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ALA Award Winners
It was a glittering ceremony! ALA staff display award-winning books
Will the Real Winners Please Stand Up!
The award season that really matters is, of course, all about books. The American Library Association (ALA) has just announced its 2017 winning books for young people.

The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
was one of our favorite books of last year and was reviewed in this round-up on our blog. Larry called it "...one of the best middle grade fantasies to come out this fall. Also one of the best dragon stories I have read!" We've long been fans of one of the runners up-- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, also reviewed on our blog--"one of the most elegant books I have read in a long time," was Larry's comment on this one.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (which also won the Coretta Scott King award for African-American illustrator), written and illustrated by
Radiant Child
Javaka Steptoe. This book brilliantly combines words and visuals to capture the vivid nature of Basquiat's life and work. There's a great interview with Javaka Steptoe here--he got the call about his award while he was in the shower! We also loved all the runners up, but we have to give a shout out to and the quirky and original Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis and the vibrant rhymes and illustration in Freedom in Congo Square
Du Iz Tak_
(also a runner up for the Coretta Scott King award for an African-American illustrator) illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford.

March_ Book Three
The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American author was awarded to brilliant civil rights graphic novel March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, which won four awards overall. The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award went to the wonderful YA romance The Sun Is Also a Star by
The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon. March: Book Three also won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults and The Sun is Also a Star was named an Honor book, as was The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. 

We Are Growing
Finally, Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie put their unique stamp on the awards, with the
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book going to We Are Growing: A Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book written by Laurie Keller.

There were more awards given than we can fit in here! Cone into the store and we'll be delighted to talk to you about them all. Or, to learn about more award-winners (and what other awards March: Book Three took home), check out the ALA's announcement or read The Horn Book's reviews of the winning books.
More Bookies Bestsellers!
We've shown last year's positions in brackets, and + means a new entry to the chart.

The Bookies 2016 Top Five--Schools Nonfiction
Cesar Chavez
So what were our students learning about this year? It's an all-new top five, with even Life Cycle of a Crayfish, which has featured on the list for the past two years, being replaced. Biographies dominate the list this year, taking first, fourth and fifth place!
The Bookies 2016 Top Five--Games, Toys and More!
Three Little Piggies
When it comes to games and toys, piggies rule! After coming in second last year, puzzle game Three Little Piggies has pushed last year's winner, Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty into second place. In third place is a new entry, Pocket Box Dogs--realistic, tiny models of dogs that kids love to buy with their pocket money. Stress-busting devices are popular, with IsoFlex balls in fourth and Color Luxe Gel Pens in fifth, no doubt boosted by the adult coloring trend. Dice game Tenzi has slipped out of our top five (eighth place), but its little brother SLAPZI is bidding for greatness, surging into sixth place, even though it was only released late in the year. Could it top the 2017 charts? Find out next year!
1.  Three Little Piggies (2)
Because The Sky is Everywhere
Because the Sky is Everywhere
Award-winning local author and speaker Nancy Sharp has just released her latest book---an illustrated book for young children who have lost somebody close to them.

Because the Sky is Everywhere tells the story of Liam, who doesn't understand where his dead father has gone. Liam searches for him until a dream shows Liam that, like the sky, his father's love is all around him. The book is available in English and bilingual English/Spanish.

The story is based on Nancy's own experiences. She was widowed with two-and-a-half-year-old twins and the story was inspired by a conversation she had with them after their father died. Nancy's memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living tells the story of that time and has won eight literary awards.
The Bookies at the CCIRA Conference on Literacy
Jessica, Anne and Shelley are spearheading our presence at the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) conference on literacy from February 1-4th. Our display includes multiple themed book sets on topics that include global awareness and diversity, Colorado history, science, and mindfulness. We also have staff picks of picture books, YA fiction and nonfiction, biographies, a selection of teacher professional titles, and great adult reads. And, if you look very closely at the upper left hand side of the photograph, you will see...yes, we brought the pretzels!

If you're at the conference, come to our table to say hi, munch on pretzels and find out about the special discounts we're offering conference attendees!

Let us know if you would like to see any of the book sets that we put together for the conference (email anne@thebookies.com). The lists will also be up on our website after the event. 
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Something a Little Different  
As a December treat, we set up a discounted book section. It proved so popular we decided to keep it. Look out for the red and white clearance sign to find the shelves carrying books priced at $1, $3 or $6. We don't bring in discounted books for these shelves--these are regularly stocked books that may have a slightly damaged cover or that we have over-ordered. In other words, these are great books at great prices!

In our next edition, we'll reveal what we read outside our genre in January and what we thought of it!

Closed from Black Books
Please note that we will be closed over the weekend of February 18th and 19th as we will be taking inventory.

Sue Lubeck