The American Library Association has selected its annual award winners for the best of the best children’s books. Here’s a sample of some of the books they selected. Come to the library to check them out! The complete list of winners can be found here.
Winner: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Honor Books: Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes; One Came Home by Amy Timberlake; and Paperboy by Vince Vawter.
Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca
Honor Books: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles by David Eisner.
Winner: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Honor Books: Ball by Mary Sullivan; A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems; and Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes.
Winner: Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Honor Books: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet; Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate; Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca; and The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since we last posted “Best of” lists, but 2014 is here. Book reviewers are making their lists and we’ve gathered a few. Compare your lists to theirs and come to the library to find what you’ve missed.
Adult Book Lists
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Fiction of 2013
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Non-Fiction of 2013
- The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2013
- The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2013
Children’s and YA Book Lists
- The Horn Book: Horn Book Fanfare of 2013
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Children’s Books of 2013
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Teen Books of 2013
- The New York Times: Notable Children’s Books of 2013
- School Library Journal: Best Fiction of 2013
- School Library Journal: Best Non-Fiction 2013
- School Library Journal: Best Picture Books 2013
Today, the American Library Association named the annual award winners for best children’s books. Here’s a sample of some of the books they selected. Come to the library to check them out!
Winner: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Honor books: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Winner: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Honor books: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown; Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen;
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small; and Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
Winner: Up, Tall, and High by Ethan Long
Honor Books: Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems; Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean; and Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell.
Winner: Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Honor Books: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose; and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson.
The complete list of winners can be found here.
It’s that time of year: Book reviewers far and wide are posting lists of the best children’s books of 2012. Below are links to some of those lists. And rest assured, you’re sure to find most of these books at the Malverne Public Library.
The Horn Book: Horn Book Fanfare of 2012
Kirkus Reviews: Best Children’s Books of 2012
The New York Times: Notable Children’s Books of 2012
School Library Journal: Best Books of 2012
Deciding the top 10 out of a lengthy Best Books issue has been conceded by PW staffers to be a tough job, but here is their short list. Whether you agree with all of the choices or not, I’m sure some of these titles may have interested you and maybe you will reconsider some you had discounted previously. Here they are not in any particular order:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (fiction) (see “End the Year with a Bang!: 2012 Crime Fiction” in Staff Picks for a brief review.)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (fiction) (The author won her second Man Booker Prize for this novel which sequels her first, also a winner, Wolf Hall about Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.)
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo (fiction) ( 14 tales , dark, playful and honest)
All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen (non-fiction) (Biography of an era roughly, 1898- 1990, and three women who inhabited this rich period and mingled with the Bloomsbury, Paris and Hollywood crowds. Gender, sexuality and ambition are topical issues questioned, and not untimely to us.)
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo- and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry (non-fiction) ( Chilling account of a young woman murdered in Tokyo which explores the hidden recesses of Japanese culture and the trauma of a heinous crime.)
Building Stories by Chris Ware (fiction) (This book-in-a- box is totally innovative. It features the stories of the inhabitants of a single Chicago building spread out into 14 different books each having a different format used to give insight into the characters’ lives and thoughts. Inspiring!)
The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle (fiction) (Chilling depiction of life in a New York City mental hospital and not just from mental anguish but mostly from inhumanity, bureaucracy, the use of psychopharmaceuticals for convenience, and just plain ennui of caregivers. It is recommended “to read this with the lights on.”)
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe by Anne Applebaum (non-fiction) (Mass-scale brutality, political corruption, ethnic killings, false justice, and more are revealed in this detailed look behind the curtain of darkness.)
Detroit City Is The Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli (non-fiction) (Remarkable story by a native son who has given voice to all manner of Detroit ciitzen who tell a tale of a city’s demise and rise from the ashes.)
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600- 1675 by Bernard Bailyn (non-fiction) (Clash of cultures turns to brutal violence as British colonial America encounters a range of ethnic groups along with indigenous peoples.)
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert MacFarlane
Ancient tracks, sea paths and vast networks of routes crisscrossing the British landscape; natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature.
A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain’s Ancient Monasteries by Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt
Immerse yourself in the world of Spain’s ancient monasteries, ripe with history, art and culture.
Health and Happiness: Inspiration for the New Year …
The Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases
by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Find out what the future holds for the treatment of such diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, asthma, allergies and possibly autism. As superorganisms our bodies are host to millions of bacteria, pathogens and parasites which may be useful in rebalancing our immune systems so we don’t develop such debilitating illness.
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
Learn to use the practice of living in the present to embrace your fears, recognize their origins and replace them with feelings of well-being.
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
Great news: “20 minutes of cardio at a time is enough to obtain the maximum health benefits. (And in some cases, just six minutes is all you need.)” Need I say more?!
What Makes Love Last? : How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal. Secrets from the Love Lab
by John Gottman, Ph.D.
Celebrated research psychologist, Gottman explains how to protect or recover the love in your relationship. Insightful and practical advice.
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
Exploration of a lifelong investigation into the variety hallucinatory experience. Weaving together stories of his patients and of his own experiences he illuminates what we learn about the brain from studying hallucinations. Fascinating!
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
Funny and readable this profound book will enrich and maybe even make you a little happier!
Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers by John J. Ross, M.D.
