Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Official Trailer is Out!

In case you missed it, the official The Fault in our Stars movie trailer was released yesterday.  Watch and enjoy while you count down to June.

If you haven't read the book yet (gasp) and want to read about how much I love it, my original review is posted {here}.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I felt like a little kid watching the ALA Awards live on my phone Monday morning.  For me, book awards are much more exciting than the Oscars.  My three favorite awards each year are the Randolph Caldecott Medal (for most distinguished American picture book), the John Newberry Medal (for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature), and the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in literature written for young adults).

If you remember my 31 Days of Young Adult Book Reviews, you'll remember how I gushed about my crush for Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  These two kids, in all their achingly sweet awkwardness, stitched themselves permanently into my heart.   So I wanted to jump up & down and cheer when they announced that Eleanor & Park  was named a Printz Honor Book.

I love this John Green quote:
Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like 
to be young and in love with a girl, but also 
what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

I am not familiar with the Michael L. Printz Award winner, Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, but I've added it to my To-Read List.  The Printz Award is my favorite go-to source for excellent books.  Former unforgettable Printz books are The Book Thief, Jellicoe Road, and Code Name Verity.  Though I haven't {yet} made the acquaintance of the other Printz Honor Books for 2014, here they are: The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.  Perhaps I will be declaring my undying love for some of them later this year, because I will most likely introduce myself to each of them.

{Click here} to view the official list of ALA Awards.

Monday, January 27, 2014

CALDECOTT 2014: And the winner is...

Brian Floca took home the biggest honor for an illustrator this morning when his artwork for Locomotive was awarded the 2014 Caldecott Medal.  Though it wasn't my first choice, it's definitely worthy.

I was routing for Aaron Becker and his gorgeous watercolor and ink book, Journey , so I was thrilled when it was declared a Caldecott Honor Book.  Another favorite of mine, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, was also named as an Honor Book.  The great David Wiesner was also honored for Mr. Wuffles! .

Also, a little shout out to Peter Brown's Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Jon Klassen's The Dark .  Though neither got it, I thought they both deserved some Caldecott attention.  And Erin Stead too, for If You Want to See a Whale .  There were so many great, beautiful books this year.

Tomorrow I'll talk about some of my other favorite selections from the 2014 ALA Awards.  I love celebrating great books, and the people who create them.

You can view the official ALA extensive list of winners {here}.