2013 ALA Youth Picture Book Awards

Here are the 2013 American Library Association Picture Book Award winners!

Descriptions of the awards follows the listing of these books. If you would like reviews of the honor books, please reply to the blog and I will add my reviews. Future blog posts will feature the Middle Grade or Tween winners.

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

This 2013 Winner of the Pura Belpre Award (1) is an excellent read aloud for toddlers and preschoolers. It not only shows a young boy battling his fears and frustrations in the form of wrestling opponents, but the inside cover also teaches pronunciation and aspects of these Spanish villains. If you want to do a child superhero storytime, this could be paired with Dinosaur versus Bedtime by Bob Shea.

Locomotive by Brian Floca

This beautiful book won the 2013 Caldecott Award (2). It walks a fine line between nonfiction and historical fiction as much of the information included in the book is accurate and cited in the back endpapers. This book is designed for elementary school age children due to its length, but pages could be summarized by a reader to appeal to a preschooler who is fascinated by trains. The art work, including some of the fonts used to tell the story, should be enough to keep younger children engaged.

 A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippen by Jen Bryant

This 2013 winner of the Schneider Family Picture Book Award (3) is an interesting look into the life of a poor child who loved to draw and paint. Horace grew up, went to war and was shot in the right arm which ended his ability to create art. When he was in his 40’s, he discovered a way to make pictures using his left hand to help guide his right hand holding a heated fireplace poker to burn his art into wood. Eventually his right arm, still with assistance from his left, grew strong enough to use discarded brushes and leftover house paint he found to create his artwork. This book is not only a great book to use when discussing art, colors, and art history, but it is also a great book about finding a way to overcome a disability. This book could be read to children from preschoolers on up.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

This 2013 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (4) is a cute read aloud book for babies through preschoolers. For children old enough to eat watermelons with seeds, you may want to explain that the crocodile is being silly for thinking that his stomach is able to be a garden for a seed to grow in. The colors of the book are bright and the text is simple. It will be a fun addition to a fruit or gardening theme storytime.

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill

This 2013 winner of the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award (5) is an fascinating picture book biography for preschool and elementary school children interested in music, dance, urban life, rhythm, and history.  I really enjoyed reading this book and after finishing it, am thinking about how I can use it in a future program.

Parrots Over Puerto  Rico by Susan Roth

This 2013 winner of the Siebert Informational Book Award (6) is a nonfiction telling of the almost extinction of the Puerto Rican Parrot and the efforts to bring back its numbers in the wild. The book's artwork is created with colorful cut paper and the book has to be turned on its edge to be read. The vocabulary and informational style is appropriate for upper elementary school age or for younger children who like books that are more factual than traditional nonfiction picture books.

(1) Pura Belpré Awards
The Pura Belpré Awards annually honor Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for youth. The award is named in honor of Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library and a pioneer in preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. The Belpré Award was first presented in 1996 to Judith Ortiz Cofer, author of "An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio" and to Susan Guevara, illustrator for "Chato’s Kitchen." It is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). This award was presented every other year from 1996-2008. It is now presented annually. More information about the Belpré Awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal.

(2) Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. Dorothy P. Lathrop won the first Caldecott Medal in 1938 for "Animals of the Bible." Receiving the Caldecott Medal practically guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come. It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. More information about the Caldecott Medal can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.

(3) Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Family Book Award is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book. The American Library Association administers the Awards, and each recipient receives $5,000 and a framed plaque. Winners are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

(4) Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented annually to both the author(s) and illustrator(s) of an outstanding book for beginning readers published in the past calendar year. The winning author(s) and illustrator(s) must demonstrate great creativity and imagination to engage children in reading. The first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award was presented in 2006 to author Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Suçie Stevenson for “Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas.” The Association Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA, administers the award. More information about the Geisel Award can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward.

(5) Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults that communicate the African American experience. The books - fiction or nonfiction - must have been published in the year prior to the award. The Coretta Scott King Book Award was first presented in 1970 to Lillie Patterson, author of "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace." The first award to an illustrator was presented in 1974 to George Ford for "Ray Charles," written by Sharon Bell Mathis. Mathis also received the Coretta Scott King author award. The awards are administered by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee of the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, with support from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. Winners receive a framed citation, an honorarium of $1,000 and multiple formats of the Encyclopedia Britannica or World Book Encyclopedia. Certificates are given to authors and illustrators of books receiving honor awards or for new talent. More information regarding the Coretta Scott King Book Awards can be found at www.ala.org/csk .
(6) Robert F. Sibert Medal
The Robert F. Sibert Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for “Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado.” It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material.
The award was named to commemorate Mr. Robert F. Sibert, founder of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., of Jacksonville, Ill. Sibert is known for his early work in establishing standards of bookbinding. It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. More information about the Sibert Medal can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/sibertmedal.

