July 31, 2014

ALSC & YALSA Best Books of the Year 2013

ALSC best of 2013The Association for Library Services to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association have issued their list of best books for 2013.  Check them out at this link:


Teen Book Finder App from YALSA

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.

Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now!

teen book finder appApp features include:

  • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
  • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook


An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2013.

The app is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The app was developed by Ora Interactive

Read Across America on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!!

Read Across America

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2nd with a Read Across America Event!!

Check out these websites for an activity booklet, tons of printables, and to register your event!




2013 ALA Book Awards


See the entire list with honor books as well in this article by SLJ:   http://www.slj.com/2013/01/awards/applegate-klassen-win-newbery-caldecott-medals/

Bibz lists are available if you need to fill in with any of these titles.

(John) Newbery Medal
The One and Only Ivan. Katherine Applegate. HarperCollins.

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
This Is Not My Hat. Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press.

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
Up, Tall and High. Ethan Long. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Andrew Carnegie Medal
Anna, Emma and the Condors. Produced by Katja Torneman.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Steve Sheinkin. Flash Point/Roaring Brook

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
My Family for the War. Anne C. Voorhoeve. Dial/Penguin Young Readers.

Pura Belpré Awards
Author: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster.

Illustrator: Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert. Gary D. Schmidt. Illus. by David Diaz. Clarion.

Michael L. Printz Award
In Darkness. Nick Lake. Bloomsbury.

Odyssey Award
The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Narrated by Kate Rudd. Brilliance Audio.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Steve Sheinkin
Flash Point/Roaring Brook

William C. Morris Award
Seraphina. Rachel Hartman. Random House.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards
: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion/Disney.

Illustrator: I, Too, Am America. Langston Hughes. Illus. by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster.

Virginia Hamilton: Demetria Tucker
Practitioner Award for Lifetime achievement

Schneider Family Book Award
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am. Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis. Simon & Schuster.

Middle Grade: A Dog Called Homeless. Sarah Lean. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Book.

Children: Back to Front and Upside Down! Claire Alexander. Eerdmans.

Stonewall Book Award
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster.

Margaret A. Edwards Award
Tamora Pierce for her “Song of the Lioness” series

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
Andrea Davis Pinkney

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award
Katherine Paterson

A Weekend of Youth Services Events in May

“A literary trifecta in Rochester during Children’s Book Week!”

 yss_logo   THURSDAY, May 16 – 7 PM

    Youth Services Section and Nazareth    College Chosen as Hosts for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen the Youth Services Section (YSS) and Nazareth College as the hosts and site for the 2013 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture which will be delivered by Michael Morpurgo in Rochester May 16, 2013.  With more than 100 titles for young people, Morpurgo served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come-first served basis.  Send registration with YSS Conference registration.  (print and mail)  Ticket requests open to the general public Mar 1.


    yss_logoFRIDAY, May 17 – 8-4:30

    YSS Spring Conference

Keynote Speaker: Amy Dickinson, author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville: a Mother, a Daughter and the People Who Raised Them and founder of the grass roots initiative, “A Book on Every Bed”
Luncheon Speaker:  Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of Running Out of Time, Game Changer, Among the Hidden and many other teen and middle-grade novels

And a wide selection of interesting workshops!
Download and mail your registration.  Overnight accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport.


TBF Roch

    SATURDAY, May 18 – 9AM-5PM

    Rochester Teen Book Festival


Authors and books, authors and books, authors and books – check out the website!