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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 […]

Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

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Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

The Night Gardener – Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book

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The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

2016 Sibert Medal Winner, Pura Belpré Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor: Funny Bones

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Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras2016 Sibert Medal Winner2016 Pura Belpré Honor2016 Orbis Pictus HonorWritten and illustrated by Duncan TonatiuhPublished by Abrams Books, 2015ISBN #978-1-4197-1647-8 Grades K and up Book Review Skeletons are not often the go-to symbol for celebration, but Pura Belpré award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh challenges that assumption in a playful […]

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music – 2016 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Winner of the 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Written by Margarita Engle and Illustrated by Rafael López Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review “On an island of music / in a city of drumbeats / the drum dream girl […]

Drowned City – 2016 Orbis Pictus Winner, Sibert Honor

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Written and Illustrated by Don Brown Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children ISBN: 978-0-544-15777-4 Grades 7 and Up In the interest of full disclosure, we want our readers to know that Mary Ann served on the Orbis Pictus Committee that selected Drowned City as its 2016 winner. […]

2016 Caldecott and Geisel Honor Winner: Waiting

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Waiting2016 Caldecott Honor Winner2016 Geisel Honor WinnerWritten and illustrated by Kevin HenkesPublished by Greenwillow Books, 2015ISBN #978-0-06-236843-0 Grades PreK and up Book Review “There were five of them. And they were waiting…” So begins acclaimed author/illustrator Kevin Henkes’ multiple award-winning picturebook. Waiting tells the story of five toys on a windowsill who wait patiently for […]

2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner The War that Saved My Life

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The War that Saved My Life 2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Published in 2015 by Dial Books for Young Readers Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-0-8037-4081-5 Book Review Ada is a ten-year-old girl born with a twisted foot. She has never left her one-room apartment or felt sunshine or seen grass. Abhorred, […]

Congratulations, ALA Youth Media and NCTE Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the ALA Youth Media Award winners announced this morning in Boston, as well as the Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards from NCTE, announced at the NCTE Convention back in November. Over the next few weeks, we will cover some of the award-winning titles that we missed.  Meanwhile, we invite you […]

2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Echo: A Novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo: A Novel 2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Written by Pam Munoz Ryan Published in 2015 by Scholastic Grades 3-8 Book Review Pam Muñoz Ryan, acclaimed author of Esperanza Rising and The Dreamer, has merged fairy tale with historical fiction in her beautifully crafted new novel Echo. Dinara Mirtalipova’s intricate black-and-white illustrations signal the fairy […]