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
We are very pleased to announce that votes are now being accepted for the 2016 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize! All votes are due April 17, 2016.
Many thanks to Rebecca Johnson, lower school librarian from Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, for sharing these great Irma Black ballots from her enthusiastic students
The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2016 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2015. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers 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.
Purchase a print copy of the 2016 Edition for your collection for $10.00 (plus $3.00 shipping). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for a dialogue on today’s controversial and challenged books for children.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Tabas Auditorium, Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY, 10025
Developing Challenged Children’s Books: Authors and Their Editors
Moderator – Leonard Marcus, Children’s Book Historian
Panelists – Robie H. Harris, It’s Perfectly Normal, Susan Kuklin, Beyond Magenta, editor Hilary Van Dusen, Candlewick; Pete Parnell and Justin Richardson, And Tango Makes Three, editor David Gale, Simon and Schuster
Why Are Young Adult Books Challenged?
Moderator – David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword and The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Vintage Press
Panelists – Meg Medina, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Candlewick; emily m. danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper Collins; Shelly Diaz, School Library Journal, Young Adult Reviewer; Coe Booth, Tyrell, Scholastic
Context and Controversy: Recently Censored and Contested Books for Children
Moderator – Elizabeth Levy, Former Co-Chair of the PEN Children’s Book Committee Panelists – Allie Jane Bruce, Children’s Librarian, Bank Street College of Education; Fatima Shaik, Children’s/Young Adult Books Committee, PEN American Center; Andy Laties, Manager, Bank Street Book Store; Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, School Library Journal; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Editorial Director, Just Us Books, Inc.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Joan Bertin, Director, National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
Looking for resources? We compiled a bibliography of sources authored by or suggested by our panelists.