Join us at Bank Street on Thursday, May 19 to celebrate the 2016 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize winners and honor books! We are delighted that KidLitTV will once again be livestreaming the ceremony so classrooms near and far can join in the fun!
Scott Magoon, illustrator of the 2013 Irma Black Award winner Big Mean Mike, is this year’s keynote speaker. Mara Rockcliff, Laurie Wallmark, Lisa Schnell, and Anne Vittur Kennedy will all be on hand to celebrate. We are looking forward to a fantastic morning!
For more on this year’s awards, check out ‘Jon Agee and Mara Rockcliff Win Prestigious Bank Street Awards‘ in School Library Journal.
Congratulations to this year’s winners and honor books and many thanks to School Library Journal and KidLitTV for their continued support
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
(Philomel Books, 2016)
Winter 1945, four teenagers struggle to survive before the Soviets conquer Germany. They board a ship that promises safety, but leads to tragedy. Maps and author’s note included.
Our Young Reviewer says:
Salt to the Sea avoids many of the pitfalls of a stereotypical adventure novel while retaining the elements that make young adult novels engrossing (e.g. action, suspense, and moral and ethical challenges) and while containing interesting historical information. …As the plot progresses, Sepetys avoids many tropes of the young adult genre. For example, only one romance emerges, and it feels authentic. And characters die. Of the nine main and minor characters, only four survive the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. This facet of the book is important not only because it sets the book apart from more simplistic young adult novels, but also because it reinforces the main theme that, as General Tecumseh Sherman said after the Civil War, “war is Hell!”
– Foster, 16, Anchorage, AK
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You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Barry Blitt
(Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015)
How did a “goofball” mediocre baseball player become possibly the greatest manager in baseball history? Playful watercolors. (7-9)
Our Young Reviewer says:
This book is great for baseball fans or for those who enjoy a fun biography. It reads almost like a tall tale, but it’s true. It’s funny, but has a message about working hard and believing in yourself. Casey sticks to his guns and is ultimately successful. He can laugh at himself and gets the last laugh too.
– Dante, 12, Amagansett, NY