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Children’s Book Committee – July Pick

July 7, 2014

sea-turtle-scientist

Sea Turtle Scientist
by Stephen R. Swinburne
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR
2014

Scientist Kimberly Stewart leads the fascinating study of the life cycle and behavioral habits of an ancient and endangered species and explores the efforts to save them. Explicit, vivid photos. (9-13)

Our Young Reviewers say:

We liked the pictures and photographs – especially the one that showed all the turtles, how they are endangered and what we can do to help them. Also, we enjoyed how kids are learning about the conservation of the turtles as well as how they survive. Scientists study the turtles without affecting them.
– Wesley, Age 16 & Tristan, Age 15, Wilmington, NC

See our past monthly picks.

Summer Reading 2014

June 10, 2014

Many thanks to Children’s Librarian Allie Bruce for sharing her 2014 Bank Street summer reading lists. They include her tips for making summer reading a non-chore and have already been scooped up by eager parents, students, teachers, and faculty. So print, share, and most importantly enjoy!

 

Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition

June 5, 2014

The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2013. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole. To learn more about the process, please see our Review Guidelines.

Children’s Book Committee – June Pick

June 4, 2014

beyond-magenta

Beyond Magenta
by Susan Kuklin
Candlewick
2014

Six teens come out as transgender. They speak of problems–social and familial–and the pleasure in being who they are. Photographs show changes.

Our Young Reviewer says:

The modern civil rights movement has expanded to fight for the rights of people with different sexual preferences and identities; Beyond Magenta addresses the transgender part of the movement. The book presents six stories—told through annotated transcripts of interviews—of courageous and articulate transgender teenagers. Through these intriguing stories, the book provides interesting details about and insights into the experiences of teenagers with gender-identity issues. Rather than relying on clinical language, Kuklin uses transgenders’ own thoughts and feelings to define transgender and to explore the problems they face—such as being trapped in an alien body, being rejected by family and friends, and enduring extensive physical and psychological bullying—and their solutions.
– Foster, Age 14, Anchorage, AK

The 2014 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize Ceremony: The Video

May 28, 2014

The 2014 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize Ceremony: A Photo-Essay

May 23, 2014

A great time was had by all in Tabas Auditorium on Thursday morning, May 22!

President Elizabeth Dickey (r.) greets Maggie Bradley, wife of Don Cook (for whom, together with Michael Cook, the Cook Prize is dedicated).

President Elizabeth Dickey (r.) greets Maggie Bradley, wife of Don Cook (for whom, together with Michael Cook, the Cook Prize is dedicated).

President Elizabeth Dickey and Alexis Wright, Dean of Children's Programs, chat with Connie Black Engle (daughter of Irma S. and James H. Black, for whom the Irma Black Award is named) and Connie's husband, Earl Engle (l. to r.).

President Elizabeth Dickey and Alexis Wright, Dean of Children’s Programs, chat with Connie Black Engle (daughter of Irma S. and James H. Black, for whom the Irma Black Award is named) and Connie’s husband, Earl Engle (l. to r.).

Keynote speakers Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, co-authors of Battle Bunny, and also both previous Irma Black Award honorees, bring the house down.

Keynote speakers Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, co-authors of Battle Bunny, and also both previous Irma Black Award honorees, bring the house down.

Peachtree publisher Margaret Quinlin accepts an Irma Black Honor on behalf of author Julie Middleton and artist Russell Ayto, creators of Are the Dinosaurs, Dead, Dad?

Peachtree publisher Margaret Quinlin accepts an Irma Black Honor on behalf of author Julie Middleton and artist Russell Ayto, creators of Are the Dinosaurs, Dead, Dad?

Lenore Jennewein accepts an Irma Black Honor for her book Chick-O-Saurus Rex, illustrated by her husband, Daniel Jennewein.

Lenore Jennewein accepts an Irma Black Honor for her book Chick-O-Saurus Rex, illustrated by her husband, Daniel Jennewein.

Author Bil Lepp (l.) and artist David T. Wenzel (r.) accept an Irma Black Honor for their book The King of Little Things.

Author Bil Lepp (l.) and artist David T. Wenzel (r.) accept an Irma Black Honor for their book The King of Little Things.

Author Sara Levine leads the group in a game of "Simon Says" to point out everything from hips to phalanges for her Cook Prize Honor book Bone by Bone.

Author Sara Levine leads the group in a game of “Simon Says” to point out everything from hips to phalanges for her Cook Prize Honor book Bone by Bone.

Deborah Heiligman, author of the Cook Prize Winner, The Boy Who Loved Math, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, discussed the seeds of the book and how she conducted her research.

Deborah Heiligman, author of the Cook Prize Winner, The Boy Who Loved Math, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, discussed the seeds of the book and how she conducted her research.

Mac Barnett, Connie Black Engle, and Jon Scieszka after the ceremony.

Mac Barnett, Connie Black Engle, and Jon Scieszka after the ceremony.

What a line-up!

What a line-up!

Photos by Cheryl Simon

Children’s Book Committee – May Pick

May 14, 2014

grandmaster

Grandmaster
by David Klass
Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
2014

When chess teammates invite a novice player to a father-son weekend tournament, he discovers his father’s dark secret and much more.

Our young reviewer says:

Last year during seventh grade, every day I played chess against one kid. Each day was a new game and with each game both I and my opponent improved. Having this knowledge of the game of chess helped me to understand Grandmaster more in depth. That was the part of Grandmaster that was really special and the thing that appealed most to me. I spent a year playing chess, and now having a book that revolves around chess made me relate and feel like I was a part of the book. The part of the book that I didn’t like was the way that David Klass tried to weave in romance. It didn’t really fit with all the themes and events. The book as a whole would have been better without the extra storyline.

-Adam, Age 14, Highland Park, NJ

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