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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)


2018 Amelia Bloomer List

21 Feb

“The Amelia Bloomer List is a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.” If you’re looking for some feminist titles for your little one – check out the Amelia Bloomer List, an annual list created to empower young girls and boys and show the strength of female characters in literature. The project is currently updating their criteria for books eligible for this list, with new content being published at the beginning of March 2018. Below, I’ve copied their Top Ten List, but they have a much more robust list available on their website for you to peruse. If you’re looking to create a diverse home library, definitely take some time to look over this list of amazing titles!



Top Ten List

  1. Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (Lee & Low/Tu Books).
  2. Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone (Random House/Wendy Lamb).
  3. Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Renné Benoit (Second Story).
  4. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet (Little, Brown BFYR).
  5. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Abrams/Amulet).
  6. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick).
  7. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown).
  8. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury).
  9. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (S&S/Salaam Reads).
  10. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky).

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!

Celebrating Black History Month

2 Feb

black-history-month-2067633_960_720.pngI plan on highlighting some biographies of African American men and women throughout Black History Month, but until then, check out these four booklists featuring black main characters as well as nonfiction and biographies highlighting the accomplishments of black men and women throughout history.


My #24in48 Experience

31 Jan

So, while most people spend their weekends relaxing, hanging out with friends and doing housework/running errands, I spent this past weekend reading for 24 hours. Now, I could never read for 24 hours straight, but between 12:01AM on Saturday morning to 11:59PM on Sunday night, I read and read and read and well, you get the idea. It was a super intense experience and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to participate this year (it’s been on Bucket List for a few years now).

I read 13 titles during the weekend – middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, chapters books and listened to a half of two different audiobooks. The audiobooks really saved me and gave my eyes a break from all the text. I used the audiobooks while I walked the dog, prepped and ate meals and while I was getting ready for a birthday party on Saturday night. I think what worked best for me was that I switched up my genres and formats allowing my eyes a break and keeping me engaged with the books I was reading. Graphic novels were really helpful as were some chapter books geared toward a younger audience with larger fonts and illustrations.

As of right now, I can’t remember all the details from all the titles I read, but it was such an amazing experience! I read for 24-hours in a 48-hour period and still had time spare. It was nice to spend that much time reading and not necessarily feel guilty about doing so. If you want to learn more about the readathon and how to participate, check out the #24in48 Readathon website.

Mark your calendars for the next #24in48 Readathon for July 21-22, 2018!

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