The Winner Is...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Caldecott Winner:
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Honor Books:
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend by Tonu Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Newbery Winner:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Honor Books:
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Check out the complete list of Youth Media Award Winners HERE.

This Week @ Story Time

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Bear Snores On written by Karma Wilson
and illustrated by Jane Chapman
We're Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen
and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle

Story Time:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

Caldecott 2013: Thoughts and Predictions

Saturday, January 19, 2013

For librarians, January is all about the awards -- not the Golden Globes or the Oscars, though. We are all excited for the Newberry and Caldecott Medals.  What will win? What will be an honor book? These are the questions on the minds of librarians throughout January. The 2013 awards will be announced at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28, from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Here are some of our thoughts on the Caldecott while we wait...

I think Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole will get a nod from the committee. If it doesn't win, I'm betting it gets an honor. I love how the pen and ink illustration convey the tension in the story. -Alia

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, ill. R. Gregory Christie tells a uniquely American story. The folk-art illustraions are done in the style of Bill Traylor, tying it all together. -Melissa
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has such innovative cutouts and lush oil paint textures. There hasn't been a concept book among past winners. Maybe it's time for a change. -Meghan

I adore Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee but I think it's a long shot as far as the awards are concerned. Still, I would love to see it get some recognition, mostly because I dream of living in that adorable little green house! Frazee has a way of making you feel like you could just walk right in to one of her scenes. -Alia
My three favorites are: A Home for Bird by Philip C . Stead, Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum – I love the role reversal of the Mom and son on the first day of school – and Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee – the emotion conveyed in the simple illustrations of the dogs is fantastic. – Kristin
My pick for the 2013 Caldecott winner is: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff.  I love the vibrant colors and how each page leads into the next color. -Susan

Let us know what you think about this year's picture books. Join us for our 2013 Mock Caldecott. Everyone is invited to attend and vote on their favorite picture book. Tuesday, January 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What we read:

Little Listeners:
written and illustrated by Keith Graves
Ten Go Tango written by Arthur Dorros and
illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Hop Jump written and illustrated by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Story Time:
Jackhammer Sam by Peter Mandel
The Grumpy Dump Truck by Brie Spangler
Big Dig: A Pop-Up Construction by Paul Strickland

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What we read:

Little Listeners:

Owl Babies written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson

Hello, Day! written and illustrated by Anita Lobel

In My Tree written by Sara Gillingham and illustrated by Lorena Siminovich

Story Time:

Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar by David Carter

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Crazy for Cookies Pics

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book Buzz, January 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-creator of Batman
by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Are you a fan of Batman?  If so, you will find this graphic novel biography fascinating! It tells the little-known story of the co-creator of Batman.  You may recognize the name Bob Kane as the creator of this famous character.  However, Bill Finger was instrumental in developing the image of the character you are familiar with today, as well as the storylines and major villains in the classic comic book. Learn why he never got the credit he deserved for all of his ideas. This is a quick and entertaining read. Kristin (J Bio Graphic Novel)

Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets
by Eric Luper
Jeremy and his best friend, Slater, worry about the trouble they’ll be in for ruining the engine of Jeremy’s dad’s boat. Unfortunately, they have no money to cover the cost of repairs. Luckily, the Cupcake Cadets (modeled after the Girl Scouts) are holding a contest with a 500 dollar cash prize. Of course, winning the money proves harder than it seems. Not only do Jeremy and Slater have to pretend to be girls to join the Cadets, they then have to sell 100 cupcakes and earn three Cadet badges in order to qualify for the contest. Will the truth come out? And even if it doesn’t, will Jeremy and Slater be able to win the contest and get the money they need to avoid Dad’s wrath?  This hilarious book is great on audio. Meghan (J Fiction)

39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers: Shatterproof by Roland Smith
Once again, Vesper One holds all the cards.  Dan and Amy are given another mission in order to keep the hostages safe.  This time, they are sent to Berlin to steal a very valuable diamond.  When the mission does not go well, they are given 24 hours and one last task, or a hostage will die.  This fast paced book takes us from Berlin to the famed Black Forest and even to Timbuktu.  Will Dan and Amy be able to stop the Vespers from killing one of their family members?  It does not look good for the Cahills... Jacquie (J fiction)

Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman
The year is 1599 and young Will Sparrow is on the run.  He’s barefoot and penniless, with no friends or family. Will calls himself a liar and a thief who cares for nothing but his own belly, but as he travels alone on the road, he quickly learns that he is not as tricky as he thought.  Then Will finds a job with a collector of oddities, travelling from market fair to market fair. How can Will determine who he can trust?  Will he be betrayed again?  Check out this new book from Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife’s Apprentice. Alia (J Fiction)

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