Tuesday, November 4, 2014


NaNoWriMo stands for the National Novel Writing Month. Participants begins working towards writing a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

There is one for for young writers: NaNoWriMo. The site connects you to other young writers, read pep talks from authors, find links to writing resources, and more.

If the task of writing that many pages seems daunting or you aren't a writer, librarians and readers in the past have done what they dub NaNoReMo, where they pledge to read 1500 pages for the month.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe raps!

Wow. Did you guys know that Daniel Radcliffe can rap? Check this out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Teens Top Ten Finalists Announced

Here are the top 10 titles as decided by teens across the country:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Splintered by A.G. Howard

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner 

Friday, October 17, 2014

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Award finalists for the Young People’s Literature category were announced October 15, whittled down to five from last month’s announcement of ten contenders from the longlist. The longlists and finalists were each chosen by a panel of five writers and literary experts.

The winners will be announced on November 19.

The five finalist titles are:

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

John Corey Whaley, Noggin

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominees Announced

he Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced their nominations for the 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list.  BFYA is an annual list chosen by a committee of YALSA members, which seeks to present librarians and young adult readers with the best of young adult fiction published in America within the last sixteen months.
The nominations for the 2015 BFYA list are as follows:
§                  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
§                  The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond
§                  The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
§                  Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
§                  Never Ending by Martyn Bedford
§                  Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
§                  Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
§                  Caminar by Skila Brown
§                  The Hit by Melvin Burgess
§                  The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson
§                  Pointe by Brandy Colbert
§                  Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
§                  Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
§                  Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks
§                  Fake ID by Lamar Giles
§                  Half Bad by Sally Green
§                  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
§                  The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
§                  Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach
§                  And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
§                  The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
§                  Going Over by Beth Kephart
§                  The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
§                  Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
§                  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
§                  Tease by Amanda Maciel
§                  Panic by Lauren Oliver
§                  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
§                  Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
§                  We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
§                  When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
§                  The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski
§                  Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
§                  Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
§                  Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
§                  The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
§                  Sekret by Lindsay Smith
§                  No Place by Todd Strasser
§                  Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
§                  The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
§                  A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
§                  Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
§                  A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
§                  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ada Lavender by Leslye Walton
§                  Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature Longlist Announced

The long list for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category was announced this morning. The list of 10 titles represent a range of genres: from fantasy, memoir and mystery, to nonfiction and science fiction

Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory  (Viking/Penguin)

Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)

Carl Hiaasen, Skink—No Surrender (Random House)

Kate Milford, Greenglass House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Macmillan)

Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster)

John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Simon & Schuster)

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic)

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin)

The list of finalists will be released October 15 and the winner will be announced at a November 19 ceremony in New York City.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pets Add Life Poetry Contest

If you're a teacher or parent with a child in grades 3rd-8th, enter them in the 7th annual Children's Poetry Contest for a chance to win:
- A $1,000 scholarship for each winning student's classroom
- A $250 gift certificate for pet products
- A "by-line" in a nationally circulated magazine or online outlet
Six students nationwide will win and we have made it as easy as possible to enter! Kids simply need to write a poem about a pet and the joys they bring, and post it online at PetsAddLife.org (mailed in entries are also accepted). The deadline to enter is January 31, 2015.