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2016-2017 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

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The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2017 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Before Morning

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Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-547—97917-5 Book Review What do you wish for? In this striking picture book by the dynamic team of Newberry Honor winner Joyce Sidman and Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, readers are invited to wonder about a […]

Best of 2016 and Happy Holidays

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It has been another extraordinary year in children’s and young adult literature. On January 2nd, we’ll be back with a regular posting. In the meantime, we wanted to share a collection of “Best of 2016″ lists so that you have them all in one place. Part of our book selection process involves reading reviews by […]

NCTE Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards Announcement

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It is always wonderful to be at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conference, and this year was no different. We are particularly grateful that Erika and Mary Ann had the opportunity to serve on two book award committees: the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the Orbis Pictus Award for […]

We’re Moving to the School Library Journal Blog Network!

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We are thrilled to announce that The Classroom Bookshelf is joining the School Library Journal Blog Network. SLJ is the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. The SLJ blogs have long been some of our favorite sources of information on children’s and young adult literature, apps, technology, and informational […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Mary Ann, Erika, Grace, and Katie at The Classroom Bookshelf. We will be back next week, offering a few more favorites from 2015 before the year ends.  We are grateful for the work we do, and the opportunity to share it with you and your students. If you are looking for a read […]

The Classroom Bookshelf Has Over Half a Million Hits!

Thank you….500,000 times!  That’s right, The Classroom Bookshelf has 500, 000 hits. We are incredibly grateful for The Classroom Bookshelf community for loving children’s and young adult literature as much as we do. We are equally grateful to the community of writers, illustrators, and publishers that produce inspiring books we humbly blog about. As we […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Happy Thanksgiving from Mary Ann, Erika, Grace, and Katie at The Classroom Bookshelf. We will be back next week, squeezing in a few more favorites from 2014 before the year ends.  We are grateful for the work we do, and the opportunity to share it with you and your students.   If you are looking for […]

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from Mary Ann, Erika, Grace, and Katie at The Classroom Bookshelf. We will be back with a new post on Monday, December 2nd with a few of our final favorites from 2013 before the year ends.  At a time when we give thanks, we also wanted to recognize the devastation caused by Super Typhoon […]

There is Still Time to Attend Tomorrow’s Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!

There is still time to attend the workshop we are sponsoring tomorrow at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Join the authors of “The Classroom Bookshelf” blog and authors and illustrators of recently published fiction and nonfiction picture and chapter books as we discuss “From the Creative Process to Curriculum […]