Publishers Weekly Best List

November 24, 2018 by


This year’s best children’s book lists have been announced from Publisher’s Weekly magazine. The magazine divides their winners into 3 categories:

Picture books, Middle grade and YA.

How many have you read?



National Book Award

November 20, 2018 by

aa bookThe National Book Award winners have been announced. The winners are as follows: Fiction: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez;
Non-fiction: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffery C.                              Stewart
Poetry: Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed
Translated Literature: The Emissary by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani
Young Adult Literature: The Poet X by  Elizabeth Acevedo
A list of finalists can be found here.

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November 19, 2018 by

After reading the poem published in the last issue of the NY Times Magazine (every week they feature a poem), I have become a fan of our current poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith. I’ll post the poem here:

He will surely take it out when you’re alone
And let it dangle between you like a locket on a chain.
Like any world, it will flicker with lights that mean dwellings,
Traffic, a constellation of need. Tiny clouds will drag shadows
Across the plane. He’ll grin watching you squint, deciphering
Rivers, borders, bridges arcing up from rock. He’ll recite
Its history. How one empire swallowed another. How one
Civilization lasted 3,000 years with no word for eternity.
He’ll guide your hand through the layers of atmosphere,
Teach you to tamper with the weather. Swinging it
Gently back and forth, he’ll swear he’s never shown it
To anyone else before.


In any case, I have begun reading her work, most recently her collection Duende. I would highly suggest you look into her poetry – she is amazing!

2018 NY Times/NY Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s books

November 14, 2018 by

aa bookOn November 2, the NY Times/NY Public Library’s top 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2018 were announced. Topping the list is Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, with gorgeous colorful collages and is a story about a mother and child who leave Mexico to begin a new life. Dreamers is an autobiographical tale of Morales’ own immigration from Mexico to the U.S. with her son. You can check out this and the other titles in the November 11 NY Times Book Review, as well as on the website.

The Library Book

November 10, 2018 by

I am not finished with this book yet – but I love it so far! The Library Book by Susan Orlean is for book and Library lovers, or anyone who knows and loves the quirky personalities of Library visitors.

The book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986. But also is a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

If you think that a book like this might be boring and filled with facts – you are wrong! Orlean’s writing and obviously thoroughly researched story is a joy to read so far, check it out!index

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