Welcome to another round-up of posts about fantasy and science fiction books for children! Every Sunday I gather here the posts about "middle grade" sci fi/fantasy books that I found during the week, to share them with like-minded folks in a celebration of the books and their authors (makes rude face at Martin Amis). If I missed your mg sff post, please let me know!
The big mg sff news of the month comes tomorrow when the CYBILS WINNERS are announced! Which of these fine books will win? Which do you think will?
The 13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison, at Ex Libris
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, by Gerald Morris, at Pink Me
Bubble in the Bathtup, by Jo Nesbo, at Back to Books
Dandelion Fire, by N.D. Wilson, at The O.W.L. (audio book review)
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Kidliterate
Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, by Ben Boos, at Madigan Reads
Half-Minute Horrors, by Susan Rich, at Reading Tween
House of Dolls, by Francesca Lia Block, at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy
How to Slay a Dragon, by Bill Allen, at Reading Vacation
The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, at Book Nut
The Midnight Curse, by L.M. Falcone, at Jean Little Library
Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, at Red House Books
The Snowstorm, by Beryl Netherclift, at Charlotte's Library
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, at books4yourkids
Time Riders, by Alex Scarrow, at Ms. Yingling Reads
A True Princess, by Diane Zahler, at GreenBeanTeenQueen and There's a Book
The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt, at Middle Grade Ninja
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, has reached the UK (couldn'd resist, sorry), and was shortlisted for the Waterson's Children Book Prize. Here's a review from Bookwitch.
The Wide Awake Princess, by E.D. Baker, at Kidliterate
Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke, at 100 Scope Notes, Charlotte's Library, Pickled Bananas, and Triple Take.
Kathi Appelt (The Underneath, Keeper) at Middle Grade Ninja; Diane Zahler (A True Princess) at The Cazzy Files and at Mother Daughter Book Club.
And Ellen Renner (Castle of Shadows) is this week's Fairy Tale Reflector at Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.
Other things of great interest:
Missed this one last week-- Zetta Elliott has compiled a list of speculative fiction for kids by US based authors of African descent, and here are the thoughts of Haitan-American writer Ibi Aanu Zoboi on the subject
GeekDad has turned his attention to Stories about Girls, including lots of fantasy books. Here's the link to part 4, because that has links to the earlier parts.
Here's the Guardian's obituary for Brian Jacques.
(I don't usually publicize other peoples' giveaways, but I make exceptions when I feel like it. So if you want to win all three Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist, books, visit First Page Panda)
I am a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit. So although the adventures of a lamb headed off to preschool doesn't, in itself, make me squee, knowing that it's made by the same folks makes me pleasantly anticipatory. Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show, will be making its US debut later this month.