Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Awards Introduction

I have created this blog as my final project for LIBR 130 on Awards for Children's Literature. Here you will find basic background information about awards that are very well known (such as the Newbery) as well as some that you may not have heard of. I have also included awards specifically for Washington state. Check along the side to find titles of awards that you would like to learn more about and the link will take you right there. If you're reading the blog all the way through, click "Older Posts" at the bottom to take you to the next page. Or, if you don't want to have to click through pages, click on "May" on the left side and that will make this blog one huge page.

Anything that is highlighted will take you to a website for more information and those that say "winner" will take you to a page with previous winners as well as the current winner. My intent is for this to be a quick reference with links and a bibliography to take you to more information.

The awards are in order from the earliest to the latest except for the regional awards which are all at the end.

The ALA and WLMA websites have more in depth background on many of these awards if you are interested in digging deeper.

Abbreviations that you will see in this blog:
ALA = American Library Association
ALSC = Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the ALA
WLMA = Washington Library Media Association
YALSA =Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the ALA

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ideas for Your Library

There are many ways to use this blog as a springboard to library lessons and/or collaboration with other teachers.

*Use the information on this blog to see the new award winning books. You may want to develop your library collection...what better way than to include award winning books! Do you need more multicultural literature? Check out the Coretta Scott King or the Pura Belpré Awards.

*If your budget is tight, create a "Books for Birthdays" (and other special events) promotion. Have a list of award winning books appropriate for your level. Parents of students can order (through you) a book and have a label placed in the front signifying the child's name, event, and date.

*Ask your PTA, ASB, or community business if they will provide funds to buy books in a certain award category. Put book labels in the front of those books to thank the donor(s).

*Hold mock elections to choose a book that the students will vote on. Students can nominate books in a particular category - best illustrations, best picture book, best teen adventure novel...choose a category you'd like to have the students devour. You could choose to have a range of publishing dates...or not. You set the boundaries, the students will read many books to decide which is their favorite and vote. Kids will encourage their friends to read their favorite book in order to vote on them. You can name this award after your school, such as "Skyline's Best Picture Book Award". Everyone wins because they've read some great books. Works with all age groups.

*After teaching about the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, go to Clinton Ave Elementary School for some quizzes and games about these awards. Beware, they can be tough!

*Set up displays of award winning books. Many children will have heard of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. Have they heard of the Golden Key or the Michael L. Printz Award? Find as many of the books as you can, teach about them a bit, and see them fly off the shelves.

*Show a video about an award. The Pura Belpré Award is a short, 12 minute video that promotes Latina and Latino writing. I found it very endearing and would imagine children wanting to try writing and illustrating to keep their heritage alive, no matter what their background. Use this as a kick-off to a unit on cultural background. Video information is in the bibliography.

*Have students make trading cards of award winning books. You can keep it to one award or have them do many, perhaps just the books your library owns. On the backs include author, illustrator, year published and year of award. Then photocopy (in color if available) and give to students when they finish reading a book. What a collection they could gather!

*Have students write congratulatory letters to the authors or illustrators of award winning books that they have read. Have them include praise for the book, being specific about their favorite parts or scenes.

*Interview me! Have the student do research on award winning authors or illustrators and learn all they can. Set up a "talk show" with a host(ess) who will ask basic questions of the author/illustrator (student) in a mock interview. Kids would love to dress up to play their part.

*Map it! Mark places on a map to show 1)Where winning authors/illustrators reside. 2)Settings of award winning books. 3)Countries where authors/illustrators live(d).

*If you're doing the Young Readers Choice, Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, or Sasquatch Award, use the tallied votes to make graphs to show students and compare voting patterns. It also makes a good example for teaching Excel graphing. This may part of your curriculum.

*Collect facts (from this blog and the links provided) about the award(s) you are teaching. Create a Jeopardy-type game with the information.

*See the book Children's Book Awards by Diana F. Marks for many activities and worksheets designed around specific awards (see bibliography). It also contains detailed background on the people for whom the awards are named. You may want a copy for your library!

*To see a calendar of when awards are announced, click DAWCL Calendar of Awards. Mark on your own calendar when the awards you are interested in are announced and bookmark the above website.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Newbery Medal

The children's award that started them all - the Newbery Medal.

Purpose -The Newbery Medal is awarded to a book considered "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" (children being those up to the age of 14)(Newbery & Caldecott Awards, 1).

