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Mark Your Calendars: National Book Festival

23 Aug

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The National Book Festival is a really cool experience! I’ve been a few times when it was held on the National Mall, (never at the Convention Center) and it’s a great place to celebrate books, authors, illustrators and meet other booklovers like yourself.

The National Book Festival brings authors and illustrators to the stage, book sales and autographing areas and special activities just for kids. It’s a great event to attend as a family to show kids how important reading is, plus how cool is it to be able to have your favorite book signed by the author? It’s definitely a memory a child will cherish forever. With authors like Kwame Alexander, Kate DiCamillo Gene Luen Yang, Angie Thomas and so many more, I’m bummed that I won’t be there this year. But, if you’ve got the time, take it from me, you’ve got to experience this great festival.

The best part is the Festival is free for everyone and will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2019 from 8:30am – 7:30pm. Check out the website for schedule information and more!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten YA Book Recommendations For Empathy

15 Aug

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It’s been a rough weekend of news and it’s heartbreaking that we live in a world where this type of thought and action still occur. So, now that we’re back to official Top Ten Tuesdays, I wanted to create a list that could teach, or at least, show students how other people live in the country (or mirror what other teens seen in their neighborhoods every day). There are so many more titles that could be on this list, but I wanted to provide a wide array of experiences that are far too commonplace today. These books may not be easy to read, but they are necessary and needed. I can guarantee they’ll rip your heart and stay with you for a long, long time.

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  5. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

  6. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  7. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

  8. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  9. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

24 Young Adult Books Featuring Black Protagonists

24 Mar

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My goal was to get this list out during Black History Month, but in all honesty these are amazing books that can be read any time of the year. Like my chapter book list, this list includes historical fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy novels with characters that are black, biracial from around the world.

  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Fly Girl by
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  5. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
  6. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  7. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  10. The Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  11. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
  12. Hot Girl by Dream Jordan
  13. If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
  14. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  15. After Tupac & Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  16. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  17. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  18. Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  19. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
  20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  21. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  22. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  23. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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? 2/6/17

6 Feb

25902198I was so proud of myself – I spent almost every night before I fell asleep, reading for at least 20 minutes and then spend a good majority of my Saturday and Sunday reading as well which means I was able to finish The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, which I really enjoyed. I am a huge fan of historical fiction (always have been) and being Catholic, I feel, gave me a little more background into the story. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but the story was really intriguing and the friendship portrayed between the two main characters was genuine and felt very real.

I was also able to read The Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro a fun story of two descendants of Holmes and Watson who are attending the same boarding school and get embroiled in the murder of a classmate. I enjoyed this story because it was set in a present time and was fun to read in that you’re familiar with the backstory but it brings a little something new to the Sherlock and Watson we all know and love, but also didn’t shy away from substance abuse and rape. I’m hoping that we’ll learn more about the characters in the next book as these are serious issues that aren’t really dealt with in any way as they characters are overly busy solving the murder.

I don’t have any immediate plans for reading this week, I’ve got a bunch of books on hold, so we’ll see what comes in first:

  • Finding Perfect by Elly D. Swartz
  • The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

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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.

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