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February 2016

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Storytimes : Soccer   /   Surfing and Swimming 

Readalikes : The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancy   /   Books on Grief and Loss.


Upcoming Events for Children's Librarians


New Maurice Sendak Museum Planned

New Beatrix Potter Book to Publish Fall 2016:

New Introductions for Beverly Cleary's 100th Birthday:

    Anniversary editions of Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s novels will be published this year to honor Cleary’s 100th birthday, April 12, 1916. These editions will feature new introductions by various celebrities and authors, including Amy Poehler and Kate DiCamillo. For more, see: .

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Various literary lists and award winners follows:

Amelia Bloomer list / Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature / Sydney Taylor
South Asia / National Jewish / Rainbow list / Edgar Allen Poe /
Charlotte Zolotow Award / Walter Dean Myers Award / Notable Books for a Global Society
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction /

2016 Amelia Bloomer List Announced

    Rad American Women - cover image

    Children’s books (for ages 0-18) with positive depictions of girls and women are the focus of the annual Amelia Bloomer List, part of the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Round Table. Titles include :

  • Deborah Underwood’s Interstellar Cinderella
  • Kate Schatz’s Rad American Women A to Z
  • Laurie Wallmark’s Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
  • Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky
  • For the full list, see:

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2015-2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected:

    P.S. I Still Love You - cover image

    The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the winners of the 2015 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL). The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded to titles published from October 2014 to September 2015 based on their literary and artistic merit.
    The awards for books for children and teens are awarded to:

    Young Adult :
  • Winner - P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Honor - Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani (Tu Books)
  • Children’s:
  • Winner - Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)
  • Honor - Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins)
  • Picture Book :
  • Winner - Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino (Lee & Low Books)
  • Honor - Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

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Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced

    Ketzel, the Cat who Composed - cover image

    The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series.

    2016 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award
  • Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Ketzel, the Cat who Composed
  • Aharon Appelfeld, Philippe Dumas and Jeffrey M. Green, author, illustrator and translator of Adam and Thomas
  • Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl
  • Five Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2016.

    For Younger Readers, the Honor Books are:
  • Everybody Says Shalom written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, published by Random House
  • Shanghai Sukkah written by Heidi Smith Hyde and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong, published by Kar-Ben Publishing
  • The Honor book in the Older Reader category.

  • Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch, published by Amulet Books
  • For Teen Readers, the Honor books are:

  • Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House
  • Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer, published by Orca Book Publishers.
  • In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated twelve Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2016. More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at Go there for the full list of 2016 winners, honor books, and notable books.

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South Asia Book Award

    Twenty-Cents: Muhammad Yunus and Village Bank- cover image

    In 2015, the South Asia Book Award selected two winning titles and honors to encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce outstanding works on South Asia. The South Asia National Outreach Consortium is a sponsor of the South Asia Book Award, which aims to provide librarians and teachers educational resources containing South Asian content. Below are the authors and winning titles.

  • Winner: Twenty-Cents: Muhammad Yunus and Village Bank by Paula Yoo (Lee & Low)
  • Winner: Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Scholastic/Scholastic PUSH)
  • Honor: Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks.)
  • Honor: Chandra’s Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Therese Heine (Barefoot)
  • Honor: God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Honor: Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliff by Sandra K. Athans (Millbrook)

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National Jewish Book Award :

    Oskar and the Eight Blessings - cover image

    The Jewish Book Council honors literature that "reflects the incredible range of important and powerful stories of the Jewish communities of the past and present." As the top titles for the National Jewish Book Award they selected :

    Children’s Literature
  • Winner: Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon; Mark Siegel (Roaring Brook)
  • Finalist: Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs (Apples and Honey)
  • Finalist: Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld (Triangle Square)
  • Finalist: The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito (Holiday House)
  • YA Literature
  • Winner: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
  • Finalist: Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy (S. & S./Aladdin)
  • Finalist: Audacity by Melanie Crowder (Philomel)
  • Finalist: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)

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Rainbow List Announced :

    More Happy Than Not - cover image

    The Rainbow Book List Committee announced the 2016 Rainbow List on January 11. The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18. The list is intended to aid youth in selecting high-quality books that were published between July 2014 and December 2015. The list also is intended to aid as a collection development or readers’ advisory tool for librarians serving children and young adults.

