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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
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Horses, Black History, and Fairy Tales – New Books for Older Readers

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) edited by Noel Daniel, newly translated by Matthew P. Price with Noel Daniel 2012 is the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s famous fairy tales. This extravagant volume celebrates that milestone with 27 newly translated stories decorated by the work [...]

February 8th, 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
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Okay for Now 2011

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt Mock Newberys abound at this time of year. Libraries, schools and bloggers all over the country are discussing books, trying to understand the Newbery criteria and, ultimately, picking a winner. The actual Newbery award will be announced on January 10, and then everyone can cheer or boo or [...]

November 28th, 2011
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Dragonwings (1975)

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep I did not want to read this book when it was assigned by my 4th grade teacher. Historical fiction? No thanks! Not only that, but this is the touching story of a boy leaving behind his family and moving to America. Eww. I was sure I only liked fantasy adventure books [...]

April 27th, 2011
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The Hero and the Crown (1984)

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley When I was a kid, I decided I didn’t like fantasy novels. I can’t remember what did it. Maybe I read a bum story or someone dropped a crack about the genre or — who knows. But I can tell you what happened after that: I spent [...]

March 21st, 2011
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) By E. L. Konigsburg No surprise that as a kid I read a lot, not obsessively, but it’s fair to say it was probably my favorite activity. But as a new children’s librarian I’m discovering just how many “classic” books I haven’t really read, especially [...]

March 16th, 2011