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2016 Caldecott and Geisel Honor Winner: Waiting

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

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 […]

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christina Robinson Published by G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399-25774-2 Grades PreK-8 Book Review “He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.” So ponders C.J., the protagonist of Last Stop on Market Street, as […]

2015 Geisel Winner: You Are (Not) Small

You are (Not) Small 2015 Geisel Award Winner Written by Anna Kang; Illustrated by Christopher Weyant Published by Two Lions, 2014 ISBN# 978-1477847725 Grades Pre-K – 3 Book Review German philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche famously wrote, “There are no facts, only interpretations,” while American film director Tim Burton stated, “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” […]

2015 Newbery Medal Winner: The Crossover

The Crossover 2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-10 ISBN: 0544107713 Book Review “See, when I play ball, I’m on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop’s for sale, and I’m the buyer.” Twelve-year-old Josh Bell is […]

Separate is Never Equal

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation   Sibert Honor Book; Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book; Orbis Pictus Honor Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4197-1054-4 Grades 3 and Up Book Review “Go back to the Mexican school! You don’t belong […]

ALA Youth Media & NCTE Awards

          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 and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) announces its Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards for the best works from […]

The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia Written by Candace Fleming Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-86782-8 Grades 7 and Up    Book Review What do we really know and understand about the Romanov family? What really happened to them almost one hundred years ago when they fell from […]