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New books for kids

February 08, 2008

It's the time of year for curling up with a good book. Why not make it an award winner?

The Children's Department at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., has copies of award-winning books for 2008. One of those will be perfect for a cold or rainy day.

For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

2008 John Newbery Medal

"Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village" by Laura Amy Schlitz (ages 10 and older)

Meant to be read aloud, this collection of monologues about the everyday life of children in the Middle Ages will appeal to the entire family.

2008 Newbery honor books

"Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 9 to 12)

Both suspenseful and humorous, this novel also achieves an emotional depth unusual for children's fiction through its honest and moving portrayal of escaped slaves.

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"The Wednesday Wars" by Gary D. Schmidt (ages 10 to 14)

Schmidt has written a delightful coming-of-age story about a boy who is trying to make sense of his life during the turmoil of America in the late '60s.

"Feathers" by Jacqueline Woodson (ages 8 to 12)

Taking its name from an Emily Dickinson poem, this novel tells the story of a winter of changes for Frannie, an African-American girl living in the early 1970s.

2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (ages 9 to 16)

Weaving together elements of novel, film, picture book and flip book, this graphic novel of intrigue for older readers is different from the typical, young children's picture book format of past Caldecott winners.

2008 Caldecott honor books

"Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad," illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (ages 8 to 11)

This weighty story of a slave who mails himself to freedom becomes an engaging and revealing read through the inspired work of illustrator Kadir Nelson.

"First the Egg" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (ages 2 to 6)

This easy picture book simply states and illustrates scientific transformations, such as "first the EGG/ then the CHICKEN," to wow pre- and early readers.

"The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain" by Peter Ss (ages 9 and older)

Written and illustrated from personal experience, this memoir relates Ss' childhood in communist Czechoslovakia through journals, maps, illustrations, and dreamscapes.

"Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity" by Mo Willems (ages 4 to 8)

Much-loved author and illustrator Willems brings back one of his most popular characters, Knuffle Bunny. But what happens when Knuffle Bunny has a double?

2008 Coretta Scott King Author Award

"Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 9 to 12)

2008 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

"Let It Shine," illustrated by Ashley Bryan (ages 4 and older)

Vivid and rhythmic cut-paper illustrations awaken the text of three otherwise commonplace spirituals.

2008 Pura Belpr Author Award

"The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano" by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls (ages 12 to 15)

This biography in verse pays tribute to a poet who overcame horrific life conditions to flourish as a writer.

2008 Pura Belpr Illustrator Award

"Los Gatos Black on Halloween," illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa

Montes (ages 4 to 8)

This rhyming picture book interweaves Spanish and English to tell the spooky story of a Monsters' Ball.

2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

"There Is a Bird on Your Head!" By Mo Willems (ages 4 to 8)

The second in a series of beginning readers by popular author Mo Willems, this book will delight readers with its humor and easy-to-read format.

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