Archive for January 2015

Newbery Hopefuls

January 29, 2015

Crunch time is here. Next Monday, February second, the long-awaited Newbery and Caldecott Awards will be announced by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. I love this time of year. My anticipation is high as I await the results.

I have to admit that although I’m familiar with many of the titles that are contenders for the 2015 Newbery Award, I haven’t read as many as I would have liked. You may have noticed the January fifteenth post, addresses Caldecott hopefuls. Those are the books I’ve concentrated on in the past few months because picture books are my great love.

Below is my list of intriguing  books. Anyone of these could receive the 2015 Newbery Medal or a Newbery Honor Medal. Do you have a favorite?

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Caminar by Skila Brown

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

GreenGlass House by Kate Milford, illustrated by Jaime Zollars

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Steve Sheinkin

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Saving Lucas Briggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

Do you have any other suggestions?

On the Lookout for Little Free Libraries

January 22, 2015

I found another Little Free Library, and look how adorable it is. It has everything you could ask for.

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It has books.

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It has a comfortable sitting area.

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In case your thirst for books gets to be too much, it has a water fountain.

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And if your dog likes to read with you, there’s a special watering hole for him, too!

Aren’t Little Free Libraries amazing?

Caldecott Hopefuls

January 15, 2015

Each year, there are many fabulous picture books written and illustrated by some very talented people. Choosing the best illustrated book among all those that qualify must be next to impossible. On February second, the Association for Library Service to Children will award the Caldecott Medal to one very lucky illustrator and Honor Medals to several others.

There are certain picture books that have created a buzz in blogs and articles I’ve read in recent months. Below is a list of books that have popped up in many different places as contenders for the Caldecott Medal.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

Bad Bye, Good Bye written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Johnathan Bean

Blizzard by John Rocco

Draw! by Raúl Colón

Emily’s Blue Period written by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Lisa Brown

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino

Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Grandfather Gandhi written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk

Gravity by Jason Chin

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse written by Patricia MacLaclan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Quest by Aaron Becker

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sparky! written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo

Viva Frida written by Yuyi Morales and illustrated/photographed by Tim O’Meara

Where’s Mommy? written by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock

This is quite a list of books. Who do you think will win?

 

 

 

Learning Everything – Little Golden Books

January 8, 2015

A much-loved Christmas present was the book, Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Little Golden Book. It was written by Diane Muldrow. She’s the editorial director at Golden Books/Random House and an author of children’s books of all ages. She knows books.

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If you look carefully, the book resembles a classic Little Golden Book. It’s the same in appearance and size, but it is has more pages than the usual Little Golden Book. The inside cover has the familiar place to add your name as the owner of the book.

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The next page is the copyright page with a cuter-than-cute illustration of the “poky little puppy.” Following the title page, is a lovely introductory letter written by Diane Muldrow. Then the fun begins. If you know Little Golden books, you’ll be delighted with what you see. Memorable pictures from classic Little Golden Books greet you with each page turn. At the bottom of the page is the title of the book, the names of the author and illustrator, and the year in which the book was published. The text consists of sage advice that accompanies each illustration and offers a refreshing outlook on life. Here are some of my favorites. “Use your imagination.” “Stay curious.” “Be a hugger.”

Like other Little Golden Books from my past, this book is one to be cherished. It was given to me by my daughter. Who knew she could choose a book with such wisdom in it? I’m the mother. I’m supposed to be imparting my wisdom to her!

Little Golden Books have brought many hours of enjoyment to my daughter and me. Hopefully, someday I’ll have a grandchild who will find these books just as appealing as we do.

 

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

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Cheers!


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