Mock Newbery Reading List

October 25, 2010

For those of you unable to attend the actual event, here is the reading list for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery.  Keep in mind that we aren’t trying to predict the winners so much as select strong contenders based on literary quality, reviews, discussion potential, and variety of ages and genres.

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Illustrated by Peter Sis.  Scholastic, 2010.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer.  Illustrated by Josee Masse.  Dutton, 2010

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.  Illustrated by Jon Klassen.  Balzer & Bray, 2010.

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz.  Illustrated by Angela Barrett.  Candlewick, 2010.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.  HarperCollins, 2010.

They Called Themselves the KKK:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen.  Wendy Lamb, 2010.

Any thoughts on these?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Let me know!

Read SLJ’s Fuse #8’s thoughts on potential Newbery and Caldecott books here.  Also, SLJ’s mock newbery blog, Heavy Medal has started up again for this year.  Check it out here.

Scary Picture Books

September 17, 2010

‘Tis the season to start thinking about scary books.  If you haven’t already seen it, check out the KinderScares blog for hot new frights as well as classic spooks.

Yea for Sue!!

September 9, 2010

Congratulations to Sue from BG on being the next FVRL Children’s Selector!!  I couldn’t be more happy with the choice!  I look forward to working closely with Sue to ensure a smooth transition as I switch my focus to children’s services at FVRL.

Summer Reading at CP

July 8, 2010

While I was checking out Amazama at CP today I snapped a couple of pics of their summer reading room.  It’s such a fun idea, if you have the space.

The MN will be held Friday, December 10th.  Sorry for the confusion.

Mock Newbery 2011

May 26, 2010

Mark your calendars!  The 2011 OLA/WLA Mock Newbery will be held at our very own Cascade Park branch on Friday, December 11.  Linda (CP) and I will be organizing the Washington side of things and helping to select the books for the reading list.  Please let one of us know if you read something that is especially Newbery-worthy.  I’ve been slacking off on my J reading recently, (well, reading in general since I’ve crammed 6 seasons of Lost into a few months,) but I’ve got a tall stack waiting and a long weekend on the horizon!