Category Archives: Staff Picks

Pura Belpre Award Winners 2015

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Yuyi Morales. Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with… Read more »

Sibert Award Winners 2015

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. This years winner is: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet Peter Mark Roget, whose boyhood passion for list-making and finding… Read more »

Geisel Award Winners 2015

  The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. This year’s winner is: You Are (Not) Small, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, is the Geisel Award winner. In “You Are (Not) Small,” a heated debate… Read more »

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Awards Winner 2015

  Firebird illustrated by Christopher Meyers, written by Misty Copeland  won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) book award recognizing an African-American author or illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and… Read more »

Newbery Award Winner 2015

  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander won the 2015 Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and El Deafo by Cece Bell were awarded Honor Medals.

Five Elephants

Who are Lucy, Tarra, Tusko, Echo and Thandora? They are five elephants you will meet when you read Rob Laidlaw’s 5 Elephants. These five beautiful animals all have stories to tell and lived during different times. Beyond learning their stories, you will learn more about the elephants in general. What are elephants like? What are there challenges? What can you… Read more »

2015 Sydney Taylor Award Winners

The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the Sydney Taylor Awards for the best Jewish children’s books of the year.   Gold Medal/Young Reader category My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers     Gold Medal/Older… Read more »