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ALA Youth Awards

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014


Even though Michigan is under a blanket of snow, the 2014 ALA youth awards were announced Monday to the eagerly awaiting librarians.  So without further ado, here are the outstanding books!

LocomotiveThe Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children goes to Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca.  The three honor books are:

Flora & UlyssesThe Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.  The four honor books are as follows:

MidwinterbloodThe Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick.  The four honor books are:

For a complete list of all the awards checkout the press release.


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New Teen Booklists: Movies & SF

Monday, January 20th, 2014

If you love going to the movies, you might find the next two booklists relevant. If you like Ender’s Game (as a book or movie) by Orson Scott Card, we have recommendations for books that are similar.  KDL also has a large collection of graphic novels featuring Comics that Inspired the Movies. And don’t forget to checkout these great Fantasy Books for Teens.

A Confusion of Princes        Cowboys & Aliens        Scepter of the Ancients


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Great New Teen Booklists for Guys Read

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Looking for some great books to read after the holiday season? Look no further:

readyplayerone              chains              levithan


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Author Janet Dailey Dies at Age 69

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Well-known romance author Janet Dailey passed away Saturday, December 14 at the age of 69.  Janet Dailey wrote over 100 books, over half of those for her first publisher Harlequin.  Her Americana series featured one book set in each state.  Her latest book, Merry Christmas, Cowboy ranked 13th on Publisher’s Weekly‘s adult mass market best-seller list in October.

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Looking Forward: Teen Books 2014

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Now that the best of the year lists have started appearing, it is time to start uninvitedlooking forward to what next year, 2014, has to offer.  Sophie Jordan (of Firelight fame) has a new series starting with Uninvited.  The cover is really interesting with the DNA strands woven into her hair, and the book seems relevant to the new advances in DNA testing being done now.  The book is about Davy, whose genetic testing comes back positive for the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS).  This affects her relationship with everyone she knows, and after a tragedy even more restrictions are implemented.

mindersAnother SF book that has potential is Minders by Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty series).  Again, a very cool cover!  And this one is about criminal activity also, but the main character Sadie witnesses a crime from the perspective of Ford, a troubled youth.  Should she turn him in?

What books are you looking forward to reading?  Leave a comment below.


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Best Books of the Year Lists

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

SteelheartThis is the best time of the year!  Now you can find out about all the great books you might have missed, using the many best books of the year lists.  Here are some of my favorites:

One of my favorite books this year was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Tell us in the comments what book you loved!


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Author Doris Lessing Dies at Age 94

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

lessing_sv_ak_photoNobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.  Ms. Lessing wrote many novels, short stories, essays and poems, but she is most well-known for her novel The Golden Notebook.  Published in 1962, the book was considered daring and was a frank exploration of the inner lives of women who were free to live their lives without the constraints of marriage or children.

Her last novel, published in 2002, was “The Sweetest Dream,” which the author considered a stand-in for a third volume of her autobiography.  The book focuses mainly on the 1960s.


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Author Barbara Park Dies

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013



Author Barbara Park has died after a long struggle with ovarian cancer at the age of 66. She is the author of the well-known Junie B. Jones series, featuring the smart-mouth 6-year-old. Barbara Park started writing the series in 1992 and has published more than 30 of the illustrated chapter books. Young fans love the realistic and humorous outlook of Junie, while some parents and educators worried that the books might be a bad influence. She also wrote picture books and novels for middle school kids.

KDL will partner with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in April to offer a givewawy of Junie B. Jones dress rehearsal vouchers — keep an eye on the blog or on our Facebook page to find out when the giveaway begins.

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2013 Thumbs Up! Award Winner

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The votes have been tallied and a winner has been announced!  The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen received the top Thumbs Up! award for 2013. This is a phenomenal book dealing with bullying and loss.  Henry’s family is shattered after his brother Jesse leaves the house with a hunting rifle. The book is about Henry coming to terms with everything that happened to his brother and his family and how he slowly lets people into his life. This book already has received numerous awards including the 2013 Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year. A great read for a reluctant middle or high-school reader!

There were three additional books chosen for honor nominations:  Every Day by David Levithan, How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.

Every Day       How to Lead a Life of Crime       The Last Dragonslayer

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Aviation History Month

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

onesummerNovember is Aviation History month — it has been 110 years since the Wright Brothers first flight!

If you need a great audiobook for your upcoming holiday trip, be sure to check out One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson.  While the book covers much more than aviation, it does have extensive information on the early aviation field as well as Lindbergh’s famous 1927 flight from New York to Paris.  Plus Amelia Lostthe audiobook is read by the author, which adds to the audio experience.

For the kids, try Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming.  Amelia has been missing for 74 years but her legend lives on.  This book covers the life of Amelia as well as interesting sidelines about the history of aviation.


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