More great reads…

In addition to having time to read over winter break, I’ve also been searching up lists of Newbery Award predictions. So many good books, so little time! I’ve read several that seem to be in the running, although outsiders never know exactly which books are in the running, so it really is a fun guessing game.

The Newbery Award is just one of the awards given out at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Other awards include The Coretta Scott King Award, The Caldecott Award, The Printz Award, and many others.

First, Refugee by Alan Gratz. I loved this book, which was so timely in today’s political climate. Three refugees. Three different time periods. Three seemingly unconnected stories… until…  Well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself.

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Next, Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. I’m currently smack dab in the middle of this one and it’s so good. Realistic fiction, with a little bit of suspense and mystery, coupled with a very sweet, likable protagonist and her caregivers. This title seems to be on all the Newbery prediction lists. Lauren Wolk won a Newbery Honor last year for Wolf Hollow.

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So, when will the Youth Media Awards take place? This year librarians all around the country will be watching on Monday, February 12th.  I’ll definitely be watching!

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