Whether you are still reading through your stack of 2013 books or you have started stacking your 2014 books, you might be interested in some of the recent award announcements.
Lemony Snickett is the recipient of the 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in his picture book, The Dark (illustrated by Jon Klassen). I was thrilled to see that Sophie's Squash by Anne Wilsdorf was named as an Honor Book, and Big Snow by Jonathan Bean made the list of Highly Commended Titles. Check out the other outstanding books keeping them company on the lists.
Our little ol' Mock Newbery here in Utah selected The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata as our winner on Saturday. We named If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan as Honor Books. If you scroll down to the comments, you can read DaNae's summary here.
School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Kid's Books is gearing up for another season. The contenders for this year have been announced. I look forward to reading not just the judges' insights, but all the comments.
And finally, because I'm always up to reading a new book by Jennifer Holm, I'm looking forward to August when The Fourteenth Goldfish comes out. BookPage put together a list of their Most Anticipated Children's and Teen Books of 2014. What are you looking forward to reading?