Today is the thirteenth annual World Read Aloud Day! Here are our children’s librarians, each reading a short excerpt from one of their favorite Newbery Medal winners! The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (2022 Newbery Award) read by Ms Laura find this book in the library catalog here A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine … Continue reading World Read Aloud Day! Featuring Our Own Children’s Librarians
This morning, the American Library Association announced its 2022 Youth Media Awards! The full list of winners and honors can be found on their website here. While we did not pick the Newbery Medal this year here on our blog, several of our choices did win in other categories. Fun! What do you think of … Continue reading ALA’s 2022 Youth Media Awards Announced!
Book review: Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (tween fiction) Kyle Lukoff is an author, a former school librarian, and a bookseller. He says he writes books for kids and other people. He is most known for his picture books, When Aiden Became a Brother, a Stonewall Award Winner, and Call Me Max, which … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “Too Bright to See” by Kyle Lukoff
Book review: Starfish by Lisa Fipps (tween fiction) Lisa Fipps is an award-winning journalist who is now a marketing director for a public library. She loves dogs, traveling, art, and collecting rocks. Starfish is her debut novel, and it is our next contender for the upcoming Newbery Award. In Starfish, Ellie wore a whale swimsuit for her fifth birthday and made the biggest splash with her … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “Starfish” by Lisa Fipps
Book review: The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo (tween fiction) Kate DiCamillo is the author of many award-winning books, including The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, which both won the Newbery Award, Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor winner, The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist, and The Miraculous … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “The Beatryce Prophecy” by Kate DiCamillo
Book review: Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca (tween fiction) Our next Newbery contender is Red, White, and Whole, a novel in verse that is a coming-of-age story set in the 1980s. Reha is in eighth grade at a private school in her midwestern American town, where she is one of the few people … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “Red, White, and Whole” by Rajani LaRocca
Book review: Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick (tween fiction) Brian Selznick has won numerous awards for his previous books, including the Caldecott Medal and National Book Award Finalist for The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Best Book of the Year by six national literary groups for Wonderstruck. His newest work, Kaleidoscope, is a set of short … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “Kaleidoscope” by Brian Selznick
Book review: Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt (tween fiction) Gary D. Schmidt received the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor award for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy in 2005. He received another Newbery Honor in 2008 for the The Wednesday Wars. In his most recent book, Just Like That, Schmidt ties in challenging … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “Just Like That” by Gary D. Schmidt
Book review: The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm (tween fiction) Jennifer Holm has already received Newbery honors for three previous novels – Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. In addition to her novels, she collaborates with her brother Matthew on several graphic novel series: Babymouse, Sunny, and Squish. She … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “The Lion of Mars” by Jennifer Holm
Book review: The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga (J fiction) Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home received a Newbery Honor in 2020 for its honest, moving portrayal of the experiences of a young Syrian refugee whose outside perspective provides reflections of not just the Syrian civil war, but American culture. Warga’s latest, The Shape … Continue reading Newbery Contender: “The Shape of Thunder” by Jasmine Warga
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