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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 6, 2024 at 10:59 AM by Genesis Gaule
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2024 Youth Media Awards which honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!
Looking for past award winners? Check out our posts for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 award winners.
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Given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Fox has a not-so-new problem, and every possible solution leads to more problems for the other animals, until they all come together with the ultimate fix.Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8
For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
written and illustrated by Jenn Bailey
Henry, a first grader on the autism spectrum, attempts to navigate friendships, and sudden changes in classroom routines--like a parade on Friday instead of share time.Easy // Ages 6 - 9
* Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (2024 Honor)
SCHNEIDER FAMILY HONOR BOOK:
for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
written by Vashti Harrison
Praised for acting like a big girl when she is small, as a young girl grows, "big" becomes a word of criticism, until the girl realizes that she is fine just the way she is.Easy Fiction // Ages 4 - 8
* Coretta Scott King Author Book Award (Honor 2024)* Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award (Honor 2024)
RANDOLPH CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK:
To identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.
by Christine Day
Wesley is proud of the poem she wrote for Indigenous Peoples’ Day—but the reaction from a teacher makes her wonder if expressing herself is important enough. And due to the specific tribal laws of her family’s Nation, Wesley is unable to enroll in the Upper Skagit tribe and is left feeling “not Native enough.” Through the course of the novel, with the help of her family and friends, she comes to embrace her own place within the Native community. Junior Fiction // Ages 8 - 12
AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE HONOR BOOKS:
by Sally J. Pla
Follows thirteen-year-old neurodivergent Maudie during an eventful summer in California with her father, where she struggles with whether to share a terrible secret about life with her mom and stepdad.Junior Fiction // Ages 10+
To honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
by Christina Li
After her Ye-Ye's death, Ruby feels lost, and it seems like everyone--from her best friends to her older sister--is abandoning her. After Ruby gets in major trouble at school, her parents decide she has to spend the summer at a local senior center, with her grandmother, Nai-Nai, and Nai-Nai's friends for company. When a new boy from Ruby's grade, Liam Yeung, starts showing up too, Ruby's humiliation is complete. Alongside Nai-Nai, who is keeping a secret that threatens to change everything, Ruby retraces Ye-Ye's scavenger hunt maps in an attempt to find a way out of her grief--and maybe even find herself.Junior Fiction // Ages 8 - 12
For most distinguished informational book for youth.
written by Nicholas Day and illustrated by Brett Helquist
A narrative nonfiction about how the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, how the robbery made the portrait the most famous artwork in the world-and how the painting by Leonardo da Vinci should never have existed at allJunior Nonfiction // Ages 8-12
SIBERT INFORMATIONAL HONOR BOOK:
To outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
by Elana K. Arnold
Frederieke Teitler and her older sister, Astra, live in a house, in a city, in a world divided. Being a Jew has become increasingly dangerous, even in their beloved home of Czernowitz, long considered a safe haven for Jewish people. When war breaks out, Rieke and Astra’s world suddenly changes, and every day becomes a struggle: to keep their grandfather’s business, to keep their home, to keep their lives. Based on the true experiences of her grandmother’s childhood in Holocaust-era Romania.Young Adult Fiction // Ages 14 - 17
SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR BOOKS:
Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 24, 2023 at 4:34 PM by Genesis Gaule
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2023 Youth Media Awards which honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!
Looking for past award winners? Check out our posts for the 2021 and 2022 award winners.
written and illustrated by Michael Emberley
Learning to ride a bike is hard. Can I do it? Yes, I can! A fun comic that kindergarteners and first graders can read on their own.Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8
GEISEL HONOR BOOKS:
Given to a Latino/Latina illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
written by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
A lyrical and stunning picture book about a grandmother bonding with her granddaughters as she teaches them how much they can learn from nature just by being curious.Easy // Ages 3 - 7
PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK:
(1) For most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.(2) Given to outstanding African American authors that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
by Amina Luqman-Dawson
After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.Junior // Ages 8 - 12
NEWBERRY HONOR BOOKS:
For outstanding children's books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently translated into English.
