Exciting things are happening at our library this month!
1- We have a lot of new, wonderful books in our library. Too many to list on this post! I will, however, mention and rate a few gems:
Beneath by Roland Smith ****
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby *****
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell *****
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin ****
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman *****
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson ****
Noggin by John Corey Whaley ****
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee *****
The Trap by Steven Arntson ****
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz *****
You will find summaries of these books in Lion (DPS Library Catalog). (See Blogroll.)
2- February is African American History Month (also known as Black History Month). We have many outstanding books written about or by African Americans. Come take a look!
3- February 14 is Valentine’s Day. We have several sweet books about tween and teen love. Plus I’ll be handing out candy!
4- The Feelin’ Groovy Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library February 23-25 during the school day and during student-led conferences. The fair will also be online February 17 – March 1. You’ll receive a take-home flier with information soon. Start asking your family for money to buy groovy books! Remember: all sales benefit the school!
And now for some book news:
1- Neal Shusterman won the National Book Award for his YA novel Challenger Deep about a teenager battling a mental illness.
2- Gene Luen Yang, author of the award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese, was selected as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
3- The American Library Association Youth Media awards are in. It’s the first time a Hispanic author (Matt de la Peña!) wins the Newbery! Here’s a list of the winners:
Some of the above books are already in our library, and others will be coming soon!
“Put on the kettle and make some tea,
It’s all a part of feeling groovy.” — mod band The Jam