Kadohata wins Nat’l Book Award, Lobel Exhibit at SF Jewish Museum, Arab American Book Award

Thing About LuckKadohata Wins National Book Award

Cynthia Kadohata won the National Book Award, Young People’s Literature category, for her novel The Thing About Luck (Atheneum, 2013). A story of a young girl and her brother who accompany their grandparents who travel from farm to farm for the wheat harvest in the Midwest features distinctive characters, and a Japanese-American family experience. Kadohota previously won the Newbery Medal for her novel, Kira-Kira (2004).  The 64th annual National Book Awards were given out on November 20, 2013 in New York City.  www.nationalbook.org/.


Lobel Exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum  frog_and_toad_cjm

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, has a new exhibit celebrating the work of the late children’s book author/illustrator Arnold Lobel. “Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel” runs from Nov. 21, 2013 to March 23, 2014. This exhibit features many hands-on, interactive elements to please children; the museum has also scheduled many special activities to draw in families to this exhibit, including free drop-in art classes every Saturday at 1pm. www.thecjm.org/on-view/upcoming/frog-and-toad-the-word-of-arnold-lobel/about.

Hands Around

Hands Around the Library Wins Arab American Book Award

The 2013 Arab American Book Award, Children/Young Adult division, was awarded to Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya (Dial, 2012). Inspired by a true story from January 2011, this picture book describes how a group of protestors (including many students and library workers) surrounded the great library of Alexandria to form a human chain to protect the building and its priceless books. Awarded by the Arab American National Museum, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (HarperCollins, 2012), a debut novel for teens, received an Honorable Mention. www.arabamericanmuseum.org/2013.book.award.winners#book4.

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