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January 31, 2013

February – Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate relationships.  Whether it a friend, family member or a romantic relationship, readers like to send Valentine’s Day cards.  This special day has indeed become commercial, but readers should be encouraged to make their own cards rather than spending money on ones someone else created.

Here are suggestions for celebrating Valentine’s Day:

  •  Divide older readers into two groups, and ask each group to research St. Valentine and write a one-act play about him.  One group should make their play for younger readers, and the other for their peers. Then have them to perform it for appropriate groups.
  •  Bring in samples of Valentine cards for readers to study.  Include cards for all types of relationships:  parent, child, grandparents, and friends.  Also include serious cards and humorous cards.  Engage readers in a discussion about what it means to select or make a card that is appropriate for a specific person.
  •  Ask readers from middle to high school to use books in the library or sites on the Internet to find images of historical Valentine’s Day cards.  Then have them make a card for a character in a historical novel.  Suggestions from Random House:

            All the Way Home (middle grade) by Patricia Reilly Giff

            Hattie Big Sky (middle grade) by Kirby Larson

            The Mighty Miss Malone (middle grade) by Christopher Paul Curtis

            Sylvia and Aki (middle grade) by Winifred Conkling

            A Far Away Island (YA) by Annika Thor

            Ashes of Roses (YA) by Mary Jane Auch

            How I Found the Strong (YA) by Margaret McMullan

  •  Display books about love and Valentine’s Day and suggest that readers pick one to share with a special friend.  Suggestions from Random House:

            The Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine (Picture book) by Stan and Jan Berenstain

            I Haiku You (picture book) by Betsy E. Snyder

            Who Needs Love? (picture book) by Elise Primavere & illus. by Laura Park

            Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine (early reader) by Barbara Park &         illus. by Denise Brunkus

            Bad Hair Day (YA) by Carrie Harris

            Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love (young adult) by Pat Mora

            How They Met and Other Stories (YA) by David Levithan

           Love and Other Perishable Items (YA) by Laura Buzo

            Meant to Be (YA) by Lauren Morrill

            Romeo Redeemed (YA) by Stacey Jay

            Unleashed (YA) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

  • Make a valentine for the main character in a novel.  Suggestions from Random House:

            Hugo in Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String (picture book) by Bob

            Boyle

            Autumn in Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different (middle grade) by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

            Madison in No Cream Puffs (middle grade) by Karen Day

            Carson in The New Kid (middle grade) by Mavis Jukes

            Primrose Squarp in One Year in Coal Harbor (middle grade) by Polly Horvath

            Sally J. Freedman in Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (middle grade) by Judy Blume

            Kenny in The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 (middle grade) by Christopher Paul Curtis

  •  Read a novel and make a valentine that two or more of the characters might give to one another.  Suggestions from Random House:

            The kids to their grandfather in Song and Dance Man (picture book) by Karen Ackerman & illus. by Staphen Gammell

                     Georges and Safer in Liar & Spy (middle grade) by Rebecca Stead

            Hattie and Delores in Finding Somewhere (young adult) by Joseph Monninger

            Melanie and Miguel in Melanie in Manhattan (middle grade) by Carol Weston

                       The girls in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (middle grade) by Ann Brashares

  •  Make a valentine that the following characters give to their teacher:

      Gooney Bird in Gooney Bird Greene (picture booy) By Lois Lowry

            Missy and her classmates in Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) ( picture  book) by Barbara Bottner & illus. by Michael Emberley

            Melonhead in Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster (middle grade) by Katy             Kelly & illus. by Giallian Johnson

  • Ask readers to think about novels they have read and determine which main character most needs a valentine.  Then have them write an essay that explains why.  Suggestions from Random House:

            Charlie in Flightsend: A Summer of Discovery (middle grade) by Linda Newbery

            Roy Morelli in Roy Morelli Steps up to the Plate (middle grade) by Tatcher Heldring

            Zitlally in Star in the Forest (middle grade) by Laura Resau

            Will Halpin in The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (YA) by Josh Berk

            Vinnie in Not Exactly a Love Story (YA) by Audrey Couloumbis

            Andi Alpers in Revolution (YA) by Jennifer Donnelly

            Jace Witherspooon in Split (YA) by Swati Avasthi

                        Karyn in You Against Me (YA) by Jenny Downham

  •  Make a valentine that a character in a novel might send to one or both parents.  Suggestions from Random House:

                  Andres in Freckle Juice (middle grade) by Judy Blume

            Karen Newman in It’s Not the End of the World (middle grade) by Judy Blume

            The Penderwick sisters in The Penderwicks and the Penderwicks on Gardam  Street (middle grade) by Jeanne Birdsall

            Amanda in Unraveling (YA) by Michelle Baldine & Lynn Biederman


January 31, 2013

Congratulations to our ALA Award Winners!

We’re so excited to celebrate the below titles after their recognition at the Youth Media Awards at this past ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle!

 

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Given annually to the best debut work from an author writing for young adults.

WINNER:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375966569
07/10/2012 – $20.99
Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Action & Adventure, Historical – Medieval,

In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

FINALIST:

Love and other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375870002
12/11/2012 – $17.99
Categories: Love & Romance, Social Situations – General, Social Situations – Emotions & Feelings,

Love is awkward, Amelia should know.

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It’s problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15.

