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2014 Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

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A Splash of Red - Jennifer Bryant; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
Call Number: jB Pippin Bryant
ISBN: 9780375867125
Publication Date: 2013
As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint! Soon, people--including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth--started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country. Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

 

2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

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

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Parrots over Puerto Rico - Susan L. Roth (Illustrator); Cindy Trumbore
Call Number: j598.7 Roth
ISBN: 9781620140048
Publication Date: 2013
A picture book telling the intertwined histories of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, culminating with current efforts to save the parrots from extinction. Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots' story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day.

 

2014 William C. Morris Award

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

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Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
Call Number: YAFICTION Kuehn
ISBN: 9781250021946
Publication Date: 2013
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

 

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2014 Caldecott Medal

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Locomotive - Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: j385 Floca
ISBN: 9781416994152
Publication Date: 2013
All aboard From the creator of the "stunning" ("Booklist") "Moonshot," a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads. It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country

 

2014 Newbery Medal

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
Call Number: jFICTION DiCamillo
ISBN: 076366040X
Publication Date: 2013
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.

 

2014 Michael L. Printz Award

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

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Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick
Call Number: YAFICTION Sedgwick
ISBN: 9781596438002
Publication Date: 2013
"Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited--throughout various time periods--by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant"--Provided by publisher.

 

2014 Golden Sower Award Winners

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Even Monsters Need Haircuts - Matthew McElligott
Call Number: J P McElligott
ISBN: 9780802788191
Publication Date: 2010
Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal-after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: jFICTION Palacio
ISBN: 9780375869020
Publication Date: 2012
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1nbsp;New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. "Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder

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Legend - Marie Lu
Call Number: YAFICTION Lu
ISBN: 9780399256752
Publication Date: 2011
A New York Times bestseller! What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

 

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2014 C.S. King Author Award

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

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P. S. Be Eleven - Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: jFICTION Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780061938627
Publication Date: 2013
Things are changing in the Gaither household. After soaking up a "power to the people" mind-set over the summer, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return to Brooklyn with a newfound streak of independence. Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam, but hes not the same. And a new singing group called the Jackson Five has the girls seeing stars. But the one thing that doesnt change? Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep everything together. Thats even harder now that her sisters refuse to be bossed around, and now that Pas girlfriend voices her own opinions about things. Through letters, Delphine confides in her mother, who reminds her not to grow up too fast. To be eleven while she can. An outstanding successor to the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven stands on its own as a moving, funny story of three sisters growing up amid the radical change of the 1960s, beautifully written by the inimitable Rita Williams-Garcia.

 

2014 C.S. King Illustrator Award

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Knock Knock - Daniel Beaty; Bryan Collier (Artist)
Call Number: jP Beaty
ISBN: 9780316209175
Publication Date: 2013
Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, "I love you." But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

 

2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.

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The Watermelon Seed - Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
Call Number: jP Pizzoli
ISBN: 1423171012
Publication Date: 2013
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.

 

2014 Pura Belpre Award

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

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Niño - Yuyi Morales
Call Number: jP Morales
ISBN: 9781596436046
Publication Date: 2013
Put on your mask and jump into the ring with Niño, world champion Lucha Libre competitor!Señoras y Señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño! Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño-popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor! A Neal Porter Book

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