History -This was the first children's book award ever created. It was started in 1922 by Fredric G. Melcher. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th-century English bookseller.

Facts -
*The author must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
*The books considered are published in the previous year only.
*At one time, the committee decided both the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. In 1978, separate committees were created, one for each of the awards.
*Compilations and reprints are not allowed, but poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are all considered.
*Fifteen people serve on the committee to chose the winner.
*Books are marked with a gold-foil seal.

Recent winner - Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Caldecott Medal

Purpose - The Caldecott Medal was created to encourage American illustrators to create memorable illustrations that lived up to the standard of Randolph Caldecott's books which include Sing a Song for Sixpence and Hey Diddle Diddle.

History - The Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1938 and was named after the 19th century British illustrator, Randolph Caldecott. This is the second award created for children's books. Mr. Caldecott was born in England and illustrated pictures for newspapers, travel books, as well as two books by Washington Irving. Shortly after moving to America, he died.

Facts -
*Winning illustrators must be U.S. citizens or residents.
*A different group of fifteen people meet each year to choose the Caldecott Medal and Honor book recipients.
*The books are awarded a gold-foil seal which lets librarians, teachers, parents, and children easily recognize a winner
*Winning the Caldecott helps to ensure that a book will remain on library and bookstore shelves for many years.
*Winning books have a greater chance at being translated into other languages or made into a video, movie, or stage production.

Recent winner Locomotive by Brian Floca

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jane Addams Book Award

Purpose - This annual award is given to books for children that promote peace, monority group equality, world issues, and equality for both men and women.

History - This was the fourth children's book award created in the United States. It was first awarded in 1953.
Originally, the award was given to one book per year, but in 1993 a picture book category was added so the award now goes to two books per year. Honor books are also selected. The award is named for Jane Addams who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. She was also the first woman to with this prize.

Facts -
*Books may be poetry,fiction, or nonfiction.
*Winners receive certificates as well as a cash prize.
*Adminstered by The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association.

Recent winners - Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and We've Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

Purpose -Every two years, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal is given to an author or illustrator whose work has made a "substantial and lasting contribution" (ALA).

History - The first award was given to Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) herself in 1954 for her great accomplishments in writing for children. From 1960-1980, the medal was given every five years. From 1980-2001, every three years an award was given. Now, since 2001, the award is given every two years. Laura Ingalls Wilder is best known for her Little House books and won the Newberry Honor Award for five of her books. Winners of the medal must have more than one book published and the author's work must be available for at least 10 years before receiving the prize.

Facts -
*Administered by the ALSC.
*Books must be published in the United States, but can be previously published in another country.

Recent winner - The 2013 winner is
Katherine Paterson whose books include Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and The King's Equal.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hans Christian Andersen Award

Purpose -The Hans Christian Andersen Award is an international award given every two years to an author and illustrator who has made a significant contribution to children's literature.

History -This award has been given to an author since 1956. Illustrator awards were added in 1966. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805. He tried acting and writing for adults, but was not successful until he started writing stories for children. He is best known for his fairy tales. He died in 1875.

Facts -
*Administered by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
*The Queen of Denmark is the Patron of the Andersen Awards, giving a gold medal and a diploma to the recipients.
*The recipient of the award must be living.
*This award is also called the "Little Nobel Prize."

Recent winner - The 2012 author winner is Maria Teresa Andruetto of Argentina. The winning illustrator for 2012 is Peter Sis from Czech Republic.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Purpose -The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for an outstanding children's book originally written in another language, then translated into English.

History -Established in 1966, this award honors Mildred L. Batchelder who was the executive director of the ALSC. She was known for promoting the translation of excellent children's books.

*Administered by the ALSC.
*No folk literature is accepted.
*Books must be published in the previous year.
*It is an annual award unless no book is deserving of the award, then no award is given in that year.
*The award consists of a citation and a plaque.

Recent winner - Mister Orange, published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Truus Matti, and translated by Laura Watkinson.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Boston Globe - Horn Book Award

Purpose - The Boston Globe - Horn Book Award is for excellence in children's and young adult literature in the categories Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picturebook. Two honor books are also awarded in each category.

History - The award was first given in 1967. The Horn Book Magazine contains articles about children's literature and The Horn Book Guide contains reviews and summaries of newly published children's books.

