Nick's Picks February 2020

February 2020 Edition

A Mega-Meta Book Award Compilation

I love book awards. I love how they are selected by super smart people following a clearly defined process. I love how professionals in different arenas volunteer their time to select best books so that others can learn from their expertise. And I love that I can turn with authority to these book awards and distinctions to keep discovering the right book for each reader.

With all this in mind, TeachingBooks is excited to announce our Recent Book Award Winners & Honorees, a compilation of resources for the titles recognized in the most recent year from 81 national book awards and distinctions.

1,099 titles! 11,000+ resources! All in one place, you not only have all ALA awards, but so many more from other remarkable groups. You can filter by grade level, cultural area, genre, or even specific awards and resource types.

Have fun exploring this mega-meta book award display tool. I keep getting lost in it, filtering, sorting, and learning about so many books.

Let me know what you think, and enjoy!

Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books: Reimagining Classic Stories with Erin Yun

Erin Yun says she always loved reimagined fairy tales and classic books, so she wasn’t surprised when her first book turned out to be a reimagined classic. Still, Pippa Park Raises Her Game (Fabled Films 2020) is very different from the classic that inspired it.

Read Erin Yun's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Recording: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith talked to TeachingBooks about how his neighborhood in Toronto inspired Small in the City (Groundwood 2019) in this Meet-the-Author reading. He also discusses how emotionally mature children are and how he wanted to show and celebrate that in this beautiful book.

Browse all titles that have TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Recordings.

Listen In with Matthew Winner & The Children’s Book Podcast

When Aiden Became a Brother (Lee & Low Books 2019) is the winner of the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, given annually "to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience." Author Kyle Lukoff discusses his story of a transgender boy who wants to make sure everything is just right for the arrival of his new sibling on this episode of The Children's Book Podcast.

Featured Booklist: YALSA Nonfiction Award

Some teens tend to read only fiction, while others want nothing to do with it. Whether you're trying to stretch the former or broaden your appeal to the latter, you'll want to take a look at the YALSA Nonfiction Award. Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recognizes the best nonfiction books published for young adults. Instructional resources for the winners and finalists for this award are all in one place on TeachingBooks.

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Contests & Giveaways

Check out our February Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • One Mean Ant by Arthur Yorinks
  • A school visit from Shannon Messenger
  • A set of Michelle Schaub's poetry books
  • Red Menace by Lois Ruby
  • A set of Work It, Girl! Biographies

See the February Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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