originally published in Italian written by Lia Levi, illustrated by Jess Mason
1938, Italy. Six-year-old Jewish girl Lia grows up during a difficult time of racial discrimination and war, and discovers light in unexpected places. A classic, powerful story adapted for young readers, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations, family photo album, and author’s note.Nonfiction // Ages 8 - 12
by Lisa Yee
Eleven-year-old Maizy visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, MN; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself.Junior // Ages 8 - 12
* John Newbery Medal (2023 Honor)
Given to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
written by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra
Marlene's--a young Dominican girl--greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.Junior Graphic Novel // Ages 9+
PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR HONOR BOOK:
written by Elizabeth Partridge and illustrated by Lauren Tamaki
This important work of nonfiction features powerful images of the Japanese American incarceration in America during World War II captured by three photographers—Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams—along with firsthand accounts of this grave moment in history.Nonfiction // Ages 10+
* Winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award for Photography* Named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and others
Honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
On October 16, 1968, during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics, Tommie Smith, the gold medal winner in the 200-meter sprint, and John Carlos, the bronze medal winner, stood on the podium in black socks and raised their black-gloved fists to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. In his first-ever memoir for young readers, Tommie Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory and Olympic podium protest.Nonfiction Graphic Novel // Ages 8+ // e-book only
* Coretta Scott King Award: Author and Illustrator (2023 Honor)* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022* Finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People's Literature* A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year* A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year* A Booklist Best Book of the Year* A Horn Book Fanfare Title
YALSA NONFICTION HONOR BOOK:
Given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
written by Sabaa Tahir
Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town in California, best friends Salahudin and Noor understand each other the way no one else does. Until "The Fight", which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. What is their friendship worth—and what will it take to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst? A brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel of young love, family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.Young Adult // Ages 14 - 17
* National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2022 Winner)
To affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
written by Jas Hammonds
What's more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? When seventeen-year-old Avery moves to rural Georgia to live with her ailing grandmother, she encounters decade-old family secrets and a mystery surrounding the town's racist past. Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in a YA debut that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.Young Adult // Ages 14 - 18
* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022* A Kirkus Best Books of 2022* A Parents Magazine Best Books of 2022* People magazine's Best Children's Books of 2022
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 16, 2022 at 10:29 AM by Genesis Gaule
How many of you read The Happy Hollisters by Andrew E. Svenson under the pseudonym Jerry West? A series about a group of siblings that had fun adventures and solved mysteries. As a kid, I devoured them. So…did I read them to my kids and recommend them to my grandchildren?
They were written at a different time, my youth. No one pointed out to the author or publisher that their biases were showing. There are all kinds of explanations I could share as to why that happened and how it was allowed. Important information and valuable to consider especially by a librarian, but isn't at the forefront of a lot of readers’ minds when choosing the next book.
Recommending a book is a gift. If a friend, sibling or teacher highly praises a book, it comes to mind when picking a title to read on the way to Grandmother’s house. Adults like it when Oprah or Reese Witherspoon put together a list, they start at the beginning and read from 1-10. If every 4th and 5th grader wants a Percy Jackson or Diary of a Wimpy Kid book because their friends are reading them, then only a limited number of kids will have their first choice. Others will have to find another title. How do they choose?
This is where personalized recommendations come into play. Library staff are super fantastic at suggesting similar titles. Please ask. We also have Staff Picks marked throughout the library if browsing is your approach. Find out what friends are reading and of course, ask Grandma (or Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor) what she read at your age. Be careful with the age reference unless you’re under 14. Remember you can be the one offering a suggestion. Yes, there are plenty of lists online professionally put together. All good places to start.
So do any of my childhood favorites show up in my children’s hands? I’ll be honest. Not many. There are all kinds of new books that I want to read and share, children’s, junior and adult varieties. Have you tried Elbow Grease by John Cena? This is about an electric car. Those didn’t even exist when I was little. The Fog Catcher’s Daughter by Marianne McShane. Monsters in the Briny by Lynn Becker. This one is for the grandchild that might like a little scare.
What about the rest of the family who need recommendations?
P.S. Swapping books during the holidays is great fun, too!
Tag(s): science fiction, recommendations, reading, picture books, movies, genealogy, fiction, easy fiction, cookbooks, Charlotte Helgeson, article, anime