Category Archives: Staff Picks

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 »

Need some ideas for fun?

Looking for something to do? Check out some craft or cookbooks! Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon : little projects for people with just a little time and a little skill by Eliza Muldoon This beautiful book will have you creating delightful things out of everyday household items – from a child’s head band or aprons, to peg dolls, to skirts and shoe… Read more »