Archive for January, 2012

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More award lists have been announced by the American Library Association:

2012 Notable Children’s Books
2012 Notable Children’s Recordings
2012 Notable Children’s Videos

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
2012 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

2012 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
2012 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

2012 Rainbow List

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ALA announced the major children’s book awards this morning. Here’s a quick look with more to follow later.

2012 Caldecott Medal
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Honor Books
Blackout by John Rocco
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

2012 Newbery Medal
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Honor Books
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

Honor Books
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
See Me Run by Paul Meisel

2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Honor Books
Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell
Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer

2012 Michael L. Printz Award
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Honor Books
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Returning by Christine Hinwood
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

2012 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal
Music Was It by Susan Goldman Rubin
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

2012 William C. Morris Award
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

2012 Coretta Scott King Awards
Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner – Ashley Bryan

Illustrator Award
Underground: Find the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans

Honor Book
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Author Award
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books
The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield
Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack

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Weekly Book News

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year.
This year’s winner is Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell.

The Association of Jewish Libraries honors “new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.”
This year’s winners include  is Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda for Chanukah Lights for younger readers,  Susan Goldman Rubin for Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein for younger readers, Robert Sharenow for The Berlin Boxing Club for teens.

The Dolly Gray Book Awards are given “to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.”  This year, the winners include Just Because by Rebecca Elliott, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine,  My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and Waiting for No One by Beverley Brenna.

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School Library Journal has a link to a study titled Student Comprehension of Books in Kindle and Traditional Formats by Michael Milone from Renaissance Learning that indicates there’s no real difference between ebooks and traditional paper books when it comes to kids’ reading comprehension.

Since it’s only one study by a private company, I think it needs to be closely read and evaluated and additional unbiased studies conducted.
And only fiction books were considered. Picture books were not part of the study.
However, it is interesting reading.

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Linda’s Links to Literature is now on Pinterest.

Follow us to see some interesting links for your classroom.

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The Green County Public Library in Ohio has created a video mashup of library scenes from old tv and movie clips.
I paid close attention to see if one of my favorite movies, The Breakfast Club, was included and it was.
I recall when The Breakfast Club first came to the theaters, a school district library supervisor I knew was appalled at several of the scenes. In the movie, students serving Saturday detention in the library switch cards in the card catalog (remember those) and rip out pages from a book. It should have made me cringe since I could remember typing hundreds of cards in my college cataloging class. But I still thought it was funny.

Enjoy this clever video!

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