Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Full of hot air!

This past Monday, the Youth Media Awards (Oscars of the children's publishing world) were held at the American Library Association's Mid-witner conference.  I always watch via webcast holding my breath and crossing my fingers for my favorite picture books. This year, I was thrilled that Balloons over Broadway won the Sibert Award, the most prestigious honor for a children's non-fiction book. Using a combination of collage, puppets, paper mache, objects, sketches, and fabric, Melissa Sweet showcases the exciting life of Tony Sarg, the world's most famous balloon maker. 
Tony's love for "tinkering and figuring out how things worked" evolved into puppet making, a marionette show on Broadway, and eventually resulted in him being the mastermind behind the balloons in the Macy's Day Parade.

If you have child who love stories about real things and people, or one who is an enthusiastic puppeteer, check this out for a little inspiration!

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