Voting is now open for YALSA's 2012 Teens' Top Ten!
Vote online from now through September 15th for your 3 favorite books.
The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2012.
NPR (national public radio) has polled their audience for a list of the top YA fiction — from the suggestions of readers and listeners across the country, they compiled a list of a hundred titles or so — and now it's our turn to vote!!
Each person can vote for up to ten of the books, and then the ranked list of the best YA fiction (as voted by us!) will be released in a few weeks.
I voted — man it was hard to decide between some of these beloved titles! Some of my favorite-ever books I chose not to vote for, because I don't consider them YA books. And, where the heck was Ender's Game on this list?!?! Yeah, yeah, I read their explanation of titles they chose not to include, but … Ender's Game!!
Take a look at the list, make your selections, and let us know what you think.
If you recall, last year we posted about the Battle of the Kids' Books, hosted for the past few years by School Library Journal. This is a bracket-style showdown between some of the best books for kids & teens, with each matchup "judged" by a well-known author. And it's that time of year again!
This year's Battle of the Books began last Tuesday March 13, with an epic showdown every day– judged by a wonderful group of authors of teen and tween books (Sara Zarr! Gayle Forman! Jeff Kinney!). There are three more matchups left in Round One, and then we move on to the re-matches in Round Two.
One thing that I keep thinking about as I follow this contest – how on earth do you choose between two such excellent books that are so different? It is interesting to see how each judge considers the choices thoughtfully, in order to make the decision. Click here to read the thoughtful reviews – and to see which books will be moving on to the next round!
Did you read Matched by Allyson Condie?!? Can't wait to read the next one? We have a free Advance Reader's Copy of Crossed for the teen who submits the best book review for Matched by Friday, August 26th. Submit your book review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you submit your book review please include your name, grade and your home branch. This contest is only open to Sonoma County teens.
Congratulations to Jenny in Petaluma!
She correctly identified all the photos and won a free paperback book!
Here are the correct answers:
1. Great Wall of China
2. Chichen Itza, Mexico
3. Sather Gate, UC Berkeley
4. Brooklyn Bridge, NY
5. Niagra Falls, NY
6. Alamo, San Antonio, TX
7. Big Ben, London, England
8. Capitol Building, Washington, DC
9. Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
10. Pompeii, Italy
11. Carmel Mission, Carmel, CA
12. Red Rocks, Sedona, CA
13. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
14. Victory Gate (or, Siegestor Gate), Munich, Germany
15. Windsor Castle, England
Stay tuned for another contest!
You are Here, but Where is This?
Can you name the places in these photos? Maybe your travels, or your past reading, will lead you to the correct answers. First person to identify all photos correctly will win a book from our special summer reading selection. Send your answers to email@example.com before July 8. Good luck!
Hint: Head East
Hint: Head South
Hint: Don't go too far East
Hint: Remember 9/11
Hint; One of our Natural Wonders?
Hint: Remember the _____!
Hint: Located near the recent Big Event
Hint: Will they pass a budget before the next snowfall?
Hint: Where rulers from the past ruled
Hint: AD 79
Hint: Father Junipero Serra
Hint: Somewhere between here and Photo #4
Hint: Movie: Roman Holiday
Hint: Weekend Country Home
Celebrate books with Bibliophoria! Bibliophoria is hosting a teen writing contest. The topic of the contest is:
Submit your own, 650 to 850 word, short story, essay or other work of prose beginning with the two words "Books are".
Deadline is Tuesday, May 24th!
Submit your essay to: Teen Writing Contest, Bibliophoria, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
What do you win?
-The winning pieces will be read on KRCB Radio 91!
-Talk about your piece on the radio (optional).
- A CD recording of your winning entry for your personal use.
- Your piece posted on the SCA/Bibliophoria website.
- Your piece published in the SCA Quarterly.
- A gift certificate from Copperfields Books.
If you live in Santa Rosa, Casa Grande, Petaluma and all schools west of them you can participate! You must be between the ages of 13 and 19.
For more information please see the Bibliophoria website!
Do you love duct tape? Do you have BIG dreams of having the most unique prom dress? If so you should check out the Stuck at Prom Duct tape contest. Every year the Duck tape brand has a contest for the best prom dress made completely out of duct tape! The winners receive a scholarship. For details on how to enter go to:
Check out the website for some of last year's winners.
You can vote for the best prom outfit starting Friday, June 17th. Don't worry…we will remind you when the time comes!
The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books.
Children's books and teen books; fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year.
Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck.
There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th. Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running. Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.
Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8; Round Two will get it down to 4; Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round.
Are you interested? I sure am! Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!
Got this info in from a reader– check it out, if you are a poet, or just like to watch a poetry slam:
NORTHBAY POETRY SLAM w/ BeSage
@ Hopmonk Tavern
2$- 2nd sundays
3 MIN MAX
3 POEMS PREPARED
6PM DOORS / SIGN UPS
7PM OPEN MC
FOR MORE INFO:
NORTHBAY POETRY SLAM w/ BeSage
Note: the event listed above is NOT a Library event… but it might be good practice if you do want to enter the Sonoma County Library Poetry Slams — click here for information about dates, times, and locations!