March is the ultimate month to be a basketball fan! If you can break yourself away from NCAA tournament, then check out some of these basketball themed books (click on the cover to find it in the Library!):
by Marisa Pawelko
Award winning, indie crafter, Marisa Pawelko shares 24 of her best DIY Duct tape ideas. Each craft comes with step-by-step instructions and how-to pictures. You’ll learn how to make fashionable wearables like gloves, leg warmers, a kilt and a halter top. You’ll also find crafty ideas for items like a vase or an awesome night light. Crazy-Cool gives you a list of recommended tools and materials along with teaching you some of the basic skills needed to create with duct tape. There are projects in here for all skill levels, from the “I live for crafting” level to the “what’s crafting”. Check out Crazy-Cool and get your craft on!
This morning the American Library Association’s Young Adult division, YALSA, announced this year’s award winning books and audiobooks. I was lucky to be at the Youth Media Awards ceremony, since I am in Seattle, WA, for the Midwinter Conference! Let me tell you the award ceremony was very exciting and a lot of fun! Check out a couple photos at the end of this post. Click here to get to official press release of the winners. Below is a list of the teen titles that won. Just click on the title to see if you can find it at the Library!
Prinz Award for Excellence in YA Literature
Winner: In Darkness by Nick Lake
Honor: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Honor: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Honor: Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Honor: The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna
Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award (Honoring a significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature)
Awarded to: Tamora Pierce
Click here to learn more about Tamora Pierce. Pierce has written a few different book series, but to get started I suggest you check out her Song of the Lioness series or her Beka Cooper series at the Library!
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Winner: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Finalist: Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Finalist: Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose
Finalist: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Finalist: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
William C. Morris Award (Honoring a work by a first time author)
Winner: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Finalist: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
Finalist: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Finalist: After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Finalist: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Alex Awards (Given to ten books written for adults that have teen appeal)
Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
The Odyssey Award (Awarded to the best audiobooks for children and/or young adults)
Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Honor: Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker
Honor: Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill
Honor: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Mildred L. Batchelder Award (Awarded for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States)
Winner: My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel
Honor: A Game for Swallows: to die, to leave, to return by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin
Honor: Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf, translated by Anne de Graaf
Pura Beleré Award (Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino cultural experience)
Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Honor: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Schneider Family Book Awards (Honoring a work that emphasizes children or teens with a disability)
Teen: Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
Stonewall Book Awards for Children and Young Adult Literature (This award is sponsored by ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table)
Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Honor: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Honor: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Honor: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
Honor: Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (This award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)
Winner: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Honor: No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
by Philip Amara
This book is a cool step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books. This is not a how to draw book. So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? guides readers through the entire comic creation process . It gives great tips on developing awesome characters, how to adapt story lines for video games or movies, and ends with how to submit your comic to a publisher. The last two chapters are filled with recommended books, magazines, lists of art schools, and great comic related websites that make this book a must for comic creators. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced comic artist or somewhere in between, you will find something worthwhile in this book.
by Anna Hrachovec
If you know how to knit and love tiny things, then you should checkout the book Teeny-tiny Mochimohci! You’ll find over thirty different tiny creations to make. There’s tiny animals, tiny edibles, tiny humanoids, and more. There are a ton of photos of these cute creations, as well as step by step instructions on how to create most of them. Even if you are still learning to knit or if you don’t know how to knit at all, these creations are so cute and fun to look at! For example, here’s the tiny cupcake:
And the tiny gnomes:
You can also check out the Mochimochi Land website: http://mochimochiland.com/
There’s a blog that you can follow, some additional how to instructions for all things knitting and stitching, and a gallery that features some of Anna Hrachovec’s creations as well as creations submitted by fans of Mochimochi. Right now the results of the Mochimochi Land photo contest have been posted on the blog. Here’s the winner:
By Naomi Shihab Nye
This is a book of 40 short stories set in the current moment and told by teen narrators from around the world. The stories are all less than 1,000 words and give a flash of insight into the characters’ lives. Each protagonist is different, many have quirky personalities, and all are memorable. The book includes topics like loss, friendship, enemies, accepting responsibility, and siblings. The one factor that each story shares, is their character’s desire to connect with the world. These connections are made mainly through relationships, but sometimes through actions.
This book is a great summer read for those who want a fast read, with meaning. The stories are really short on words, but leave you thinking about the characters and their lives. You wonder how Amel deals with being made fun of because of her heritage, how Jack comes to terms with his body image, and if Lily will forgive Brianna for judging her when they first meet. With titles that include, We Like you for Your Flaws, Killer Chili,and Will You Hold My Bullet, Please?, you can read one story or the whole book.
by Laura Bennett
Project Runway star, Laura Bennett, shares tips and techniques on how to make 35 high-fashion projects. The beginning of the book explains a variety of techniques from finishing leather to dyeing feathers. Bennett gives the reader helpful information on where to buy different materials, using faux fur, and even sewing terminology. The projects are divided into four sections, Small Luxuries, Fashionably Organized, Stylish Carryalls, and Evening Extravagances. Each project comes with great instructions, a lot of pictures and even patterns. Plus, helpful tips to encourage you along the way.
This is a great book for anyone interested in creating designer quality belts, bags, bracelets, and even a beaded dress. The author stresses the point that “handmade” does not have to look “homemade” and her quality projects show this. Another benefit of the book is that there are different project levels. You can start with a simple key ring tassle and work your way up to a feathered evening clutch. Whatever your skill level, you can find fun, fashion projects to work on this summer, that will look great.
If you like fashion and creating your own clothes or accessories, just click one of the book covers below to find it in our catalog.
Starting today, SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download. One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart. This week it is Jeff Hirsch’s Eleventh Plague paired with John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
You can also text synca to 25827 to get alerts about the FREE titles.
Also, don’t forget that you can download audiobooks and ebooks for free using the Library’s free downloading service, MyMedia Mall. Click here or on the icon below to check out MyMedia Mall!
This week’s book trailer is for I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: six-word memoirs by teens famous + obscure. I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets comes from the editors of Smith Magazine and collects the short six word memoirs from almost 800 teens, ages 13 to 19. Some of the teens are famous ones, but the most interesting memoirs are from the teens that are not famous. This is definitely a fun book to pick up if you want some interesting and light reading. Click here to find I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets at the Library!