Category Archives: Award Winners

This is Not My Hat

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen All ages! I absolutely loved this 2013 Caldecott award winner! What is better than a snarky little fish who will get his comeuppance? Readers will enjoy the illustration so at odds with … Continue reading

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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate grades 4 & up I put off reading this book for a long time because I just didn’t think a book about a gorilla living in a dilapidated shopping mall would be … Continue reading

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2013 Award Winners

On  Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. A list of … Continue reading

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin grades 3-6 Another one of this year’s Newbery Honor books, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon tells the story of Minli and her parents, who live a hard-scrabble existence in the … Continue reading

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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick grades 4-6 How do you believe an outlandish story when it is told by a chronic liar? What if it is mostly true? In one of this year’s Newbery … Continue reading

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead grades 4-8 I love this year’s Newbery Winner! I have to say that I haven’t loved the last handful of Newbery winners, and it so nice to have a book that I feel … Continue reading

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Savvy

Savvy by Ingrid Law grades 4-6 Mississippi Beaumont, otherwise known as Mibs, has been looking forward to her thirteenth birthday for awhile. You see, in her family, when one turns thirteen, one finds out what his or her “savvy” is. … Continue reading

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A Curse as Dark as Gold

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunch grades 6-9 Charlotte Miller knows that she must keep the Mill going after her father’s death. She is a Miller, after all, and the town of Shearing depends on her … Continue reading

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Elijah Of Buxton

Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis grades 4 – 8 2008 Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner! Buxton, Ontario was a town founded by escaped slaves. Elijah is the first child to have been born … Continue reading

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Grades 3 & up This 2008 Caldecott Award winner breaks new ground! It is the first time a novel has won the award for illustrations. It is a phenomenal book, a cross … Continue reading

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