This Week @ Storytime

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We read the following:

Little Listeners:
One Mitten written by Kristine O’Connell George and illustrated by Maggie Smith
Snowy Flowy Blowy written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri
Whose Footprints? written and illustrated by Molly Coxe

Delicious by Helen Cooper
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

And the Winners Are....

Monday, January 10, 2011

Newbery 2011: Moon over Manifest, written by Clare Vanderpool
Caldecott 2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Geisel 2011: Bink and Gollie,written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Coretta Scott King Author 2011: One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia
CSK Illustrator 2011: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier

A full list of the winners will be available here.

So how did we do as far as predictions?  Well we didn't call the Newbery or the Caldecott Award winners but two of the books we talked about for the Newbery, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, were named Newbery Honor books! What's your opinion on the winners?

Last Minute Newbery and Caldecott Predictions

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The actual Newbery and Caldecott winners will be announced at the American Library Association's mid-winter conference on Monday morning, Jan. 10. So what are our last minute thoughts? For the Caldecott winner we're still predicting Art & Max by David Wiesner or perhaps City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon Muth.

We are finding the Newbery a little harder to try to predict.  Most of us agree that One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a top contender but there have also been a lot of great non-fiction published this year. Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos was a facinating read.  And we almost missed the great poetry in The Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman.  Could this be a non-fiction year for the Newbery? We wouldn't be surprised!

Monday morning we will post the real winners and see how our picks compare!

This Week @ Storytime

Friday, January 7, 2011

Our new storytimes have begun and here's what we read:

Little Listeners
Ten Dirty Pigs written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Pamela Paparone
Mice Squeak, We Speak written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Mouse Chase written by Vivian Sathre and Ilustrated by Ward Schumaker

Angelina Ice Skates by Katharine Holabird
Skating with the Bears by Andrew Breakspeare
Skidamarink pictures by G. Brian Karas

Book Buzz: January 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Here's what we've been busy reading:

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman, illustrated by Rob Shepperson
Hope and Honey Scroggins are sisters born to the most terrible parents. They are so terrible that when Honey disobeys the rule against "no laughing", they abandon her on the side of the road, telling Hope that she must simply "forget" her. But Hope will not forget her sister. She takes to her bed and dreams of Honey day and night. All that dreaming gets Hope whisked away to the World Wide Memory Bank for a delinquent account (since she has only deposited dreams and no memories.) But what Hope doesn’t know is that the Memory Bank may hold the key to finding her sister again. This book has beautiful wordless vignettes interspersed with the chapters to create a sweet story of sisterly love. Alia (J Fiction)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
It’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a new generation.  Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip are four contestants in the annual Candymaking contest. They are all in it to win and they all have secrets to hide. The Candymakers documents two days leading up the official judging, in which the kids learn about the functioning of the Life is Sweet factory and attempt to create their own award-worthy (and drool-worthy) confections. Those two days are recounted from each child’s perspective, stressing different elements of the story and revealing more about the motives behind the intriguing characters.  This one is a quirky mystery with some length, but avid readers will quickly devour it. Meghan (J fiction)

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Elephant and Piggie meets Dog and Bear. Two very curious little girls are the best of friends. Although they do many things together (roller skating, shopping, and eating pancakes) there are times when they need to do things separately as well. This book is filled with three short stories about the girls’ friendship and how you do not always need to agree with your best friend, but compromise is a must! Laugh along with these two girls as they go on their adventure. Jacquie (J fiction)

Just Dessert by Hallie Durand
This is a cute follow up to Dessert First. In this story, Dessert is fed up with her younger siblings and all the mischief they get into. They are ruining her life! She needs to remedy the situation and comes up with a plan that includes her friends who are also fed up with their own siblings. Of course, her problem solving doesn’t run as smoothly as she thought it would. Kristin (J fiction)

On finding good books...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Looking for more resources on how to select good picture books? There's this great post over at the children's design blog Odeedoh. We appreciate the children's librarian shout out and just want to reiterate that we love to give recommendations.  Come talk to us! The more we get to know you and your child, the better we get at recommending books for them. So next time you are in the library please, stop by and say hi!
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