2021 ALA Youth Media Awards!

This week the American Library Association (ALA) revealed its much-anticipated 2021 Youth Media Award Winners! Each year, the ALA selects a winner for each of its many categories, as well as honorable mentions.

From the ALA blog: “Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.”

Here is the complete list of all 2021 winners and honor books, with links directly to each item in our online catalog. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

2021 John Newbery Medal winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Five Newbery Honor Books:


The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2021 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner:

We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

Four Caldecott Honor Books:


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winner:

Before the Ever After, written by Jacqueline Woodson

Three King Author Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Three King Illustrator Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Legendborn, written by Tracy Deonn


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Michael L. Printz Award winner:

Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story), by Daniel Nayeri

Four Printz Honor Books:


The Schneider Family Book Awards are given for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Schneider Family Book Award winner for young children (ages 0-10):

I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Two Honor Books for young children:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for middle grades (ages 11–13):

Show Me a Sign, written by Ann Clare LeZotte

Two Honor Books for middle grades:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for teens (ages 13–18):

This Is My Brain in Love, written by I. W. Gregorio

(No honor book for teens.)


The Alex Awards are given for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Here are this year’s ten winners:


The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner:

Telephone Tales, written by Gianni Rodari, illustrated by Valerio Vidali, translated by Antony Shugaar; originally published in Italian as Favole al telefono

One Honor Book:

  • Catherine’s War, written by Julia Billet, illustrated by Claire Fauvel, and translated from French by Ivanka Hahnenberger

The Odyssey Award is given for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Odyssey Award winner:

Kent State, produced by Paul R. Gagne, written by Deborah Wiles, and narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina DeLaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, and David de Vries

Four Odyssey Honor Audiobooks:

  • Clap When You Land, produced by Caitlin Garing, written by Elizabeth Acevedo, and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
  • Fighting Words, produced by Karen Dziekonski, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, produced by Robert Van Kolken, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and narrated by Jason Reynolds with an introduction by Ibram X. Kendi
  • When Stars Are Scattered, produced by Kelly Gildea and Julie Wilson, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, and narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, and a full cast. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner:

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez

One Belpré Illustrator Honor Book:

Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner:

Efrén Divided, written by Ernesto Cisneros

Two Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books:

Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner:

Furia, written by Yamile Saied Méndez

Two Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Books:


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is given for the most distinguished informational book for children.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award winner:

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Three Sibert Honor Books:


The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award winner:

One honor title:


The Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is presented annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award winner:

We Are Little Feminists: Families, written by Archaa Shrivastav, designed by Lindsey Blakely. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

Four Honor Books:


The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented for the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner:

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Four Geisel Honor Books:


The William C. Morris Award is presented to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

William C. Morris Award winner:

If These Wings Could Fly, written by Kyrie McCauley

Four other books were finalists:


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, written by Candace Fleming

Four other books were finalists:


The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is given based on literary and artistic merit in three youth categories.

Picture Book winner:

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, written by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Picture Book Honor Book:

Danbi Leads the School Parade, written and illustrated by Anna Kim

Children’s Literature winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Children’s Literature Honor Book:

Prairie Lotus, written by Linda Sue Park

Youth Literature winner:

This Light Between Us, written by Andrew Fukuda

Youth Literature Honor Book:

Displacement, written by Kiku Hughes


The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Sydney Taylor Book Award Gold Medalists:

Picture Book category:

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail, by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

Middle Grades category:

Turtle Boy, by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Young Adult category:

Dancing at the Pity Party, written and illustrated by Tyler Feder

Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalists:

Picture Book category:

  • I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book, by Mychal Copeland, illustrated by André Ceolin. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)
  • Miriam at the River, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Khoa Le

Middle Grades category:

Young Adult category:


Lifetime Achievement Awards:

The Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Dorothy L. Guthrie is the 2021 winner. She is an award-winning retired librarian, district administrator, author, and school board member.

The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. The 2021 winner is Mildred D. Taylor. See here for books by Mildred D. Taylor in our catalog.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. The 2021 winner is Kekla Magoon. See here for books by Kekla Magoon in our catalog.

For more information on the ALA Youth Media Awards and notables, please visit their page at www.ala.org/yma.

For more information about checking out these books, or any other children’s or teen materials, contact our Children’s Desk at 330-653-6658, ext 1020.

Online Storybook Bundles: Lions

Here is another virtual storybook bundle that we have created for you to enjoy at home: it’s all about lions! Below you will find a list of free online stories, plus a craft that you can do at home with basic supplies that you may already have. 

Here are links to some fun books and videos that you can download right now from Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are free with your library card and are available to you 24/7. See here for more information.

