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Everyone know that reading books is beneficial.

Here’s a nicely done infographic visualizing the benefits created by Gosia Zimniak.

Benefits of reading books

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Journey

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Journey by Aaron Becker
A young girl, having escaped from her loneliness through a door she drew on her bedroom wall, is captured by an evil emperor and must find a way to escape.

Candlewick Press
Grade 1-4

Starred Reviews and Recognitions:

  • Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
  • New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
  • School Library Journal Best Books

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Teaching Resources

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EAPNominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have been announced by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

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BEST JUVENILE

Strike Three, You’re DeadStrike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Lenny Norbeck and his friends The Mikes set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game.
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Moxie and the Art of Rule BreakingMoxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial)
Instead of spending a carefree summer exploring downtown Boston with best friend Ollie, thirteen-year-old Moxie must solve a famous art heist in order to protect those she loves from her ailing grandfather’s gangster past.
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified ManP.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Putnam Juvenile)
After escaping the ruthless desperados, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton has now set up a Private Eye business in Virginia City and is ready when a young maid named Martha approaches him for help in escaping a killer.
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Lockwood & Co. The Screaming StaircaseLockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
(Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney-Hyperion)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
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One Came HomeOne Came Home by Amy Timberlake
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

  • Teaching Guide includes pre-reading, discussion questions, and activities. Random House

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BEST YOUNG ADULT

All the Truth That’s In MeAll the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking Juvenile)
Judith can’t speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

  • Teacher’s Notes include an introduction, pre-reading, and activities. HarperCollins

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Far far awayFar Far Away by Tom McNeal
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
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criminalCriminal by Terra Elan McVoy
(Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
Eighteen-year-old Nikki’s unconditional love for Dee helps her escape from her problems, but when he involves her in a murder Nikki winds up in prison, confronted with hard facts that challenge whether Dee ever loved her, and she can only save herself by telling the truth about Dee.
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How to lead a life of crimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill)
A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.
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Ketchup cloudsKetchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
(Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

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BOBSLJ has announced the contender books for the next Battle of the Books beginning March 10. http://blogs.slj.com/battleofthebooks/
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alscALSC will begin discussing the possible titles for the 2014 Notable Children’s Books on January 24 at ALA Midwinter. Check the following titles up for discussion. http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2014/01/notable-childrens-books-2014-discussion-list/
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dbwRecently at the Digital Book World Conference & Expo in New York City hosted by LeVar Burton, the winners of the Digital Book Awards were announced.
Winners included:
Ebook Flowable – Children
Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure by Allison Lassieur, Capstone Press
Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Children
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, Annick Press Ltd.
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teenreadsTeenreads.com, in association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), has posted a voting page giving you the opportunity to select your five favorite books of 2013. The five titles with the most votes will be in contention for the CBC’s 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year. http://www.teenreads.com/features/teen-choice-book-of-the-year/nominate-your-favorite-books-of-2013
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3dIt’s here….the first 3-D printed book cover.

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

Atheneum
Grade 3-7

Starred Reviews and Recognitions:

  • Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Finalist
  • School Library Journal Best Books

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Teaching Resources

Book Trailer

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Activity Guide

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