Awards

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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!

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 Warnerpalaver in the cultural conversation. Do they miss some very worthy work? Yes, oodles of it. Do they misjudge great works? Yes, certainly. Do they have personal biases and blind spots? Yep. Do they fall prey to fads and fashions that will ultimately be looked on only with derision and regret? Yes, just like you and me--how do you feel about those pea green jeggings you bought in a fit of hubris and reckless disregard for your credit score last month?

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."

Award Spotlight: School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for Teens

Genetics Exhibit, San Jose Tech by Thomas HawkThe end of the year and beginning of the next bring numerous “best of” lists.  School Library Journal has several Best of 2012 lists, but I thought I might share with you what we have on our shelves that reviewers found to be the best adult books for teen readers.  Whether you already read mostly adult fiction or non-fiction, you read back and forth between teen and adult reads, or you’ve been thinking about branching out into the adult collection, you might consider checking out one of these.  What would be on your “best of” list?

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Book & Phone Book by lynngardnerEach year YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association…say that 10 times fast!) releases the Best Fiction for Young Adults list (BFYA…which used to be the Best Books for Young Adults…BBYA).  This very lengthy list recognizes books that are both appealing to readers and of good quality.  So if you’re looking for a great read, consider checking out the list.  Or take a look below for the Top Ten Best of the Best!

2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards Nominations

National Book Critics Circle Logo fromThe flood of awards--literary and cinematic--that come churning out of your preferred news delivery device this time of year is almost as overwhelming and/or annoying as all those "Best of" lists that precede it. Because there are just so many awards with maddeningly similar names--Quick! what's the difference between an Obie and a Tony?--it’s hard to choose which (if any) to pay attention to. Facing another round of glitzy award spectacles, many of us ask ourselves a very good question: “Why should I care what these people say I should read or watch or listen to?”

2012 Alex Awards: Great Adult Books for Teen Readers

Alex Award logoEach year the Alex Awards Committee honors ten books published for adults that have special appeal to teen readers, ages 12 through 18.  Whether you are a teen reader looking to expand past the teen collections or a reader who has been reading adult books for some time, the Alex Awards are a great place to look for reading recommendations.  This year’s group of ten includes some awesome titles (some of which I’ve actually read! Shock!) or you might consider looking at some of the past years’ winners.

2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction

The Eiffel From Beneath by Stuck in CustomsIf you didn’t already know, the Tayshas List was released in November and there are some fantastic reads on this year’s list.  The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great nonfiction and historical fiction reads or the entire 2012 Reading List

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2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Gals Read

red glitter all stars by mollybobIf you didn’t already know, the Tayshas List was released last month and there are some fantastic reads on this year’s list.  The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great reads for the ladies or the entire 2012 Reading List

Gals Read:

 

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