Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

Akata Witch

Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

Geeking Out For Teen Tech Week

People and places of Virginia Village

Teen Tech Week is March 4th - 10th. As it gets closer, I want to highlight some of the neat things you can do with the programs installed on the public PCs at your local branch, starting with some image editing in a program called GIMP.

GIMP is free software for manipulating images and is installed on all of our public PCs. You can find it in the Start menu under Utilities.

It is a very robust, powerful program that you can spend a lot of time getting to know. (See the documentation and some tutorials at gimp.org/docs.) What I want to share with you is a very simple and specific procedure: creating an animated gif like the one at the top of this post.

Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The 2012 winner of the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award was recently announced:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Runners up:

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

Why Volunteer?

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Did you know that people who volunteer are more likely to be successful in school and at their jobs? Volunteering, whether at the library or another organization, is a great way to positively impact your community while strengthening your own skill set at the same time!

The library and other organizations like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Dumb Friends League and the Denver Zoo, rely on volunteer involvement to assist in many important and fun tasks! The experiences you have while volunteering will help you know what kind of career you might be interested in pursuing.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club January Selection

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for January: The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 is the award-winning story of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, who take a trip to Alabama in the summer of 1963. Young readers will relate to Kenny, the 10-year-old narrator of the story – his authentic observations and reactions really bring the experiences of an African American family in the 1960s to life.

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

From Red Sled by Lita Judge

It's that time of year when two great book events converge - best books lists come out and it's gift giving season. Specialists from across the Denver Public Library have put together our list of the best books to share with your kids this year. Great stuff from baby books to the zombie apocalypse, pop-ups to poetry, it's all here. Enjoy!

Books for the Very Youngest:

Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle.
Some of baby's favorite animals are illuminated by different light sources, like a raccoon snacking by the campfire, in this beautiful and creative board book.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Selects a Great Winter Read

Breadcrumbs

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!

It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for ages 9-14

The Graveyard Book

National Public Radio (NPR) has started a special project for listeners ages 9-14: the Back-Seat Book Club. Beginning in October, the show All Things Considered would like young listeners and their parents to read a selected book each month and then join in the conversation with that book's author. They want to know what you think and give the author a chance to answer questions you have about the book!

The first selection in the Back-Seat Book Club is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is perfect for Halloween. It's the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is normal in every way – except that he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

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