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Your whole family is invited to join us tomorrow to vote for your favorite Early Reader from 2013.

  • Sunday, January 19 from 2:00 – 4:00
  • Main Library in Children’s Services
  • Vote for your choice of Best Early Reader published in 2013
  • Learn about the real THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD
  • Enter our FREE BOOKS drawing

Here is our current list of titles:

Fly Guy Presents Sharks by Tedd Arnold

Hiding Phil  by Eric Barclay

Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Adam Rex

Give and Take by Jessie Haas illustrated by Alison Friend

A Pet Named Sneaker by Joan Heibroner illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Happy Cat by Steve Henry

Come Back, Ben by Ann Hassett and John Hassett

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday by Grace Lin

Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack

The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack

How To Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

Pete Won’t Eat by Emily Arnold McCully

Annie and Simon The Sneeze by Catharine O’Neill

Robot, Go Bot! by Dana Meachen Rau and illustrated by Wook Jin Jung

Owly & Wormy Bright Lights and Starry Nights by Andy Runton

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

I’m a Frog by Mo Willems

That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge.  To powerfully engage the grown-up who is listening to the story is even more difficult, but this is exactly what Keven Henkes accomplishes  in Penny and Her Marble.

As a fan of Kevin Henkes books, I was expectPenny and Her Marbleing  another delightful tale.  I was not expecting Penny’s soul searching, thought provoking honesty.  Does the marble really belong to Penny and if not, what should she do with it?

With a particularly engaging storyline, this a great read-aloud –  something not often true with beginning readers. Henkes imaginative descriptive writing is highlighted by his soft water color and ink illustrations that lead the reader forward toward a satisfying conclusion.  You will want to leave plenty of time for discussion.  Perhaps you can even come up with some alternative endings to the story.  So snuggle down with your little ones or early readers and enjoy!

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Today the American Library Association announced the winners for a variety of book awards.  We’ve devoted a good deal of this blog in the past year to talking about new books and which ones we think will win awards.  Without further ado here is the list of winning books and honor books:

Randolph Caldecott Medal WinnerThis is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon KlassenThis is not my hat
space Honor Books: Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, Green written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, and One Cool Friend written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small

John Newbery Medal Winner –  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
space Honor Books: Splendors and Glooms written by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage One and only ivan

Coretta Scott King Author Award WinnerHand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
space Honor Books: Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner -  I, Too, Am America written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan CollierI, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier
blank Honor Books: H. O. R. S. E. illustrated and written by Christopher Myers, Ellen’s Broom written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter, and I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner – Up, Tall and High written and illustrated by Ethan Long
space Honor Books: Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, and Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover written and illustrated by Cece Bell

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin
space Honor Books: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip M. Hoose, and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson

You can find more book award winners if you click here.

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This December, our Mock Geisel Election for Families was held here at the ACPL Main Library.  There were clear winners that tied for first place.  It may come as no surprise that families who already love Mo Willems books selected Listen to My Trumpet and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? as their favorite books for early readers.

We are now eagerly awaiting January when the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”  In the mean time, be sure to enjoy one of the past winners  that will delight beginning readers.

 Listen to My Trumpet duckling gets a cookie

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

Past winners  make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers.  In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.

Duckling Gets a Cookie The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems, author and illustrator
Summary: Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely.
Penny and Her Doll Penny and Her Doll
Kevin Henkes, author and illustrator
Summary: Penny instantly loves the doll her grandmother sends her, but finding the perfect name for her is a challenge.

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

Past winners  make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers.  In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.

  Clara and Clem Take a Ride
Ethan Long, author and illustrator
Summary: “When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky”– Publisher.

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award  to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

Past winners  make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers.  In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.

No Fooling
Dori Chaconas, author; Lisa McCue, illustrator
Summary: As best friends Cork, a muskrat, and Fuzz, a possum, follow animal tracks through the snowy woods, Fuzz keeps fooling and playing tricks on Cork.
  Katy Duck Meets the Babysitter
Alyssa Satin Capucilli, author; Henry Cole, illustrator
Summary: Katy Duck is unhappy about staying home when her parents go to a party, but her babysitter’s bag full of scarves provides a lot of fun.

Please add your own comments below. If you have a book that you would like us to consider, please email us.

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