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2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the American Library Association announced the 2017 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Like so many others, I was at home, watching the ceremony on my laptop, dribbling toast crumbs onto my cat. (You too can be this glamorous if you just try a little bit […]

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Between the feel-good, viral sensation of “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” and the film adaptation of the bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, be prepared for a run on your books about furry friends and the feels. Here are 25! The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein  A Big Little Life: A Memoir of […]

Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Cindy: Hang on to your soccer ball and watch out for wild boars. . . have we got an adventure for you! Keir Graff’s new middle-grade novel, The Matchstick Castle (2017) is pure, wacky fun. [Editor’s note: Keir is both the executive editor of Booklist and the editor emeritus of The Booklist Reader.]  Protagonist Brian’s summer […]

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced tonight at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Atlanta. The winners are The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, for excellence in fiction, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, for excellence in nonfiction. Read the Booklist reviews of the winners […]

Reviews of the Week: Lauren Myracle, Michael Eric Dyson, Kwame Alexander, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Lauren Myracle, Michael Eric Dyson, Kwame Alexander, and More!

  Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from January 17 through 20 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Tuesday, January 17 Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson In his latest, commentator and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Chair!

Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Chair!

Unfortunately for Giraffe, a timid critter with a regrettably flat back, fellow jungle creatures have taken to mistaking him for a chair. Here, a massive rhino, hulking hippo, and “human with questionable taste in décor” take turns lounging upon the increasingly irked ruminant as he struggles to find his voice. What will it take for […]