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2013 Man Booker and National Book Award Nominees

It’s award season, and now that the Emmys are over, we can safely turn off our tvs and get back to what really matters…the written word!  Several big-name literary awards have just announced their long and short lists of nominees, and with only 1 repeated title (The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri), this year’s lists provide [...]

September 23rd, 2013
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A Reading List on the Subject of War

 As our  Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo program continues over the next 6 months, I’ll be sharing several different reading lists  based on our Bingo card categories. All of the lists were compiled by Mill Valley Public Library staff. So let’s get to it! Below, I present to you, a reading list on war.  [Feel [...]

July 18th, 2013
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Falling in Love with Jerry Pinkney: African American History Month

Thinking about African American History Month, I went through a range of topics–notable biographies of African Americans (Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed America is a particularly great new one) or issues in African American history or contemporary life (like We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson) or [...]

February 8th, 2013
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More Award Winners!

Last week, I wrote about the ‘big two’ children’s book awards, the Newbery and the Caledcott. In addition to these, the American Library Association has several other awards for children’s books that are worth knowing about. I’ve written about some of the winners below, and for a full list, including all the honors books and [...]

February 4th, 2013
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And the 2013 winners are…

This morning, Monday, January 28th, the major children’s literary awards were announced at the American Library Association conference in Seattle. For months, children’s librarians have been reading, discussing and blogging about possible contenders and now we know! Today, I’ll look at the ‘big two’ for children’s literature – the Caldecott and Newbery awards – and [...]

January 28th, 2013

Books of Substance

Hello fellow readers! Looking for something a little heavier than your average “beach read” for this summer? A number of highly respectable sources have been compiling lists of the “greatest” literature in history. Take, for example, the Library of Congress’ newest list:  Books that Shaped America. While the LOC’s librarian emphasizes that this list is [...]

July 5th, 2012
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The winners keep coming

On Monday I wrote about the ‘big two’ children’s awards, the Newbery and the Caledcott. In addition to these, the American Library Association has several other awards for children’s books that are worth knowing about. I’ve written about some of the winners below, and for a full list, including all the honors books and awards [...]

January 25th, 2012
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And the winners are…

This morning, Monday, January 23rd, the major children’s literary awards were announced at the American Library Association conference in Dallas. For months, children’s librarians have been reading, discussing and blogging about possible contenders and now we know! Today, I’ll look at the ‘big two’ for children’s literature – the Caldecott and Newbery awards – and [...]

January 23rd, 2012