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2008 Children's Book Awards

THE NEWBERY MEDAL
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 

The 2008 Newbery Medal Winner
       
GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!: VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
     by Laura Amy Schlitz
 
THE CALDECOTT MEDAL
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.  It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

The 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner
       

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick
 

THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table.  Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the “American Dream.” 

2008 King Author Award
ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis

2008 King Illustrator Award
 LET IT SHINE: THREE FAVORITE SPIRITUALS by Ashley Bryan 

THE ROBERT F. SIBERT INFORMATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Awarded to the best informational book 

2008 Sibert Winner
THE WALL: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN by Peter Sis 

THE MILDRED L. BATCHELDER AWARD
Awarded to the publisher of best book in translation 

2008 Batchelder Winner
BRAVE STORY by Miyuki Miyabe 

THE PURA BELPRE AWARD
Honors Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a children’s book.  (Awarded every two years) 

2008 Belpre Author Award
THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA: A BIOGRAPHY OF JUAN FRANCISCO MANZANO by Margarita Engel

2008 Belpre Illustrator Award
LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN by Marisa Montes; illus by Yuyi Morales  


THE
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD
Awarded to the most distinguished beginning reader book.


2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
 THERE IS A BIRD ON YOUR HEAD by Mo Willems 

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Recent Additions-Some Titles to Tempt You

Books
Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
by Nicholas Carr
Dakota: a Novel by Martha Grimes 
Death in the Pot: the Impact of Food Poisoning on History by Morton Satin 
Eat This, Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-
or More!
 by David Zinczenko
 
Freedom for the Thought We Hate: a Biography of the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis 
Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner 
Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies by Eric Corey Freed
Killing Ground by Jack Higgins 
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders by James Scurlock 
What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women’s Lives
for the Better
by Dan Baker
 

Audiobooks
Appeal by John Grisham 
Car Talk: Classics, Four Perfectly Good Hours by Tim and Ray Magliozzi 
Duma Key by Stephen King 
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich 
Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America by William Geist

DVDs 
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 
Festival Shorts Collection
 
Invasion 
Queen Rock Montreal
 
30 Rock.  Season 1  
  

Music on CD
 
Bellini: Capuleti e Montecchi/Vincenzo Bellini 
Calling/Mary-Chapin Carpenter 
Dim Sum/Ying Quartet 
Frank/Amy Winehouse 
Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Highlights from the Motion Picture

Frog and Toad

Anita and Arnold Lobel have written and/or illustrated almost 150 children’s books between the two of them.  Arnold Lobel, who died in 1987, is best remembered for his charming Frog and Toad books, one of which received a Caldecott Medal Honor and another a Newbery Medal Honor.  These early readers were the first of a variety of whimsical, fun-to-read books written by Lobel, followed by Mouse Soup, Owl at Home and Uncle Elephant.  In 1981, he won the Caldecott Award for Fables, a book of one page tongue-in-cheek fables.  He and his wife collaborated on four books, including On Market Street.  This richly patterned alphabet book received several prizes and was designated a Caldecott Medal Honor book. 

Anita Lobel’s opulently illustrated picture books have been praised for their originality and inventiveness.  Animal Antics: A to Z, Pierrot’s ABC and Alison’s Zinnia show sumptuous landscapes, colorful flowers and cute animals.  Anita Lobel’s autobiography, titled No Pretty Pictures, surprised critics and readers.   In sharp contrast to her colorful picture books, this memoir of her Jewish childhood during World War II in Poland has no pretty pictures. It has a few black and white family photos and a reproduction of a religious picture given to her by her Catholic nanny, Niania.   
 

The Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, developed a family musical based on her father’s books: Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year and Days With Frog and Toad.  A Year with Frog and Toad – the musical” was nominated for a Tony Award for best musical in 2003.  Andrianne Lobel’s husband, Mark Linn-Baker, played the cantankerous toad in the Broadway show, making this musical truly a family production.  First Stage Children’s Theater of Milwaukee will present “A Year With Frog and Toad – the musical” in April. 
  

THE + IRS = THEIRS

 

 "Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."

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