Black History Month is observed every February in the United States. Black history is American history, however, observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional in learning about this topic. There are so many wonderful books that were published this past year. Narrowing down our list has been difficult at best. In addition, the American Library Association announced the children’s literature awards for 2019 on January 27. A few of the books that we had chosen to feature during Black History Month are among those awards: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson You’ve probably heard the phrase “swept the Oscars,” well, this new picture book “swept the awards.” It won the Caldecott Medal which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Honor titles are generally selected each year as well. Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honoree, but this is his first Caldecott Medal. The Undefeated was also named as one of four Newbery Honor winning titles. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover. The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are perhaps the two most prestigious awards in the field of children’s literature, so for this book to recognized in both categories, it is truly an exceptional work. The Undefeated was also awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The Coretta Scott King 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. In The Undefeated, Alexander gives us a poetic tribute [...]
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Each year the American Library Association awards outstanding books for children and young adults. Awards include including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. (Complete list) This year's winners include: New Kid - Jerry CraftInstead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. The Undefeated Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Written by Kwame Alexander The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Dig - A.S. King Five white teenage cousins who are struggling with the failures and racial ignorance of their dysfunctional parents and their wealthy grandparents, reunite for Easter. Just Ask – Sonia Sotomayor Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. Field Guide to the North American Teenager - Ben Philippe When Norris, a black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as cliches from "a bad 90s teen movie." Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln - Margarita Engle Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.
The Splendid and the Vile - Erik Larson New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City delivers a startlingly fresh portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. The Holdout - Graham Moore A woman is wrongly implicated in a murder one decade after convincing the members of a deadlocked jury to return a not-guilty verdict. By the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game. The Worst Best Man - Mia Sosa A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn't lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina's offered an opportunity that could change her life. There's just one hitch... she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials. The Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love. A Well Behaved Woman - Therese Ann Fowler The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.
Which is better, the book or the movie? Get a head start this year on some great books that will be released as movies in 2020. Little Women (Currently in Theaters) Based loosely on Louisa May Alcott's own upbringing, Little Women follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl has a vision of what their ideal future will bring, though ultimately experiencing, as most young do, something completely different. Little Women, originally written as two volumes, was a great commercial success and is considered one of the most widely read American novels. Artemis Fowl (May 29th) Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of the bedtime stories-they're dangerous! Woman in the Window (May 15th) Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock. News of the World (December 25th) In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Rebecca (Netflix - TBD) The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at [...]
Reading can be snow much fun, and there are lots of new snowy and wintry titles from which to choose. We’ve reviewed several, so why not grab a few and cuddle up for a good read. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Winter and Snow Bear is Awake! An Alphabet Story by Hannah E. Harrison Bear wakes up in the middle of winter and goes on an adventure through the alphabet with the young girl he befriends. A very clever and humorous story. Biscuit’s Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories Biscuit, the little yellow puppy, plays in the sledding race in this new easy reader. The Boy and the Bear by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Sarah Massini A boy and a bear become good friends but when winter comes and the bear disappears to hibernate, the boy spends a long winter missing his friend. The illustrations add a charming touch to this sweet, gentle story. Croc & Turtle Snow Fun! by Mike Wohnoutka Croc wants to play outside, but Turtle wants to stay inside where it’s warm. How will these two friends settle this dilemma? The illustrations should elicit some giggles for sure! A Day for Skating by Sarah Sullivan, illus. by Madeline Valentine Short, rhyming text and watercolor illustrations depict the story of activity on a frozen pond. A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba, illus. by Alea Marley In this picture book a young girl, through the help of a friend, learns to appreciate the beauty [...]
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WHAT IS THE WINTER READ CHALLENGE? Winter Read Challenge is a reading challenge where you can complete reading missions throughout December, January, and February in order to be entered to win prizes. RULES Complete any of their choice of 5 challenges out of the 10 offered. For any challenge you complete after 5 you'll be given another entry into the prize drawing, so you can earn a total of 6 entries. Entry forms can be picked up (or printed from this site) starting on December 1st and must be returned by February 29th to qualify for the prize drawing. PRIZES Our grand prize this year is a $50 Amazon gift card. Second and third place winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
If you are a Hallmark movie junkie, you probably know that some of your favorites are also books! Can you find true love in a mall? In this book made into a Hallmark movie, yes. Check out The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. Two strangers meet and agree to help each other out during the holidays by acting as a couple. They agree on "rules" of their arrangement but after getting to know one another, will they be able to keep their "Mistletoe Promise"? Wrapped Up in Christmas Janice Lynn A gift of warmth to heal two hearts… Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects-like making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Bodie Lewis is lost. All he's ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker. Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn't immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she's turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah's presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he'd left far behind on the battlefield: hope. Christmas In Evergreen Nancy Naigle A snowy small town. A snow globe that grants wishes. A love that's meant to be. Evergreen, Vermont is about to be in the rearview mirror of Allie Shaw's vintage red pickup truck. It's [...]