American Library Association Book Awards

The American Library Association and several of its divisions and councils have announced their annual book awards. Andrew Carnegie Medals The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were awarded to The Great Believers (by Chicago's own Rebecca Makkai) for Fiction and Heavy by Kiese Laymon for Nonfiction. (Both were also selected for Chicago Public…
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African Americans You Should Know: Picture Book Biographies

As we celebrate African American History Month each February, we often highlight well-known heroes of black history like Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman or Barack Obama. However, celebrating African American History Month is an excellent opportunity to dig deeper to learn about others who made a big impact, but whose stories were…
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Top Picks: Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters turns 75 in February, although you'd never know it to look at her. One of the most versatile and talented singing actors Broadway has produced, Peters is also famous for her work ethic. This means she has quite a lot of material, but here are the highlights. Peters is best known as a…
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CPL’s 2018 Teen Mock Book Awards

Every year before the winners of American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are announced, our teen librarians come together to honor some of our favorite titles of the year while discovering new books to recommend to you! Here are the 2018 winners as selected by our staff. Mock Printz Award for Literary Excellence Winner: Sadie: Haunting and…
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Welcome the Year of the Pig

It's time for a new year again—Chinese New Year! If you didn't know, the Chinese zodiac is based on the cycle of the moon, which repeats every 12 years. Each year is linked to a different animal. According to legend, the 12 animals ran a race thousands of years ago to determine their order. Each…
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Over the Moon about the Moon

Do you know a kid who's fascinated with the moon? My youngest son absolutely loves the moon, or la luna, as it's known in Spanish. While in the car, he'd often shout, "Mami, look! I see la luna!" His fascination has continued to skyrocket and now he's anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first and only…
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