Join the Otis Book Parade today, and don't forget to read Loren Long's Otis with us on October 3, 2013!
Each year, millions of adults and children around the world gather on a single day to set a new reading record and to show support for early literacy by joining Jumpstart's Read for the Record. Join Otis, the star of this year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign, to set new reading records and stand up for children everywhere.
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Take the Pledge to Play Nice with Llama Llama!
Bullying is a nationwide issue on playgrounds, in classrooms, at home, and online. The topic is both sensitive and timely, and now more than ever it needs to be addressed. For very young children and students, picture books provide model examples of both good and bad behavior, and adults can use these relatable characters and stories to make the connection with young readers. In Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama witnesses and falls victim to name-calling and teasing. Llama's response and the lesson he learns inspired us to create the Pledge to Play Nice kit. Use the enclosed poster, activities, pledge certificate and stickers to engage your children in the "play nice" cause. Encourage children to play nice by being a friend to others, and also by being themselves. We hope you can incorporate this kit into your classrooms and communities to treat one another with respect and kindness.
Download, print, and take the Pledge to Play Nice here.
2013 National Book Award Longlist Titles!
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff and Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff have been longlisted the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!
About A Tangle of Knots:
Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.
Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we're all connected.
About Picture Me Gone:
Prinz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff's latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.
Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room – sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father's best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past – slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she's closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.
The National Book Foundation will announce a shortlist of twenty Finalist books, five in each category, on October 16, 2013. One winner in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 20, 2013. Winners will each receive a prize of $10,000. Finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000
(And Loving) in October
Ever since Adam Gidwitz's first book hit shelves (A Tale Dark and Grimm) a few years ago, fairy tales have never been the same… for the better. We've heard from so many of you, educators and librarians, who have felt that these books are a breath of fresh air in an important curriculum unit for upper elementary and middle school readers. After a career teaching, Adam's knack for writing for young readers is evident — and with so many awards and accolades, the books speak for themselves. After Tale came In a Glass Grimmly — just as funny, and equally as teachable.
The final book is the story of two siblings, Jorinda and Joringel, who get into some trouble in their journey — their bond to stay true to themselves and with each other is tested, but as Gidwitz spins his latest tale, you and your students will root for them until the end. And when you've reached the end, please do get in touch — we want to talk about it with everyone we know!
Kathryn Bhirud, Marketing Manager
Picture Me Gone
By Meg Rosoff
Ages 12 up | Grades 9 up
4 starred reviews!
"Rosoff does not disappoint." — SLJ, starred review
"A brilliant depiction of the complexity of human relationships in a story that's at once contemplative and suspenseful." — Kirkus, starred review
"…thought-provoking coming-of-age story…" — PW, starred review
"…many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership." — Booklist, starred review
By Jon Agee
Ages 3 to 5 | Grades PreK to 1
4 starred reviews!
"No doubt this amusing explanation of Santa's humble beginnings will be enthusiastically received at holiday storytimes." — SLJ
"…especially fine for holiday story hours. Make it a tradition!" — Booklist
"a cheerful, original Christmas tale." — Kirkus
"…inspired…" — PW
All the Truth That's In Me
By Julie Berry
Ages 12 up | Grades 9 up
4 starred reviews!
"Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine-this is a page-turner with substance." — Booklist, starred review
"An emotional journey conveyed in lyrical prose…" — BCCB, starred review
"Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story." — Kirkus, starred review
"…suspenseful and haunting. Her poetic narrative will draw readers in…" — PW, starred review
The Day the Crayons Quit
Written by Drew Daywalt;
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Ages 3-7 | Grades PreK-3
3 starred reviews!
"…we've got a new contender for most successful picture book strike." — BCCB, starred review
"…laugh-out-loud text… an uproarious story time…" — SLJ, starred review
"…a noteworthy debut… These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.…" — PW, starred review
Counting by 7s
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up
4 starred reviews!
"Sloan has masterfully created a graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded character…" — Booklist, starred review
"…readers will rejoice." — BCCB, starred review
"…the ending readers will be hoping for with all their hearts." — Horn Book, starred review
"Willow's story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers' hearts long after the last page." — SLJ, starred review
JOHN BEMELMANS MARCIANO carries on the legacy begun by his grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of the Madeline books, with stunning watercolor artwork and playful, energetic storytelling. John Bemelmans Marciano is the author and illustrator of several other books including Delilah and Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
You can learn more about THE NINE LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD here.
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