Tuesday, January 29, 2013

And the winners are...

The American Library Association announced its 2013 book award winners yesterday, January 28. We own many of these titles, so stop by and take a look!

Caldecott Medal:
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klaussen

Caldecott Honor:
Creepy Carrots! by Peter Brown
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Sleep Like a Tiger by Pamela Zagarenski

Newbery Medal: The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal-- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cold weather reading

Winter is a good time to do some reading! (Well, I think any season is a good time for reading, but winter is especially good!) Here are some suggestions for these cold winter days:

Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillaud-- if you've ever wondered what it's like to go to school in Alaska when the temperatures dip below freezing, this book will tell you all about it! The photographs depict the challenges of going to recess when it's 20 below zero out there.

No Two Alike by Keith Baker begins with the fact that no two snowflakes are alike and then lists all the other items (including people) that are not exactly alike. Beautiful illustrations.

For older students (grades 5 - 8), I just started reading One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. It is a very compelling story--it is set in 1871 in rural Wisconsin. The first line of the book refers to Georgie's sister's funeral as "not her last". Georgie sets out, shortly thereafter, to find her sister Agatha who everyone else assumes is dead. Very well written--this will keep you up reading to find out what happens to our heroine!

Another book about a lost sibling is The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver. Liza is suspicious when her brother, Patrick, starts acting differently. She finds that the spindlers, fantastic creatures who live Below, have stolen Patrick's soul. Liza goes on an amazing journey to retrieve the soul of her brother. This book reminds me of Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, another excellent fantasy novel.

Stay tuned for the American Library Association's announcement next week of the Caldecott and Newbery award winners! 

Monday, January 07, 2013

Books about bullying

In connection with our Olweus bullying prevention kickoff on January 4, I'd like to highlight some books for children about bullying. We own all of the titles listed below and many are also available at the public libraries.

How to Be a Friend by Laurene Brown (1998)

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (2001)

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements (2001)

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes -- A classic that is still very relevant in 2013!

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester (1999)

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig (2005)

My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig (2005)

Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying by Becky R. McCain (2001)

Say Something by Peggy Moss (2004) -- This is the book that was read to all Lawrence students during the kickoff meetings on January 4.

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill (2002)

Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco (2001)

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain (1997)

Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge by Susan Shreve (1995)

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2000)

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012) -- I read this book last week to all the fifth grade classes and it promoted some excellent discussion.