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ALA Youth Media Awards Announced

posted by: February 12, 2018 - 11:54am

The most prestigious awards for teen and children's literature were announced by the American Library Association in Denver 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 in this morning's press release from the American Library Association.

 

Cover Art for Wolf in the SnowThe Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. This near-wordless picture book employs pen and ink with watercolor illustrations to quietly tell a story of kindness. Caldecott Honor winners include Big Cat, Little Cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes; and A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi.Cover Art for Hello Universe

 

The oldest of the medals, 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 Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello Universe, a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.

 

Cover Art for We Are OkayThe Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. This year’s winner is We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour, which The New York Times Books Review noted was “Short, poetic and gorgeously written. . . . The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” Four Printz Honor Books also were named: The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas; Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds; Strange the Dreamer, written by Laini Taylor; and Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, written by Deborah Heiligman.Cover Art for Piecing Me Together

 

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. Renee Watson had quite a Monday as her novel, Piecing Me Together, was a Newbery Honor and she was named the King Author Award Winner. Three King Author Honor Books were also named: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes; Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds; and The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas.

 

Cover Art for Out of WonderOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Award winner. Booklist said the book was a “fresh and joyful way to introduce children to poetry.” Two King Illustrator Honor Books also were named: Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (giving that wonderful book a hat trick for the day!), and Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman, illustrated by James E. Ransome and written by Lesa Cline-Ransome.  

 

Baltimore County Public Library has all of these titles in our collection — place a hold on one or more today!


 
 

Children's Books 2017

posted by: December 13, 2017 - 7:00am

Looking for some good books for kids to read over winter break? Or maybe you want to buy a book as a gift but you're not sure which to pick? Here are a few "Best of" lists for 2017.
 

 

Here are two more that are our favorites:
 

Cover Art for A Perfect Day

 

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
 

Each outdoor animal has his own idea of fun and what makes a perfect day. This beautifully illustrated book introduces differences to the youngest of readers in a sweetly humorous way.

Cover Art for A Boy Called Bat

 

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
 

When Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, brings home an orphaned skunk, Bat becomes determined to keep it. This novel for the younger elementary age group is a warm depiction of a family and a boy with autism.

 


 
 

Happy Birthday Waldo!

posted by: September 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Where's Waldo For 30 years, children have been trying to find Waldo. An anniversary edition of Where’s Waldo? contains all the fun of the original with new entertaining extras. Anyone who has found Waldo before will want to find him all over again because he's in a new place in every scene. And now readers can also search for his friends Woof, Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard, plus his arch-nemesis Odlaw. 

 

First published in the U.K. as Where’s Wally, when he crossed the pond he also got a new name. And that's not the only moniker the world traveler claims. For example, in Germany he’s known as Walter, in France he’s Charlie, and in Italy readers know him as Ubaldo. Look for Waldo to hit the big screen soon—maybe. A movie has been in development for years, but in 2016 it was reported that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were in talks with MGM to finally make the film a reality. Once you’ve found Waldo in the anniversary edition, be sure to look for him in all his books


 
 

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

posted by: September 13, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover art for Matilda Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born on this day 101 years ago in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a pilot and intelligence officer. His books for children and adults gained him celebrity, and he became an international best-selling author with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.

 

Multiple movies, plays and musicals have been adapted from his books, gaining an ever-widening audience for these delightful stories filled with dark humor and evil adults. In 2013, new audio recordings of his works were performed by renowned British actors, including Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson, Chris O’Dowd and Douglas Hodge. These outstanding audios are perfect listening for the whole family!


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that is first in a series. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for The Adventures of Captain Underpants Cover art for Amelia Bedelia Cover art for Anne of Green Gables Cover art for Arthur's NoseCover art for The Bad Beginning Cover art for Basil of Baker Street Cover art for Beezuz and Ramona Cover art for The Big Honey Hunt Cover art for BirdCatDogCover art for Bud, Not Buddy Cover art for Cam Jansen Cover art for The Cat in the Hat Cover art for Chains Cover art for Curious George Cover art for Smoke and Bone Cover art for Delirium Cover art for Divergent Cover art for Boy Detective Cover art for Frog and Toad Cover art for The Giver Cover art for The Golden Compass Cover art for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover art for Henry Huggins Cover art for Hi! Fly Guy Cover art for Hothead Cover art for How to Train Your Dragon Cover art for Hoy Volare Cover art for The Hunger Games Cover art for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912Cover art for Jake Drake Bully Buster Cover art for Judy Moody Cover art for The Kife of Never Letting Go Cover art for Knights of the Kitchen Table Cover art for The Land of Stories Cover art for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Cover art for Little Bear Cover art for Little House on the Prairie Cover art for Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Cover art for Madeline Cover art for Max Cover art for Mercy Watson to the Rescue Cover art for One Crazy Summer Cover art for Partials Cover art for The Raven Boys Cover art for Sabriel Cover art for SmileCover art for Song of the Trees Cover art for Stargirl Cover art for Steelheart Cover art for Today I Will Fly!Cover art for Virals Cover art for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Cover art for Clifford the Big Red Dog Cover art for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Cover art for Dragons Love Tacos Cover art for Rotten Ralph