    Selected titles include :

  • SLJ Best Book - More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • SLJ Best Book - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • SLJ starred title - What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
  • SLJ starred title - Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

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Edgar Allen Poe Awards:

    Catch You Later, Traitor - cover image

    The Mystery Writers of America revealed the nominations for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. The Edgar Allen Poe Awards celebrate the best titles in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television. The nominations for Best Juvenile and YA include SLJ starred Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands and SLJ Best Book The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Below are the other children’s and teen books up for the big award. The winners will be announced at the 70th Gala Banquet, on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

    Best Juvenile

  • Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (Algonquin Young Readers/Workman)
  • If You Find This by Matthew Baker (Hachette/Little, Brown)
  • Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester (HarperCollins/HarperCollins Children’s)
  • Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (S. & S./Aladdin)
  • Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught (S. & S./Paula Wiseman)
  • Best Young Adult

  • Endangered by Lamar Giles (HarperCollins/HarperTeen)
  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen)
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers/Workman)
  • Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (HMH/Clarion Books)

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Charlotte Zolotow Award :

    Drum Dream Girl - cover image
  • Margarita Engle's picture book Drum Dream Girl is the winner of the nineteenth annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book.
  • The 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee named five honor books:

  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick
  • Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise written by Sean Taylor
  • Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peńa
  • The New Small Person written by Lauren Child
  • When Otis Courted Mama Written by Kathi Appelt

    The Zolotow committee also named 10 highly commended titles:

  • Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lynn Ray
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham
  • Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat
  • Maya’s Blanket / La manta de Maya by Monica Brown
  • Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
  • A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara
  • Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy
  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes
  • Water is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul
  • When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang

    For more about the Charlotte Zolotow Award, administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, and the 2016 Zolotow Award books, see the complete press release.

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Walter Dean Myers Award Announced:

    All American Boys - cover image

    The We Need Diverse Books (™) Walter Award Judges Committee has confirmed selections for the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature Young Adult Category. One winner and two honors have been named.

    The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as "The Walter," is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014). Myers was a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature as well as a champion of diversity in children’s and YA books.

    The winner of the first annual Walter award (2016) is the young adult novel All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. The judges also selected two Walter honor books: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon.

    The Judges Panel reviewed titles published during the 2015 calendar year by diverse authors whose work featured a diverse main character or addressed diversity in a meaningful way. In the case of author pairs (or author-illustrator pairs), at least one member of the pair must be from an underrepresented community. The books covered many genres and included both fiction and nonfiction works. The award’s mission is to honor the memory of Walter Dean Myers and his literary heritage, as well as celebrate diversity in teen literature.

    We Need Diverse Books (™) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2014 to address the lack of diverse representation in the children’s publishing industry. The Walter Dean Myers Award is one of many initiatives funded or supported by WNDB (™).

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Notable Books for a Global Society:

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction Named

Do-It-Yourself Program Ideas

Sports Around the World Program

Good for any library at any time of year, and it goes with the 2016 Summer Reading Themes "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" or "Read for the Win!"

Several sports/game-themed crafts and activities will be set up in the library’s outdoor and indoor areas for this summer program. Each table will have at least 2 high school volunteers to run the activity at that station. If we run out of materials at a station, we will close it.

Community groups that could be partners:

  • High school service clubs can be your volunteers : Octagon, Interact, Key club, etc.
  • The Friends of the Library or a local grocery store could provide bottled water, watermelon, and orange slices for refreshments.
  • A local miniature golf park, bowling alley, or other sports-related business could provide free passes to attendees. Or, if they can only provide a few passes, use them as prizes.
  • A local comic book shop could donate some sports trading cards to use as prizes.
  • As an icebreaker, host a local gymnastic club or martial arts school to do a free demonstration to show off their sport, and possibly obtain new students.
  • Icebreaker activity:
    Dress in your favorite team jersey (such as the Golden State Warriors), and read aloud a story to the group before sending them out to the activities.

    For example:

  • Ballpark by Eileen R. Meyer - A boy and his grandfather attend their first major league baseball game together.
  • Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts - Sierra would like her aunt to see her play soccer but usually her aunt works on Saturdays.
  • Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester - Tacky the penguin trains hard for the Winter Olympics even though his chances of earning a medal are slim.
  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day by Harry Allard - Scary substitute teacher Viola Swamp comes back to the Horace B. Smedley School to coach the losing football team.
  • Beach Ball Over/Under:
    If you have a large group of kids to entertain, divide them into teams. Have each team stand in a front-to-back line. When you say "go," have the first person pass the ball over their head to the person behind them. The second person takes the ball from the first and passes it between their legs to the person behind them. You continue the Over/Under pattern to get the ball to the end of the line. The first team to get the ball from the front of the line to the back wins. You can also have the teams return the ball to the front of the line following the same method for an added challenge.


    Games and Activities:

    For more children’s games from around the world, check out:

    Penny Peck,
    SJSU iSchool

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