is interesting.  Along with these comes a late elementary/early middle grade illustrated novel by Kirk Scroggs titled Tales of  a Sixth-Grade Muppet.  The basic premise is that a boy wakes up one day to find that he has turned into a Muppet.  I’m not really sure what to make of this book, it’s not your typical product promotion title and it certainly has a very unique premise.  Scroggs certainly has the skills to pull this off shown with his Little Brown series Wiley and Grandpa’s Creature Features.  With that series appeal to third grade boys who also like Captain Underpants, this book certainly has potential to fill a what to read next niche for younger boys.  However I’m going to reserve full judgment until we see it, but this is certainly a very interesting move that changes the way I look at books based on trademarked characters.

Welcome to “Too Many Words”

There are so many words out there and so little time to read them all.  This blog is about all those great words that have been combined to make great stories, both real and imagined, that delight us and make us want to keep reading.  Focusing on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, this blog celebrates the written word.