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I have been eagerly awaiting this day.  They announced the American Library Association's 2014 Youth Media Awards winners this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  Several of our staff favorites made the list.  I've placed an asterisk next to each of those titles.  Click here for a full list of all winners.
* Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

* Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
* One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
* Paperboy by Vince Vawter

* Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca

* Journey illustrated by Aaron Becker
* Flora and the Flamingo illustrated by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! illustrated by David Wiesner

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

* Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (Read this over the weekend!)
* Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
* Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Did you make a New Year's resolution to read more?  Are you already struggling to find books that will make that easy to do?  That's why you have us!  Here's what we've been reading and loving.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede
The Bulldoggers Club: The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish by Barbara Hay (#1)
The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (#6)
Every Day After by Laura Golden
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant
The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood (#4)
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins (#1)
The Last Thirteen by James Phelan (#1)
Max Flash, Mission 1: Game On by Jonny Zucker

You may not recognize the name of this artist, but you definitely know his work.  Kadir Nelson has created paintings for The Coca-Cola Company, Major League Baseball, and the United States Postal Service.  He worked on concept art for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.  He did the cover art for the latest Drake album, Nothing Was the Same.  And he has illustrated many, many amazing and often award-winning books.  He's even written a few, including his newest contribution Baby Bear, which comes out tomorrow, January 7, 2014.  Stop by the Kid Zone and pick up a couple of these books.  Find out why he's in such high demand.
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Peña
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee

Psst!  I have to tell you a secret.  This is just a very small list of Kadir Nelson creations available at Hoover Public Library.

I've been consulting with Humphrey, famous pet of Room 26 and star of his own book series.  According to him, today is the release date for the tenth book in his series.  In Secrets According to Humphrey, a class study of the Ancient Egyptians leads to secret clubs and secret codes.  This makes it very hard for Humphrey to do his job (which is, of course, to help his humans solve their problems).  Find all ten titles in the Kid Zone.  The author is Betty G. Birney, so you'll need to look for J BIR.  You can also enjoy them as a book-on-CD.  Look for J BIR AB.

  1. The World According to Humphrey
  2. Friendship According to Humphrey
  3. Trouble According to Humphrey
  4. Surprises According to Humphrey
  5. Adventure According to Humphrey
  6. Summer According to Humphrey
  7. School Days According to Humphrey
  8. Mysteries According to Humphrey
  9. Winter According to Humphrey
  10. Secrets According to Humphrey (No record on the online catalog yet.  Check back soon!)

Did you know that everyone's favorite classroom pet also hosts a fact book about animals and pet care?  He does!  It is called Humphrey's World of Pets.  Look for J 636.935 BIR.

December 27 is Make a Cut Out Snowflake Day. Sounds like a great way to spend a post-Christmas Friday! Get a close-up view of the intricate patterns of snowflakes, then see what you can create with a piece of paper and a pair of scissors.  If you need further inspiration, try one of these books.  All are available in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.
My Brother Loved Snowflakes: The Story of Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man by Mary Bahr
Snip, Snip . . . Snow! by Nancy Poydar
Snow Crystals by W. A. Bentley & W. J. Humphreys
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snowflakes by Martha E. H. Rustad
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino