Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ALA Award-winning Books for 2012!

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American Library Association Award-Winning Books for 2012!

The biggest and best known Children's Literature Awards of the year have officially been announced. (Honoring books published during 2011.)

Do take note that a few of the SPELLBINDER January Book Buzz titles received awards in various other categories.

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards Emcees: [left to right] Chrystal Carr Jeter, Chair Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee; Molly Raphael, President American Library Association; Sarah Flowers, President , Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); Mary Fellows, President, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC); and Maria Kramer, President, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, REFORMA.

The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children's and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children's audio and video materials. Known worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy by national judging committees composed of librarians and other children's literature experts.

This year's awards presentation took place on Jan. 23, 2012. The ALA announced the winners of 18 awards, including the renowned Caldecott and Newbery Medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Printz award. The books honored serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians and those interested in providing children and teens with the very best reading and viewing materials.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos is the 2012 Newbery Winner!

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai is a 2012 Newbery Honor!


Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Velchin is a 2012 Newbery Honor!

 A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is the 2012 Caldecott Winner!

(Please see the 3 Caldecott Honor books at the blue link above) 

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley is the 2012 Printz Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel!  

(Please see the 4 Printz Honor books at the link above.)

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Meet the Spellbinders

CaCarolee Deanrolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a
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speech-language pathologist.

Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
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She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Act of Haiku."

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Caroline Starr RoseCaroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time. 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.


Kim Bio PhotoKimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secretsas two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013.
She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences.

Please visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 
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Upcoming Author Events

Sunday, March 11
Kimberley presents at the 
Tucson Book Festival
11:30 -12:30 Panel with Author Will Hobbs: "Opening Minds Across Borders: Characters in Conflict" 
2:30 - 3:30 "Breaking into Children's Novels through Magazine Writing"
Each session followed by autographing

Saturday, March 17
UNM Continuing Ed  
Young Writers Conference

Kimberley is presenting "The Creative Diary" - a hands-on Writing Workshop for kids and teens   

Sunday, April 29th 
9-5 Preconference Session  
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 11 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose 
Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories"
Carolee Dean

November, 2012
YALSA Literature Symposium 
"Author Research Panel"
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
and two other authors
St. Louis, Missouri

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