Ypulse Essentials: Tablets Ownership Doubles Over The Holidays, Printz Awards Announced, Get Doodling For Google And Crayola

Teens using a tablet PCThe number of Americans who have a tablet or e-reader (jumped significantly between December 2011 and January 2012, thanks to robust holiday sales, according to Pew Research. In fact, among Millennial adults, tablet ownership — at 24% — surpasses e-reader ownership at 18%. Both figures more than doubled over the holidays. That suits Barnes & Noble just fine — its aim is to put a Nook in the hands of every family member, and the company believes we’re just seeing the dawn of the digital kids book era. Of course, just because they have tablets doesn’t mean they’re using them for particularly tech-y tasks…or at all. RBC Capital finds that Kindle Fire owners are far more likely to use their device for reading than Web surfing, and a separate survey in the UK finds that half haven’t used their fire since they first took it out of the box. We suspect this is far less likely to be the case with iPad owners) (PaidContent) (Shelf Awareness)

- YA lit readers everywhere were eagerly awaiting this morning’s announcement (of the Printz Award at the ALA Conference. And the award goes to…“Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley! Four Honor Books were also named: “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler, “The Returning” by Christine Hinwoodand, “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey, and “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Steifvater. Did they get it right? Tell us in the comments… Here’s a roundup of the children’s books winners as well, including the Caldecott and Newberry Awards and more) (American Libraries Magazine) (Omnivoracious)

- Get doodling for the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google (student art contest! This year, the winning student will not only have his or her design featured on the Google homepage for a day, but also on Crayola’s iconic box of 64 colors. Ahh, the sweet smell of success…and crayons! The theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” and judges include Katy Perry, “Phinaeus & Ferb” creator Jeff Marsh, kids author Mo Williams, Jordin Sparks, and YA authors Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi) (WaPo) (Google)

- Get ready for another dedicated music cable network (this one coming from P Diddy. Revolt, as it’s going to be called, will harken back to the heyday of MTV, but with more focus on an African American audience. Between this channel, set to launch in December, Vevo’s new TV venture, and MySpace’s forthcoming music channel, we’d say the rumors of TV’s death — in favor of streaming — have been greatly exaggerated. But will kids watch? We’ll keep you posted…) (B&C) (Rolling Stone) (Engadget)

- Millennials are coming up with new definitions of success (that don’t include corporate ladder climbing. The move from “business-savvy” to “betterment” may have been sparked by the recession and high unemployment among recent college grads, but it also fits with Millennial values of global responsibility and social consciousness) (Forbes)

- Prom is still months away, but teens are already planning (creative ways to ask their dates. Simply asking isn’t enough these days — teens are going all out. Think flash mobs, messages spelled out on pepperoni pizzas, custom printed t-shirts… But it’s gotta be original) (LA Times)

- As we inch closer to November, Millennials are paying attention to what politicians are saying (but what do they want to hear? A few young leaders speak up on the issues that matter most to their generation) (NextGen Journal)

- With the new iTunes U app (Apple is making it clear it wants to own the educational space. With such a convenient way for teachers and students to connect for coursework, notes, questions about the material, and video sharing, maybe teachers will finally start allowing kids to use their phones and iPads in class!) (TrendHunter)


  1. Barbara Moon

    Why was the original source for youth media awards, the American Library Association website, not mentioned as the source nor used as the direct link for this information. The link in your article leads to an abbreviated list. Readers can get the COMPLETE list from the ALA site: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/american-library-association-announces-2012-youth-media-award-winners

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