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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.

 

2013 Golden Sower Award Winners

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Nubs - Brian Dennis; Mary Nethery; Kirby Larson
Call Number: j636.7 Dennis
ISBN: 9780316053181
Publication Date: 2009
Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nub's life changes when he meets Marine Major Dennis. Through words and illustrations, this true account reminds young readers of the power of friendship.

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Because of Mr. Terupt - Rob Buyea
Call Number: JFICTION Buyea
ISBN: 9780385738828
Publication Date: 2010
Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special. It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything--and everyone. "The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion."--School Library Journal, Starred "This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion."--Publishers Weekly "No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers."--Kirkus Reviews "Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness."--Booklist

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The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen
Call Number: YAFICTION Van Draanen
ISBN: 9780375866678
Publication Date: 2011
Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself-she wants to take Rosa with her.

 

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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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