Mighty Moby has been selected as one of the four finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards. This annual award from the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library recognizes the literary contributions in children’s literature, genre fiction, non-fiction, and more. Winners will be announced April 21, 2018.
“….Words and images work together seamlessly to create a truly memorable reading and seeing experience. Melville would be proud and readers will be enchanted.”
Booklist American Library Association
“It is interesting to think that whale and human brains are different in their structure but have brought us to the same patterns in behaviour,” Rendell said. “The extent of how this is close to humans can educate us about evolutionary forces in general.”
Read more about the brains and social behaviors of whales and dolphins in this Guardian article.
by Ed Young and Barbara DaCosta
“DaCosta and Young pay spirited tribute to Moby-Dick, incorporating a twist that recalls their previous collaboration, Nighttime Ninja.”
Read the whole review at Publishers Weekly.
Thought-Provoking Picture Books:
A Selection of 2017 Titles for Older Readers
“In a culture that measures reading success as a progression from pictures to words, it can seem iconoclastic to select picture books to use with older students, but a roundup of recent titles reveals just how much readers would miss if we heeded that dictum. Wise educators know the value of introducing a unit with a visual narrative—whether it’s found within a single image or a well-chosen book. The images provide a focus, a unifying, common experience of the subject for the class, along with an affective connection and aesthetic pleasure. Short on text and provocative in theme, these picture books are guaranteed to engage students in middle school and beyond.”
Featured titles: Mighty Moby, Her Right Foot, Baby Monkey, Private Eye, Letters to a Prisoner, The Secret Project, Out of Wonder, and Silent Days, Silent Dreams.
Read Wendy Lukehart’s complete School Library Journal article.
On Thursday, September 28, scores of children’s book artists, authors, and advocates will gather together for the twelfth annual Carle Honors, the annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.The gala will recognize four honorees for their imaginative and forward-thinking contributions to the world of picture books.
Among the 2017 Carle Honors honorees is Mighty Moby illustrator Ed Young, Artist: for lifelong innovation in the field. Caldecott Medalist and two-time Hans Christian Andersen Medal nominee, Ed Young is revered for his ability to impart in his books an air of beauty, integrity and innovation. Young’s work masterfully brings stories to life, and his success in the field sets an inspiring example for young artists.
An art auction will also be held, with works by: Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Jon Klassen, William Low, Barbara McClintock, Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, Judy Schachner, Philip Stead, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, David Wiesner, Mo Willems, Ed Young, and Lisbeth Zwerger. Artwork by the late Leo Lionni, Brinton Turkle, and L. Leslie Brooke been generously donated by families of the artists and friends of The Carle. Many of these contributors will be present for the evening’s festivities.
Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks reviews Mighty Moby, saying “All I can say is no other picture book this year has made me feel so wonderfully disoriented…. Just brilliant.” Read the complete review here.
Mighty Moby makes a surprise appearance on a goose egg. Art by Ed Young for Open Fields School fundraiser.
A Minnesota artist Spencer Bowen has created a fantastic cardboard Moby.