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Friday, January 20, 2017

Charlotte Zolotow Book Award

The Cooperative Children's Book Center announced the Charlotte Zolotow Book Awards today, recognizing picture books with distinguished writing:

Carole Boston Weatherford is the winner of the 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Freedom in Congo Square (illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by little bee books).  

The committee named three Honor Books:

Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth written and illustrated by Jarvis. Candlewick Press

Giant Squid written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan

Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown



And also ten Highly Commended books:

A Bike Like Sergio’s written by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press

Blocks written and illustrated by Irene Dickson. Nosy Crow / Candlewick Press

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree written and illustrated by Gemma Merino.  Albert Whitman



Daniel Finds a Poem written and illustrated by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House

Hannah and Sugar written and illustrated by Kate Berube. Abrams

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

My New Mom and Me written and illustrated by Renata Galindo. Schwartz & Wade Books / Random House

The Princess and the Warrior written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams

School’s First Day of School written by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan

The Sound of Silence written by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown


An award ceremony will be held at the CCBC sometime this spring.  

Further information about the Charlotte Zolotow Award may be found on the CCBC website:


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mr. Potato Head at LEPMPL

Thanks to Samantha Carpenter for this guest post:

Mr. Potato Head has been a very popular magnet board activity at LEPMPL the past two months! Every time I walk by, he looks different. There’s something about this particular configuration . . . that accurately reflects my state of mind these days and says something about all the hats we wear at work. Do you feel scattered and overwhelmed today? Or fun and fulfilled? Either way, hang in there and thank you for all that you do for your library and your community.