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ALA Youth Media Awards Announced

posted by: January 11, 2016 - 11:30am

Cover art for Finding WinnieCover art for Last Stop on Market StreetCover art for Gone Crazy in AlabamaThe most prestigious awards for teen and children's literature were announced by the American Library Association in Boston earlier this morning. Awards were given in a wide range of categories that covered all formats and age levels. A complete list of awards, winners and honorees can be found here.

 

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Blackall's warm gouache-and-ink illustrations complement this story of the real bear who inspired the creation of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh. Caldecott Honor winners include Trombone Shorty written by Troy Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier, Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christine Robinson.

 

The oldest of the medals awarded, the John Newbery Medal, is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year’s medal recipient is Matt de la Pena for Last Stop on Market Street, a picture book illustrated by Christine Robinson sharing the simple story of a young boy riding the bus with his grandmother and learning to find the beauty in everyday things.  Three books were selected as Honor winners: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.

 

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. This year’s winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Ruby blends mystery, romance and magical realism and draws the reader into this place and the story of Finn, an eighteen-year-old outsider who is the only witness to an abduction. Printz Honor awards went to Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez and Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick.

 

The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  Bryan Collier received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his vibrant mixed media collages which bring to life the story of author Troy Andrews who shares his childhood dream of becoming a musician. Rita Williams-Garcia, one of the authors selected for this year’s inaugural BCReads, was awarded the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Gone Crazy in Alabama, the final installment in the heartwarming Gaither family series that began with One Crazy Summer. Congratulations also to local author, Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo, for winning the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. Be sure to read more about our hometown winner in our interview with Smith earlier this year. 


 
 

New Next Week on January 12, 2016

posted by: January 8, 2016 - 12:00pm

The following titles will be released next week. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to visit our Hot Titles webpage for more exciting upcoming titles.

Cover art for American Housewife Cover art for And Again Cover art for Beside Myself  Cover art for The Bitter Season Cover art for The Confidence Game Cover art for The Dirt on Ninth Grave  Cover art for The Dogs of Littlefield Cover art for The Dressmaker's War Cover art for The Drifter  Cover art for Eleanor Cover art for Excellent Daughters Cover art for The Expatriates  Cover art for The Fight Cover art for George Washington Journey Cover art for The Girls She Left Behind  Cover art for The Good Good-Bye Cover art for The Hundred Year Walk Cover art for The Invitation- Only Zone  Cover art for The Longest Night Cover art for The Lost Tudor Princess Cover art for Loving Amy  Cover art for The Name of God's Mercy Cover art for NYPD Green Cover art for Once a Crooked Man  Cover art for The Only Pirate at the Party Cover art for What She Left Cover art for When Breath Becomes Air  Cover art for Why We Snap Cover art for Zero Footprint

 

 


 
 

Write a Novel with BCPL! (You know you want to.)

posted by: November 10, 2015 - 7:00am

Cover art for Book in a Month Cover art for No Plot? No Problem!Cover art for The End, Part 1It’s that time of year again: The time when the air cools down and the writing heats up. At BCPL, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming to a branch near you. Everyone has a story inside them, and November is the time to let it out! With that in mind, check out the following titles that have helped others reach deep inside themselves to let their own words out.

 

Need structure? No idea where to begin? Afraid that the middle will fall completely out of the story? Never fear! Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s Book in a Month provides all the instruction a person could want about how to put together an outline, assemble ideas and even generate new ones! Schmidt brings order, structure and worksheets to the chaos that is a house when a novel is being written inside.

 

What if you have no idea what to write, only that you want to write it right now, immediately? Talk to Chris Baty. The founder of NaNoWriMo (going strong since 1999) aims his book No Plot? No Problem! at anyone who thinks it might be fun to write a novel but has no idea what to write about. Or anyone who has just discovered that NaNoWriMo is a thing and wants to do it.

 

Unsure if you can be successful writing a readable novel in a month? T. Styles, popular author extraordinaire, demonstrates her prowess in The End, Part 1. This short book (155 pages) takes the aspiring author one day at a time through the process of creating a novel.

 

Make “some day” become this day, right now.

 


 
 

New Next Week on October 27, 2015

posted by: October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

The following titles will be released next week. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to visit our Hot Titles webpage for more exciting upcoming titles.

 

Cover of The Three- Year Swim Club Cover of Above the Line Cover of After Alice Cover of And Still I Rise Cover of A Banquet of Consequences Cover of Becoming Beyonce Cover of Bittersweet Dreams Cover of All the Songs Cover of The British Lion Cover of Christmas Bells Cover of The Churchill Factor Cover of Clementine Cover of Cold- Hearted Rake Cover of Concussion Cover of Corrupted Cover of Custer's Trails Cover of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Cover of Darkest Before Dawn Cover of Depraved Heart Cover of Devotion Cover of The Early Stories of Truman Capote Cover of The Familiar Cover of Forgotten Cover of The Givenness of Things Cover of Government Zero Cover of How to be A Bad Bitch Cover of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Cover of Junior Seau Cover of Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix Cover of Mrs. Roosevelts Confidante Cover of Naughtier Than Nice Cover of My Life on the Road Cover of Notorious RBG Cover of Pacific Rim Cover of Playing with Fire Cover of Slade House Cover of Solutions and Other Problems Cover of The Theory of Death Cover of Unbreakable Cover of Wildflower Cover of Witches Cover of The Woman Who Walked on Sunshine Cover of Home Cover of Sinatra's Century Cover of Sinatra: The Chairman Cover of Sinatra Photographs Cover of Everyone is Italian on Sunday Cover of Harlow & Indiana (and Reese) Cover of Marnie the Dog


 
 

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