Books and videos about lions:

  • Lion by Marylou Morano Kjelle (ebook)
  • Lions / Leones by Barry Cole (bilingual ebook)
  • The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio (video)
  • The Lion and the Mouse, adapted from Aesop (video)
  • African Lions by Kaitlyn Duling (ebook)
  • Andy and the Lion by James Daughtery (video)
  • The Lion King (read-along ebook)
  • The Lion King: Hakuna Matata (read-along ebook)
  • The Lion King: Song and Story (music)
  • The Lion Guard: The Power of the Roar (read-along ebook, with links to other Lion Guard titles)

After reading or watching any or all of these stories, you can enjoy doing the related craft below together with your little ones.

Fork Lion Craft (craft source)

Supplies needed:

  • Orange paint
  • Yellow paper
  • Small piece of white paper
  • Marker (black or brown)
  • Glue
  • Plastic fork
  • Something circular to trace, such as a can, a drinking glass, or a roll of tape

Directions:

  • With the marker, trace the circle in the middle of the yellow paper. This is the lion’s face.
  • Dip the fork tines in the orange paint, and press the back of them onto the paper, sticking out from the circle. Continue around the circle, until you have made a full mane.
  • Cut out white paper circles for eyes, and glue to the face.
  • Draw in the face with the marker.
  • Have your child practice writing their name on their piece of work!
  • ROAR! You are done. We hope you had fun!

Let us know what you think of this online storybook bundle. We would love to see your finished craft projects, too!

Books About Peace, Kindness, & Empathy

Our children’s librarians thought that compiling a list of picture books about peace, kindness, empathy, and friendship would be very timely. Many children’s books deal with these topics, introducing young readers and listeners to age-appropriate situations that call for compassion, understanding, acceptance, and personal growth. Here are a few of our favorites.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart, illus by Daniel Wiseman

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, illus by Kristina Swarner

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illus by Kirstie Edmunds

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Most People by Michael Leannah, illus by J.E. Morris

Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illus by Stephanie Graegin

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illus by Patrice Barton

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illus by Taeeun Yoo

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus by Jen Hill

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illus by Suzanne Kaufman

The Starkeeper by Faith Pray

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus by Erin E. Stead

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus by E. B. Lewis

If you would like help finding further information or books about peace, kindness, friendship, or any topic for kids and teens, please call our Children’s Library at 330.653.6658, ext 1020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Online Storybook Bundles: Snow

Whenever you are feeling stuck at home, whether it’s because the library is closed or because of weather, it can be hard to come up with new things to do with the kids.  However, we’re here to help, with our virtual storybook bundles: a list of online books plus a craft that you can do at home with basic supplies that you may already have. 

Here are links to some fun picture books that you can download right now from Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are free with your library card and are available to you 24/7. See here for more information.

Books about snow:

  • How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton, ebook
  • Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow by Rob Scotton, ebook or audiobook
  • Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean, ebook or audiobook
  • S is For Snow by Ashley Marie Mireles, illustrated by Volha Kaliaha, ebook
  • Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska, ebook
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, ebook or audiobook
  • Tell Me Why?: It Snows by Tamra B. Orr, ebook

After reading any or all of these storybooks, you can enjoy doing the related craft below together with your little ones.

Cotton Ball Snowman Craft (source)

Supplies needed:

  • 2 sheets of blank paper (it doesn’t need to be colored… you can color the background and other pieces yourself)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils (optional, if you’d like to color the paper)

Directions:

  • Color the background of the paper if you’d like. Draw circles stacked on each other to make your snowman outline on the paper. You can make as many circles as you want!
  • Glue the cotton balls to the inside of your circles.
  • Using your other sheet of paper, cut eyes, a nose, arms, and a hat. Color them in if you’d like.
  • Then glue on the eyes, nose, arms, and hat.
  • Have your child practice writing their name on their artwork!

Let us know what you think of this online storybook bundle. We would love to see your finished craft projects, too!

Math Resources Are Here!

In response to an increase in home learning this Fall, our children’s department has added many new, engaging books all about math.

Below is a list of some of our favorite math books, which represent just a fraction (pun intended!) of our expanding collection of math-related resources especially for children in preschool through elementary school.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David Adler

There’s Math in My Art by Nikole Bethea

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Addition and Subtraction (Grades 1-2) by Amanda Brack

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Multiplication and Division (Grade 3-4) by Amanda Brack

