Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Six Weeks Until Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Awards Announcements

The Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz medals

In six weeks, the 2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz awards will be announced.

The Caldecott medal is awarded to an illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children by the Association for Library Services for Children.

The Newbery medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Printz award honors the best books written for teens each year based on literary merit. For more information about each award, click on the links above.

On Monday, January 28, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., the American Library Association will announce the 2013 winners and honorees.  To get ready for their announcement, the Children's Room has selected our own list of possible winners for the three awards.  Below is the list of titles that we believe should be considered for this honor.  Each week, we will spotlight titles for each of these awards.

Caldecott Titles:

"Baby Bear Sees Blue" by Ashley Wolff
"Because Amelia Smiled" by David Ezra Stein
"Bear Has A Story To Tell" by Philip Stead
"Oh, No!" by Candace Fleming
"Extra Yarn" by Mac Barnett
"One Cool Friend" by Toni Buzzeo
"A Home For Bird" by Philip Stead
"And Then It's Spring" by Julie Fogliano
"Chloe And The Lion" by Mac Barnett
"Homer" by Elisha Cooper

Newbery Titles:

"Wonder" by R. J. Palacio
"Splendors and Glooms" by Laura Amy Schlitz
"One And Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
"Lions Of Little Rock" by Kristen Levine
"Liar And Spy" by Rebecca Stead
"Kepler's Dream" by Juliet Bell
"Breathing Room" by Marsha Hayles
"Bomb" by Steve Sheinkin
"Three Times Lucky" by Sheila Turnage
"Mighty Miss Malone" by Christopher Curtis

Printz Titles:

"Last Dragonslayer" by Jasper Fforde
"There Is No Dog" by Meg Rosoff
"Survive" by Alex Morel
"Amelia Anne Is Dead And Gone" by Kat Rosenfield
"Ask The Passengers" by A. S. King
"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein
"The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
"The List" by Siobhan Vivian
"Diviners" by Libba Bray
"Every Day" by David Levithan
"Brides Of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

Monday, December 10, 2012

Brrr It's Cold Outside!

The snow has arrived, and winter will be here soon.  While you are curled up inside under a blanket, grab a book and learn about why it snows or read a fun story about rabbits in the snow.

Stop by the library and check out our collection of fun winter stories and fact books.  Here are a few librarian favorites.

  • "One Winter's Day" by M. Christina Butler
  • "Big Wolf & Little Wolf : The Little Leaf That Wouldn't Fall" by Nadine Brun-Cosme
  • "The Little Lost Robin" by Elizabeth Baguley

  • "It's Snowing!" by Olivier Dunrea
  • "Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!" by Candace Fleming
  • "Carl's Snowy Afternoon" by Alexandra Day

  • "When The Snow Comes" by Jonathan Allen
  • "An Orange In January" by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • "Straight To The Pole" by Kevin O'Malley

  • "The Story Of Snow : Science Of Winter's Wonder" by Mark Cassino
  • "It's Snowing" by Gail Gibbons
  • "Whiteout! A Book About Blizzards" by Rick Thomas

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Annual Frosty Day

Frosty Day is almost here.  On Saturday, December 8th, starting at 2:00 p.m., the town of North Castle will be celebrating with a parade, hayrides, cartoons, and refreshments.  Listed below is the schedule of events.

Along with a fun day of celebration, there will also be collection bins around town to collect coats and warm clothes for people in need after Hurricane Sandy.  If you have gently-used coats and warm clothing, please bring them with you to Main Street or drop them off in the lobby of the North Castle Library.

2:00 - 4:00 ~ Frosty Scavenger Hunt for ages 5 to 12 at the Hergenhan Center.

2:00 & 3:00 ~ "Frosty the Snowman" cartoons and refreshments at the North Castle Public Library.

2:00 - 4:00 ~ Smith's Tavern Open House. 

4:30 - 5:00 ~ Frosty Parade down Main Street, starting at Armonk Town Center.

5:00 ~ Holiday display lighting at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.

5:00 - 6:00 ~ Winter Walk (hayrides, carolers, Santa, food and cheer).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Is Coming...

The garland is hung and the lights are lit.  Now we have to wait for the big day to arrive.  To help pass the time until Christmas is here, stop by the library and grab a couple of fun Christmas stories.  With the abundance of books available, there is plenty to choose from.  Here are some of our favorite new and old picture books.
  • "Christmas Wombat" by Jackie French
  • "Dinosaur Vs. Santa" by Bob Shea
  • "It's Christmas, David!" by David Shannon
  • "Suzy Goose And The Christmas Star" by Petr Horacek
  • "Olivia Helps With Christmas" by Ian Falconer
  • "Where Teddy Bears Come From" by Mark Burgess
  • "Santa Claus The World's Number One Toy Expert" by Marla Frazee
  • "A Bad Kitty Christmas" by Nick Bruel
  • "Grumpy Badger's Christmas" by Paul Bright
  • "Who's That Knocking On Christmas Eve?" by Jan Brett
  • "Toot & Puddle : I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Holly Hobbie
  • "My Penguin Osbert" by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  • "Tacky's Christmas" by Helen Lester
  • "Fletcher And The Snowflake Christmas" by Julia Rawlinson
  • "Merry Un-Christmas" by Mike Reiss
  • "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney
  • "Millie In The Snow" by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • "Scaredy Squirrel Prepares For Christmas" by Mélanie Watt
  • "Russell's Christmas Magic" by Rob Scotton
  • "Hark! A Christmas Sampler" by Jane Yolen and Tomie dePaola