Friday, February 7, 2014

Olympic Fever!

I don't know about you, but I definitely get Olympic fever! (And I really appreciate the Winter Olympics coming so soon after the Superbowl -- helps cure the no-more-football blues). In the spirit of the Sochi Games, why not pick up a book or few? Here are some ideas ...

A Note: For some topics, I'm giving a quick link to a selection of relevant books in the catalog. Use this as a starting point for an Olympic Scavenger Hunt of sorts, because this is just the beginning ...

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics
Figure Skating: A History
The Official Book of Figure Skating
Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun
It's a Big World, Little Pig!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Youth Media Award Winners

Every year, the American Library Association gives a number of awards to authors and illustrators for books, videos and audiobooks. The 2014 winners and honorees were announced Monday at the annual Midwinter Meeting, and it's an impressive list! For more details about the individual awards (or to check previous winners), you can visit the ALA site.

Here's a list of the winners and honorees you can find in the Library (either here in Archdale, or available elsewhere in the system):

John Newberry Medal Winner
John Newberry Honor Book
John Newberry Honor Book

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner
Caldecott Honor Book
Caldecott Honor Book
Caldecott Honor Book 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor Book

Michael L Printz Honor Book

Schneider Family Award Winner (Ages 0-10)
Schneider Family Award Winner (Teen)

Alex Award
Alex Award
Alex Award
Alex Award

Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book

Sibert Honor Book
Sibert Honor Book 
Sibert Honor Book

Stonewall Book Award Winner (Young Adult)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner 
Geisel Honor Book
Geisel Honor Book
Geisel Honor Book

Morris Award Finalist
Morris Award Finalist

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner
YALSA Award Finalist

Friday, January 24, 2014

Polar Books for Winter

Brr! It looks like the polar vortex has decided to share cold weather with us for a while, making it really feel like winter! If it's going to be so cold outside, why not check out some snowy, wintry books to read?

The Snowy Day: Ezra Jack Keats (E)
The Snow Must Go On!: Molly Wigand (E)
The Abominable Snowman Doesn't
Roast Marshmallows
Debbie Dadey (J-1st Chap)
Snowflake Bentley: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (JB)
The Abominables: Eva Ibbotson (J)
Snowboard Maverick: Matt Christopher (J-1st Chap)
The Willows in Winter: William Horwood (J)
Show Me Polar Animals (J 590.911 AMSTUT)
Cold Spell: Jackson Pearce (YA)
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
Winterdance: Gary Paulsen (798.8 PAULSE)
Alaska: James Michener (F)
The Longest Winter: Katherine Lambert (919.8 LAMBER)
Curl up with a cup  of hot chocolate (or tea, or coffee!) and a warm blanket to stay warm and cozy while it's so cold outside -- and in your books!
Do you have a favorite winter-themed book? Do you like to read "cold things" while it's cold outside, or would you rather read "warm things"?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Today is one of those little known celebration days:

If you're a story-loving reader, or even just a Library-hang-outer, what better way to appreciate dragons than to pick up a dragon story (or several)? Dragons are increasingly popular among all readers, but there are some really nice offerings for "younger" readers that all ages can enjoy ...

The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
As someone who has seen The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug multiple times already, how could I not include this dragon story? Smaug may not be THE central focus, but he plays a pretty huge role in the book.

The Firelight trilogy: Sophie Jordan
A YA trilogy about a girl who discovers she is a draki - a descendant of dragons with the ability to take human form. Of course there's going to be all kinds of drama and intrigue with a discovery like that!

Seraphina: Rachel Hartman
Another teenager girl discovers there's more to her life than appears, with shape-shifting dragons, royal coups and music. (I hear there's going to be a sequel published in 2015).

How to Train Your Dragon series: Cressida Cowell
If you've seen the movie, you know this is not your average dragon-viking story. This upper elementary/middle grades series is a fun read for all ages. (And if you haven't seen the movie yet, you should!)

 The Last Dragon Chronicles: Chris D'Lacey
Another upper elementary/middle grades series (with incredibly cool covers), follows the adventures of David, a boy who discovers dragons and their powers.

The Ice Dragon: George R. R. Martin
Yep, Game of Thrones author Martin has written a children's (upper elementary) book about a girl and her ice dragon buddy. Definitely a story older dragon readers can enjoy too.

And, of course, there are plenty of adorable picture books too ...

King Jack and the Dragon
The Knight and the Dragon
The Princess Knight
Paper Bag Princess
Where's the Dragon?
Old MacDonald Had a Dragon