Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 20, 2019

Youth Media Awards
Monday, January 28th 8am (PT) which means 11:00am (ET) for us

Taken from the ALA site:
Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guides parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. 

The Youth Media Awards announcement day is an exciting one for book lovers. I am inviting any students who would like to watch the announcements with me to come to Room 18 during fourth grade recess from 11:15-11:45am if they can make it work with their schedules. There are probably a few titles your child is hoping will be awarded that shiny sticker. With that in mind, I am going to share books this week that I think are outstanding and have already gotten awards in my heart of hearts. 

Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal as defined by the American Library Association:
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Click here for Newbery Winners 1922-Present 

My Newbery Picks

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, (2018)
by Leslie Connor
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The Benefits of Being an Octopus, (2018)
by Ann Braden
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Amal Unbound, (2018)
by Aisha Saeed
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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, (2018)
by Jonathan Auxier
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Lifeboat 12, (2018)
by Susan Hood
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Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal as defined by the American Library Association:
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

My Caldecott Picks

The Rough Patch, (2018)
by Brian Lies
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The Wall in the Middle of the Book, (2018)
by Jon Agee
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The Day You Begin, (2018)
words by Jacqueline Woodson and pictures by Rafael Lopez
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Saffron Ice Cream, (2018)
by Rashin Kheiriyeh
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Thank You, Omu! (2018)
by Oge Mora
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Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Award as defined by the American Library Association:
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Click here for Coretta Scott King Award Winners 1970 - Present

My Coretta Scott King Picks

Ghost Boys, (2018)
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Harbor Me, (2018)
by Jacqueline Woodson
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Blended, (2018)
by Sharon Draper
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Tight, (2018)
by Torrey Maldonado
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Pura Belpre Award
Pura Belpre Award as defined by the American Library Association: 
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Click here for Pura Belpre Award Winners 1996 - Present

My Pura Belpre Picks

Dreamers, (2018)
by Yuyi Morales
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Merci Suarez Changes Gears, (2018)
by Meg Medina
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To celebrate the awards next week we will read aloud Barrington's own Anika Aldamuy Denise's gorgeous new picture book biography about the extraordinary woman this award is named after. She will be doing a book signing at Barrington Books on February 9th from 1-3pm if you are interested in having your own book signed. 

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre, (Jan 15, 2019)
words by Anika Aldamuy Denise and pictures by Paola Escobar
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Friday, January 11, 2019

January 13, 2019

Sven Carter and the Trashmouth Effect, (2017)
by Rob Vlock

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Sven Carter and the Android Army, (2018)
by Rob Vlock

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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, (2017)
words by Cynthia Levinson and pictures by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs, (2018)
by Matt Phelan

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What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, (2018)
words by Chris Barton and pictures by Ekua Holmes

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Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! (2018)
words by Trudy Ludwig and pictures by Patrice Barton

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Friday, January 4, 2019

January 6, 2019

Letters About Literature

If you are handing your letter in to Mrs. Roy, please bring it to school by Monday, January 7th. If you are submitting electronically, you have until January 11th to do so. Here is the link with all the details. 

Rooster Readers Family Book Club
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:30 - 7:30pm
Please join us to discuss the following three titles:

Happy New Year! 

Author Julie Falatko is hilarious. A few years ago our school voted Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) as our 2017 HMS Mock Caldecott book.  Now she has a new hybrid series that is sure to delight. I will be raffling off Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go To School bookmarks with every class this week. Julie was kind enough to mail them to share with the students of HMS!

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #1), 2018
words by Julie Falatko and pictures by Colin Jack

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Coming Out on January 29th!!!!

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This RICBA nominee is the first in a fantasy series. Remember that in order to vote after February vacation, you need to read at least three titles from this list

The Wizard's Dog (The Wizard's Dog #1) , (2017)
by Eric Kahn Gale

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The next in the series:

The Wizard's Dog Fetches the Grail (Wizard's Dog #2), 2018
by Eric Kahn Gale

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Full disclosure: I fall in love with every single thing Kate DiCamillo writes. It feels as though she writes to kids and adults at the exact same time. Or maybe she writes to the kid inside all of us. If you have not read Raymie Nightingale, read that one first and then Louisiana's Way Home. Although they take place in the 1970s, I am categorizing it as realistic fiction and not historical fiction because there was no historical event going on to impact the story. They are both just relatable stories.

Louisiana's Way Home, (2018)
by Kate DiCamillo

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Another confession: I change the call numbers to 741.5 on this amazing series so they "live" in the graphic novel shelves where students will easily find them. 

Solar System: Our Place in Space (Science Comics), 2018
words by Rosemary Mosco and pictures by Jon Chad

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The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume One, (2018)
by Various

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The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume Two, (2018)
by Various

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