Amelia isn’t stupid. She knows it’s not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia’s crush doesn’t seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

 

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Honor

Presented annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children  that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Format: Package
Imprint: Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 9780375858871
10/09/2012 – $18.99
Categories: Social Situations – Prejudice & Racism, Ethnic – African-American, Holidays & Festivals – Other, Non-Religious,

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.

 

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Established by YALSA to recognize an author and a specific body of their work for their significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. This year’s recipient is Tamora Pierce, who is being honored for her four books in the Song of the Lioness series (published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division) as well as her Protector of the Small quartet, which begins with First Test, and continues with Page, Squire, and Lady Knight, all published by Laurel Leaf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

About the Author

Tamora Pierce was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a “long, proud line of hillbillies,” her family never had much. “We were poor, but I didn’t know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well,” she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed “geek,” she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. “He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down,” Pierce says.

But Tamora’s novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. “I couldn’t understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be.”

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published Alanna: The First Adventure, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce’s heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Pierce is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-five books, including her newest, BEKA COOPER #2: Bloodhound. “It’s a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it’s the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted,” she says.

Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their three cats and two birds.

 

 

 


January 04, 2013

Congratulations to our Morris Award Finalists!

We’re thrilled to share that the following titles have been nominated for the William C.  Morris YA Debut Award. Established in 2009, it honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

     Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375966569
07/10/2012 – $20.99
Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Action & Adventure, Historical – Medieval,

In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

 

 

Love and other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375870002
12/11/2012 – $17.99
Categories: Love & Romance, Social Situations – General, Social Situations – Emotions & Feelings,

Love is awkward, Amelia should know.

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It’s problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15.

Amelia isn’t stupid. She knows it’s not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia’s crush doesn’t seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

 

 


January 04, 2013

January — Celebrating the Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration Day takes place on January 20, but the public swearing into office of President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden will be on Monday, January 21, 2013. There will be a small, private swearing in on Sunday, January 20.  The theme of the inauguration festivities is “Faith in America’s Future,” which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The festivities will begin on Saturday, January 19 with a National Day of Service, which celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many school children will watch the events on Inauguration Day.  Help them prepare by engaging them in a variety of library activities.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Have readers suggest activities for National Day of Service.  Ideas may include cleaning up litter in neighborhoods, or around the school, shelving books at the public library, reading aloud to young children in the neighborhood or public library, or working with a local service organization that welcomes student volunteers. Then have them post the suggestions on the school or library website.
  • Sponsor a Presidential Trivia Contest.  Have students use books in the library or sites on the Internet to locate the answers to the following questions:

(Ask them to site their sources)

Which amendment to the Constitution changed Inauguration Day from March to January?

Who was the first President inaugurated on January 20?

Who was the first President inaugurated in Washington DC?

Who was the first President to live in the White House?

Which President is the Father of the Bill of Rights?

Who was President when Ellis Island opened?

Which President is responsible for the American Disabilities Act?

What President signed the Civil Rights Act?

Who was President when women won the right to vote?

How many Presidents have had more than one term of office?

Which President brought the nation out of the Great Depression?

Which Presidents didn’t complete their term of office?  Why?

Who was President when NASA was founded?

Name the five Most Environmentally Friendly Presidents.

Name the Top Ten Most Outstanding Presidents.

Name the oldest man elected to the office of President.

Name the youngest man elected.

Which President delivered the longest inaugural speech?

Which President was the first to travel abroad while in office?

  • Encourage readers to use books in the library or sites on the Internet to add to the trivia questions.
  • Ask them to use the trivia question to test adults in their family and neighborhood.  How well did they score?
  • Have students read a work of fiction and identify who was serving as President when the novel was set.  Suggestions from Random House include:

 All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel (picture book) by Dan Yaccarino

As Good as Anybody (picture book) by Richard Michelson & illus. by Raul Colon

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (picture book) by Deborah Hopkinson

Tar Beach (picture book) by Faith Ringgold

 All the Way Home (middle grade) by Patricia Reilly Giff

 A Thousand Never Evers (middle grade) by Shana Burg

 Boston Jane: An Adventure (middle grade) by Jennifer L. Holm

Crow (middle grade) by Barbara Wright

Counting on Grace (middle grade) by Elizabeth Winthrop

Eli the Good (middle grade) by Silas House

Heart of a Shepherd (middle grade) by Rosanne Parry

Lily’s Crossing (middle grade) by Patricia Reilly Giff

 Hattie Big Sky (middle grade) by Kirby Larson

The Mighty Miss Malone (middle grade) by Christopher Paul Curtis

Moon Over Manifest (middle grade) by Clare Vanderpoole

                        No Cream Puffs (middle grade) by Karen Day

Penny from Heaven (middle grade) by Jennifer L. Holm

Racing the Moon (middle grade) by Alan Armstrong

Rodzina (middle grade) by Karen Cushman

SCAT (middle grade) by Carl Hiaasen

Stealing Freedom (middle grade) by Elisa Carbone

True Colors (middle grade) by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

 All the Earth Thrown to the Sky (young adult) by Joe R. Lansdale

 Ashes of Roses (young adult) by Mary Jane Auch

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (young adult) by Gary D. Schmidt

The Devil’s Paintbox (young adult) by Victoria McKernan

The Revenant (young adult) by Sonia Gensler

The Things a Brother Knows (young adult) by Dana Reinhardt

Three Rivers Rising (young adult) by Jame Richards