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The BEARdecotts

The ALA/ALSC recent­ly announced their Youth Media Awards, result­ing in much excite­ment.

The teacher librar­i­ans at a Min­neso­ta pri­vate school with three cam­pus­es help their stu­dents look for excel­lence in children’s books by hold­ing their own award process each year. Called The BEARde­cotts, after their school mas­cot, the edu­ca­tors select books for a short list that they then share with their stu­dents over sev­er­al months, read­ing aloud, read­ing indi­vid­u­al­ly, mak­ing crit­i­cal analy­ses, and final­ly vot­ing on the most wor­thy books.

Many of the choic­es this year reflect a theme of anx­i­ety, an emo­tion that is preva­lent among young stu­dents every­where.

The books in this year’s short list are list­ed below, in no par­tic­u­lar order.

The win­ners at the two ele­men­tary schools are:

Pota­to Pants! by Lau­rie Keller and Drawn Togeth­er by Minh Le and Dan San­tat

Is this a lit­er­a­cy expe­ri­ence you’d like to repli­cate in your school?

Patchwork Bike  

Patch­work Bike
writ­ten by Max­ine Bene­ba Clark
illus­trat­ed by Van Thanh Rudd
Can­dlewick Press, 2018

 

Sea Creatures from the Sky  

Sea Crea­tures from the Sky
Writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Ricar­do Cortés
Black Sheep, 2018

 

Shaking Things Up  

Shak­ing Things Up:
14 Young Women Who Changed the World

writ­ten by Susan Hood
illus­trat­ed by 13 Extra­or­di­nary Women: Seli­na Alko, Sophie Black­all, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hoop­er, Emi­ly Win­field Mar­tin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Pala­cios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robin­son, Isabel Rox­as, Shadra Strick­land, and Melis­sa Sweet
HarperCollins,2018

Imagine

 

Imag­ine
writ­ten by Juan Felippe Her­rera
illus­trat­ed by Lau­ren Castil­lo
Can­dlewick Press, 2018

Read Bookol­o­gy’s rec­om­men­da­tion for this book.

Wall in the Middle of This Book  

Wall in the Mid­dle of the Book
writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Jon Agee
Dial Books, 2018

 

Julian is a Mermaid  

Julián is a Mer­maid 
writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Jes­si­ca Love
Can­dlewick Press, 2018

 

A Big Moon Cake for Little Star

 

A Big Moon­cake for Lit­tle Star
writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Grace Lin
Lit­tle Brown, 2018

Potato Pants!

 

Pota­to Pants!
writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Lau­rie Keller
Hen­ry Holt, 2018

The top choice by stu­dents at one of the two ele­men­tary schools, win­ner of the 2019 Bearde­cott.

Me and My Fear

 

Me and My Fear
writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Francesca San­na
Fly­ing Eye Books, 2018

Drawn Together

 

Drawn Togeth­er
writ­ten by Minh Le
illus­trat­ed by Dan San­tat
Disney/Hyperion, 2018

The top choice by stu­dents at one of the two ele­men­tary schools, win­ner of the 2019 Bearde­cott.

 

 

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Quirky Book Lists: Go Fly a Kite!

by The Bookol­o­gist

Curious George coverCuri­ous George Flies a Kite

H.A. Rey
HMH Books for Young Read­ers, 1977 (reis­sue of 1958 edi­tion)
Ages 5–8

First George is curi­ous about some bun­nies, then about fish­ing, and then about his friend Billy’s kite. All’s well that ends well. Ages 5–8.

 


cover imageDays with Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel
1979 Harper­Collins
Ages 4–8

Five sto­ries with the two famous friends, includ­ing “The Kite,” in which Frog’s opti­mism and Toad’s efforts pre­vail over the pre­dic­tions of some nay-say­ing robins. 

 

 


cover imageThe Emper­or and the Kite

Jane Yolen and Ed Young (illus­tra­tor)
Philomel, 1988 (reis­sue)
Ages 4–8

Princess Oje­ow Seow is the youngest of the Emperor’s chil­dren, and no one in the fam­i­ly thinks she’s very spe­cial. But when the emper­or is impris­oned in a tow­er, the princess’s kite-build­ing skills prove every­one wrong. 1968 Calde­cott Hon­or book. 


coverimageKite Day

Will Hil­len­brand
Hol­i­day House, 2012
Ages 3–7

Bear and Mole decide it’s the per­fect day to fly a kite, but first they have to build one. 


cover imageThe Kite Fight­ers

Lin­da Sue Park
Clar­i­on, 2000
Ages 9 and up.

A sto­ry about three friends in 15th Cen­tu­ry Korea: a boy who builds beau­ti­ful kites; his younger broth­er, who is an expert kite fly­er and kite fight­er; and a boy who is the king of Korea. 

 

 


cover imageKite Fly­ing

Grace Lin
Knopf, 2002
Ages 4–8

Every­one has a job to do when a fam­i­ly builds a drag­on kite. Includes cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal notes on kites and kite fly­ing. 


cover imageKites for Every­one: How to Make Them and Fly Them

Mar­garet Greger
Dover Pub­li­ca­tions, 2006
Ages 8 and up
Easy-to-fol­low, illus­trat­ed instruc­tions for cre­at­ing and fly­ing more than fifty kites. Includes his­to­ry and sci­ence of kites. 

 

 


bk_KiteTwoNationsThe Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Nia­gara Sus­pen­sion Bridge

Alex­is O’Neill, Ter­ry Widen­er (illus­tra­tor)
Calkins Creek, 2013
Ages 8–11

True sto­ry of 16 year-old Homan Walsh, who loved to fly kites and espe­cial­ly loved to fly kites over the mag­nif­i­cent Nia­gara Falls that sep­a­rates New York from Ontario. 


cover imageStuck

Oliv­er Jef­fers
Philomel, 2011
Ages 3–7

Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree! What can he throw that will knock it free? What can he throw that won’t get stuck? 

 

 


 

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Monday Morning Round-Up

From Wen­dell Minor comes this news (applause, please),  “It′s offi­cial: the orig­i­nal art from Look to the Stars will be includ­ed in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of The New Britain Muse­um of Amer­i­can Art, and the orig­i­nal art from Abra­ham Lin­coln Comes Home will be includ­ed in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of The Nor­man Rock­well Muse­um. Watch […]

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