Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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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