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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!


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!

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
Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Building a Home Library

18 Jun

Building a Home LibraryCheck out the Children’s Book Council’s 2016 Building a Home Library booklist created by the  ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee and the  ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, of which I am a part of.  These booklists are created every other year and include not only classic stories, but newly published material as well.  This year, as in year’s past the ALA-CBC Joint Committee took a very close look at what was provided by the ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee to find material that was not only diverse in the characters and settings, but diverse in genres as well to include poetry, nonfiction and graphic novels as well.

Check out the lists here:

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 1/11/2016

11 Jan

I participated in my first ever Bout of Books this past week, which means my reading amount is much higher than usual!  But, I got through a lot of books that have been on my un-official TBR for a really long time!  And I’ve found that there are a lot of great diverse, early chapter books out there for kids!

  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
  • The Ball Hogs
  • Big Bad Detective Agency
  • Birthday Blues
  • Digby O’Day In the Fast Lane
  • Don’t Throw It To Mo!
  • Dory Fantasmagory and the Real True Friend
  • EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer
  • The Great Cake Mystery
  • Guinea Pig: Hamster & Cheese
  • The Haunted Library
  • Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
  • In!  Over! and On! (The Farm)
  • The Isle of the Lost
  • Johnny Mutton, He’s So Him!
  • Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up
  • Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking!
  • Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly
  • Lola Levine Is Not Mean
  • Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover’s Luck
  • Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel
  • Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
  • My Pet Human
  • Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
  • Piper Reed, Navy Brat
  • Ranger In Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail
  • Rickshaw Girl
  • Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
  • Ruby Lu, Brave and True
  • Slither, Snake!
  • Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries
  • Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect
  • Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight
  • Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot
  • West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher

As for the upcoming week, I’m planning on reading some of the award winners that I missed over the course of last year that were on my radar that I just didn’t have time for.  It’s a great time to be a children’s librarian – so many amazing books out there!


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 community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

ALA Youth Media Awards

11 Jan

Wow!  I’m not even sure where to start.  I got up extra early, skipped my gym workout and got to work by about 7:15 so I could listen to SLJ’s pre-game show before the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards at 8:00am.

It was so worth it.  I know everyone talks about the Caldecott and Newbery awards, but there are a bunch of other awards that are announced as well – the Alex Awards, Schneider Family Book Awards, Stonewall Awards, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Pura Belpré and many more.

The Caldecott Award committee selected four honor books:

  • Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Waiting illustrated by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Euka Holmes
  • Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson

The winner is:

Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall


The Newbery Award committee selected three honor books:

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The winner is:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

That’s right, you read that correctly… a picture book won the Newbery (with a graphic novel winning an honor)!  It’s an exciting time for children’s books as more and more diverse authors and illustrators are being recognized for their work and different formats are being recognized and it’s all super amazing and awesome!  I’ll be posting some more, after I stop geeking out over all the amazing winning books!

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