And the Winners of the 2015 Scout Awards Are…

Did you know that 2015 was the inaugural year of the Booksource Scout Awards? The Booksource Scout Awards essentially evolved from our internal staff mock awards to an award for our community of readers and teachers. It’s designed to celebrate books that should have a lasting place in classroom libraries. The ballots are in, and […]

By |January 6th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Scout Awards|1 Comment

Not Everything Is as It Seems in Nimona, a Graphic Novel by Noelle Stevenson

I recently caught the episode of “Morning Edition” on NPR when David Green talked to editor Barrie Hardymon about her picks for this year’s National Book Award. Graphic novels aren’t usually my forte, but when Nimona (Grades 9-12, Lexile GN350) was mentioned as a finalist for the young people’s literature category, it got my attention. […]

By |January 4th, 2016|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School, Scout Awards, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Not Everything Is as It Seems in Nimona, a Graphic Novel by Noelle Stevenson

15 Resources to Help You Guess Which Titles Will Win a 2016 ALA Award

Literary experts everywhere are publishing lists of their favorite books of the year. At Booksource, we’re starting to place bets on which titles will win a prestigious award at the ALA Youth Media Awards (mark your calendars for the announcements on January 11 as ALA Midwinter is early this year). The stakes are getting high, […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Book Recommendation, Scout Awards|Comments Off on 15 Resources to Help You Guess Which Titles Will Win a 2016 ALA Award

Embark on a Journey of Love & Friendship with Crenshaw

In Katherine Applegate’s new novel Crenshaw (Grades 5-9, Lexile 540), 10-year-old Jackson is consumed with worry as he watches his parents flounder under the weight of financial difficulties. Even though he’s young, he already has experience with these familiar adult stressors and remembers a time when his family was homeless. Jackson understands where the family […]

By |December 17th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Embark on a Journey of Love & Friendship with Crenshaw

Voting Has Opened for the 2015 Scout Awards!

Each year, Booksource staffers get together and predict what books will get a nod at the ALA Youth Media Awards. This year, we thought, “Why not make our mock awards into something bigger that we can share with our readers?” Hence, the Scout Awards were born! Named for the heroine from the timeless classic, To […]

By |December 16th, 2015|Contests and Freebies, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Voting Has Opened for the 2015 Scout Awards!

Don’t Get Stung! A Review of The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel

Cover image credit: HarperCollins Canada

“The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels…”

The Nest (Grades 5-8, Lexile: 640), the new psychological horror story by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, is, hands down, my favorite book of the year.

Twelve-year-old Steve is home for the summer, but he isn’t able to enjoy his time off: his […]

By |December 15th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Feature, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Don’t Get Stung! A Review of The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel

Some of Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2015

The ALA Book Awards are almost here and we’ve been thinking about our favorite contenders in preparation for our annual mock awards (recently deemed the Scout Awards #ScoutAwards). From fascinating nonfiction, laugh-out-loud picture books and impactful coming-of-age stories, we believe these all have a chance to come out on top. Let us know your 2015 […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Some of Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2015

Everyone’s a Genius…A Must Read for Understanding Learning Disabilities

Last summer, Lynda Mullaly Hunt revealed the cover of her second novel, Fish in a Tree (Grades 5-8, Level W, Lexile 550). She described the book as, “…a love letter to teachers—to one in particular—and to all others like him.” She had me hooked by the second sentence. I am pretty sure I ordered the […]

Take Chances with Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything (Grades 7-12, Lexile HL610), the debut novel by Nicola Yoon, could be my favorite read of 2015. Maddy is a girl allergic to literally everything. She has SCID, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that keeps her from ever leaving her house, which is equipped with an airlock. She lives with her mother and […]

By |December 3rd, 2015|Book Recommendation, Feature, High School, Scout Awards|3 Comments

Looking for Kevin Henkes’ Newest Book? Wait No More!

Grades P-2

“When is lunch?”

“Is it time for recess yet?”

“How many more days until my birthday?”

“When is art class?”

“How many days until winter break?”

 

I’m sure this sounds familiar. Kids have to wait, for what seems like an eternity, every day. For something. For anything. For everything.

Our youngest readers will relate to Kevin Henkes’ new book, Waiting, […]

By |November 17th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Looking for Kevin Henkes’ Newest Book? Wait No More!