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New Children's Programs added!

New Children's Programs Starting February 3rd!

Read Along with Bookflix.

Mondays 4:15pm to 5PM 

Watch the story! Read the Book! We will be reading a fiction and a non-fiction book along with a video from the Scholastic BookFlix program.
Each child will have both books to follow along with the stories on the screen.
Following the interactive storytime, we will have fun activities relating to the topic of the week.
A weekly, afterschool program for children in Kindergarten-3rd grade who are just starting to read independently or want extra practice.

PJ Storytime

Thursdays  @7pm

Wear your pajamas to this nighttime storytime.
We will share stories, songs and make a craft.
For children up to 3rd grade.

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Dewey Number of the Week

There is a new feature in the kids room, the Dewey Number of the Week board. The board is named for Melvil Dewey, the creator of the DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification). The DDC was created in the late 1800's as a way of organizing the books in a library. Each book is given a number that corresponds to its subject. Similar subjects are kept together making it easy to locate and replace library books on the shelves.

We want to see if your retrieval skills are up to snuff! Each week the library staff will change the number and it is your job to try hunt down that number in the library stacks. For bonus points you can locate a book in the children, teen and adult sections. This is a fun way to practice locating library materials using the DDC. It will also get you more accustomed to our collection and comfortable finding things!

Here is a quick overview of how the system is broken down:

000 Generalities
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
400 Language
500 Natural sciences & mathematics
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts
800 Literature & rhetoric
900 Geography & history

For a more detailed list click here!

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An oldie, but a goodie!

As you get ready to start your holiday shopping, consider some of these tried and true children's books for that special child in your life!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Summary from Goodreads
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

A great book for boys.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, sixteen very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will...and what a will it is!

A fun adventure that kids won't want to put down.

Stuart Little by E.B. White
Summary from Goodreads
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E.L. Koningsburg
Summary from Goodreads
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Summary from Goodreads
A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Corduroy by Don Freeman
Summary from Goodreads
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it's his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending.

The Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack
In The Boats On The River, a busy river flows through a great city, carrying boats on their daily journeys. There are little boats and big boats, ferryboats, tugboats, a riverboat, an ocean liner, and many more.

A great picture book for little ones who love things that go!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Summary from Goodreads
Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.

A beautiful story to inspire young minds.

Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
Summary from Goodreads
Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood.

A wonderful story of friendship and change by one of the most beloved picture books authors alive today.

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Questyinz Info for Parents

What is Questyinz?

An online learning game that engages K-5 students in reading and exploring their own interests all summer long.

How do I sign up?
You can pick up a game card at the library & register a www.Questyinz.com using the ID# on the back of the card.

What kind of game is Questyinz?
Qustyinz allows children to complete learning tasks to win badges and points towards virtual clubhouse rewards.

Is this a new Summer Reading Club?
It's part of it! Quests provide challenges for children to complete in addition to free reading and fun events.

Why an online game? Isn't that more 'screen time'?
Qsts require offline activity, like reading, to complete. This helps teach children how to connect and balance online and offline activities in fun, healthy ways.

My child works below/above grade level.
Quests are automatically filtered for a child's grade level (K, 1-2, 3-5). You can adjust this filter in the home tab to show additional grade level quests. You also have the option of having your child do the Read to Me program in addition to Questyinz if you choose.

Are there prizes?
Questyinz is designed to reward children's achievement through points and badges. Improving skills and starting school ready to learn is the grand prize for everyone, but if children come into the library to log their reading time the will have the chance to win one of our prize baskets.

How can I help my child?
Solving quests allow children opportunities to interact and bond with friends, families, and librarians. Caregiver support is highly encouraged to ensure success.

Who can I contact for help?
You can contact Amanda at the library for help with your account, game play or general learning assistance.

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Summer Reading List

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has posted summer reading book lists for children in graded K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. You can check them out here. This is a great list of quality materials to share with your child.

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What is iQsmartParent?

WQED is creating an institute for parents that will empower them with new knowledge, tools and abilities to successfully guide their children in the use of digital media and technology.

The parent Institute will include six hour-long broadcasts in 2013 on different topics related to parenting and media, as well as numerous online resources.

Parents who are interested in the Parent Institute can sign up at wqed.org/smartparent to become an iQ:smartparent!

What Do I Get?
*Recommendations for educational resources, apps, and websites
*Expert advice on parenting with media
*Weekly tips and suggestions
*Book Club opportunities
*Shopping guides for electronic games and more
*Invitations to join us at special Parent Institute events
*Opportunities to talk with other parents about their successes and struggles
*Lots more... all FREE!

Tune In

February's topic is: Gaming, Education, and Parenting

full schedule online

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