Category Archives: Award Winners

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Grades 4 & up As is required by the laws of the Protectorate, Luna is taken as an infant from her parents and left in the woods, an offering to the … Continue reading

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How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson Grades 4 & up Acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson looks back at the 1950s, a pivotal decade in her own life as well as that of the rest of the country, through a series … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson This collection of free verse poetry traces award-winning author Jaqueline Woodson’s journey as she became the writer that she is today. Starting with her birth and family roots in Ohio to her mother’s return … Continue reading

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The Crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander This powerful novel is written in free verse poetry told from the point of view of twelve year old Josh Bell. Josh and his twin brother JB are the stars of their middle school basketball … Continue reading

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2015 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

The 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this morning in Chicago. I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have served on the 2015 Newbery committee! I have listed some of the awards and their winners below. You can find … Continue reading

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2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners today. Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Reader category Winner:  My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock Honor Books:  Goldie Takes a Stand by Barbara Krasner and Kelsey … Continue reading

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2014 Newbery & Caldecott Award Winners and more!

The 2014 Youth Media Awards were announced from Philadelphia this morning, and there are some amazing books on the list! Here is a quick recap. John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Winner: Flora & Ulysses: … Continue reading

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One Cool Friend

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo grades K-3 Wouldn’t it be fun to go to the aquarium and bring home a real, live penguin? When Elliot asks his father if he can have a penguin, his father seems to think … Continue reading

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Green

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger All Ages What a spectacular book! The illustrations are so thick and luscious, and the die cut pages are so clever, that I couldn’t help but keep flipping them backwards and forwards. The design is … Continue reading

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Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage grades 4-7 What a super fun book! Mo LoBeau is everything you would want in a heroine — fun, spunky, smart, and sassy. When Joe Starr, the big city detective, comes to town, she … Continue reading

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