Monday, June 27, 2011

Nellie's a big sis!

Welcome to the world sweet Faucett girl!

Margaret Mae Faucett born June 26th 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Best things about summer:

Lemonade stands
smell of fresh cut grass
outdoor concerts
the popsicle man
the beach
the Blue Angels
outdoor movies
bike rides
tire swings
berry picking

add to the list!

waterfront adirondack chairs at sunset
shooting stars
flag cake
slip n' slide

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Other Award winners...

  Local author Bonny Becker and her book A Bedtime for Bear has been awarded the inaugural SCBWI 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award for our Western Washington division.  The Crystal Kite Awards recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world.  The awards are chosen by other children's book writers and illustrators, which makes them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers!
  Congratulations Bonny and her ever-lovable Bear (and Mouse, too of course)!

The Best Books for Kids Award Winners

  Last night at Library Bistro Page Ahead held their 2nd Annual Best Books for Kids Awards celebration.  The judges included Rene Kirkpatrick from Third Place Books, Cecelia McGowan of the King County Library System, Marilyn Carpenter who came over from Eastern Washington University where she was a Professor of Literacy, Stefanie Malone from KCTS, and Jacki Crowther the Book Program Manager from Page Ahead.

  And the awards go to...

Best Read Aloud
*We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
Mo Willems so funny, as always! 

Best Non Fiction
*How to Clean a Hippopotamus:  A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Great look into animal relationships in nature

Best Multicultural
*Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier
A beautiful tribute

Best Book
*The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Connor
Fun summer read

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

Words to encourage us Seattleites, especially on this rainy June day

Page Ahead's Best Books for Kids Awards Tonight!

Best Books for Kids Awards
On Wednesday June 15, 2011, Page Ahead will announce the winners of the 2011 Best Books for Kids Awards. The awards celebration will take place at the Library Bistro, in downtown Seattle, from 6pm to 8pm.
You will meet the judges and hear their observations firsthand when you join us at this fun event. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. There is no charge to attend the event.

The Best Books for Kids awards celebrate the talent of the authors and illustrators without whom Page Ahead could not fulfill its mission of giving quality new books to children in need. We hope the Best Books for Kids Awards will serve as a guide to teachers, librarians and parents in making quality literature accessible to children.

This year's nominees are:

Read Aloud:
LMNO Peas, by local author Keith Baker; We are in a Book! by Mo Willems; Bink and Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee; A Sick day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead; and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, by Barbara O'Connor.

How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; Yucky Worms, by Vivian French; The Bat Scientists, by Mary Kay Carson; Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature, by Sarah C. Campbell and Lizards by Nic Bishop

Dear Primo, a Letter to My Cousin, by Duncan Tonatiuh; Chalk, by Bill Thomson; Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill; Of Thee I Sing, by Barak Obama; Big Red Lollipop, by Rukhsana Khan

Our judges for this year's awards are experts in children's literature, drawn fro across Washington State: Rene Kirkpatrick of Third Place Books, Seattle; Cecilia McGowan, children's services coordinator of King County Library System; Marilyn Carpenter, professor of literacy, Eastern Washington University and author of The Children's Book Compass Blog; and Stefanie Malone, community outreach manager at KCTS television, Seattle.

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