Reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing are all easy activities you can do with your children to help get them ready to read and ready for school. You're probably already doing these things, but if you need some new inspiration or are looking for a great picture book, look no further.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a new children's book award that recognizes wonderful picture books that support early literacy. Every year on February 5th the selection committee will announce one winner for each category; read, write, sing, talk, play. This year, to get everyone excited about the new award, the committee chose to honor 25 excellent books from the past 25 years that embody the spirit of the award.
Named for Hugo Gernsback, widely credited for popularizing the reading of Science Fiction, The Hugo Awards are one of Science Fiction's most prestigious honors and have been an annual literary event since 1955.
The winners of both the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were recently announced, so if you're looking to add a bit of mystery to your summer reading, look no further!
The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The Agathas, named after Agatha Christie, honor the "traditional" mystery as exemplified by Christie's works. This is the award for you if you're looking for mysteries with no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. No "hard boiled" mysteries here. Check out these lists, and maybe discover a new favorite mystery author!
Celebrate Women's History Month by reading some of the outstanding fiction by female authors on the recently announced Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) long list.
Now in its 18th year, the U.K. prize celebrates fiction written in English by women. The long list finalists are from various countries, including the U.K., Israel, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Turkey, and Australia. Check out one of these great titles today, and look for the short list announcement in April and the winner in June!
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award and honor books were recently announced.
What is the Tiptree? Given since 1991, it is "an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender...The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating." The Tiptree is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who used the pen name James Tiptree, Jr. to publish her science fiction and fantasy stories, genres largely closed to women at the time she was writing.
Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.
The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.
The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!
Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet