Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge has won the Battle of the Kid's Book. It has survived Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (my personal fave), The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner and The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge. This is one amazing book. And it is amazing. But from a school librarian's perspective? It will only get read if a teacher uses it in the classroom. The Best thing about this battle? I read some great books, had big fun and won a cool t-shirt! It was incredible to hear from some of modern day's greatest authors as they laid out their thought processes and personal preferences. Cause, really, that's what it comes down to...you like it because of who you are and I like it because of who I am and sometimes we disagree and, to me, that's where the fun begins! I'm hoping next year I can turn this into some sort of book club...
Dewey's 24 hr. Readathon
This weekend, April 10th, is the 24 hr. ReadAThon. I'm looking forward to this as a way to jump back into Searching for My (mock) Printz. I have amassed (can you use this for less than a bajillion items) a number of the books and will try to read at least 2 of them. I'm going to go for Happyface by Stephen Emonds and Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson. I will also read the first two books in Angela Johnson's Heaven trilogy. I'm going to read a few of the shorter SJCPL Mock Newbery books too. That should get me through the day. If not, I still have Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel to finish and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver to start.
I'll be fiddling with the blog layout and design over the next month. I'm trying to reflect my new direction as mostly a blog looking at new MG/YA books for the upcoming ALA awards. Are there any changes you want to see?
I'm officially on Spring Break so, aside from three blog tour posts, I'm going to be offline until Friday! I will possibly tweet from the Will Grayson, Will Grayson author visit Tuesday night but other than that, I'm just going to hang with The Amazing Dancer as long as she can stand the company!
So, that's it for this Sunday Salon on a Monday! Have a wonderful week everyone!
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