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Vote Now in the Rebecca Caudill 2014 Online Reading Club!

Attention club members — it’s time to vote!  Between now and February 25, if you have read 3 books on the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Award reading list, call us at 630-685-4181 or stop by the Children’s Services Desk and tell us what book you vote for.  If you are voting at school, you can’t vote at the library.  Remember – if you read all 20 books on the list, you’ll earn a free paperback copy of a book on the 2015 Rebecca Caudill list.  The free books will be available in April.

If you are in 4th through 8th grade and haven’t joined the Rebecca Caudill 2014 Club yet, you can register through February 8.

Voting in the Monarch (grades K – 3) and Bluestem (grades 3 – 5) clubs will take place February 15 – March 11.

2014 ALSC Media Awards – Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

2014 ALSC Media Awards – Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

2014 Children’s Choice Book Award Online Clubs Return!

Registration has started for the Monarch (Kindergarten – grade 3), Bluestem (grades 3 – 5), and Rebecca Caudill (grades 4 – 8) online reading clubs!  In Children’s Services you will find the lists, annotated bibliographies, and copies of the books. Join your club (we’ll be happy to register you!) then read (or listen to) and log the minimum number of nominated books (see below). Vote for your favorite at the library (unless you are voting at school)! Read all 20 books on your list and you will be eligible for a free paperback copy of one of the nominees for 2015.

Monarch Award logo

Register through March 8
Read 5 to vote February 15 – March 13
Club ends March 15

Bluestem Award logo

Register through March 8
Read 4 to vote February 15 – March 13
Club ends March 15

Rebecca Caudill

Register through February 8
Read 3 to vote February 1 – 26
Club ends February 28

National Book Award

The Thing About Luck cover
The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata has been awarded the National Book Award in the young people’s literature category.  She has previously been awarded the Newbery Medal for Kira-Kira.

Caldecott Favorites

On Monday, March 4, we will be celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal. This medal is awarded each year to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”  We will have special activities for children throughout the day (a scavenger hunt, storytime, crafts, and a movie).  Children and adults will also have a chance to write down a memory of their favorite Caldecott book to add to our display in Children’s Services.  Here are some of the favorite Caldecott books of the Children’s Services staff:

The Little House
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, 1943 Caldecott Medal winner

Since I was a little girl, I found population growth and urban development fascinating.  Being raised on an acre of land in the middle of farm country in the late 1960’s, I watched this happen to my own little house before my very eyes.  Although my desire was to live in “town” in order to have neighbors to play with and things to do, I appreciated the simple nature of a happy life in the country.  Now that I am grown, I am drawn even closer to simple nature of the seasons of life passing so quickly.  Much like the little house in the book, my little house has been boarded up and is empty, although it is not very likely that any great-great-grandchildren will rescue it.  I know, though, if its walls could speak, it would talk of happy days in the winter, spring, summer and fall of children playing happily in the yard, teens picking apples from one of the many apple trees for fresh apple pies and ice cream socials on Sunday afternoons.  –Kathy

The Egg Tree
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, 1951 Caldecott Medal winner
In the Red Hills of Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania Dutch family are having an Easter egg hunt outside and inside Grandmom’s house.  Katy, her brother Carl, and their cousins Susy, Luke, Johnny, and Appolonia search for the eggs that the Easter Rabbit has left.  Carl and the others find many eggs, but Katy can’t locate any!  Then she thinks of the attic.  Inside a hat box are some colorful, pictorial, hollow eggs that have long been forgotten.  Back downstairs, Carl wins for finding the most eggs, but Katy takes the prize for the most beautiful ones.  Grandmom painted them when she was young.  Each child is allowed to choose one of the painted eggs to keep.  Now Grandmom has an idea.  She brings in a tree from outside and stands it on a table.  She threads the eggs and puts them on the tree.  The day after Easter, she teaches the children how to paint more eggs, ones that she has dyed that morning.  They paint so many that they need a big tree!  When they bring one in and decorate it with all the eggs, it’s so beautiful that they decide to have a party for it.  They invite all the children from the surrounding farms.  The children tell their relatives about it and soon people are coming in droves to see the wonderful Egg Tree.  The next year the family makes an even bigger Egg Tree, and other families make them as well.

This book was one of my favorites as a child. My mother and I often shared it. The story is so heartwarming, and the illustrations are beautiful.  –Nancy S.

The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, 1963 Caldecott Medal winner

It was easy to second guess my favorite Caldecott book because there are so many good ones.  When we each shared a book at our staff meeting, I saw Chris had picked Where the Wild Things Are and thought “I should have picked that!”  A little while later I remembered Tuesday, another favorite.  But I think this one holds a special place both because of the memories it calls up and because it helped to spark my curiosity about illustrating children’s books.

