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My Cybils Nominees

4 Jan

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I was thrilled the first time one of my Cybils nominees made it to the finalists list. This year, I had five nominees make it to the second round of judging.

In the Easy Reader category – one of my favorite books of the year:
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin.

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In the Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels category:
The Cardboard Kingdom  by Chad Sell

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In the Junior High Nonfiction category:
Spooked: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America  by Gail Jarrow

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In the Senior High Nonfiction category:
Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

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In the Young Adult Fiction category – one of my favorite YA books of the year:
Darius the Great is Not Okay  by Adib Khorram

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Hooray for Baby Monkey!!!

26 Apr

At book club on Monday night, we couldn’t say enough good things about Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin.

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Publisher’s Summary:

Who is Baby Monkey?

He is a baby.

He is a monkey.

He has a job.

He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye!

Lost jewels?

Missing pizza?

Stolen spaceship?

Baby Monkey can help…

if he can put on his pants!

Baby Monkey’s adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.

Hooray for Baby Monkey!

OK, the whole pants thing is just too cute, and just saying the word “pants” made all the book clubbers gush.

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Here is the lowdown.  The book is divided into five chapters, each a case that Baby Monkey has to solve. Each case follows the same pattern, making it an exciting and easy to read beginning chapter book.

The authors have included a hilarious bibliography and index, sure to keep adults just as intrigued.

And, just because it is too good not to include, here are the creators, talking about Baby Monkey:

 

Marvelous

27 Jul

Another fantastic ARC I got at the ALA conference was The Marvels by Brian Selznick!!!

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Unlike The Invention of Hugo Cabret and  Wonderstruck, where the pages of illustration alternate with the text, in The Marvels,  Selznick begins with 400 pages of a story told through illustration alone. This story follows five generations of a legendary family of actors, beginning with young Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck.  It is followed by about 200 pages of text which centers on a boy in 1990 who runs away from school to his estranged uncle’s enigmatic London house. Then there are 50 more pages of illustration. The two stories seem to be unrelated, but are brought together in the brief, but powerful conclusion.

The story was inspired by Selznick’s visit to the Dennis Severs’ House in London and Selznick provides an explanation about this strange inspiration in the Afterword.

I am excited that I have this copy that I can out on the shelf of my new classroom in September.

Standing up for what’s right

20 Jan

It’s MLK Day. I’m not out there, participating in the Day of Service. As a teacher, everyday might be considered a day of service, except I get paid to be there. I went around to our Sunday School classes at church and talked to them about the Souper Bowl of Caring.

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We handed our grocery bags for them to bring back on February 2nd to support the Oregon Food Bank, and gave each class a canister so the kids can help less fortunate people overseas, too, by bringing in a dollar.

But let me also talk here about 2 books I love. The first isn’t a new book.

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When Marian Sang written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick tells the story of  Anderson’s  historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. Famous around the world, Anderson was prevented from performing in Constitution Hall because she was black. Eleanor Roosevelt came up with an idea to have her perform free, for everyone at the Lincoln Memorial.

It just brings tears to my eyes.

A newer book is The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery written by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin and illustrated by Eric Velasquez.

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Here is the Goodreads summary:

“When John Price took a chance at freedom by crossing the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced in every state of the union. But the townspeople of Oberlin, Ohio, believed there that all people deserved to be free, so Price started a new life in town-until a crew of slave-catchers arrived and apprehended him. When the residents of Oberlin heard of his capture, many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom.”

I suspect this book will be on one or more of the lists of winners that will be announced next week at the ALA meeting in Philadelphia.

Whether you get out today and participating in a day of service or not, I hope you have a wonderful MLK Day. And I hope you think of standing up for others everyday.

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