March 5, 2011

Bank Street College Announces 2011 Children's Book Awards

Bank Street College recently announced the 2011 children's book awards for fiction, non fiction, and poetry.  The 2011 Josette Frank Award Winning book for fiction was awarded to Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper, the 2011 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award Winning book for non fiction was awarded to Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and the 2011 Claudia Lewis Award winning book for poetry was awarded to Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

Congratulations to these fabulous books.

March 2, 2011

2nd Graders are Neat

My second grader came to me last night and started talking about all the books she has been reading.  She knows I keep a running list of the books she reads on Squidoo via my lens on books 2nd graders read and started sharing with me all the books I hadn't put on that webpage.  As she started listing off all the different books like Mr Putter and Tabby, various A to Z Mysteries, Junie B. Jones books, and other various books dealing with animals, I realized I hadn't been keeping up with the different books she has been reading.

After we finished, we had listed 31 books, and she was proud of herself as she went to bed.  As I finish this post, I realize that just by sitting there and listening, I have helped give her a love for reading which will help with the rest of her life.

March 1, 2011

2011 Golden Kite Award Winning Books

On February 23, 2011, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announced the winners of the 2011 Golden Kite Awards and the Golden Kite Honor Recipients.  Congratulations to this year's winners.

2011 Winner: Turtle in Paradise
2011 Honors: Big Red Lollipop, The Good The Bad and The Barbie, and A Pocketful of Posies