Super Calculations by Anjana Chatterjee

How to be Good at Math by Peter Clarke

The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book by Meg Clemens

Fraction Frenzy by Rob Colson

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly

What’s the Point of Math? by Ben Davis

Math Dictionary by Judith DeKlerk

Amazing Visual Math by DK Press

How High Can a Dinosaur Count? And Other Math Mysteries by Valorie Fisher

How to be a Math Genius by Mike Goldsmith

Math at Hand by Great Source Education Group

How to be a Math Wizard by Anne-Marie Imafidon

The Unofficial Guide to Using Math in Minecraft by Jill Keppler

Hands-On Math Projects by Andrew King

Math for Fun Projects by Andrew King

Math Smart Junior by Marcia Lerner

Turn to Learn Multiplication by Deborah Lock

STEM Junior Math by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions by Laura Overdeck

Everything You Need to Ace Math by Altair Peterson

Math Lab for Kids by Rebecca Rapaport

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Math by Anne Rooney

Earth-Friendly Math Crafts by Veronica Thompson

Visual Guide to Math by Karen Wilding

Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young

Stop in the Children’s Room and look for our “Math Resources” cart for more titles, as well as math-related STEM kits available for checkout. Please feel free to call us for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Learn All About Voting

With this year’s highly anticipated presidential election right around the corner, it’s time to help your children learn more about voting. What does it mean to vote? Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? What is an election? Why is it important?

So many possible questions! We have set up a display of voting-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the Children’s Room.

Relevant books include biographies, picture books about voting, and nonfiction titles about many facets of government and the voting process.

Of course, feel free to stop in the Children’s Room or call for recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Grade-Level Book Bundles

We are now offering grade-level book bundles for checkout, with titles geared toward children reading at pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade levels.

Each bundle consists of five to six easy-reader fiction books for young readers. Books within each bundle can vary in characters and in complexity, but are chosen to be appropriate for that grade-level reader. Come in and check them out, or call us for curbside pickup!

If you would like some assistance in choosing books and materials for a child of any age and reading level, please visit the Children’s Department, or call us at 330-653-6658. We are happy to help!

“Fall” for Fall Picture Books

Welcome to Fall, with its colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, chilly evenings, and great seasonal picture books! All of the things that make the autumn season special are celebrated in a variety of picture books that you can share with your child.

Below is a list of some of our favorites, ideal for preschool through grades 2 or 3. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Stop in the Children’s Room or call for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Coronavirus E-books for Children

Whether children are getting ready to head back to school or to just go out more often in public, reminders about the coronavirus, how to stay safe, and how to express your emotions about it are very relevant.

The ever-changing, fluid nature of the coronavirus is challenging, and the life that we live right now is likely very different than what a child – or anyone – feels comfortable with.

While we have no books in print at this time that deal directly with the virus and its impact specifically, we have found many free coronavirus-related online children’s ebooks that are readily viewable, and some are even printable.

Here are stories to consider sharing with your child. Some are fiction, and others are nonfiction. Most are geared for preschool and elementary-aged children:

Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws

Be a Coronavirus Fighter

The Big Alone

Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors

Coronavirus, A Book for Children

Coronavirus Coloring Book

Coronavirus, The Traveling Virus

COVID-19 Activity Book

COVID-19 Helpers

COVID-19, What Can Kids Do?

Dave the Dog Is Worried About Coronavirus

Engaging Readers: What is Covid-19?

Family Guide to Covid: Questions & Answers for Parents, Grandparents & Children

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Germ That Wears a Crown

The Great Doggy Holiday

I Have a Question About Coronavirus

A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

King Covid and the Kids Who Cared, for ages 4-6

King Covid and the Kids Who Cared, for ages 7-9

Learn About Coronavirus and COVID-19

My Coronavirus Helping Box

My Hero Is You

Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine

P Is for Pandemic

Piggy and Bunny and the Stay-at-Home Plan

Piperpotamus Learns About the Coronavirus

The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus

Rainbows in Windows

The Spooky, Shallow Cough

Stay Clear, Stay Clean, Stay Kind

The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly

Stuck Inside

There’s No Monster Outside, It’s a Virus

Tomorrow

Unstuck, 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic

We Will Dance Under a Star

What Color Is Today?

What Is Coronavirus?

Where Did Everyone Go?

We hope that you find some of these e-books helpful for your family. If you would like resources specific to mask-wearing, see our previous post entitled “Kids & Masks: Helpful Online Resources.”

Children’s Books to Help Celebrate Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is an annual celebration of gender identity for people of all ages, this post includes some of the many LGBTQAI+-friendly children’s books that our librarians recommend, followed by a list of a few LGBTQAI+ resources for parents.

Here is a selection of our staff’s favorite related picture books from our children’s collection. Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Fiction:

The Adventures of Honey and Leon by Alan Cumming

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

Home At Last by Vera Williams

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

King and King by Linda de Haan

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books

Plum by Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Willow and the Wedding by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Nonfiction:

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman

For more information on Pride Month, see:

For more information on learning about gender identity and talking with your children about gender identity, see: