The children’s book awards were announced this past Monday. The 2021 Newbery Award book is ‘When You Trap a Tiger’ by Tae Keller with five books winning honor awards.
The Caldecott winner for best picture book is We are Water Protectors. For a list of all the 2021 award winning books CLICK HERE!
Written by Vivica Sten, this title is part of the Sandhamm Murder series, translated from the original test in Swedish. When two detectives begin to investigate an apparent suicide of a college student, they find much more to the story. After additional murders occur, they uncover a link between all the victims that dates back to an old case from 30 years ago.
Later in January the 2021 Newbery Awards will be announced for the best children’s books of the past year. One way to stay updated on the best reviewed titles is to peruse the mock Newbery lists for your what-to-read-next book. Anderson’s Bookshop in Illinois is a reputable source of recommended children’s books. This year’s list of 25 books has some recognizable and new authors. Even if the winner is not on their list you’re sure to find a great read.
The Washington Public Library in Missouri has developed a children’s program titled “Dial-a-story,” where parents can listen to a pre-recorded book by dialing an automated number. choosing it from a list of monthly titles. There is no limit to the number of times a patron can call, and the number is live 24/7. Their goal is to satisfy children who want to hear a particular story many times. Four librarians have recorded stories to date. Sounds like a neat plan. The cost was $700 to set up, the article gave the impression that it was a one time fee.
Penny’s latest Gamache mystery is set in Paris. Armand and his wife, Reine-Marie, are visiting their children and grandchildren in France when his godfather gets run down in a hit-and-run accident. Early on, Gamache suspects the accident was planned and begins investigating along with his son-in-law, Jean-Guy, his ex-sidekick in the police force. As a fan of the Penny series, I enjoyed reading more about the Gamache family as the individual characters are revealed more at length. Armand is friends with the police chief of Paris who turns out to be the number one suspect along with the director of Jean-Guy’s company. As more details are exposed, Armand begins to unravel the complicated cover-up his wealthy godfather was involved in. I enjoyed this Gamache mystery as much as the others although the usual residents of the Three Pines village are absent. If you’re a fan of the series, you won’t want to miss this one. This review is based on the audio edition.