This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016. As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great. I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!
So, you think it's been cold here lately? Here are some books that will make you glad our temps have only dropped to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In these titles you will find frigid temperatures, icy landscapes, and weather so threatening that it seems like it could be another character. Snow and ice are not to be taken lightly. They are literally breathtaking, twisting plots with a gust of well-placed wind.
As the two librarian selectors for adult fiction and nonfiction at the Kitsap Regional Library, Gail Goodrick and I are usually focused on the future, on what’s coming out next, working to add titles to the collection when they are fresh and new. As the year winds to a close, we recently took a break to reflect back on some of the books that have stood out, focusing on books that have staying power, because of their subjects, quality of writing and relevance to the world we live in today.
Gail’s Nonfiction Favorites:
We are well into cold and flu season and it seems like everyone’s got the sniffles. Sick days are the perfect time to use library materials to catch up on reading, watching, or listening. But sick days are not a great time to visit the library. Instead, try one of these ways to take advantage of the library from home!
Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.
As we head out of October, you may notice the darkness encroaching earlier and the misty weather becoming more frequent. This is my favorite season and it reflects the kind of dark stories that are on my list for fall. Grab your hot cocoa and a cozy blanket and settle in for some creepy stories with female protagonists.
Fall is fast approaching and if crinkling leaves, early sunsets, and morning fog put you in the mood for some thrilling, chilling, and otherwise spooky reads, check out some of these Bram Stoker Award nominees and winners. The Bram Stoker Awards are given each year by the Horror Writers Association to original works written in English and have a variety of categories, like Novel, First Novel, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels.