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Books celebrate 50th birthday!

2014 is the year for three classic children's books' birthdays.

     

*Sam* and *Benny* books author wins prize!

Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has won the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest award for children’s literature with a prize of five million Swedish crowns. (This is about $774,000.) 

   

Picture books are for big kids, too

In case you haven't heard, Ten Rules You must absolutely not break if you want to survive the school bus by John Grandits is the newest winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award. 

Some school librarians around Texas, for some reason, were not too happy with this. Apparently, they thought one of the chapter books should have won. Of course, they weren't voting, were they? I am thinking that maybe those disgruntled librarians are a member of that group of grown-ups who think that picture books are only for little kids.  

I say "phooey"! Some of my favorite books are picture books, and I am a grown-up.

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Scott O'Dell Award winner

So while we wait for the announcement of the Bluebonnet Award, let's take a look at the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, which goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given every year (since 2006) to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the best beginning reader book published in the United States during the preceding year.

This year's winner is The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.

Honor books are:

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Who's going to win?

On January 27, at the American Library Convention in Philadelphia, the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal will be announced. (You can actually watch the announcement if you want to!)

So who's going to win? Here are some titles that people are saying are contenders:

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illustrator spotlight: LeUyen Pham

 

so this is one of the books being talked about as a Caldecott Award contender. (This of course, is the award for best illustration of a children's book, and the winner will be announced January 27.) The illustrator happens to be one of my favorites - LeUyen Pham

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Winter is the warmest season

"snow! snow! snow!, It won't be long until ..." well, actually, since we're in south Texas it probably will be a long time before we see snow, but in the mean time, how about some nice snowy stories?

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They're here!

well, sort of, you're gonna have to get in line

 

House of Hades by Rick Riordan the

October is Fire Prevention Month

but, instead of the usual fire safety books one might expect, I am going to suggest some historical fiction titles --

   

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