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Finalists for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature were announced this morning.

How many have you read?

National Book Awarad

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The Linda’s Link to Literature Book of the Week for July 14 is Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

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Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Roaring Brook Press PreS-Gr. 3

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

Starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

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The Teens’ Top Ten list nominated by teens in school and public libraries across the country has been announced. Readers will vote online from August 15-September 15. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

Time to start reading…

LIST OF 2013 NOMINATED BOOKS

Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Underworld by Meg Cabot
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Croak by Gina Damico
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Every Day by David Levithan
Son by Lois Lowry
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Immortal City by Scott Speer
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Want to know what books have received the most starred reviews so far? Check out our Pinterest Board 2013 Best Books/Children & Teens.

More titles will be added next week…so check back frequently.

2013 Best Books

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EJK Awards

Image source: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org

The Ezra Jack Keats Awards have been announced. This award “recognizes and encourage authors and illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books.”

The 2013 award winners include:

New Writer Award Winner

Julie Fogliano – And Then It’s Spring

And Then It’s Spring

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New Writer Honor

Mara Rockliff for My Heart Will Not Sit Down

My Heart Will Not Sit Down

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Jennifer Lanthier for The Stamp Collector

The Stamp Collector

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Don Tate for It Jes’ Happened

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New Illustrator Award Winner

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Hyewon Yum  – Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten

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New Illustrator Honor

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K. G. Campbell – Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters

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Sanjay Patel – Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

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POWI can remember when I was much younger that I saved my allowance to buy comic books at the local dime store. Favorites included Archie, Superman, Spiderman, Popeye, Fantastic Four and many more.
These simple, monthly installment comics would be the forerunners of the modern day graphic novels.
Essentially graphic novels are simply complete comic books in longer versions.

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If you want to build a collection of this popular format at school or home, the lists below will be a great start.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2013

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Top 10 graphic novels lists from previous years:

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2012

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2011

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2009

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2008

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal.
This fascinating book focuses on Ivan, a gorilla who lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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Read an interview with Katherine Applegate about writing the book.

Learn about the real Ivan on the official website.

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Winner of the 2013 John Newbery Medal

  • An ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Starred Review
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book
  • A School Library Journal Best Book

Teaching Resources

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Related Resources for Further Study

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and the winner isA complete list of book award winners from the ALA Webcast.
Check the blog later this week for links to more book award winners.

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2013 Newbery Medal

Winner:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Honor:
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

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2013 Caldecott Medal

Winner:
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Honor:
Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

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2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Winner:
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long

Honor:
Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo WillemsPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

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2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal

Winner:
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Honor:
Electric Ben by Robert Byrd
Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose
Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

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2013 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Winner:
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve

Honor:
A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached
Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf

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2013 Pura Belpre Award

Illustrator

Winner:
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz

Text

Winner:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Honor:
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

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2013 Michael Printz Award

Winner:
In Darkness by Nick Lake

Honor:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

 

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Winner:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Honor:
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

Winner:
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Finalists:
Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal
Moonbird by Phillip Hoose
Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson
We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

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2013 William C. Morris Award

Winner:
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Finalists:
Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Illustrator Award

Winner:
I, Too Am America  illustrated by Brian Collier, written by Langston Hughes

 

Honor:
H.O.R.S.E. by Christopher Myers
Ellen’s Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Author Award

Winner:
Hand in Hand by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Honor:
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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2013 Stonewall Award

Winner:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Honor:
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hanna Moskowitz
October Morning by Leslea Newman
Sparks by S.J. Adams

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2013 Schneider Family Award

Best Young Child Book
Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander

Best Middle Grades Book
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Best Teen Book
Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

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2013 Alex Award

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girl Child by Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

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Picture Book Biographies

New books are being published and reviewed every day.
These are four of the promising picture book biographies for 2013.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
Balzer & Bray    PreS-Gr. 3
Tells the story of Clara Lemlich, a young woman who led the largest strike in history.
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal

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Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
HarperCollins/Tegen      PreS-Gr. 3
Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.
Starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

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Splash of Red, A: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Knopf   Pres-Gr. 6
An illustrated biography of African American painter, Horace Pippin.
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Random/Schwartz & Wade         PreS-Gr. 4
A visual profile of baseball star Willie Mays, tracing his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants.
Starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

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Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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One of the things I did over the holiday break was to compare all of the Best Books lists to see what books were receiving the most attention.
I’ve broken everything down to the following books. These books have received the most recognitions so far.
The next round of awards will be later this month when ALA chooses the best book of the year.

How many of these books have you read?

7 Best Books Recognitions

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Hyperion     Gr. 9+
Amazon Editors’ Choice
Barnes and Noble Best Books for Kids and Teens
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Penguin/Dutton   Gr. 9+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Barnes and Noble Best Books for Kids and Teens
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books
School Library Journal

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Random House/Knopf     Gr. 3-7
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Barnes and Noble Best Books for Kids and Teens
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
Washington Post Best Kids Books

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6 Best Books Recognitions

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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Random House/Wendy Lamb Books     Gr. 4-7
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Barnes and Noble Best Books for Kids and Teens
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012

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Son by Lois Lowry
HMH     Gr. 7+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal
Washington Post Best Kids Books

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This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Candlewick     K-Gr. 3
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012

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5 Best Books Recognitions
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And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Erin Stead
Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press     PreS-Gr. 2
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
Washington Post Best Kids Books

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Beyond Courage
by Doreen Rappaport
Candlewick Press     Gr. 5+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
Washington Post Kids

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett
HarperCollins     Gr. 8+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Booklist Top of the List for Youth Fiction
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012

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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray     PreS-Gr. 3
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Booklist Top of the List for Youth Picture Book
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012

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Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers
HMH     Gr. 9+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal

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Moonbird
by Phillip Hoose
Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux       Gr. 5+
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal
Washington Post Best Kids Books

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Splendors and Glooms  by Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick Press     Gr. 4-8
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012
New York Times Notable Children’s Books

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4 Best Books Recognitions
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The Diviners by Libba Bray
Hachette/Little, Brown Books     Gr. 9+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal

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Every Day by David Levithan
Random House/Knopf     Gr. 7+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
School Library Journal

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No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Lerner/Carolrhoda     Gr.
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray     Gr. 9+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
School Library Journal

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press     Gr. 7+
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2012
School Library Journal

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Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
HarperCollins/Greenwillow
Amazon Editors’ Picks
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2012

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