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SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

23 Mar

unnamed.gifWhere do I even begin? This somehow got past me this year, so we’re in the think of round 1 matches right now.  A little background behind this fun event – The School Library’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a competition among 16 of the very best titles published in children’s literature of the year.  For more FAQs check the SLJ website. The books are then judged by some of the biggest names in kid lit. Don’t believe me? Check out the judges this year:

  • Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Lulu Delacre
  • James Dashner
  • Varian Johnson
  • Tanya Lee Stone
  • Jane Yolen
  • Nova Ren Suma
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Javaka Steptoe
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Cynthia Kadohata
  • Sara Farizan
  • Ellen Oh
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Kwame Alexander

And the titles they’ll be judging:

  • Freedom in Congo Square
  • Freedom Over Me
  • Thunder Boy Jr.
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes
  • Ghost
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Makoons
  • March: Book Three
  • Samurai Rising
  • Some Writer!
  • Wet Cement
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver
  • Anna and the Swallow Man
  • The Lie Tree
  • The Passion of Dolssa
  • The Sun is Also a Star

Each day a battle is judged and a book is declared the winner of that round. The hardest part, for me, would be that the judges are judging some amazing books against each other. For example, how do you compare Ghost by Jason Reynolds with The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Two books that were written beautifully and completely differently, where do you begin? But the judges, do just that, they judge. So, each day there’s a judge’s post with their reason behind their decision.

We’re moving into the second round today, so have no fear if you missed round one like I did! It’s fun to see authors in this different light as they try and judge two amazing books against each other… follow along for the ride!

 

2016 CYBILS Awards

15 Feb

The awards have been announced! The CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards) are announced on February 14th of each year. The award began in 2009 to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” The categories include:

  • Audiobooks
  • Book Apps (Currently Inactive)
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books & Board Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction
    • Juvenile/Elementary
    • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction

And now, for the winners of the 2016 CYBILS, congratulations!

2016 CYBILS.pngAudiobooks – The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Listening Library

Board Books – Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo
Harry N Abrams

Early Chapter Books – Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
by Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Candlewick Press

Easy Reader – Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
by Tina Kugler
HMH Books for Young Readers

Elementary Non-Fiction – Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Roaring Brook Press

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels – Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third
Chronicle Books

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – Shadow Magic
by Joshua Khan
Disney-Hyperion

Fiction Picture Books – A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Juvenile Non-Fiction – Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Harcourt

Middle Grade Fiction – Ghost (Track)
by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Middle Grade Non-Fiction – Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
by Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books

Poetry The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books

Young  Adult Fiction – Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel

Young Adult Graphic Novels – March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions

Young Adult Non-Fiction – Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
Amulet

Young Adult Speculative Fiction – Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/9/17

9 Jan

I went through a bunch of picture books this week as I’m trying to go through all the Nerdies winners – I’ve finished all the picture book and easy reader/chapter books. This week included:

  • The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
    I love this series – a great girl power book that includes princesses and superheroes and villains too. This is also a great introduction to chapter books and a great option for a read aloud for younger kids as well.
  • Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon
    I love Salina’s adorable illustrations and the little duck in this book cracks me up – all-knowing and just wishing someone would pay attention to them.
  • I Am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
    A biography of a fascinating woman who proved that she could do anything she wanted and in so doing taught the world about chimpanzees.
  • Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
    I was lucky enough to meet Josh Funk, first on Twitter and then in real life at a book festival. He’s a great guy and an amazing picture book author with ideas like this one. Who doesn’t love to receive mail, especially from a pen pal? Until the pen pals meet and they realize they weren’t who they expected!
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
    Ada doesn’t talk right away, but when she does she asks a lot of questions, thankfully her family embraces her desire to find answers by encouraging her  interest in science.
  • Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
    A grandmother just wants to be left alone and sets out on an impossible journey to find some quiet to finish her knitting. She thought her house was too busy, until she meets bears, goats, and aliens!
  • Shy by Deborah Freedman
    Shy is very… shy and until now he’s only ever read about birds, but oh, how he loves them. Finally a real bird comes along, will he be brave enough to meet the bird himself?
  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
    A made up language makes this a challenging read, until you get the beautiful rhythym, it also forces you to really examine the illustrations to fully understand the story. An amazing creation by Carson Ellis.

And finally, I’m working my way through The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. I didn’t get to read as much of this as I wanted to this week, but I love the historical storyline and the magical realism that I’ve encountered so far. Plus, illustrations by Hatem Aly are not only really unique to this book, but also very entertaining.

My plan for the next week is to finish The Inquisitor’s Tale and hopefully work on a few other middle grade novels that I still need to read from 2016. I also still have The Reader by Traci Chee, which is my absolute next read as I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE! The ALA YMAs are coming up in a couple of weeks and I have a few more books I want to finish before the awards are announced.


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2016 CYBILS Finalists

4 Jan

cybils-logo-2016-web-lgLooking for more to add to your TBR list? Look not further than the 2016 CYBILS Finalists. Over the thirteen different categories, there were 1,163 books nominated.  99.7% of which were read by at least one reviewer while 98.6% were read by more at least two reviewers.  That is a lot of man power and reading power for all of those books! At this point, these lists go on to a whole other set of reviewers to choose a winner in each category, which will be announced on February 12th.  Take a look and enjoy some new titles!

Audiobooks
Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Board Books
Poetry
Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Checking In: Newbery/Caldecott 2017

29 Jun

Yep, you read that right.  Travis Jonker wrote up a great list of some Caldecott and Newbery suggestions for his blog 100 Scope Notes on  School Library Journal, granted we have no idea what the Committees will be talking about, but I’m in love with at least half of each of these lists.

I know it still way too early to be talking about the awards that won’t even be announced until next January, but I love taking a look at these lists because it keeps me up to date on titles being published this year that the industry is buzzing about.  It’s amazing that more often than not, something will slide past me before I get a chance to read it and these lists help me keep up with new books.

After last year’s huge surprise of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña winning the Newbery (check out his Newbery speech), I’m excited to see what happens this year.  And now, if you’ll excuse me… I’ve got a lot of reading to do!

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