Philadelphia Dreaming

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Well, that was a fast weekend. One moment I was racing out of the carpool lane at school in Nashville to make my flight, and before I knew what hit me, I was looking at the departure board at Philadelphia Airport. Midwinter ALA is a working conference. Most people are doing committee work for a good […]

Reviews of the 2014 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mister Orange by Truus Matti; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; 
illus. by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion) In 1943 Manhattan, Linus’s position in his large family shifts when his oldest brother, Albie, goes off to war and Linus is assigned a new job — delivery boy for the family’s grocery store. One of […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) A move to a new neighborhood in Queens means a new high school for almost-
sixteen-year-old Piddy (short for Piedad) Sanchez. Instead of a welcoming committee, she gets word that someone she doesn’t even know has it in for her. Yaqui Delgado turns out […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Nino Wrestles the World

Winner: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author (Porter/Roaring Brook) Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to take on all comers. He battles a series of formidable imagined foes from […]

ALA Awards 2014: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca on January 27, 2014, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. […]

Additional ALA Awards 2014

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to a teen audience • Brewster by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (HarperCollins/Harper) • Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin (Simon/ATRIA) • Help for the Haunted written by John Searles (HarperCollins/Morrow) […]

2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners

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Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winners: Winner: P.S. Be Eleven; Three Honor Books: March: Book One, Darius & Twig, Words with Wings. Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winners: Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me; Honor Book: Nelson Mandela. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: […]

Reviews of the 2014 Sibert Award winners

parrots over puerto rico

Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illus. by Susan L. Roth (Lee & Low) This gorgeously illustrated history of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot, along with the settlement and development of Puerto Rico, underscores the environmental consequences of human populations on indigenous animal species. The beautiful green and […]

Reviews of the 2014 CSK Author Award winners

p.s. be eleven

Winner: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins) Against Big Ma’s objections, in One Crazy Summer (rev. 3/10) Delphine and her sisters Vonetta and Fern flew off to Oakland to get to know their mother, Cecile, and learned about the Black Panthers. Here, they’ve returned, and before they even get home to Bedford-Stuyvesant, they outrage […]

2014 Caldecott Winners Announced

2014 Caldecott winners

Well, well, well, as Robin is wont to say. In case any devoted followers of this blog missed it ;), the Caldecott winner and honor books were announced this morning, and they are: Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles! by David […]