Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Sandra Rios Balderrama Wins Award, LAMBDA Awards, New Bibliographies from ALA

Boston Globe-Horn book Awards Announced: On May 30, 2014, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners:
mr tigerMr. Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Dutton Children’s GrasshopperJungleBooks, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
port-chicago-50The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Book Press)
Rules of Summer written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic)
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books)
The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Nina Lindsay, Horn Book reviewer and supervising librarian for children’s services at the Oakland (CA) Public Library; Claire E. Gross, former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine and current children’s librarian at the Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library; and Amy Pattee, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA.

BalderramaSandra Rios Balderrama Named 2014 REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: The first recipient of the Elizabeth A. Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Sandra Rios Balderrama. The award recognizes those who have “achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended period of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino/a community.” Sandra Rios Balderrama was a children’s librarian in Oakland and Berkeley, and is a former member of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. Later she because the first Diversity Officer for the American Library Association, and started her own consulting firm. She also helped to start the Pura Belpre Award. REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking; for more information see: .

Lambda Literary Awards: The Lambda Literary Awards were announced on June 3, If You Could Be Mine2014. In the category of LBBT Children’s/YA, there was a tie: If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan (Algonquin) and Two Boys Kissing Two boys Kissing by David Levithan (Knopf). For a full list of all the recipients, check out:

Building a Home Library Bibliographies:  The American Library Association (ALA) – Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from the Association for Library Service to Children’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, has created four Building a Home Library bibliographies. These downloadable lists are intended to provide guidance to parents, grandparents and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home. The four 2014 Building a Home Library lists are available for children ages 0 to 3; 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 14. All lists can be downloaded from the ALSC website at:
Librarians, educators and others who work with families are encouraged to download and print these brochures and share them with parents, grandparents, and caregivers in their community.

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