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Spellbinders - Newbery Award Buzz!

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January 16, 2012
Newbery And Caldecott Award Buzz!

Got Plans for the Weekend?  Read any great books lately?  


If you combine weekends and wonderful books, maybe you're headed to the American Library Association conference January 20-24 where librarians from all over the country will converge on Dallas Texas for the Midwinter meeting!

AND will your favorite book of 2011 win the coveted Newbery or Caldecott or Printz Award this weekend, too?  


Here at SPELLBINDERS I'm highlighting a few books today that have been discussed/argued over, read and loved and considered for the Newbery Medal for the best distinguished novel of 2011 for young people.  Last month I put out some of the best picture books of 2011 that will be up for the Caldecott Medal which you can see here: 


Eighteen Children's Awards will be announced in Dallas on Monday, January 23 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time. You can watch the live broadcast here at this link: Webcast 


While waiting for the official announcements this week you can read some of the lively and "passionate" discussions going on about favorite picture books and novels of 2011 here on these two blogs:


Horn Book's "Calling Caldecott": 


School Library Journal's Heavy Medal Blog on Newbery Buzz:


Here are a few titles that may win that have received excellent reviews and recommendations and that you may want to consider for your library or classroom collections.  



Note: Each book's title is a link that will take you to the author's website.  

Fun stuff - enjoy!  





















Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu 














Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (the 2011 National Book Award Winner for Young People).













Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt














The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm













Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick










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Meet the Spellbinders

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets

as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please
to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 

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 Carolee Dean

Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."


To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to


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Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Sunday, March 11

Kimberley presents at the
Tucson Book Festival

12:30 -1:30 Panel with Author Will Hobbs: "Opening Minds Across Borders: Characters in Conflict"
2:30 - 3:30 "Breaking into Children's Novels through Magazine Writing"

Each session followed by autographing

Saturday, March 17

UNM Continuing Ed  

Young Writers Conference


Kimberley is presenting "The Creative Diary" - a hands-on Writing Workshop for kids and teens   

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
9-5 Preconference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 9 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders:
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose    
Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
Carolee Dean 




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