I'm sorry to report that I have very little of excitement or substance to relate today, since my brain is currently subsumed in a mire of revision and will stay there for the next couple of days. Therefore, I present you with some news and links from other sources who have very kindly (if unknowingly) done all the work for me.
The Children's Choice Book Awards were announced a couple of weeks ago, and Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame was named Author of the Year. I was also particularly delighted to see that the kidlitosphere's own Chris Barton was a finalist for K-2 Book of the Year for Shark vs. Train, and that graphic novels were fairly well represented among the finalists.
Also, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) announced their finalists for the 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick, I Will Save You by Matt de la Peña, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork, Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick and Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler.
Last but not least, if you're a fan of steampunk or think you might be a fan of steampunk and aren't sure what to read next, AbeBooks has put together A Beginner's Guide to Steampunk Literature, including classics that inspired the genre as well as newer additions--I was pleased to see Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan was included and not set apart in any way simply because it's sold as a YA title. Anyway, my reading list has now grown longer yet again...