RSSCategory: Award Winners

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander | Book Review

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander | Book Review

This is a book young people will probably want to read more than once, both for the themes in the story and for the author’s storytelling. It will appeal to middle grade readers who like sports – especially basketball – and coming of age stories.

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Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman | Book Review

| March 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman | Book Review

In the kingdom of Goredd, humans and dragons have lived and worked side by side for more than forty years, a treaty of peace signed, and the past war forgotten. But when a member of the royal family is brutally murdered and the finger of blame points to dragons, it appears that not all is forgotten, or forgiven.

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Book Titles: Creating a Good Book Name | Rachel Hartman, Author of Seraphina

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Book Titles: Creating a Good Book Name | Rachel Hartman, Author of Seraphina

Shadow Scale jumped out at me. It was more complex than it first appeared, I realized in that moment, because “scale” could mean several different things.

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming | Book Review

| February 14, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming | Book Review

An absolutely fascinating read for teens and anyone who is interested in a richly described account of imperialist Russia.

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Seven Middle Grade Books for African American History Month

| February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
Seven Middle Grade Books for African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Sharing these books with young readers comes with the responsibility to discuss … progress towards equality.

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Caldecott Award: Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner | 2015

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Caldecott Award: Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner | 2015

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner

The most distinguished American picture book for children, announced by the American Library Association.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

Seriously, there are some VERY good books on this list of best selling middle grade books; including Kevin Henkes’ The Year of Billy Miller and Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind.

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Leo Lionni: Celebrate the Brilliance

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Leo Lionni: Celebrate the Brilliance

Leo Lionni’s works as a celebrated author and illustrator have elevated the standards on what it means to successfully utilize simplicity and sophistication to create the perfect picture book.

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown | Bull-Bransom Award Winner, 2014

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown | Bull-Bransom Award Winner, 2014

The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wy, announced that children’s book author/ illustrator Peter Brown is the recipient of the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award for his 2013 picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. The judges called it “an exceptional tribute to the wild and rambunctious energy in all children” and they praised it for the way the Brown “plays around with the idea of ‘wildlife’ in very visual ways.”

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Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

This is a charming book in so many ways, and definitely fun for a family to enjoy together. It will appeal to readers ages 5 to 8, who like stories about Spanish culture, stories about sisters, and surprising revelations about parents.

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