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Help Us Help!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 25, 2009


Please bring your gently used children’s and young adult books to the media center for the Blatant Bibliophile book drive for the Canton Family Violence Center. This is a change from our original post–originally we thought we wanted women’s books only, but we now have learned that the center needs books for kids from birth through high school because they are trying to establish a library for the children of the families who seek shelter there. We will give free candy to all students bringing in a book for our drive, and will award a Barnes & Noble gift card to the student bringing in the most books. We will also have a drawing among all students bringing in books for our drive for another Barnes & Noble gift card. Students will be entered into the drawing one time for each book they donate to the drive. Please give your books to Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Beasley and be sure to add your name to the list for the drawing. The book drive will be held from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 17.

Operation Teen Book Drop, sponsored by our friends at readergirlz, YALSA, and GuysLit Wire, is being held on Teen Literature Day, April 16, so this is our contribution to the effort. This annual event asks teens to leave a book in a public place. This year, these three groups have worked with teen book publishers to provide over 8,000 new young adult novels, audiobooks, and graphic novels to teens in pediatric hospitals. You can go to the readergirlz site to download book plates to insert in your donated books if you would like.

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ALA Presents Youth Media Awards

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 26, 2009

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Right now the ALA is holding its Midwinter Conference and today they are announcing their Youth Media Awards. These include the Coretta Scott King Award, the Alex Award, awarded to adult books with special appeal for young adults, named for Margaret Alexander Edwards, a young adult librarian.  The books include City of Thieves, The Dragons of Babble, Finding Nouf, The Good Thief, Just After Sunset, Mudbound, Over and Under, The Oxford Project, Sharp Teeth, and Three Girls and Their Brother. Jim Rettig, President of the Young Adult Library Services Association division of ALA (YALSA) presented awards for the Schneider Family Book Award, which recognizes people with disabilities,  to Piano Starts Here: the Young Art Tatum; Waiting for Normal; and Jerk, California. Deborah Taylor presented the winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award which honors authors and illustrators of books which honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The John Steptoe New Talent Award was awarded to Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Bird. Honor awards for illustrators went to Kadir Nelson, Sean Qualls, and Jerry Pinkney. Floyd Cooper received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry. Hope Anita Smith, Joyce Carol Smith, and Carole Boston Weatherford received honor author awards. Kadir Nelson received the Coretta Scott King Author Award for We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball. Honor recipients of the Odyssey Award for the best audiobook available in English in the United States were Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Elijah of Buxton, I’m Dirty!, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and Nation. The winner of the Odyssey award was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. The Margaret A. Edwards Award winner for significant and lasting contribution to YA literature was Laurie Halse Anderson for Fever 1793, Catalyst, and Speak. Nominees for the William C. Morris Award for previously unpublished authors included: A Curse Dark As Gold; Graceling; Absolute Brightness; Madapple; and Me, The Missing, and the Dead. The winner was A Curse Dark as Gold. The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature included The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, The Disreputable Life of Frankie Landau-Banks, Nation, and Tender Morsels. the winner was Jellicoe Road. The Pura Belpre Award which honors Latino writers included three illustrator honor books: Papa and Me, The Storyteller’s Candle, and What Can You Do with a Rebozo? The winner was Just in Case. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award honor books included Garmann’s Summer and Tiger Moon. The winner, for books originally published in other languages and translated into English, went to Moribito. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award went to author/illustrator Ashley Bryan. The Andrew Carnegie Medal for outstanding children’s video went to March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. The video was produced by the sister of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are You Ready to Play Outside? won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. The House in the Night was the winner of the Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustration of a children’s book. The Newbery Award honor books for the most distinguished children’s book included The Underneath, The Surrender Tree Poems, Savvy,  and After Tupac & D Foster. The winner of the Newbery Medal was The Graveyard Book. For more information and for corrections on my hastily-written blog, visit the ALA website.

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Discover New Frontiers with Reading!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

Why not extend Teen Read Week with the WrestleMania Reading Challenge? YALSA has joined with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) to reach reluctant teens and to keep them reading past Teen Read Week. The WWE is providing prizes as incentives to readers. If you read ten books between October 12 and January 12, you get a free subscription to the new WWE Kids Magazine. You can also submit a bookmark for an opportunity to win a WWE DVD. Fifteen regional bookmark winners will win $2,000 for their library (get those entries in, guys!!!!) and a trip to Houston to see Wrestlemania XXV. The ten national finalists will win ringside seats at Wrestlemania! There is also an essay contest on the topic “Why Wrestlemania got me reading.” Essay winners at the local level get a prize. Five regional high school essay winners will win $2,000 for their library, a trip to Orlando to see WrestleMania XXIV and the chance to compete to be the WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champion. In Orlando the national finalists will compete for the National Reading Challenge Title and a ring-side seat at WrestleMania. The high school competition is comprised of questions from Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena, which contestants are required to read. For more info, visit the YALSA Wrestlemania wiki site.

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Celebrate Teen Read Week!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

Next week, October 12-18, is Teen Read Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. Teen Read Week is directed at teens, parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other interested adults. “Read for the Fun of It” is the primary theme of Teen Read Week, but the sub-theme changes each year. This year’s sub-theme is “Books with Bite.” This theme promotes a variety of books along the “bite” theme, from vampires to cooking to technology (bytes). You can also join the readergirlz as they celebrate Teen Read Week every night on their live chat at the readergirlz forum on MySpace. Their themes are multicultural bites, verse bites, contemporary bites, fantasy bites, and gothic bites, with a list of Creekview favorite authors. Stop by the media center (or your local public library) to check out a Book with Bite and celebrate Teen Read Week!

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