Sunday, November 25, 2012

A List of a few "Best Books" Lists

A list of a few "Best Books" Lists

#1-Ask a Nerdy Book Club member
#2-Do some reading and researching

Quickly Compiled List of Book Related Websites of Award Winners, Recommendation, Kids Choices, and more to prepare for tonight's Twitter #titletalk session. #titletalk is an amazing resource driven by teachers, librarians, authors, and book lovers around the whole all joining together to discuss books and book topics.

Every library's needs are as different as the patrons who utilize it. My elementary/middle school is a dual language school set on  a university campus. I have many category needs to address and a very small purchasing budget. I keep my eyes sharp as a hawk's always on the lookout for those perfect books that will address multiple needs. My books have to multi-task just as much as I do. 

Here are a few websites that I have found to be helpful in my Book Quest each year. These are in no particular order

ALA:  American Library Association
ALA Book, Print, & Media Awards (the big list of awards).

ALA Book List Online Reviews Includes reviews of the day, twitter streams, latest articles about books, anything about books that is trending. 

2012 Children's Choices Books voted on by children for children. List compiled jointly by IRA and CBC for use by librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in what kids truly want to read. 

2012 ALSC Award Winners   Association for Library Service to Children 

Publisher's Weekly Best Books 2012

Boston Globe-Horn 2012 Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature

CCBC Choices 2012  Children's Cooperative Book Center

CCBC Cooperative Children's Book Center: Awards and Best of the Year Lists

NCTE: Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

NSTA: National Science Teacher Association Outstanding Science Trade Books

RIF: Reading Is Fundamental A very useful resource to share with families. 
RIF Guidelines for Choosing Multicultural Books

Colorin Colorado Bilingual Resources for Educators and Families

Reading Rockets   Research and book and author info for educators and families 

New York Public Library Children's Book Reviews

American Indian Library Association:  American Indian Youth Literature Award
The children's book award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

Children's Book Council of Australia 2012 Winners

Example of how I am using the 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee list 
I create resources for my library classes to use based on award nominees. 

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