Wednesday, January 24, 2007


The 2007 winners of several prestigious awards for children's books were recently announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting. They include:
The Newbery Award ("to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children") to Susan Patron for The Higher Power of Lucky
The Newbery Honor Books are:
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord

The Caldecott Award ("to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children") to David Wiesner for Flotsam
The Caldecott Honor Books are:
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award ("to recognize the author(s) and illustrator(s) of a beginning reader book who demonstrate great creativity and imagination in his/her/their literary and artistic achievements to engage children in reading") to Laura McGee Kvasnosky for Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways
The Geisel Award Honor Books are
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Move Over, Rover! written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award ("to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States") to Delacorte Press for
The Pull of the Ocean, by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
The Batchelder Award Honor Books are:
Delacorte Pressfor The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Hyperion/Miramaxfor The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal ("to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year") to
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
by Catherine Thimmesh
The Sibert Honor books are:
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea written by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel written by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel

The Michael L. Printz Award ("for
Excellence in Young Adult Literature") to Gene Luen Yang for American Born Chinese
The Printz Award Honor Books are:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Thursday, January 18, 2007


The Elk Grove Village Public Library opened registration for its Adult Winter Reading Program this past Monday. The theme this year is Fishing for Fiction. Participants are asked to read only three EGVPL books, selected from the prepared Reading Lists, between January 15 and March 11. Those who complete this requirement will earn a raffle ticket for the end-of-the-program prizes. The genre is "Mysteries" and the participants get to "fish"--using a magnet on a string/fishing pole and little paper fish-with-magnets in a paper "pond"--for the categories they are to select their books from:
Groupers--Mystery Solving Teams (i.e., Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe)
Angel Fish--Clerical Mysteries (i.e., Sister Carol Anne O'Marie's Sister Mary Helen series)
Doctor Fish--Medical Mysteries (i.e., Mary Kittredge's nurse Edwina Crusoe series)
Barracudas--Legal Mysteries (i.e., Lia Matera's Laura di Palma series)
Clown Fish--Humorous Mysteries (i.e., Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series)
Goldfish--Senior Sleuths (i.e., Carolyn Hart's Henry O.)
Wahoo Fish--Western Location (i.e., James Doss's Charlie Moon series)
Swordfish--"Age of Valor" Mysteries (i.e., Candace Robb's Owen Archer series)
Puffer Fish--Journalist/Reporter Sleuths (i.e., Kate White's Bailey Weggins)

Monday, January 01, 2007


Happy New Year!!

Links to more information and activities can be found at Yahoo.

Say "Happy New Year" in other languages.

Make New Year's Resolutions--and keep them. Hopefully, one will be to come to the Library more often and check out more books to read.