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It’s Monday! And the Winners Are… #IMWAYR #BuildYourStack

The Children’s Book Awards Luncheon is always a highlight of the NCTE conference.  This year we were seated with poet and writing teacher, Amy VanDerwater, who gave us a signed copy of her newest book, Dreaming of You.  Thank you, Amy!

As we listened to the announcements of the 2019 Orbis Pictus Awards we added nonfiction titles to our TBR stack. Congratulations to Sandra Neil Wallace and Bryan Collier for Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, and to all of the Orbis Pictus honor and recommended book winners.

We were so surprised when Jonathan Auxier won the Charlotte Huck Award for Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. This was one book we hadn’t heard of before this awards ceremony.  Of course, we ordered a copy immediately and read it over vacation!  What a powerful story about friendship and perseverance.

If you haven’t read the 2019 Charlotte Huck honor and recommended fiction titles, you will want to add these to your TBR list.

Our final congratulations go to Paul B. Janeczko for winning the 2019 NCTE Poetry Award.

Happy Reading, Everyone!

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    Lisa Maucione
    Posted at 12:02h, 26 November Reply

    What a great seat to have next to Amy Vanderwater! Sweep is one of my favorite books I read this past year. My knowledge of chimney sweeps basically comes from Mary Poppins so this book gave me new insight.

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 15:12h, 26 November Reply

    I have read and loved Between The Lines and just finished Sweep, loved every bit of it. It’s a treasure of a story! Of all those winners I still need to read Lifeboat. What a great thing for them to earn that honor. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Elisabeth Ellington
    Posted at 15:19h, 26 November Reply

    I always enjoy the Children’s Award Luncheon too. This year, I sat with Aida Salazar, whose middle-grade verse novel is coming out next year, and Sayantani DasGupta. Of course I had to come home and order The Serpent’s Secret, which I’m hoping to start today.

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    Lorraine Magee
    Posted at 15:58h, 26 November Reply

    The Book Awards Luncheon was so much fun! I sat with Alan Gratz and received a copy of Refugee. Sweep is on my to-read list – I’m going to request a copy from my local library.

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    Jane @ Raincity Librarian
    Posted at 18:54h, 26 November Reply

    I haven’t read Sweep yet, but I’ve enjoyed Auxier’s writing, so I can imagine this one being good, too!

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    Jana Eschner
    Posted at 19:29h, 26 November Reply

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. Thanks for sharing the award winners. There are several that I still need to read. Now that winter is here, I have plenty of time to curl up and read!

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    Posted at 20:42h, 26 November Reply

    I’m so thrilled to hear about Sweep. LOVED that book! And I need to add many of the titles from the 2019 Charlotte Huck list. Thanks for sharing!

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    Myra from GatheringBooks
    Posted at 03:56h, 03 December Reply

    I am crossing my fingers that We are Grateful wins the award – so beautiful. I love Paul Janeczko’s poetry – such a well-deserved recognition!

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