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Monday, January 28, 2013


Today live from Seattle, WA where the American Library Association's Midwinter conference was coming to a close today, a live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards was broadcast for anyone who wanted to tune in.  EXCITING!  This was the part of the conference that announces all the annual youth book awards (and assorted other media based on books.) Some like to refer to it as the "Oscars" for children and youth book lovers.

So, yeah,  today was a "nerdfest" of sorts for book lovers, and DHS librarians were entranced in listening live as well. It was exciting not only to hear the announced titles of the winners and honor books live (the Honor designation sort of means a second place shared by as many as eight books.)  DHS Teacher-Librarian Mrs. Cathy Nelson actually guessed the Newbery title: “The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Want to see the complete list of winners and honor books? CLICK HERE

Here are the TEN titles from the list that Dorman High School has in its collection:

  • Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award  recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
    (Honor) “
    Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

  • Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
    (Honor) “
    Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
    (Honor) “
    Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;

  • Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
    The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “
    Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children  as well as YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
    (Honor for both lists) “
    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

  • Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
    October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” written by LeslĂ©a Newman and published by Candlewick Press;

  • William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
    Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
    Two of the Four other books were finalists for the award:
    Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.;
    After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett, published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
    (Honor) “
    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;

  • Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.  Side Note: While we don't have this audio book, it did win an audio book category, and it's an extremely popular print book at DHS.

Friday, January 4, 2013

December by the numbers

Teen Winter Reading 2013

Guest Post from Dianne McCauley, Teen Assistant, Westside Library, 525 Oak Grove Road,  Spartanburg, SC 29301, (864) 574-6815

Winter is here and it's time for Teen Winter Reading again.  This year teens have the opportunity to win weekly prizes (a book and a beanie), and a chance to win the grand prize of an iPod Touch, by simply reviewing books they read.  The contest is open to all teens ages 12-18, grades 7-12.  They can enter as many times as they like by filling out review forms either at their local library or online at www.infodepot.org.   Please find attached a flyer containing the above information. Review forms are available at all SCPL locations, or you can submit your entry online. There will be weekly prizes of books and beanies, and one grand prize winner will win a new fifth generation iPod Touch! Teen Winter Reading ends on February 28th, so start reading!  The contest runs through February 28, 2013.
Thank you so much for all you do!
Dianne M.