Favorites from the Winners Circle

Blue Ribbon

With all the awards being presented to various authors and illustrators, some people might be wondering what books top my own personal list. As with almost every librarian, it is sometimes hard to choose just one title. But, I’ve done my best to keep each award to just that! What are your own award winning favorites? Post in the comments and tell us why!

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Announced

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards were designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace.  The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. 

get ready for new movies

A few of the new movies coming out this spring are based on children's books. There's always the debate over whether to read the book first or see the movie first. Usually the book is better than the movie, so I like to see the movie first so that I won't be disappointed. My daughter, however, refuses to see the movie before she's read the book.

So here's a few books you better check out or put on hold, as the case may be, soon.

Due out in February:   

Rebecca Stead Wins Newbery Medal


Then John Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  When You Reach Me written by Rebecca Stead is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner. 


Four Newbery Honor Books were also named: 

Jerry Pinkney Wins Caldecott


The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  The Lion & the Mouse illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney is the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner.




Award Season

The awards season is here! And, I’m not talking about television and movies… books are getting their own awards! Winners have been announced for the Caldecott Medal, the Newberry Medal and our own local Bluebonnets and 2X2 Reading Lists have arrived. Are you curious about each one? Look below for a short description on children’s literature awards.

New Year, New Routines!

Start something new in 2010 and make library visits a weekly habit! January is a great month to try out new things. Your library has a lot of fun, free, and educational programs for kids of all ages.* With new books coming in all of the time, there is always something to read. Take advantage of our free wireless and Internet access. Meet new people and have fun! So, get out to your local library and make 2010 a fantastic year!

*Make sure to check the Events Calendar for your library’s programs.

All-Time Classic Comics: Garfield

In 2008, the worldly popular comic series by Jim Davis, Garfield, celebrated its 30th anniversary. Although you might not have read the series, you most likely are familiar with the mischeivous and lazy orange feline.

Here is a timeline of major events for the beloved series (more facts can be seen here): 

1978- Garfield first debuts in 41 newspapers

1980- The first book, Garfield at Large,  is published and is on the New York Times' bestseller list.

1982- Here Comes Garfield airs on television

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