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that takes place in Asia. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for And The Bollywood Burglary Cover art for Boxers and Saints Cover art for The BreadwinnerCover art for Chandra's Magic Light Cover art for Children Growing Up With War Cover art for Climbing the Stairs Cover art for The Contest Cover art for A Crack in the Sea Cover art for Cracker! Cover art for Diary of a Tokyo Teen Cover art for Dumpling Days Cover art for Every Falling Star Cover art for Factory Girl Cover art for The Forbidden Orchid Cover art for Four Feet, Two Sandals Cover art for Golda Meir Cover art for The Golden Sandal Cover art for Grandma and the Great Gourd Cover art for The Green Bicycle Cover art for Hush! Cover art for I Am Malala Cover art for I Remember Beirut Cover art for I Survived the Japanese Tsunami Cover art for Ibn al-Haytham Cover art for Inside Out & Back Again Cover art for Into the Killing Seas Cover art for Jungle Adventures Cover art for The Jungle BookCover art for The Knight, the Princess and the Magic Rock Cover art for The Last Cherry Blossom Cover art for The Last King Angkor Wat Cover art for Listen, Slowly Cover art for Little Lek Longtail Cover art for Lost and Found Cover art for Malala A Brave Girl from PakistanCover art for Mission Mumbai Cover art for The Monkey King Cover art for The Monster on the Road is Me Cover art for My Beautiful Birds Cover art for Night of the Ninjas Cover art for One Half from the East Cover art for The Paper Dragon Cover art for Patrol Cover art for Rutabaga Peak Cover art for The Persia Cinderella Cover art for A Piece of Home Cover art for Ronit & Jamil Cover art for The Jungle Book Cover art for Sachiko Cover art for SadakoCover art for Samurai Rising Cover art for Saving the Ghost of the Mountain Cover art for Season of the Sandstorms Cover art for Shalom Everybodeee! Cover art for Seven Days of YouCover art for Sherlock Sam Cover art for Shooting Kabul Cover art for he Imagination Station Cover art for Ticket to India Cover art for Tiger Boy Cover art for Tuko and the Birds Cover art for The Turtles of Oman Cover art for Vietnam Cover art for Women Heroes of World War IICover art for Year of the Jungle Cover art for Let's Celebrate Diwali Cover art for The Nian Monster Cover art for The Shady Tree


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book recommended by a librarian. Here are some of our suggestions; select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for And the Trees Crept In Cover art for As Brave As You Cover art for Asking for It Cover art for The Bad Beginning Cover art for The Best Man Cover art for Booked Cover art for Crooked Kingdom Cover art for Du Lz Tak? Cover art for A Family is a Family is a Family Cover art for The First Step Cover art for Freedom in Congo Square Cover art for Ghosts Cover art for Giant Squid Cover art for The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover art for Grumpy Pants Cover art for The Hammer of Thor Cover art for Hare and the Tortoise Cover art for I Dissent Cover art for If I Was Your Girl Cover art for In Plain Sight Cover art for In the Shadow of Liberty Cover art for The Inquisitor's Tale Cover art for Labyrinth Lost Cover art for Leave Me Alone! Cover art for Maybe Something Beautiful Cover art for Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! Cover art for The Passion of Dolssa Cover art for Pride Cover art for Rani Patel in Full Effect Cover art for Sachiko Cover art for Scythe Cover art for The Serpent King Cover art for The Sun is Also A Star Cover art for This Land is Out Land Cover art for Unbecoming Cover art for Uprooted Cover art for The Water Princess Cover art for We Will Not Be Silent Cover art for When We Collided Cover art for Wolf Hollow Cover art for Bringing the Outside In Cover art for A Poem for Peter Cover art for The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Cover art for They All Saw A Cat

 


 
 

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

posted by: February 23, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for The Secret Horses of Briar HillLike most avid readers, there are a handful of books from childhood that I became completely lost inside. I still love Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden, and reading it always brings me right back to my childhood, as well as that lonely old mansion in the English countryside. Megan Shepherd’s debut novel The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is sure to spark this same feeling in readers young and old. A blend of history and fantasy, it sucks readers into another world filled with mysterious characters and magical creatures.

 

Emmaline is one of many at the makeshift hospital for children with tuberculosis, but she is the only one able to see the winged horses in the mirrors of the once great house. Against the nuns’ strict orders, she sneaks out to play in the walled garden whenever she can. One morning, she discovers a horse from the mirror world hidden there. The horse, Foxfire, has a broken wing, which prevents him from returning to his own world. Letters from The Horse Lord begin to appear in the garden’s ancient sundial, and explain that Foxfire isn’t just wounded, but is being hunted by a sinister Black Horse. This creature hunts at night and is repelled by colorful objects. In order to save her new friend, Emmaline must find colorful objects to surround him. This is hard to do in the drab, gray hospital where all color seems to have been washed from the world.

 

This deeply moving story will have readers on the edge of their seats and will stay with them long after they have discovered all the secrets hidden in the pages.


 
 

Bedtime Books

posted by: February 9, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for Bedtime for YetiCover art for A Number SlumberCover art for Goodnight EveryonePut on your jammies, grab your favorite stuffed animal and snuggle up with these new picture books perfect for bedtime.

 

In Bedtime for Yeti by Vin Vogel, Yeti must put on a brave face at bedtime when he discovers that his favorite stuffed animal is missing. Where could his sidekick be? And is he in danger? Will little Yeti be brave enough to save the day?

 

Various anthropomorphic animals perform familiar bedtime rituals in A Number Slumber by Suzanne Bloom. Then the alliterative text counts down from 10 (terribly tired tigers) to one (really weary wombat). The pastel illustrations are soft and soothing and evocative of dreaming.

 

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton features a simple and repetitive story, with everything from the quietest yawns from the smallest sleepy mice to the mighty yawns of Great Bear. The real pleasure, though, comes from the illustrations. The predominantly pink, purple and blue color palette gets darker as the pages turn and bedtime approaches. The inside cover offers a brief astronomy lesson with its depiction of the solar system and a map of the constellations featuring Ursa Minor and Ursa Major — the namesakes for the story’s Little Bear and Great Bear.  


 
 

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