When I was little enough to wear snow pants, I spent lots of time playing in the snow.  I would do all of the things Peter did in the book (plus try to break a giant icicle off the house to make a sword, and make dishes out of snow like in The Winter Picnic).  I was tickled to read in the 50th anniversary edition of the book that the author’s grown-up friends “would enthusiastically discuss the things they did as children in the snow” as he was writing it.

One day as a somewhat older child, I saw a video of a children’s book illustrator at work.  I think it was Ezra Jack Keats.  It showed him painting paper before cutting it out for a collage.  I had never understood before how he made the paper look like that.  This edition of the book has eight extra pages of behind-the-scenes information about how he made the book and how people responded to it.  –Sarah

Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1964 Caldecott Medal winner
As a child I had a very vivid imagination, brought about no doubt by the wonderful array of books that I read and my mother read to me.  I can’t say for sure which book was the first to spark my imagination, but I can say for certain my favorite to this day is Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.  It is one book that I never tire of reading or sharing.I waited each night for a forest to grow in my room. I longed for a boat I could sail off through night and day and in and out of weeks to where the wild things were.  I dreamed of a place where I too could become King (or Queen) of the wild things by taming them with a magic trick.   I imagined many wild rumpuses and even had a few with my sister as we tried to escape the inevitable lights out.  When my adventures were through I knew that I too could return to where someone loved me best of all, and my dinner would be waiting, still warm.  -Chris

Alexander and the wind-up mouse
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse by Leo Lionni–1970 Honor Book

This is a charming story about a friendship between a lonely and detested mouse and a child’s beloved toy mouse.  In the beginning the real mouse would like to be like his friend, a pampered mouse.  Shortly after they meet, things turn around not well for his friend.  Alexander realizes it is important to value who he is and reaches out to help his friend.

Lionni does a beautiful job with the illustrations by placing large life-sized objects in the background which suggests how tiny the mice are. Using the language of colors the author suggests the characters feelings: red is for love and excitement, gray and brown for sadness and purple for mysterious magic.  The happy ending of the story will bring a smile to children and they will ask for the story again and again.  –Andreea

Mirandy and Brother Wind
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack, 1989 Honor Book

Mirandy will be attending her first cakewalk and wants to win fist prize.
She wants Brother Wind to be her partner, but how do you catch the wind?  After several failures, Mirandy finnaly catches Brother Wind (he is to grant a wish).
When she attends the cakewalk that evening, she asks her friends who will partner with Ezel.  After her friends call Ezel clumsy, Mirandy requests her wish
to be granted from Brother Wind.  –Cathy

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick came out in 2007.   I had read this book when it first came out and was just fascinated on how the pictures could tell the story so vividly.  No color all black and white.  I felt then Selznick was a great illustrator and knew he had to win the Caldecott.  –Nancy L.

American Library Association announces 2013 youth media award winners | American Libraries Magazine

American Library Association announces 2013 youth media award winners | American Libraries Magazine.

Online Book Award Clubs for Children and Teens

The online clubs for the 2013 Illinois children’s and teens’ choice book awards are now in progress!  On the right-hand side of the library webpage you will find links to the clubs.  Use your Fountaindale library card to register.  Then keep going back to the online club to log your reading and rate the books.

Read the minimum number of books on the list for your club and you will be eligible to vote for your favorite in February or March.  If you are not voting at school, call the Children’s Services desk at 630-685-4181 or stop in to tell us what book you vote for.  If you read all 20 books in your club, you will earn a free paperback copy of a 2014 nominated book.  You will be able to select your 2014 book in April.

Monarch Award logo

Grades K – 3
Read 5 books to vote
Vote between February 1-15, 2013

Bluestem Award logo

Grades 3 – 5
Read 4 books to vote
Vote between March 1-15, 2013

Rebecca Caudill
Grades 4 – 8
Read 3 books to vote
Vote between February 1-15, 2013

Return to the CSK Award for Poetry Month

The Coretta Scott King Award has honored many poetry books, both for the poems themselves and for their beautiful illustrations.  Here are a few your library staff have enjoyed:

Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry
  by Ashley Bryan
1998 Illustrator Honor Book

Ashley Bryan has selected and illustrated a wide sample of works by African American poets in this colorful book.

The selections range from short poems repeated in full to excerpts from longer works.  The style and the tone of the poems change from page to page.

Topics range from animals, such as Countee Cullen’s well-known “First Came L. E. Phant’s Letter,” to heroes such as “Harriet Tubman” by Eloise Greenfield, to imaginative topics, to everyday people.  Several are about being Black, or reflect elements of African American culture.

Not all of the poets represented are known for writing for children, but all the pieces here feature subjects or imagery that children (at least older children) will be able to understand.

Ashley Bryan states in the foreword that the book is “not so much to teach the alphabet to the very young,” and the design would confuse young children (The elephant poem mentioned above illustrates the letter D, not E, because the first two words in the accompanying poem are “Dear Noah”).

