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2022 Winter Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards: A Roundup of Our Blog Entries for the ALA, NCTE, ILA, and NSTA Winners

Each year, the announcement of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards gives us occasion to celebrate the many awards in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

Life’s Simple Problems Are Solved with the Help of Steadfast Friends in Amos McGee Misses the Bus: Teaching Ideas for this Much-Awaited Sequel

After over a decade, the much-awaited sequel to the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee has arrived–and at just the right time. The return of fastidious zookeeper Amos and the beloved animals he cares for feels like coming home to an old friend.

Exploring Language, Leadership, Love, and More: Teaching Ideas for The Beatryce Prophecy

This hopeful story of language, leadership, and love has so much to offer readers as an independent read, a whole class read aloud, or a book club exploration. Our weary, virus-laden world needs the goodness and joy this book conjures. “What does, then, change the world?….Love, and also stories” (p. 247).

Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman’s Debut Picturebook Rings and Sings in the New Year

As we start a new year together, facing challenges that have carried over from last, Change Sings provides a source of optimism and beauty that we can share with students not just across multiple content areas, but across our world and for years to come.

A List of Lists! 52 Best Children’s Book Lists for 2021

Whether you’re at the library or the bookstore, or shopping online from the comfort of your own home, pull up The Classroom Bookshelf to peruse these “Best of” lists, as well as our entries from throughout the year, to find some of the most amazing 2021 book titles for children.

Promoting Peace with Poetry and Art

What is peace? The answer to this question is both individual and collective, and both simple and complex. In their inviting new picture book poem, Baptiste and Miranda Paul explore the concept of peace, moving readers from concrete to abstract. The rhyming text and warmly whimsical illustrations invite readers young and old to consider the roles they can play in creating peace and the benefits that all can enjoy.

Not One, But Two, Whimsical Picturebooks Where Things Mysteriously Fall From the Sky

This entry features two picturebooks by acclaimed picturebook creators who have crafted stories where things fall from the sky, events occur, and for some characters, lessons are learned.

An Ode to Dads and Daughters: Dad Bakes

Dad BakesWritten and Illustrated by Katie YamasakiPublished by Norton Young Readers, October 2021ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1324015413Grades PreK and Up Dad Bakes is for “[a]ll of the families impacted by incarceration who I’ve painted with through the years” writes muralist and book creator Katie Yamasaki. Illustrated in bright, saturated colors, this tender story begins with four muralistic […]

Exploring the Past and Imagining the Future with Once Upon a Time There Was and Will Be So Much More

Rare is the book that has the potential to prompt so much thinking in so few pages for such a wide audience. Originally published in Sweden in 2020, Johanna Schaible’s Once Upon a Time There Was and Will Be So Much More is a picture book for humans of all ages, from young children with an emerging concept of time to adults pondering their own life experiences in the past, present, and future.

Elevating Procedural Writing and the Creative Spirit in How to Make a Bird

Speaking not just to the creative spirit, but also the heart and soul within all of us, How to Make a Bird is a manual for infusing that part of us that makes something truly spectacular.