Thursday, March 8, 2012

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...  The ALA Youth Media Awards
In January, the Association of Librarians in Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its annual awards. I've ordered the titles we don't have and have begun reading them as they come in. Here's some brief recommendations (stay tuned for more!):

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Caldecott Honor
Smith, Lane. Grandpa Green.
A young boy attempts to understand his grandfather's life (" ...he lived a really long time ago") and love of topiary gardens. A brilliant and profound premise and a visual treat.

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Newbery Honor
Lai, Thannhha. Inside Out and Back Again (HarperCollins Children's Books).
Deceptively simple verse relates the poignant story of one young girl's journey from Vietnam to America during the Vietnam war. Recommended for grades 4+

Heart and Soul

Coretta Scott King Book Award and Illustrator Honor Award
Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul : the story of America and African Americans.
A sweeping history of major events in American history as witnessed by one African American family. Lushly illustrated with Nelson's luminous paintings and intimately narrated by an anonymous African American woman, who, after witness a century of painful, yet triumphant changes, is able to vote for the first African American president. Recommended for grades 4+

The Scorpio Races

Michael L. Printz Award (Young Adults) Honor book
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races (Scholastic).
Departing (slightly) from her romantic Shiver series, Stiefvater applies her elegant prose in a story drawn from Celtic legends. On a small island near the coast of England,  the caprill ulice, fierce water horses leave the ocean and shelter on the island each summer. Islanders capture and attempt to tame the beautiful but dangerous horses  in order to compete in an annual race. The race is violent and can be deadly. For the first time a young girl, Puck, will compete in the races. She's up against many men more experience than her, including four time winner, Sean. An unlikely friendship develops between the two. A great blend of legend, the wild and unpredictable in nature, adventure, and romance. Recommended for grades 5+

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