Tuesday, January 25, 2011

90 Second Newbery

Every year since 1922, the American Library Association has awarded the very prestigious Newbery Medal. Now that we've already learned of our 2011 winner, a quick calculation tells us that there are 89 Newbery Medal books in all! That's a lot! Have you read them all?

Me neither.

But wouldn't it be nice to say that you did? Well, it might not be exactly the same as reading the book, but check out a 90 second reenactment of the 1963 winner, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:

Get it? Want to make your own? Check out: 90secondnewbery.com for more information about the program, which is run by teen author James Kennedy.

Happy acting!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Award Winners!

What an exciting day for youth literature! This morning The American Library Assossiation announced the 2011 winners for 23 different youth literature awards, including the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Printz Award!

And now for the big winners...

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature goes to...

Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm

Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to...

Ship Breaker, written by Paolo Bacigalupi

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher

Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick

Nothing, by Janne Teller

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children goes to...

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

And be sure to put this year's Newbury and Printz winners and honor books on reserve! Happy 2011!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Happy 2011! It's a new year and a time to make a change, to try to improve something you've always wanted to improve. What are your new year's resolutions for 2011? Whatever they are, we've got the books to help you out!

Get Better Grades:
Painless study techniques by Michael Greenberg

10 secrets to acing any high school test by Lee Brainerd and Ricki Winegardner

Study smart: hands-on, nuts-and-bolts techniques for earning higher grades by Theodore Silver

Go Green:
Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen.

Make it!: don't throw it away - create something amazing! by Jane Bull

50 simple things kids can do to recycle by the Earth Works Group

Reduce Stress:

Stress 101: an overview for teens by Margaret O. Hyde

Breathe: yoga for teens by Mary Kaye Chryssicas

Yoga for Teens: How to Improve Your Fitness, Confidence, Appearance, and Health-And Have Fun Doing It! by Thia Luby

Eat Healthier:

Food for feeling healthy by Carol Ballard

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs: more than 80 recipes! by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team

Body fuel: a guide to good nutrition by Donna Shryer

Or come in to the library to find a book to help you with whatever you want to do or improve! Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Here comes Silverlicious!

Good news for 2011, if you're a fan of Pinkalicious, Purplelicious, or Goldilicious. In one month, we will all get to meet the newest fairy friend... Silverlicious!

According to the publisher, here's what the book is about:

When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it's not just any tooth—it's her sweet tooth! Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet! With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds—and works some magic—that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from.

Fairy-tale characters and sparkling scenes make Silverlicious a sweet treat for all.

Silverlicious comes out February 1st! To put a copy on hold, click here!
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda