Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA Book Awards 2012

(Note- Starred books are in the Guarini Library, others are on order. )

Coretta Scott King:
Illustrator Award Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul:The Story of America and African Americans*
Illustrator Winner: Shane W. Evans Underground:Finding the Light to Freedom

Author Honor: Eloise Greenfeld Great Migration: The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Author Honor: Patricia McKissack Never Forgotten
Author Award: Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul*

Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Award: Ashley Bryan*
May Hill Arbuthnot Winner: Michael Morpurgo*

Pura Belpre:
Illustrator Honor: Samantha R, Vamos Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred*
Illustrator Honor: Monica Brown Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
Illustrator Winner: Duncan Tonatiuh Diego Rivera : His World and Ours

Author Honor:  Xavier Garcia Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel:A Lucha Libre Mystery
Author Honor: Margarita Engle: Hurricane Dancers
Author Award: Guadelupe Garcia McCall Under the Mesquite Tree

Printz Award:
Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman:Why We Broke Up
Christine Hinwood: Returning
Craig Silvey Jasper Jones
 Maggie Stiefvater Scorpio Races
John Corey Whaley Where Things Come Back

Newbery Award:
Thanha Lai Inside Out and Back Again
Eugene Yelchin Breaking Stalin's Nose

Jack Gantos Dead End in Norvelt

John Rocco Blackout
Lane Smith Grandpa Green
Patrick McConnell Me -Jane

Chris Rachska Ball for Daisy

Complete list at

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Newark educators, parents-Abbott Leadership Institute

The Abbott Leadership Institute Presents: Series 21  Moving Newark Schools Forward   With Community Power and Parent Leadership   
Series 21 Begins: January 28, 2012
The Return of Local Control of Newark's Schools to Newark's Citizens        
Where do we stand?
The Newark Public Schools (NPS) has been under state control since 1995. As a result the people can no longer determine the school budget, and the Board of Education was changed to an Advisory Board. In June of 2011, NPS's QSAC scores met the criteria for return of local control to Newark; the state says it will maintain control. The Coalition for Effective NPS and NPS Advisory Board both filed an appeal. What will the court decision mean for Newark, and how will it change the operation of the Board of Education?

Guest Speakers:
 Carl Sharif, Past President, Newark Board of Education
 Richard Cammarieri, Former NPS Advisory Board Member

Sat., Jan. 28th, 2012               

Rutgers University-Newark                                                         
Conklin Hall Room 100                                                       
175 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102        

All classes are free, and children are welcome. We eat, discuss the issues, and have fun! Contact Kaleena Berryman with Questions 973.353.3560 or  

About the Abbott Leadership Institute: 
The Mission of the Abbott Leadership Institute is to develop community leaders by empowering parents, students, educators and community advocates of Newark Public Schools with information about public school reform, and knowledge of effective methods of education advocacy and family engagement in schools. Since its inception almost ten years ago, the Abbott Leadership Institute (ALI) has been very successful in its strategy to establish a regular gathering place where people can discuss education policy and practices, as it relates to Newark and surrounding communities. ALI classes have grown from 20 participants in the first series (2002), to 323 participants in the 19th series (2011). Today, ALI classes are generally attended by parents, educators, high school students, college students studying to become teachers, political officials, Newark Public Schools Advisory Board members, community leaders (many of whom were NPS parents at some point in recent time), and city residents looking for ways to become involved in, or better understand, urban school reform.
Save the Dates!  ALI Series 21
All classes begin at 10am, Rutgers Newark, Conklin Hall

Jan 28th, 2012
Feb. 11th, 2012
Feb. 25th, 2012
March 10th. 2012
March 31st, 2012
April 14th, 2012
April 28th, 2012
May 12th, 2012  Graduation

Friday, January 06, 2012

Support School Libraries-Sign the Petition Now!

From Carl A. Harvey II , AASL ( American Association of School Librarians) President

Dear Friends -
I am writing to you today to share that this morning I have posted a new White House petition about requesting funding and recognition for school libraries in the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  It is easy to sign the petition.   You will need to create an account (if you don’t already have one) to be able to sign the petition.
The URL for the petition is:
We have until Feb. 4th to 25,000 signatures in order to get a reply from the White House.  I appreciate your support of school libraries.
Thank you,

For more information go to :

and read this:

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Walter Dean Myers named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

The January 3, 2012 issue of the New York Times reported that ..on Tuesday January 3, 2012, Mr.[Walter Dean] Myers, 74, will be named the national ambassador for young people’s literature, a sort of poet laureate of the children’s book world who tours the country for two years, speaking at schools and libraries about reading and literacy"

According to the New York Times article,January 3, 2012,  C1 of the New York edition with the headline: "Children’s Book Envoy Defines His Mission"

Mr. Myers is the third person to hold this post awarded by  the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Children’s Book Council, a trade association for children’s book publishers. Katherine Paterson, young adult novelist, and children's author Jon Scieszka were previous holders of this position.

Mr. Myers, a young adult and children's author  highlights the lives of urban teens in many of his books. His books are often considered edgy due to their realistic situations and characters, but  also uplifting.

Mr. Myers will be touring schools and libraries in the next two years speaking about reading and literacy. As quoted in the article, Myers maintains that:
“I think that what we need to do is say reading is going to really affect your life,” he said in an interview at his book-cluttered house here in Jersey City, adding that he hoped to speak directly to low-income minority parents. “You take a black man who doesn’t have a job, but you say to him, ‘Look, you can make a difference in your child’s life, just by reading to him for 30 minutes a day.’ That’s what I would like to do.” 

Mr. Myers, a Jersey City resident, also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature (