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Archive for January, 2008

Readergirlz Manifesta Rocks!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 18, 2008


Remember all the fun we had with the Readergirlz 31 Flavorite Authors in October? Well, the fun is about to start again with lots of great spring Readergirlz activities. The fun begins with the Readergirlz Manifesta:

* Readergirlz is about having serious fun while talking about books with the author and your friends!

* Readergirlz is about getting the inside scoop about why the novel was written, the tears and joys and real-world angst that the author has lived and layered into her story.

* Readergirlz is about reading great books to get to know yourself, your friends, and yes, even your mother, better.

* Readergirlz is about celebrating strong girls in books who’ve got the guts to dream.

* Readergirlz is about reaching out to others based on what you’ve read.

* And most of all, readergirlz is about inspiring girls to make history of their own!

Check out the Readergirlz website and meet all the readergirlz divas to find out for yourself all the cool things that Readergirlz has in store for you this spring!

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2008 Award Winners Are Announced!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2008


The American Library Association announced today the winners of its awards for outstanding children’s and young adult’s literature. The 2008 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean. Honor Books included:

  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Winner of the Coretta Scott King author award was Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton. The Coretta Scott King illustrator award was presented to Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine. The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions; the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The 2008 Caldecott medal winner for the most distinguished American picture book for children was The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Honor books included:

  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railrod illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
  • First the Egg, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, written and illustrated by Peter Sís
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written and illustrated Mo Willems

The 2008 Newbery Award for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children was presented to Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. Newbery Honor Books included:

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

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Talk About Your Giant Library Collection!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 7, 2008

Library Wall 3

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Library Wall 1

Check out these pictures which I borrowed from a site called Deputy Dog. They’re from libraries under construction in Cardiff (wherever Cardiff is!) and Kansas City, Missouri. While the libraries are under construction, the construction site is being covered with cool boarding painted to resemble giant bookshelves filled with books. Instead of creating an eyesore while the new buildings are under construction, the cities instead created giant works of art! Bravo!

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Want to Take a Fun Quiz for a Change?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 7, 2008


Ok, so you had enough of challenging, boring, scary, torturous quizzes with all those finals before the holidays. Now it’s time for a fun quiz. Or maybe two. At Blue Pyramid, you can take a book quiz to see which book best fits your personality. Which book best fit my personality? Love in the Time of Cholera. Sorry, haven’t read that one yet, but now I must. After the book quiz, I couldn’t resist the country quiz, and I discovered that I was…Thailand. Sorry, never been there, either. But it was fun! Surf on over to Blue Pyramid and amuse yourself with a few quizzes. Because you never know.

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