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ALA Award Winners

They announced the youth award winners this past Monday and I completely forgot to post about them. Mainly because the books that won are not ones I’ve read. I heard a lot of buzz about Ghost by Jason Reynolds winning the Newbery and he was on some of the honor lists but did not win anything. Here are the ones that did (the most popular ones anyway – full list here). Maybe you know them and can recommend them to me!

Newbery medal


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Caldecott award & Coretta Scott King (illustrator)


Radiant Child by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Coretta Scott King (author), Michael L. Printz award, Robert F. Sibert award & YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction


March : Book Three by John Lewis

Theodore Seuss Geisel award


We are Growing! by Laurie Keller


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SLJ Best of 2016

Best of lists are coming out. School Library Journal has theirs up! Check it out for all your holiday shopping needs. Books they have on their list that I agree with are as follows..

Picture Books


Flora and the Peacocks. I love Flora & all her books.

Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cueves illustrated by Erin Stead which I read but didn’t review.

Middle Grade


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. I can’t say I loved this one but, here it is.


The Best Man by Richard Peck. NEED TO READ THIS! It’s on lists galore.

Young Adult


The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. I checked this out awhile ago, probably 6+ months ago, when someone at my old job suggested it. It takes place in 1241. Making that time period into a “best book” takes work, so I have no doubt it is amazing.

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The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge by and Scythe by Neal Shusterman are books that were also on the Publisher’s Weekly best books of 2016 list (as was The Best Man). So they must be good. I’ve checked out both. My husband started reading Scythe, and he never reads. Take that as a glowing review!

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Winter Storms


I hope this holiday series continues forever. Book one, Winter Street, and book two, Winter Stroll, set up a lovely little family who live on Nantucket. Most of them anyway. This third book has one of my favorite characters on his way to heaven. I really hope they don’t die. Anyway, this is a great series to get in the holiday spirit and I adore reading them every year to put me in the mood for presents, trees & mistletoe. It ended with a horrible snowstorm so I can’t say its helped alleviate my hatred towards snow.

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Library Cards Rule!

It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month! Here are 5 reasons to have a library card via Book Riot. Visit their article to see the explanations. Some of them are amazingly ambiguous 🙂

  1. It’s free!
  2. You don’t have to wear pants to visit the library (aka Overdrive).
  3. The library can help you get shit done.
  4. Getting a library card helps your library.
  5. Your card gives you access to things outside of your local library.

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“Why aren’t you having kids?” is a question I get asked a lot. An excessive amount actually. Among the many reasons I have there is one that can’t be talked down. The state of this world. I have no doubts my imaginary child would do whatever they could to make this world a better place because I’m awesome and therefore they would be awesome but this world is not good enough for them. They deserve better. Someone please protect all the children who are growing up with this as their world.

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Research shows preschoolers who watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood develop social and emotional skills

I have talked to others about the strangeness of Daniel Tiger in the past. I love Mr Rogers and the first time I saw Daniel Tiger I was completely taken aback at what they had done. And not in a good way. But the more I hear about this show the more I love it. I love that Mr Rogers is continuing down through the next generation and obviously doing it in a really great way considering this study. Go Daniel Tiger!


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Parents, take heart. Not all TV is bad. New research finds that watching America’s favorite tiger can be good for your developing child.

You remember Mr. Rogers, don’t you? The red sweater. The shoes. The songs. Your kids may not know who he is, but they likely know who Daniel Tiger is. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the animated descendant of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and features children of several characters from the original Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In order to be successful once they enter elementary school, it is essential that kids develop certain social and emotional skills during their preschool years. A lot of things can help kids develop these skills. Researchers at Texas Tech University wanted to see if watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood could also help.

In the study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal of Children and Media, 127 preschoolers watched 10 episodes of…

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Summer Reading Prizes? NO!


I can’t tell you how much I hate the Summer Reading kitschy prizes. They mean nothing. The kids don’t like them and some studies even say that rewarding kids for doing something they should enjoy for pleasure makes them do it less. Come again?? Exact words “Research consistently shows that rewarding people for activities that are inherently pleasurable can result in less interest in doing the activity. Rewards send the message that the activity is not pleasurable and nobody would do it without a bribe.”

Tiny Tips for Library Fun talked about this in 2012 and I shared it on my Facebook. They then got rid of them in 2014. Good for them! It came up again today and I’m so happy because my library is getting rid of them this year. We’ll see how it goes.

Anybody else skip the Summer Reading Prizes?

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