2022 Youth Media Awards

The 2022 winners of the Youth Media Awards were announced today. The best in children’s and YA books, digital media, audio and video is eagerly anticipated every year. ‘The Last Cuentista’ won for the Newbery Award, ‘Watercress’ won the Caldecott Award, ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ won the Printz Award, and ‘Too Bright to See’ won the Stonewall Book Award. More titles won honors and top recognition in other categories. If you’re looking for great new titles, be sure to visit the award site (click image above) to discover the 2022 cream-of-the-crop.

My Neighbor Totoro- JBFC

The Jacob Burns Film Center is showing some classic kid’s movies this winter. Saturday February 19th at 11:45, Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro will be on the big screen. This animated feature is an instant hit with the younger set and a great introduction to the Studio Ghibli catalog. Later in March, The Wizard of Oz will be at JBFC. They are limiting their audience numbers so be sure to reserve seats ahead of time. The DVD is available at Palisades Library, but deserves to be viewed on the big screen if possible.

Online kid’s books


In school or remote, some kids love their devices. If you are looking for ways to get a child to read, visit these terrific free web sites that offer children’s books online. They include Oxford Owl, Storyline Online (read by such stars as Oprah, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and John Lithgow), National Geographic, Vooks ($5.00/month), Storyberries, Bookdash, and of course, Overdive, Hoopla, and Sora.

Fiona Grace on hoopla

I recently stumbled across a cozy mystery author to listen to on our free library app Hoopla. I’ve listened to 5 titles in the past 2 weeks in two different series of books by Fiona Grace. Each of the series I’ve tried take place in Italy. The main characters are single women from the United States who relocate to Italy after taking a close look at the shortcomings in their lives and decide to take a leap of faith. The ‘Villa in Sicily Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery’ series stars veterinarian Dr. Audrey Smart from Boston, MA. She is unhappy working at the animal hospital and struggling to pay off her student loans. When she sees an ad on Facebook to purchase a villa in Sicily for one Euro, Audrey decides to throw caution to the wind and take a chance. Once there, she becomes a member of the local village. However, in each book she happens to come across a dead body and a mystery to solve! The ‘Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery’ series stars Olivia Glass who lives in Chicago and works in marketing. She makes the hasty decision to quit her job and move to Tuscany so she can follow her dream of opening a winery. She manages to get a job working at a winery and finds a dead body in the wine cellar. These titles are easy listening and comfort food in the cold days of winter. Visit the Palisades Library hoopla site to start listening.

Best books of 2021 lists

The New York Times Bestsellers 2021 Book List | Barnes & NobleĀ®

As I routinely check year end ‘best of’ lists, I enjoy reviewing Best Books lists to find the next good read. Here are some year-end lists for 2021.

Time Magazine 100 Must Read Books https://time.com/collection/100-must-read-books-2021/

The New York Times 10 Best Books https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/books/review/best-books-2021.html

Esquire Magazine 50 Best Books https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/g35180578/best-books-of-2021/

The Washington Post 10 Best Books https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2021/12/28/best-books-reader-picks/

The Atlantic 20 Best Books https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/12/best-books-2021-assembly-klara-and-the-sun/621088/