Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners

The following press release just came out.  I have to say that my students are going to be thrilled with all of the winners! Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries is a huge favorite in my room and I am so happy to see it getting some well-deserved notice.

The Children’s Choice Book Award winners are as follows:

Author of the Year

James Patterson for Max (A Maximum Ride Novel) (Little, Brown)

Illustrator of the Year

Peter Brown for The Curious Garden (Little, Brown)

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan (Bloomsbury USA)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Teen Choice Book of the Year

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)

The Children’s Choice Book Awards program, launched in 2008 by The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child a Reader, Inc. (the CBC Foundation), was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading.

The Children’s Book Council, established in 1945, is the nonprofit trade association of publishers of trade books for children and young adults in the United States. The CBC promotes the use and enjoyment of trade books for young people, most prominently as the official sponsor of Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy event in the country. The goals of the Children’s Book Council are to make the reading and enjoyment of books for young people an essential part of America’s educational and social goals, as well as to enhance the public perception of the importance of reading by disseminating information about books for young people and about children’s book publishing. For more information, visit us at www.cbcbooks.org.

Every Child a Reader, the CBC Foundation, is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that help promote the enjoyment and importance of reading among America’s youth. Every Child a Reader is the administrator of such impactful programs as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Children’s Book Week. For more information, visit us at www.ECARfoundation.org.

Top 100 Children’s Fictional Chapter Books- Vote Now!

Now is your chance to have your say!  Betsy, over at Fuse#8, is running her newest poll.

The Top 100 Children’s Fictional Chapter Books Poll!

Vote for your top ten middle grade books of all time (not just this year or last year) by January 31, 2010.  This will NOT include YA books  or early readers. You should list these books in your order of preference. That means, your #1 chapter book would be the one you feel is the most important or the best, so Betsy will give it 10 points.  Your #2 choice will receive only 9 points.  Etc, etc.

I am getting ready to start my list now.  I already have well over 10 books so it’s time to get to work.  Make sure you do the same!

Cybils!

Today’s thought process went something like this:

“Ugh, it’s 8:30am.  I need to take more decongestant.”

Sleep until 11:00.

Shower.

“We need to go out and buy Mucinex…my mom and the doctor said it’s my best bet.  OH MY GOD IT’S CYBILS DAY!”

Run down the stairs, turn on the computer, wait impatiently for it to wake up.  Load up the Cybils website and squee while reading all of the winners!

Check them out for yourself!

Garden State Teacher Awards Program

Do you know a teacher in NJ who rocks?  From the NJEA:

We feel that excellent teachers are not receiving adequate recognition for their important contribution to society. The Teachers Who Rock program will recognize 24 outstanding teachers to receive this prestigious award. These teachers become lifetime members of the Teachers Who Rock Class. 

Check out the website!  Nomination forms are found on the radio stations’ websites listed on the NJEA website.  It looks like each radio station is focused on a separate part of the state (one of my favorite radio stations has the nomination form here).  The information is buried on each station’s site, so it took me a little bit to find the forms on each one.  Look around for an ad that asks “Do You Know a Teacher Who Rocks?”

CHAINS is the winner of the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

Congratulations, Laurie!  

 

“Laurie Halse Anderson has won the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Chains (S&S, October 2008), narrated by teenaged Isabel Finch during the Revolutionary War. Although Isabel and her enslaved five-year-old sister were to be freed upon the death of their mistress, the woman’s heir sells the siblings to a new owner in New York City–that is the first of the betrayals that lie ahead, but also the beginning of Isabel’s fight for freedom. The award, established by O’Dell (best known as the author of The Island of the Blue Dolphins), is given annually to a meritorious work of historical fiction and includes a $5,000 prize.Chains was also a National Book Award Finalist, just like Anderson’s debut novel, Speak(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999).”

I can’t wait to tell my kids this tomorrow.  They are going to be thrilled!  (Maybe this will tide them over until Forge comes out? )

2008 Middle Grade Fiction Finalists!

I am so excited that the Cybils lists have been announced.  I am so proud of our middle grades list, the “Fab Five”.  With two chats and hundreds of emails over the past few months, we worked so hard to come up with the best list possible.  It was so great to talk with, argue with, and learn from people who are just as passionate about children’s books as I am.  Honestly, I think we are the best panel. ;)

Here are the finalists!

 

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

 

 

 

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

 

 

 

Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

 

 

 

Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell

 

 

 

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

 

 

Good luck to the judges- I don’t know how you will be able to choose just one winner!

Cybils Finalists!

Be sure to check out the shortlists for the Cybil Awards today!  I had an amazing time working with the Middle Grades nominating committee and I am so proud of our short list!  Now I will wait on the edge of my seat to see what the judges choose as a winner.  It’s going to be a doozy of a contest, because all of the books on our shortlist are just so amazing!  In fact, even choosing a shortlist from the almost 130 books nominated felt like an impossible task at some points.  :)

Thanks to Melissa, Alysa, Matt, Mary, Kim, and Sherry!     We did a great job!

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