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News from the GRIS Library November 2014

More Book Awards from the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) website is a great place to look for some award winning books. Award lists from this year and from previous years can be found here. I want to introduce you to three awards that are important for Intermediate age readers.

The Newbery Medal is given to the author of a children's book published during the previous year. The 2014 award goes to Kate DiCamillo for her book Flora & Ulysses: The illuminated adventures.

Check out the Newbery Honor books also:

  • The Year of Billy Miller, written by Kevin Henkes
  • One Came Home, written by Amy Timberlake
  • Paperboy, written by Vince Vawter

The Caldecott Medal is given to the illustrator of a children's picture book published during the previous year. The 2014 award goes to Brian Floca for his illustrations in the book Locomotive.

Check out these Caldecott Honor books:

  • Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
  • Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle
  • Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner

The Sibert Medal is given to the author of an informational book written for children. The 2014 winner is Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore for the book Parrots over Puerto Rico.

Check out these Sibert Honor books:

  • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant
  • Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
  • Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca
  • The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

I Just Finished My Book. What Should I Read Next?

I know you have heard this question before. If you type it into Google, you will get a few thousand results. Here are some of the best sites for finding your next great read.

***What Should I Read Next***


Your Next Read


The Bookseer


Which Book?

http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/ - I wouldn't use this site with kids, but they are working on a version for schools.

By typing Diary of a Wimpy Kid into all of these databases, I was given the following suggestions for kids that have read the series and are looking for more like it:

  • Timmy Failure
  • Big Nate
  • Dork Diaries
  • Horrible Harry
  • Captain Underpants
  • My Weird School
  • Clementine
  • and the list goes on!

Shelley Statler

Library Media Specialist

Glen Rose Intermediate School