As an introduction to African American poets, the book succeeds beautifully.  Bryant’s unique painting style unifies what might otherwise seem like too miscellaneous a collection.

The selected poems are just enough to give readers a taste of several excellent writers.  For readers who find their appetites whet, notes at the end of the book explain which poems appear in full and which are fragments, and give a bibliography where readers can find more.  -Miss Sarah

The Blacker the Berry: Poems
 by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
2009 Illustrator Award Winner and Author Honor Book

There are wonderful illustrations.  The poems refer to colors which Joyce Carol Thomas uses to celebrate the many shades of black.  -Miss Ashley

Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
1994 Coretta Scott King Honor for author and illustrator 

Ms. Thomas has a collection of poems which focuses on family and heritage.  My favorite poem in the book was “Family Tree.”  -Miss Ashley
This is a poetry book filled with poems about family life filled with
love, dreams of the future and freedom.  -Mrs. Cathy

The Other Side: Shorter Poems
by Angela Johnson
1999 Coretta Scott King Honor for author

On a journey back in time, Angela Johnson recounts her thoughts about growing up in Shorter, Alabama–about the people and the landscape of childhood and adolescence.  Ms. Johnson writes with a clear voice, rich in emotion, that young and old alike will understand.  Her deceptively simple poems are focused, honest, and thoughtful.

When Ms. Johnson commits her feelings to paper, the result is poetry and an invitation for young reader to do the same. -Miss Mary

The Secret Olivia Told Me
by N. Joy, illustrated by Nancy Devard
2008 Coretta Scott King Honor for illustrator

Olivia has a BIG secret.  It’s a secret that she tells only to her best friend.  Her friend promises that she won’t say a word.  But the secret is really BIG and really Juicy.

What happens when a trusted friend slips and the secret gets out?

Can you keep a secret?  In The Secret Olivia Told Me, find out just what happens when Olivia’s friend can’t.

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
2003 Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor
2003 Coretta Scott King Award for illustrator

This fictional biography of Bessie Coleman is filled with remembrances
of people who knew her.  Many facts are given about her yearning to
make something of herself.  She was the first Negro woman to earn her
pilot’s license by going to France to study aviation.  She purchased her
first plane with the help of Coast Tires, an African American company.
Bessie wanted to open a school for other African Americans who wanted
to learn to fly.  But she didn’t see her dreams come true as she died
in a plane accident while practicing for an air show in Florida. -Mrs. Cathy

We have three winners!

ISLMA is pleased to announce the winning titles of the
Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012:

The winner of the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Award is:

by Matthew Cody
Soon after moving to Noble’s Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them.

The winner of the 2012 Bluestem Award is:

Adventures in Cartooning
Adventures in Cartooning
by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost
Once upon a time…a princess tried to make a comic.  And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how–well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure!

(Locally, Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories was the most popular title and Knucklehead came in second place.)

And the winner of the 2012 Monarch Award is:

Shark vs. Train
Shark vs. Train
by Chris Barton
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

(This title also received the most votes from children voting locally; Duck!  Rabbit! was a close runner-up.)

Thank you to all who encouraged their readers to participate in the award programs.

Thanks to the schools, we had 1617 votes plus 12 votes from the library: a total of 1629 votes!
Children who read and recorded 20 books in our online reading clubs have been contacted to come to Children’s Services to choose a paperback of one of the 2013 nominees.  One reader will be picking up two books because he read all the nominees for the Monarch Award and the Bluestem Award!  Way to go!

Inspiring Art

This video gives you a taste of a lovely book, My America, featuring the poetry of Jan Spivey Gilchrist and illustrations by both Gilchrist and Ashley Bryan.  Both artists are winners of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration.

During the library’s Coretta Scott King Award Festival, February 18-20, you will have a chance to explore different styles of art and make your own art projects to take home.

On Saturday, you can make a collage.  We were especially inspired by the beautiful collage art of Bryan Collier, though you might also draw inspiration for your artwork from Ashley Bryan‘s paper cutting or Faith Ringgold‘s story quilts.

Sunday,  you can design your own dinosaur, like the little girl in Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s I Can Draw a Weeposaur.  Stay to hear Mrs. Gilchrist speak about being an artist at 2:00!

Monday (when children are out of school for Presidents’ Day) we will be showing short videos based on books that won the Coretta Scott King Award.  After the videos, you can stay to make a craft.  We’ll start at 11:00 a.m. with Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  Afterwards, design a collage with Kente cloth-patterned paper and create a fancy hairstyle with yarn.  At 1:30 in the afternoon we’ll continue with two stories that feature quilts (The Patchwork Quilt and Tar Beach) followed by quilt crafts.  After that, at 2:45, you can enjoy Duke Ellington (based on the book by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney) and Ellington Was Not a Street.  We’ll finish by using a scratchboard to make a picture, a technique Brian Pinkney uses in many of his books.