Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Enter the fantastical world of David Almond

Although not terribly famous in the United States, the rest of the world has certainly taken note of David Almond. He was this year's winner of the world's most prestigious honor for children's literature, the Hans Christian Andersen Award! Coincidentally one of my favorite authors, his imagination, keen observations and appreciation for the slightly surreal make his works unique in the pantheon of children's fiction.

Almond's work is varied, from books for the very youngest (Kate, the Cat and the Moon, a picture book) to chapter books for younger readers (My Dad's a Birdman), upper elementary (Skellig) and teens (Kit's Wilderness), as well as a graphic novel (The Savage). With summer break right around the corner, why don't you pick up one of his books and find out what all the buzz is about?

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