“We always long to know writers better: more than just their words, we want to immerse ourselves in their lives, to really feel what they felt. This book does that, plunging you in the day-to-day pains and struggles of some of the most celebrated names in the canon.” -Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb
Some Real Characters… Biopicks and Memoirs
Brain on Fire : My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Harrowing experience of a 24 year-old reporter for the New York Post whose mystifying illness baffled doctors despite dire symptoms.
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940- 1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road by Willie Nelson
Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas
Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the Word’s Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns
My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir by Penny Marshall
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Parachutes and Ladders: Career Know-how and Advice…
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White
Easy to read and chock-full of useful advice from successful Cosmo editor on how to achieve your career goals.
A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adult Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success by Gerald Chertavian
150 Best Jobs for Your Skills by Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D.
Women Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job by Elizabeth F. Fideler
Beautifully written case studies of the fastest growing segment of the workforce: women age sixty-five and older. Find out why they are still on the job from business to the arts and the impact work has on their lives.
Give ‘Em the Boot: Everything Italy…
Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay by Benjamin Taylor
Venice: History of the Floating City by Joanne M. Ferraro
Defying Evil: How the Italian Army Saved Croatian Jews During the Holocaust by Benjamin Wood
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones
Hide & Seek: The Irish Priest in the Vatican Who Defied the Nazi Command by Stephen Walker
The Rise of Rome : The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire by Anthony Everitt
Strange Bedfellows: Politics
Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis
Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget
No They Can’t: Why Government Fails- But Individuals Succeed by John Stossel
Food for the Foodies…
Lidia’s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees
by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Home at 7 Dinner at 8 by Sophie Wright
Pure Vegan by Soseph Shuldiner
Cake Pops: Holidays by Bakerella
Seriously Simple Parties : Recipes, Menus & Advice for Effortless Entertaining
by Diane Rossen Worthington
Salads: Beyond the Bowl. Extraordinary Recipes for Everyday Eating by Mindy Fox
Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty, Earthy to Spicy by Angelo Sosa
Here are some recently published and upcoming titles:
Clockwork Angels: The Novel Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart (Sept.)
Death Warmed Over Kevin J. Anderson (Aug.)
Unnatural Acts Kevin J. Anderson (Jan. 2013)
vN Madeline Ashby (Aug.)
The Mongoliad: Book Two Greg Bear & Neal Stephenson (Sept.)
Only Superhuman Christopher Bennett (Oct.)
I Ate the Sheriff K. Bennett (Aug.)
Bard’s Oath Joanne Bertin (Nov.)
This Case Is Gonna KiIll Me Philippa Bornikova (Sept.)
Containment Christian Cantrell (Aug.)
Dark Currents Jacqueline Carey (Oct.)
The Dead of Winter Lee Collins (Nov.)
Ironskin Tina Connolly (Oct.)Blood and Other Cravings Ellen Datlow, ed. (Oct.)
Bloodstar Ian Douglas (Aug.)
Angel’s Ink Jocelynn Drake (Oct.)
Three Parts Dead Max Gladstone (Oct.)
In A Fix Linda Grimes (Sept.)
Rock On: The Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Hits Paula Guran, ed. (Oct.)
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris & Toni L>P> Kelner, eds. (Sept.)
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (Oct.)
A Red Sun Also Rises Mark Hodder (Dec.)
The Silvered Tanya Huff (Nov.)
Devil Said Bang Richard Kadrey (Aug.)
Crown of Vengance Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory (Nov.)
King of Thrones Mark Lawrence (Aug.)
God Save the Queen Kate Lock (Jul.)
The Queen Is Dead Kate Locke (Feb. 2013)
The Cassandra Project Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick (Nov.)
Ashes of Honor Seanan McGuire (Sept.)
Merge/Disciple Walter Mosley (Oct.)
The Inexplicables Cherie Priest (Nov.)
The Doctor and the Rough Rider Mike Resnick (Dec.)
Every House is Haunted Ian Rogers (Dec.)
The Iron Wyrm Affair Lilith Saintcrow (Aug.)
Redshirts John Scalzi (Jun.)
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Sept.)
Remember Why You Fear Me Robert Shearman (Oct.)
Still Life with Shapeshifter Sharon Shinn (Nov.)
Red Rain R.L. Stein (Oct.)
The Void Brett J. Talley (Jul.)
Hidden Things Doyce Testerman (Aug.)
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (Aug.)
The Well of Tears Roberta Trahan (Sept.)
Slow Apocalypse John Varley (Sept.)
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (Jun.)
The Dirty Streets of Heaven Tad Williams (Sept.)
The Donors Jeffrey Wilson (Jun.)
This is Kirkus Reviews’ choice of outstanding fiction books
from their starred reviews, all coming out this fall.
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (Oct. 23)
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (Sept. 11)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Nov. 13)
Phantom by Jo Nesbo (Oct. 2)
Building Stories by Chris Ware (Oct. 2)
Whether you like introspective crime fighters or in-your-face tough-guy enforcers, you are sure to find some great characters in books from these authors. Many have sharp dialogue, plot twists and loads of suspense but one thing you can always count on is interesting and quirky personalities. Among the spies, bounty hunters, detectives, police chiefs, counter-agents and more, human vulnerabilities lay exposed. As these law enforcers are pushed to the limit, stressed and traumatized from terror, murder, and mayhem, you will find yourself rooting for them as they close in on the bad guy.
C. J. Box
James Lee Burke
Stephen J. Cannell
Loren D. Estleman
W. E. B. Griffin
Stuart M. Kaminsky
William Kent Krueger
Robert B. Parker
T. Jefferson Parker