Big Kids @ UAPL

American Library Association announces 2017 Youth Media Award Winners

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The American Library Association announced the 2017 awards for the best in children's and young adult literature on Monday, Jan. 23. Click here to read the complete article which includes a list of all the 2017 winners.

The John Newbery Medal, given for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, was awarded toThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  Visit the Newbery Medal Homepage for more information about this award and a complete list of winners since 1922.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal, given for the most distinguished American picture book, was awarded to Radiant Child:The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.  Visit the Caldecott Medal Homepage for more information about this award and a complete list of winners since 1938.

The Coretta Scott King Author Book Award, given to an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, was awarded to March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Visit the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Page for more information about this award.

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award, given to an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, was awarded to  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

The Michael L. Printz Award, given for excellence in literature written for young adults, was awarded to  March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Visit the Printz Award for more information about this award and a complete list of winners since 2000.

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Graphic Novel Reading Lists for Kids

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Kids love graphic novels. Amazing illustrations, cool captions and words, great stories – all bundled into one. What’s not to love? Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) puts out Graphic Novels Reading Lists of top graphic novels for kids. The lists include classic graphic novels as well as new titles. Here are some favorite choices, broken down by age range. 

K - 2nd Grade (ALSC K - 2nd Grade Full List)

Cover for Little Robot by Ben Hatke

 

3rd - 5th Grade (ALSC 3rd - 5th Grade Full List)

Cover for Hilo by Judd Winick

 

6th - 8th Grade (ALSC 6th - 8th Grade Full List)

Cover for Awkward

 

A few favorites not covered on these lists:

Cover fro Oddly Normal

 

Happy (Graphic Novel) Reading!

Your (Character) Votes Are In!

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Yesterday you voted on your favorite book and screen characters, and today the results are in:

  • Favorite picture book or early reader character: ELEPHANT and PIGGIE!
  • Favorite juvenile or young adult character: HARRY POTTER!
  • Favorite adult character: WONDER WOMAN!
  • Favorite screen hero: LUKE SKYWALKER!
  • Favorite screen villain: DARTH VADER!

Fantastic Party for Harry Potter Fans

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Fantastic Beasts movie imageThe new J. K. Rowling adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to hit theaters and the youth services department is ready to celebrate!  Join us Saturday November 12th at 3:00 PM for crafts, games, and fun celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter.  Dig through your old trunk and dust off your wizarding robes because there will also be a costume contest and a chance to win prizes.  Don't forget to stop by Olivander's wand shop and then take yourself on a beastly scavenger hunt around the department while you're here.

Sorcerer's Stone movie posterBefore the party begins we will be showing the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the Friends Theater at 2:00 PM

If you really want to get yourself excited for the new movie and our fantastic party check out some of these books…

 

Fun with Ben Hatke: Space, Robots, Creatures!

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Looking for a book about space adventures and super heroes? Want to read about robots? Love stories about friendly creatures and lonely trolls? Then check out Ben Hatke's books. Ben Hatke is a children's writer and illustrator who has written several picture books and graphic novels for kids. He creates loveable, endearing, and highly adventurous characters and tales, such as those found in the graphic novels Zita the Space Girl, Mighty Jack, and Little Robot, as well as unique and thoughtful tales, like those found in the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. For more about Ben Hatke and his stories, characters, and art check out: ben hatke, zita the spacegirl, and house hatke.

For a sneak peek at Zita the Space Girl, a 3 part graphic novel that follows the adventures of a young girl who is transported through space to worlds far away, where she must both find her own way as a newfound superhero and save her lost friend, check out the book trailer.

Happy Reading!

 

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