Facts -
*Sponsored by The Horn Book organization.
*Winning books must be published in the United States, but the authors and illustrators may live in any country.
*Winners are announced in June and receive an engraved bowl, publication of their acceptance speeches in the Horn Book Magazine, and a $500 prize.

Recent winners - Fiction and Poetry - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Picturebook - Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Nonfiction - Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Coretta Scott King Award

Purpose - The Coretta Scott King Awards (CSK) are for outstanding children's books written and illustrated by African American authors and illustrators. Winning books promote the understanding of cultures of all people and their desire to attain the American dream. Winning books must encourage children to seek their own identity and be responsible citizens. The awards commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. King's desire to work for peace.

History -The idea for the award came in 1969 from librarians Glyndon Greer and Mabel McKissick who noticed that African American authors and illustrators were not getting noticed in the children's book world. The first award for writing was given in 1970 and for illustrating, in 1974. Coretta (1927-2006) married Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1953 and they were very involved in the civil rights movement.

Facts -
*Administered by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the ALA.
*Must be written or illustrated by an African American.
*Must portray a part of the African American experience.
*Must be published in the United States in the previous year.
*Another award was created in 1993, first called the Genesis Award, then changed to the New Talent Award, and finally the John Steptoe Award for New Talent.
*Britannica donates encyclopedias to the author winners. Beginning in 2005, a plaque was also presented and Johnson Publications added a $1000 prize. Illustrator winners are given $1000 by Book Wholesalers and World Book donates encyclopedias.

Recent winner- Rita Williams-Garcia won the author award for P.S Be Eleven.
Bryan Collier won the award for best illustrator. He illustrated Knock Knock,
written by Daniel Beatty, .

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Golden Kite Award

Purpose - The Golden Kite Award is awarded annually in recognition of excellence in children's literature in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.

History - Begun in 1973, this award is the only one judged by a jury of peers.

Facts -
*Administered by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
*One must be a member of SCBWI in order to win the award.
*Over 1000 books are submitted each year.
*Winners receive a certificate and a cash prize of $2,500.

Recent winner - Me and Momma and Big John by Mara Rockliff for picture book text. See other winners by clicking the link.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Purpose -The purpose of the Scott O'Dell award is to encourage writers, especially new writers, to write exceptional historical fiction for children.

History -Scott O'Dell (1898-1989) created this award in 1982 and won his own award in 1984. He wanted good historical fiction to be available for children to learn about their world. For the first two years of the award (1982, 1983), no awards were given because none of the books published the previous years were deemed good enough.

Facts -
*Administered by the Scott O'Dell Award Committee.
*Winner receives $5,000 cash award.
*O'Dell won the Newberry Award in 1961 for Island of the Blue Dolphins.
*O'Dell was born Odell Gabriel Scott and is likely related to Sir Walter Scott, the British writer.

Recent winner - Bo at Ballard Creek by Matt Phelan

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Andrew Carnegie Medal

Although this award is not given for a best book, videos are found in many libraries and can promote reading of the books that are the basis of the production.

Purpose - The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video honors the best children's video production. The winning videos show regard for a child's imagination and intelligence and use special techniques in the video. Many, but not all of the videos are based on children's books.

History -This was first awarded in 1991. Andrew Carnegie is known for establishing free public libraries for people to further their education. He built (funded) over 2,500 libraries in his time.

Facts -
*Administered by the ALSC.
*Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
*Producers of a winning video must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
*The video may be feature length, but not released in a theater.

Recent winner- 2013 winner is producer Katja Torneman for Anna, Emma and the Condor .

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pura Belpré Award

Purpose - The Pura Belpré Award is awarded to the best Latino/Latina children's writer/illustrator. It was created to promote current and relevant literature for Latino children.

History - The first award was given in 1996. Pura Belpré (1899-1982) was a librarian at the New York Public Library, a bilingual storyteller, puppet maker, and author. She was known for sharing stories of Puerto Rico with the children of the area. She loved to bring multicultural literature to children's lives. After her death, it was librarians Oralia Garza de Cortex and Sandra Rios Balderrama who took their idea of an award in Pura's name to REFORMA. They partnered with the ALSC to create the award, using the Coretta Scott King Award as a model.

Facts -
*One award is given to an author, another to an illustrator.
*The award is co-sponsored by the ALSC and National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking(REFORMA).
*The books must be published in the United States or Puerto Rico.
*The award was given every two years until 2008, when it became a yearly award.

