Librarians Love Graphic Novels! Numerous Titles Win Awards!

Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: [...] Four Sibert Honor Books were named: [...] Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate and published by Candlewick Press; [...] This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader (Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin some spruce. Yep.). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers. And finally, a shout-out to Rainbow Rowell, winner of two honor awards for Eleanor & Park. I discovered her about five years ago, when she was a blogging columnist for the Omaha World-Herald . That blog occasionally delved into geeky matters like Buffy, so I followed that blog. She also wrote really well. Then I bought her first novel, Attachments, about a love affair between a newspaper columnist and an IT watchman in the wild west of early 1990s email. The system flags her emails as suspicious, he starts reading, then cant stop, and, well, it really should be a movie. Then came Eleanor & Park, a young adult romance set in 1980s north Omaha.
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