“Jinx” is a juvenile fiction book that was first brought to my attention when participants in DBRL’s own Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery program decided it their winner last year. Its win nudged me into giving it a read, and I am so glad I did.
“Jinx” is the story of an orphan (of course he is an orphan, you have to get those pesky parents out of the way so that our young characters can have any sort of adventures, right?) who lives in a magical world with fantastical facets presented though humorously matter-of-fact narration. The story kicks off with a stepfather attempting to leave young Jinx in a dense and dangerous forest, called the Urwald, that surrounds all of the cities in Jinx’s world. After an unlikely rescue by a grumpy old wizard named Simon, Jinx finds himself a wizard’s apprentice and gathers some sidekicks along the way. Adventure naturally ensues, and the story does a lovely job of examining the fact that “good” versus “bad” is not always a black-and-white concept. Jinx’s internal ruminations on the subject are particularly touching. Continue reading →
This award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries, and almost 22,000 Missouri children voted this year. In at second place is “It’s a Tiger!” written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard with 3,200 votes. “Cat Secrets” by Jef Czekaj narrowly captured third place with 2,625 votes.
The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) announced its readers awards for 2012. Over 111,500 votes were cast by Missouri students and the following titles were selected as the winners of MASL’s 2011-2012 Readers Awards:
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. You will find many of your childhood favorites on the list of past winners – “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, for instance, or Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”
This year’s winner, Chris Raschka’s “A Ball for Daisy,” is sure to become another favorite, with its vivid colors and wordless story about a dog losing something it loves but gaining something greater in the process. Continue reading →