Recent winner- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (winning author)
Nino Wrestles the World, written and illustrated by Yjui Morales (illustrator winner).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Michael L. Printz Award

Purpose - The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is given to the best book written for young adult audiences based on literary merit. These can include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, anthology, or joint authors/editors. The books may be published in another country, but must be published in the United States the previous year.

History -This award was created in 1999 and first awarded in 2000. Michael L. Printz was a teacher/librarian from Topeka, KS who was known for promoting great books to teens and young adults. Mr. Printz believed that all young adults could be engaged learners. He was a member of YALSA and died in 1996.

*Administered by YALSA. Sponsored by Booklist magazine.
*Up to four book can be named Honor Books.
*For a glimpse at all the background rules for the committee, click here.
*Gary Paulsen dedicated his book The Island to Michael Printz.

Recent winner- - Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

Monday, May 10, 2010

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Purpose - The Robert Sibert Award is an annual award that goes to the most notable children's informational book published in the previous year. Honor Awards are also given.

History -This award was first awarded in 2001. Mr. Sibert (1915-1998) was a bookbinder and philanthropist. He became the president of Bound to Stay Bound Books in Jacksonville, Illinois. One of his great ideas was to have his employees at the bookbinding company wear roller skates to get around more quickly. Sibert's son, Robert L. Sibert, wanted to create an award for informational books and thought the Benjamin Franklin Award would be a good name but that was already taken. So he suggested the Thomas Jefferson Award but again, that name was already in use. He turned the idea over to the ALSC committee and they came up with his father's name, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award because Robert F. was instrumental in sponsoring scholarships to those looking to go into library sciences. He also was known for creating standards in bookbinding.

Facts -
*Administered by the ALSC. Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.
*Folk tales and poetry are not considered for this award.
*Winner must be a United States citizen or resident and the book must be published in the U.S.

Recent winner - Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Geisel Award

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss! On Dr. Seuss Day, March 2, maybe you could read one of the winning books!

Purpose -The Geisel Award is a yearly award recognizing the author(s) and/or illustrator(s) of the best beginning reader book that was published in the previous year. The winners are chosen for showing creativity and imagination, therefore engaging young children in reading.

History -This fairly new award, first given in 2006, is named after Theodor Suess Geisel (Dr. Seuss) who was born in 1904 and wrote at least 49 books. The award was created in 2004 and books nominated for the first award were published in 2005.

Facts -
*Theodor Geisel's books have been translated into at least 15 languages.
*Over 200 million of his books have been sold.
*He died in 1991 and seven years later, on March 2, 1998, the first National Read Across America Day was held. It is sponsored by the National Education Association and honors the birthdate of Theodor Geisel.

Recent winner -Watermelon Seed written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

Purpose - The Odyssey Award is an annual award for the best children's or young adult audio book. The award is not for the content of the book, but for the technical aspects (direction, narration, and engineering) of creating the audio book.

History -The first award was given in 2008.

Facts -
*The audiobook may have been published in another country, but must be published in the United States within the time window (a previous year).
*Winners may have a single narrator or a full cast.
*Administered by ASLC and YALSA.
*Sponsored by Booklist.

Recent winner- Producer Listening Library (an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group) won in 2014 for Scowler, written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

Friday, May 7, 2010

William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Have you ever read a fantastic book, then found out that it was the first book the author had published? That's where this award comes in.

Purpose -The William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award is given to a first-time author of an outstanding book for teens. The book must have high-quality writing and appeal to a wide teen (age 12-18) audience.

History - This new award was first awarded in 2009. William C. Morris was an innovator in the publishing world. He was well known for his enthusiasm in promoting books for teens and young adults.

Facts -
*Administered by YALSA.
*Approximately 10% of the 3000 YA books published each year are "debut" novels.

Recent winner -(2014) Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Evergreen Young Adult Book - (WA State)

Purpose -The Evergreen Young Adult Book Award was created to give teens a voice in what books they think are best.

History -The first award was given in 1991.
Facts -
*Sponsored by the Washington Young Adult Review Group.
*Children in grades 7-12 may vote on the nominated books.
*Voting is completed between March 1-15 each year.

