Archive for June, 2011

In early July, I will once again post the list of the books for children and teens that have received the most starred reviews.
But in the meantime, Amazon.com has posted their editor’s picks of the top ten books so far for 2011.
The lists include:
Picture Books
Middle Grade Books
Teen Books


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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi has won the 2011 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book for Science Fiction/Fantasy.
The book was also a 2011 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Teaching Resources:
Audiobook Excerpt
Educator’s Guide
Author Introduction Video

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Sometimes it’s just fun to let you know about a website with an interesting book project.
Sónia Lamêra, a communication design student in Portugal, has created a visual alphabet with books.

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Many schools are requiring students to read at least one book from various book genres.
Today, I’m focusing on the best books in the Biography genre.

This month, Booklist features a list of the Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2011.

If you missed the previous lists, check these:
Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2010
Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2009

To get access to the 2008 list, you must have a subscription to Booklist Online.
Check with your public library to see if this is a free available resource for library card holders. If you have access, this is the URL for Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2008.

Since you never know how long lists like these will be available to the general public, it’s a good idea to print the lists for future use.

Here’s a list of titles I like that might make the next best biography list for youth.
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Robert Burleigh
Amelia Lost: The life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart by Elizabeth Rusch
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

All Amazon links are affiliate links for Linda’s Links to Literature.

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Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan is  an Academy Award winner for the film based on his book The Lost Thing and the recent winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Recently, he gave a wordless interview to Spiegel and answers the questions by drawing pictures.
This is a fun interview!

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If you work with middle school students, then today is a good day for you.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) published three new lists of books that particularly appeal to these students.
I worked with middle school students for a seven years, and it was sometimes a challenge to find books with the right appeal….not too young and not too old.
These are the book lists from VOYA:
Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2010
Nonfiction Honor List 2010
VOYA’s Perfect Tens

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Read Roger from Roger Sutton (editor of the Horn Book) has announced the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Honorees.

Winner: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Honor: Chime by Franny Billingsley
Honor: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Winner: The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
Honor: Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty
Honor: Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White

Picture Book
Winner: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
Honor: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
Honor: Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

There are some fantastic books on this list.

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