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2017 Books All Georgians Should Read

A HUGE Thank you to the Georgia Center for the Book for naming The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! as one of 2017’s Books All Georgians Should Read. It is an honor to be in the company of so many other amazing books. Be sure to check them all out!

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E.B. White Read-Aloud Award

Those of you that have heard Carmen tell her story, Love in the Library, already know that Carmen has a special place in her heart just for E.B. White and Charlotte’s WebIt was the book that really made her love reading, which makes it mean that much more to be on the Middle Reader Honor Award list for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. You can view a complete list of winners and honor books here. Thank you to everyone that nominated and voted for The Cheshire Cheese Cat!

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Exciting Things are Happening!

Artwork by Mo Willems (I LOVE him!)

So many wonderful and exciting things have been happening! For starters, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, won a Cybil in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category! It always means a lot when the readers pick your book, especially when you’re up against so many other fabulous titles (I’m looking at you A Monster Calls!).

To top off the excitement of winning a Cybil, The Cheshire Cheese Cat has been nominated for an Indies Choice award in the Middle Reader category! It is in great company, so be sure to check out the whole nominees list here.

Lastly, SLJ’s Battle of the Books has officially started! Unfortunately, The Cheshire Cheese Cat did not make it to the next round. Sy Montgomery had a tough choice between two very different books. Chime went home the winner of the round, but Montgomery had some lovely things to say about The Cheshire Cheese Cat.

“The book works on several levels. The literary allusions are hilarious for those in the know. The fast-paced plot has as many twists as London’s alleys. The authors (one of whom, Randall Wright, is a bit of a Dickens scholar) let loose with some fabulous words here (Ready for some hookem-snivey? There’s plenty to be had in these pages.) And along the way, readers will find that enemies can become friends, learn how to make a good apology, and discover the power of the pen—even if the actual writing implement is really….well, you’ll see.”

(excerpt from Battle of the Books Review. Read the whole post here.)

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Read Alouds Too Good to Miss!

AISLE (formerly AIME) has posted their 2011-2012 Read-Alouds Too Good to Miss list, and 14 Cows for America has been selected for the Ageless category.

The Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is a project of the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE). Each year, a committee of media specialists, classroom teachers, reading teachers, principals, bookstore operators, and university faculty members is formed to develop five read-aloud lists, one each for primary school, intermediate school, middle school, high school, and ageless. The lists are publicized and distributed to Indiana schools to encourage sustained reading and oral sharing of literature among teachers and students.

The ultimate purpose of the Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is to promote a love of reading and of books and to instill and nurture lifelong reading habits in Indiana students.”

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for 14 Cows for America. 

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Good as Gold

The expression “as good as gold” was used in 1843 to describe Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and is an expression we still use to this day. It is a phrase with many definitions, but is often used to describe something as being genuine and of a high standard.

So it is fitting that a book about a tiny mouse, a cat with a secret and Charles Dickens has garnered a Parent’s Choice Gold Award in Historical Fiction. Huzzah!