Monthly Archives: October 2014

NY Times Best Illustrated, Nov. 6th “Make Westing” Event

New York Times Names “Best Illustrated” List The New York Times announced its list of Best Illustrated Picture Books for 2014. The judges were Jennifer Brown (Shelf Awareness blogger) and illustrators Brian Floca and Jerry Pinkney. Here is the list: … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: “Shadow Hero”

Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. Sonny Liew, Illus. Graphic. First Second, 2014. 156p. PB $17.99. 978-1-59643-697-8. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 7-ADULT. In this appealing and dynamic follow-up to his award-winning works American Born Chinese (2006), and Boxers and Saints (2013), Yang … Continue reading

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Board Books, Part 2

Fall Board Book Round-up, Part 2 Last month we offered Part 1 of our annual Fall Board Book Round-up, where we talked about new entries in various series. This month, we will discuss individual titles and favorite characters. Next month … Continue reading

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SCBWI Meeting, Read-alikes for “Redwall”

SCBWI Meeeting on Nov. 1: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is having a special meeting in Walnut Creek, CA, on Saturday, November, 1, 2014, 2:00-4:00pm featuring guest speakers Darcey Rosenblatt, Arree Chung and Heather MacKey. For information … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: Silver People

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. Fiction. Houghton, 2014. 260p. $17.99. 978-0-544-10941-4. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 6-9. The blatant racism and horrific conditions surrounding the monstrous undertaking of the construction of the Panama Canal are told through the voices … Continue reading

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Spotlight on ACL Member – Nancy Pino

Spotlight on ACL Member – Nancy Pino The September meeting is always something to look forward to as we meet the new year’s Helfeld Fellows. But this year we had a special mystery guest – Nancy Pino! It doesn’t take … Continue reading

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National Book Award Finalists, BayViews Website Updated

National Book Award Finalists: The National Book Foundation announced finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards in poetry, young adult literature, nonfiction and fiction on Wednesday morning. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 19, headlined by … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: “A Dance Like Starlight”

Dempsey, Kristy. A Dance Like Starlight:  One Ballerina’s Dream. Floyd Cooper, Illus. Picture Book. Philomel, 2014. [32]p. $16.99. 978-0-399-25284-6. OUTSTANDING.  GRADES PRE-3. An African American girl wishes on invisible stars in the Harlem night sky to become a ballerina. Her … Continue reading

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Website of the Month: “We Need Diverse Books”

Website of the Month The lack of diversity in children’s books is an ongoing concern, and it doesn’t really seem to be getting better. We can all think of a children’s picture book or novel with African-American or … Continue reading

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies, ALSC Volunteers Needed for ALA June 2015

Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at age 87: Three-time Newbery Honor author Zilpha Keatley Snyder died in San Francisco at age 87 from complications of a stroke. The California native, born in Lemoore in 1927, received Newbery Honor medals for The … Continue reading

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