Mock Caldecotts and Siebert Smackdowns
Every year teachers around the country get their kids buzzing about books and the ALA Youth Media Awards (held at the end of January) by holding their own mock competitions. Author Melissa Stewart explains how it works in this blog post and teacher Michele Knott talks about how these projects enourage young readers to look through a critical lens. Thanks for sharing these photos with me and congrats to all the winners!
Happy Holidays to All!
Best Books of Year Lists
Love this time of year when everyone looks back at the books published in the past 12 months and remembers the ones that wowed us; the ones that made us giggle, shed a tear, or mull over a big idea; the ones we couldn't wait to share with kids. So many riches in 2016! I have more favorites than I could possibly name, but here are two picture books I thought broke the mould:
And when one of your own books makes a Best Book of the Year list? What a gift! Thanks to these sites for including ADA'S VIOLIN on your lists:
International Reading Association: Notable Books for a Global Society 2017
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award: Recommended Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
New York Public Library: 100 Best Books for Kids 2016
Center for the Study of Multicultural Studies: Best Books of 2016
California Reading Association: Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Medal
SLJ and Fuse 8's 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books selected by Betsy Bird
The 2016 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books
All the Wonders: Best of 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books
So You Want to Write a Children's Book
Another highlight of the month was this sold-out, full-day workshop hosted by the Fairfield Public Library in Fairfield, CT. Kudos to Town Librarian Karen Ronald and her staff and especially to event organizer (and children's book illustrator) MaryJo Scott for a fabulous day!
Jennifer Thermes, Deborah Freedman, me, Karlin Gray, Tracy Newman.
Not pictured: Ann Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell
Michaela MacColl, Ann Haywood Leal, Christine Pakkala,
Susan Ross, Elise Broach, Tony Abbott, Nora Raleigh Baskin,
and Moderator Susannah Richards