Some news to start your week:
The Cybils Awards have entered Round 2. The first round panelists did a great job in winnowing the field down to the seven finalists listed below for Nonfiction in Early and Middle Grades. A winner will be announced on February 14, 2015. I can’t discuss deliberations (I’m a Round 2 judge), but you are free to comment on your favorites. 🙂
- Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman
- Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat by Sy Montgomery
- Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
- Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle
- When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson
In December, the Great Websites for Kids Committee announced the newest sites to be added. (Press release here)
If you’ve never taken advantage of this great resource, I urge you to check out Great Websites for Kids at http://gws.ala.org/.
The site is continually updated with new sites added and outdated sites deleted. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.
- App Inventor – http://www.appinventor.org
- Cyberchase – http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/
- Duolingo – https://www.duolingo.com/
- Code.org – http://code.org
- My Garbology – http://www.naturebridge.org/garbology.php
- Scratch – http://scratch.mit.edu/
- U.S. EPA’s RadTown USA – http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html
And last but not least,
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month celebration. Each year, fellow librarian, Margo Tanenbaum and I, gather writers, illustrators, librarians and bloggers to highlight, celebrate, and raise awareness of great books for young people that focus on women’s history. This year’s celebration kicks off March 1. Please, stay in touch with us and support the inclusion of women’s history in books for young readers! Please, follow our blog, KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month, and you can also find us on Twitter @kidlitwhm, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Have a great week! Let it start with a reminder from MLKDay.gov,
“Life’s most persistent question is: What are you doing for others?” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.