Every January, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the winners of its Youth Media Awards. The top books, videos and audio books for children and young adults are chosen by committees of librarians. Two of the most famous, the Caldecott and the Newbery have been awarded continuously since 1938 and 1922 respectively.
The Pura Belpre award,established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
Every year, the American Library Association honors hundreds of the best books for children and young adults. The Pura Belpré Medal recognizes the best books by Latino authors and illustrators. In this video, members of the Pura Belpré Medal committee discuss the winning books and why they were chosen as the best of the year.
The picture book Django is like a catchy rhythm you just can’t get out of your head, as lyrical phrases and pictures join together to tell the story of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. The author and illustrator, Bonnie Christensen, explains how Django was born into extreme poverty and had a difficult life, but as a child found music to be a balm for tired souls.
As we march into springtime, lots of wonderful things happen. Snow melts, the temperature warms up, and everyone can have a lot of fun playing outside.
When you’re outside, you’ll come across insects. Or bugs. Or even creepy crawlies.
But even though some bugs look a bit weird, they’re really important to help keep nature in balance. And there’s a web site devoted to bugs and helping you learn about them.
The moving words of legendary poet Langston Hughes inspired two beautiful books honored by the jury. The first, My People, winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, features Charles R. Smith Jr.’s sepia-toned photography showing all hues and ages of African Americans. Hughes’s familiar, beloved words grow in power when juxtaposed with an array of jubilant faces! The Negro Speaks of Rivers was recognized as an honor book for E.B.
Picking the winner of the Newbery Medal takes hundreds of hours of reading, notetaking, discussing, and organizing. After all of that was one of the greatest pleasures of my career: Making the phone call to the winner.
An electric thrill ran through me as I dialed Rebecca Stead’s phone number. I was about to inform a novelist that she created the most distinguished writing for children by an American author in 2009. After she answered the phone and I told her who I was, there was a silence on the line.
Going back to school doesn’t mean putting an end to summer fun. You can get creative in the playground during recess with a slew of games that will get you running, playing, thinking and laughing well into the school year. Forget hopscotch and jump rope. Gather your friends and teach them new tricks that will make the start of the school year more amusing than ever.
Many Americans celebrate their patriotism on July 4th to commemorate the anniversary of when the Declaration of Independence was signed. But did you know about Flag Day, which is just a few weeks before on June 14th? This holiday honors our American flag, the most recognized symbol of our country’s values, and it has a rich history.
Honoring the Mother Country