What to Read Next: I Survived

Do you have a child who loves reading action packed, adventurous, suspenseful chapter books? Then look no further. The "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshis captures all of these elements and more. Each book in the series features a young male protagonist who gets caught up in a historical event. The events captured in the series range from natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the tragic events of September 11th. The books typically appeal to children in second through fourth grade. Many kids are hooked on this series--boys and girls alike.

Youth Media Awards: And the Winners Are...

January is one of my favorite months--it is a new year ripe with possibility and most importantly it is when the Youth Media Awards are given to the best of the best in children's and teen literature. The awards are given annually at the American Library Association's midwinter conference. The 2016 awards were announced this morning at 8:00 am in Boston. Before I unveil the winners and honor books, I want to tell you a little bit more about the awards and some of my favorite reads this year that may have been contenders for the awards.

STEM: Not Just for School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become an emphasis in many schools throughout the United States.You have probably noticed that here at Kitsap Regional Library, we offer STEM programs for children and teens. So why the push? Youth need to be grounded in these subjects as they start to navigate life in the 21st century, especially in their career paths. STEM jobs are steadily increasing and it is important that youth are prepared to successfully enter these professions.

The National Book Award: Young People's Literature Longlist

Today I am focusing on the National Book Award, specifically the category of Young People's Literature. But first let me tell you a little bit about the National Book Award. The National Book Award has been around since 1950 and the mission of this organization is to "celebrate the best of American Literature." The award has four different categories and a winner is chosen from each one. The categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

Reading Aloud + the Love of Reading

Reading aloud to your child is very important in relation to the development of their early literacy skills. In fact, reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to ensure reading success. It is easy to become very focused on children knowing how to read, but what about helping children develop a love of reading? Knowing how to read and having a love of reading do not always go hand in hand. One way to help develop children's love of reading is to continue reading aloud to them even after they have become proficient readers.


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