Tag Archives: awards

Quick Pick: Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer was an extremely popular book the year it was published– and not just locally.  The cover of the book is almost hidden behind all the award stickers:

One Crazy Summer

If you were a fan of the first book, you might like to know that there are now two sequels: P.S. Be Eleven and the new Gone Crazy in Alabama.  The three books were recently featured in the Big Picture article in The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.  The library also owns all three titles as Playaway audiobooks.

Monarch and Bluestem news

I just got the word from Mrs. C. on the bookmobile!

The 2015 Monarch Award Winner is

The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

The 2015 Bluestem Award Winner is

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Thanks to all the children who read books and voted!

Illinois Children’s Choice Award Winners

The winner of the 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award has been announced and it is

Legend by Marie Lu

Follow this link to watch the live broadcast of the 2015 Monarch and Bluestem  Award Winners: http://www.olchs.org/

Unexpected Grammy Winner in the Children’s Album Category

Did you know that a children’s audiobook could win a Grammy Award?  One just did!

I am Malala
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (a sound recording of the Young Readers Edition of Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography) won this year’s Grammy award for Best Children’s Album.  It is available on Playaway or on CD in the children’s or adult collection.

You can also check out some of the runners-up for the award:

Just Say Hi
Just Say Hi!
Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could

The Perfect Quirk
The Perfect Quirk
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Through the woods
Through The Woods
The Okee Dokee Brothers

American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners – News

The winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and several other children’s book awards were announced yesterday, which you can read about here:

American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners – News.

Here are a few highlights (books that won multiple awards):

The Crossover
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Medal and was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.  This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (which already won the National Book Award) won the Coretta Scott King Award for author and was named a Newbery Honor Book and a Sibert Honor Book (the Sibert awards are for nonfiction).  The library also owns this book as an audiobook on CD.

Viva Frida
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales won the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award as well as a Caldecott Honor.

The Right Word
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award as well as a Caldecott Honor.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker was a King Illustrator Honor Book and a Sibert Honor Book.  This title is also available as an audiobook on CD.

Separate is never equal
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh was a Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and a Sibert Honor Book.  This title is also available as an audiobook on CD and has been adapted to DVD.

There, I think that’s all the ones that overlapped!  I plan to share more about the list of the award winners in the coming days.


Quick Pick: The Man Who Walked between the Towers

The Man Who Walked between the Towers
The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers, which were under construction at the time.  We hardly need to point out that he did NOT ask permission first!  The Caldecott medal-winning book mixes humor (Petit keeps walking away from the police, who are hardly going to come out after him) and poignancy for anyone who knows that the towers will later be lost.

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.