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Award winners make great reading for children and teens

Every year at this time, the American Library Association announces a variety of children’s and teens’ annual book awards, and your library makes sure we have them available for your enjoyment. These awards are especially meaningful because they are given by librarians, not by commercial enterprises such as publishers. Here are just a few examples:

• The Newbery Medal 2011 winner is “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool, judged the best new children’s book. It explores what the idea of “home” might look like to a girl who has grown up riding the rails.

• The Caldecott Medal 2011 winner is “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” written by Philip C Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, judged the best new picture book for children. It tells of a zookeeper who gets the sniffles and receives surprise visits from his caring animal friends.

• The Batchelder Award 2011 winner is “A Time of Miracles,” written by Anne-Laure Bondoux and translated by Y. Maudet, judged the best book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the U.S. Originally published in France, it tells of a young refugee as he searches for identity, safe haven and truth.

• The Printz Award 2011 winner is “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi, judged the best new book in the young adult literature category. The author lives part time in Western Colorado, and some readers might recognize his name because he writes adult science fiction as well.

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director, has just catalogued many of the newly announced winners and put the library’s “Award Winner” sticker on the book’s spines to make them easily visible to potential readers. Tessa remembers trying to read all the Newbery winners when she was a youngster in the 1980s. No wonder she grew up to become such a good librarian! You may want to encourage your children to follow in her footsteps!

Books on CD

“Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington series. “The Outlaws” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Presidential Agent series. “Khan: Empire of Silver” by Conn Iggulden is an epic that starts after Genghis Khan is slain by the hand of one of his inner circle.

Large print

“Rose in a Storm” by Jon Katz is the story of a sheep dog who also looks after his master. “Playing the Game” by Barbara Taylor Bradford explores the secrets in the lives of a London art consultant and her husband. “Great House” by Nicole Krauss is the story of how a writing desk dramatically affects the lives of several people around the world. “Will of Steel” by Diana Palmer is a romance set on a ranch in Montana. “The Prostitutes’ Ball” by Stephen J. Cannell is the latest in the series featuring Detective Shane Scully. “Full Dark, No Stars” by Stephen King is a collection of four never-before-published short stories.

Nonfiction

“Office 2011 for Macintosh” bills itself as “the missing manual: the book that should have been in the box.” “Science and the Near-Death Experience” by Chris Carter details the history, physics and observed phenomena that may change the way you think of the brain — while at the same time providing a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife.

Mysteries and suspense

“Midnight Show Murders” by Al Roker and Dick Lochte is the sequel to the NBC-TV personality’s debut mystery, “The Morning Show Murders,” again featuring professional chef turned amateur sleuth Billy Blessing. “Indulgence in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Mercy Kill” by Lori Armstrong features former Black Ops sniper Mercy Gunderson, who isn’t adjusting well to civilian life. “Damage” by John Lescroart is the latest in the series featuring homicide detective Abe Glitsky, this one about an old case coming back in full force to affect his and others’ lives.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations from several anonymous donors. For books and materials this week we thank Phyl Daleske.