National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature

This year’s National Book Awards have been announced.

 posted by Dr. Eliza Dresang

The winner for Young People’s Literature is Goblin Secrets by William Alexander


Reviewers comments about Goblin Secrets


Also of great interest was the winner of the fiction award Louise Erdrich for The Round Table  books set in a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation.


The protagonist is Joe, age 13, but this is not a children’s book.


Quoted from the above website

“While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.”


Erdrich has also written several outstanding children’s books based on research into her family history, set initially on an island in Lake Superior and taking place in the mid-19th century including The Birchbark House (a National Book Award Finalist in 1999) and its successors The Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, and published this year, Chickadee.  


Erdrich has given a great gift to both adult and children’s literature by writing from and about her indigenous heritage. She also owns a Bookstore in Minnesota, Birchbark Books, an excellent independent bookstore.

Picture Book Extravaganza!


“Picture books are here and they’re important. I have yet to meet a three year old person who didn’t know what to do with a crayon. You make pictures with it.” – Chris Raschka, 2012 Caldecott Winner, from his Picture Book Month Essay

Do you love picture books? So do we! And so do librarians, authors, and illustrators who are celebrating Picture Book Month all through November. What’s Picture Book Month? It’s a time to encourage “the recognition of picture books through blogs, tweets and other activities.”

What’s happening? Check out this blog post and the official website to learn more. 

And for those who love to write, check out PiBoIdMo…what’s that? Picture Book Idea Month, that’s what! Check it out!

And be sure to tell us your favorite picture books!