Recent winner - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest)

Purpose -Young Reader's Choice Award winners are chosen by the children and young adults of Alberta, British Columbia, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. There are three divisions, Junior (grades 4-6), Intermediate (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). The book must be published in the previous three years. Books are nominated by teachers, librarians, students and parents.
History -First awarded in 1940, it is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S or Canada. A senior division was added in 1991 recognizing books for grades 10-12. The award was created by Seattle bookseller Harry Hartman who believed every child should be able to choose a book that pleased him or her.

Facts -
* Administered by the Pacific Northwest Library Association.
*Many styles of writing are considered - fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, animae and manga.
*A person must be in grades 4-12 and have read at least two of the nominated books in order to vote and live in the above states or provinces.
*Books must be 3 years old and published in the U.S. or Canada*Voting takes place between March 15 - April 15 with winners announced in mid-April.
*No awards were given between 1953-1955 or 1973.

Recent winner - 2013Junior - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Middle - Smile by Raina Telgemeir
Senior - Crazy by Han Nolan

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award - (WA State)

Purpose -Each year children from Washington state in grades K-3 vote on their favorite of 20 nominated picture books. Voting takes place in March.

History -The first award was given in 1982.

Facts -
*Over 450 schools in Washington state submit votes online or by mail.
*Click for fun-filled activity packets from WLMA for current and past WCCPBA nominees.
*Click here to find links to other state choice awards.

Recent winner- Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sasquatch Award - (WA State)

Purpose -Designed for grades 3-6, students from around Washington state can read the nominated books and vote online, through email, or by mail.

History - Joanne L. Hjort and Jan Weber proposed the award for early chapter books (or picture books) that are written for children younger than those books typically nominated for Young Reader's Choice Award. This award was first given in 1998.

Facts -
*Administered by WLMA.
*Students, teachers, and librarians may nominate books for the award.
*Students must read (or have read to them) at least two of the nominated books in order to vote.
*Shelfari has a neat page that shows past winners as well as the 2011 nominees.
*Go to WLMA to find how to vote, nominate a book, to see winners and tallies for other nominated books, or to order stickers and posters. Bookmarks can be downloaded and printed from this site as well.

Recent winner - Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Looking for Good Books?

If you're in search of some good books in addition to (and including) award winning books, here are some websites for you to check out:

2014 ALA Award Winners

ALA 2014 Notable Children's Books

Amazon's Best of 2013 Children's Books

Award Annals

KidsReads Cool and New Books

National Book Award Winners Many of these are adult books, but there are children's book categories listed as well.

New York Time's Best Sellers - Children's Books Includes picture books, chapter books, paperbacks, and series books.

TeenReads Cool and New Books

TeenReads Ultimate Reading List

YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

Saturday, May 1, 2010


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Winning books citations:

Alvarez, Julia. Return to Sender. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Print.

Bauer, Marion Dane. The Longest Night. New York: Holiday House, 2009. Print.

Bray, Libby. Going Bovine. New York. Random House, 2010. Print.

Bunce, Elizabeth C. A Curse Dark as Gold. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008. Print.

Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry Books, 2007. Print.

DiCamillo, Kate. Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken. Read by Barbara Rosenblat. Live Oak Media, 2009. CD.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Dir. Paul Gagne. Weston Woods, 2009. DVD.

Fleming, Candace. The Lincolns. Random House, Inc., 2008. Print.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Deep and Dark and Dangerous. New York: Clarion Books, 2007. Print.

Hayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! New York: Raw Junior, 2009. Print.

Hughes, Langston. My People. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. Print.

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal. New York: Amulet Books, 2007. Print.

Korman, Gordon. Schooled. New York: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2008. Print.

Larson, Kirby and Mary Nethery. Two Bobbies. New York: Walker, 2008. Print.

Mahy, Margaret. Bubble Trouble. New York : Clarion Books, 2009. Print.

Mora, Pat. Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. New York: Rayo, 2009. Print.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2009. Print.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary . New York: Viking, 2009. Print.

Phelan, Matt. The Storm in the Barn. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2009. Print.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion & the Mouse. New York: Little, Brown & Co. Books for Young Readers, 2009. Print.

Pratchett, Terry. Nation. New York : Harpercollins Childrens Books, 2009. Print.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007. Print.

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009. Print.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2009. Print.

Thor, Annika. The Faraway Island. New York : Delacorte Press, 2009. Print.

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