The Undefeated. A new book for children.

The Undefeated. A new book for children. Our beloved author Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, won the American Library Association’s 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal with illustrator Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated. This book was originally performed for ESPN’s show by the same name, and offers history, perspective on the present, and insight into the…

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ALA award winners!

ALA award winners!  Today the American Library Association released its picks for 2020 ALA award winners in youth media. You can read their press release here. What’s new? New Kid, written by Jerry Craft, won the 2020 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Craft’s story also won the Coretta Scott King…

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Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher.

Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher. A few weeks ago I was visiting with the inspiring Gardner Barrier, head of Forsyth Country Day School. Gardner handed me a book, saying “You can thank me later. You’ll love this.” The book was Frank Morelli’s latest novel for middle grade students: Please Return to: Norbert M. Finkelstein. …

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. New from local author Stacy McAnulty.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. New from local author Stacy McAnulty. In early September, Bookmarks hosted their 15th Festival of Books and Authors. I was excited to see that Renee Watson would speak at the festival, promoting her new book, Some Places More Than Others. I am a fan of Watson’s work after first reading…

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Renee Watson. Wow!

Renee Watson. Wow! I’ve been a fan of Renee Watson since I read her novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her young adult novel won the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award. Her novel also was a Newbery Honor title. Frankly, I didn’t know of Watson’s work until she won that award. I was…

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Caterpillar Summer.

Caterpillar Summer. A charming summer seaside story for middle graders. Caterpillar Summer is a novel for middle graders written by Gillian McDunn. McDunn takes on family issues of loss, children’s special needs, and extended family dynamics. Cat is the responsible older sister, stepping in to take on more responsibilities – and more and more. Cat…

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears, written insightfully by Meg Medina, won the American Library Association’s 2019 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Some things I expected When I first started reading the book, I expected it to be a growing-up story about a family with a distinctive ethnic background, and I…

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