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Voting Opens for CBC Awards

The Children’s Book Council is inviting young readers, teachers, parents and librarians(!) to vote for their favorite books. Take a look at the finalists below, then click on the link to get to the CBC page. Don’t forget to invite your patrons to vote too!

Finalists For 2016 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

Book of the Year K-2nd Grade:
Clark & Shark by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis
The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown
Sick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Sick Simon by Dan Krall
To the Sea by Cate Atkinson
Book of the Year 3-4th Grade:
Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Monkey and Elephant and a Secret Birthday Surprise by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Galia Bernstein
Escape From the Lizards (Newts: Book 1) by Doug TenNapel
Book of the Year 5-6th Grade:
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Hilo Book!: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth by Judd Winick
Saved by the Bell by Joelle Sellner, illustrated by Chyna Clugston-Flores and Tim Fish
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon
Book of the Year Teen:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Winter by Marissa Meyer
PS, I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Teen Choice Debut Author:
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Children’s Choice Debut Author:
The Question Of Miracles by Elena K. Arnold
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
George by Alex Gino
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath
Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year:
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Big Family by Mike Curato
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
Strictly No Elephants Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (written by Lisa Mantchev)
The Red Hat Illustrated by Antoinette Portis (written by David Teague)

Webinar: Explore and Discover

NatureExploreWeb Junction is offering a webinar called “Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library” on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The webinar will focus on library programs that encourage children to explore, discover and connect with nature.

More Information and Registration

2015 Award-Winning Youth Books

It’s award season time! No, not for movies or actors – something far more important: The Youth Media Awards, presented by the American Library Association. This morning, the awards for books and audio books published for children and young adults were announced.

LastStopJohn Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.

Honor Books: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson; and Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.


WinnieRandolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.

Honor Books: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews; Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Pena.


GoneCrazyCoretta Scott King Author Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Winner: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor Books: All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds; and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.


BoneGapMichael L. Prinz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Honor Books: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez; and The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick.


FunnyBonesRobert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Honor Books: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose; Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery; and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes.


MostDangerousYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

Winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin.

Honor Books: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, by Margaret Engle; First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, by Tim Grove; Symphony for the City of Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson; and This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, by Nancy Plain.

The full list of award winners can be found here.

“From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency”

Join the Children’s Services Division for an interactive guided tour of Hofstra University’s special exhibit:

“From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency”
Hofstra will provide a special presentation on how to bring this topic to life for children. This is a perfect opportunity if you are looking for more Common Core activities.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Tour begins promptly at 10:30 at the Emma Lowe Gallery, in Emma Lowe Hall, South Campus.  Parking is available on the north side of campus. 

Cost: $5 for NCLA Members; $15 for non-members; .2 CEUs (2 contact hours) will be awarded

Please see attached file!

Hofstra 2015

2015 Membership Drive

CSD Membership Flyer 2015

You’re Invited! CSD Annual Installation Breakfast

SergioJoin us for our annual installation breakfast and meet children’s author and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier.
When: Monday, December 8, 2014, 9:30-12:00
Where: Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park
Cost: $30 for members of NCLA, SCLA and library students; $40 for all others.

Two (2) contact hours will be awarded (.2 CEUs). For more information, contact Keith Klang at the Port Washington Public Library: 516-883-4400 or

Print the flyer for additional registration information.