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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)


2017 CYBILS Award Winners

15 Feb

cybils.pngBoard Books
Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear by Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

Fiction Picture Books
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Easy Reader
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

Early Chapter Books
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

Elementary Non-Fiction
Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Middle Grade Fiction
Refugee by Alan Gratz

Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris

Junior High Non-Fiction
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler

Senior High Non-Fiction
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Young Adult Graphic Novels
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Learn more about the CYBILS and how you can be a part of the process on the CYBILS website!

ALA Youth Media Awards

13 Feb

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  • Newbery AwardHello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Caldecott Award –  Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award – Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardThe Stars Beneath Our Feet written by David Barclay Moore
  • Michael L. Printz Award – We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young children) – Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Schneider Family Book Award (middle grades) – Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess written by Shari Green
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young adult) – You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award – The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius
  • Odyssey AwardThe Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Pura Belpré Award Author Award – Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar
  • Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Award – La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Stonewall Book AwardLittle & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardCharlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
  • William C. Morris Award – The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Learn more about these awards by visiting the ALA website!

2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

8 Dec


With over 3,000,000 votes cast, Goodreads has announced this year’s winner of the Choice Awards in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir & Autobiography
  • History & Biography
  • Science & Technology
  • Food & Cookbooks
  • Graphic Novels & Comics
  • Poetry
  • Debut Goodreads Author
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Middle Grade & Children’s
  • Picture Books

I would like to see a few more genres for the young adult and children’s categories – especially because Rick Riordan won both first and second place in the Middle Grade & Children’s category. But, it’s interesting to see what was voted on and how many votes each title received, plus I found a few more titles to add to my TBR list!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/2/17

2 Oct

I can’t believe it’s October! The older I get, the faster time seems to go! I’m working on trying to read more throughout the week (rather than sitting in front of the television after dinner) and this week it seemed to work!

I got a chance to read:

  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I also cracked open The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste and will finish it early this week. My other titles to read this week include – American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia and if I get a chance What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold. I’m trying to read all the titles nominated to the long list for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Most are YA titles, but I’m enjoying the ones I’ve read so far and want to finish out the list.


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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