Book Awards

Great Adult Reads for Teens

alex awards logoWhether you’re a teen who already reads mostly adult titles or are a reader looking to explore the adult collection, consider checking out the 2014 Alex Awards.  This list recognizes 10 titles published for adult audiences, but with special appeal to teen readers.  What have you read recently that you’d recommend?

 

 

 

 

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Michael L. Printz Award Announced!

midwinterblood bookjacketWhile many were watching the Grammy’s last night, librarians and avid readers across the United States were waiting to hear the winners of the Youth Media Awards announced this morning.  The Michael L....

2014 Tayshas Top Ten!

tayshas logoThe Tayshas Reading List highlights great recreational reading titles for teens in grades 9-12.  Beginning last year, the Tayshas Top Ten recognizes titles that received unanimous votes from committee members.  Check out the Tayshas Top Ten below or the entire 2014 Tayshas Reading List.  What books are you glad made the list?

 

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New Texas Lone Stars!

lone star logoEach year the Texas Library Association announces a new Lone Star List.  With great reads for students in grades 6 through 8, the Lone Star List is meant to encourage us all to read just for the fun of it!  What are your favorite Lone Stars?

 

 

 

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Teens' Top Ten for 2013

teens top ten logoYou voted and the results are in! The 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list was just announced.  Did your favorites make the list?

 

 

 

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While You're Waiting for This, Check Out One of These...

wonder bookjacketAre you a fan of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder?  Maybe you’ve heard great things about it and are waiting for a copy....

Graphic Novels receive Cybils Awards

A few weeks ago, School Library Journal posted Three Graphic Novels Take Cybils Awards.
Cybils, Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literacy Awards, is an annual  event that highlights Children’s and Young Adult books that “combine the highest literary merit and kid appeal.” Visit their website for more information about these awards, past winners, and more!

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Everyone's a Critic (But Only Some Get Paid to Be): Nat'l Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Cover art: Bilyy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Critics get a bad rap. It's the accepted wisdom that 'if you can't do, then teach, and if you can't do or teach, then tell people who can what they're doing wrong,' which is unfair to teachers (who--in my not particularly humble opinion--get a worse and infinitely more undeserved rap) and critics, both.

I would argue that besides acting as a convenient whipping boy for artists who are seldom the best judges of their own work, critics provide the valuable service of drowning out a lot of the inane Cover art: Stranger Magic by Marina Warner

2013 Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners Announced!

The winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals were announced this morning in Seattle, giving us a total of ten more books to add to our "to read" list!

The Newbery Medal is "awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

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