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2018 National Book Award Longlist

13 Sep

The 2018 National Book Award Longlist was announced today and although there are a number of areas in which you can check out on the National Book Foundation website, below I’ve listed the Young People’s Literature award. I’ll be honest there are a number of titles on the list that I haven’t even heard of, let alone, read yet, which just means I have more on my TBR list now!

I’ve heard a lot about Blood Water Paint and with (almost) an art history minor, this is one that definitely intrigues me and I have read both middle grade titles (which were both really good). I’m excited to see the diversity of authors on the list, but it still leans heavily on young adult literature and I, personally, would love to see more middle grade novels on the longlist.

What are your thoughts on the list? Anything missing that you wish was on the list?

Elizabeth Acevedo, “The Poet X” (YA, realistic fiction)
HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, “The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge” (YA, fantasy)
Candlewick Press

Bryan Bliss, “We’ll Fly Away” (YA, realistic fiction)
Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Leslie Connor, “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle” (MG, realistic fiction)
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Christopher Paul Curtis, “The Journey of Little Charlie” (MG, historical fiction)
Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, “Hey, Kiddo” (YA, graphic memoir)
Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.

Tahereh Mafi, “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” (YA, realistic fiction)
HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

Joy McCullough, “Blood Water Paint” (YA, historical fiction)
Dutton Children’s Books / Penguin Random House

Elizabeth Partridge, “Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam” (YA, nonfiction)
Viking Children’s Books / Penguin Random House

Vesper Stamper, “What the Night Sings” (YA, historical fiction)
Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House


CYBILS: Call for Judges

7 Sep

The CYBILS, Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, are looking for book bloggers and reviewers to volunteer for this year’s awards. I got the chance to judge in the first round a few years ago for the children’s nonfiction category and really learned a lot about nonfiction titles that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise.

So what is it all about?

Here’s the date information, first:

  • August 21: Call for judges
  • Sept. 11: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 18: Judges announced.
  • Oct. 1: Nominations open
  • Oct. 15: Nominations close
  • October 16-25: Publisher submissions
  • Oct. 1-Dec. 29: Round 1 reading period
  • Dec. 29: Short lists due
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced

If you’re interested in judging in the first round, you’ll get the chance to review every title nominated for the category through library checkouts, copies from publishers, ebooks, etc. You’re group of judges is required to create a list of 5-7 shortlist titles for the second round judges to review.

If you’re a second round judge, you have about six weeks to really review the shortlist titles and get into a debate to choose  the best title for the category to win the prize. I really enjoy this award because it takes into consideration both literary merit as well as interest.

I’d love to be a judge again, but right now is not my time as I have to still deal with the flooding in our lower level (lots of repairs) and a new blog look and feel coming soon. Hopefully I get the chance to participate in the future, but if you’re interested, definitely fill out an application or at the very least, submit some titles for consideration!

Mathical Book Prize Announced!

2 Mar

Mathical-H-Logo_Books2“The Mathical Book Prize aims to inspire a love of mathematics in the everyday world in children of all ages. Each year’s winners and honor books join a selective and ever-growing list of new and previously published fiction and non-fiction titles for youth.

These titles are as varied as the intersection between literature and mathematics — that is to say, they encompass picture books, novels, poetry collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more!

The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.” (Mathical website)

I love this concept of combining math and reading together! What I like is that they don’t just hand out prizes, you really have to earn it. This year there is no prize for a 6-8 grade title or a 9-12 grade title and I appreciate the honesty of the selection panel for not just picking a mediocre title, but really looking for high-quality material. Check out the 2018 winners:


Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke (PreK)


Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s by Judy Cox (K-2)


A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman (3-5)

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