More About the Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2011-2012

Need more info about next year’s Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees? Then check out this slide show. You’ll want to read them all! Feel free to borrow this slide show and post to your own blog or website.


Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2011-2012

While we are still anxiously awaiting the announcement of this year’s winner of the Georgia Children’s Book Award, the Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for next year (2011-2012) have been released by the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature. Here’s the list of nominees:

  • Alvarez, Julia (2009). Return to sender.
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse (2008). Chains.
  • Angleberger, Tom (2010). The strange case of Origami Yoda.
  • Baskin, Nora Raleigh (2009). Anything but typical.
  • Burg, Ann (2009). All the broken pieces.
  • Clements, Andrew (2009). Extra credit.
  • Collins, Suzanne (2008). The hunger games.
  • Connor, Leslie (2008). Waiting for normal.
  • Draper, Sharon (2010). Out of my mind.
  • Erskine, Kathryn (2010). Mockingbird.
  • Hiaasen, Carl (2009). Scat.
  • Klise, Kate (2009). Dying to meet you: 43 old cemetery road.
  • Korman, Gordon 2008). Swindle.
  • Lin, Grace (2009). Where the mountain meets the moon.
  • O’Connor, Barbara (2010). The fantastic secret of Owen Jester.
  • Pearsall, Shelley (2008). All shook up.
  • Philbrick, Rodman (2009). The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg.
  • Sonnenblick, Jordan (2010). After ever after.
  • Wiles, Deborah (2010). Countdown.
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita (2010). One crazy summer.

The Dean Rusk Media Center already has some of these titles available if you want to get a head start on reading the books for next year’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition, or if you just want a suggestion for some great reading. Below is a list of the books we already have on hand. The number to the right indicates the number of copies available, if we currently have more than one copy. The author’s name is also indicated so you know where to look on the shelves for the book. We will have multiple copies of these books available for next year.

  • Anything But Typical (Baskin)
  • Waiting For Normal (2)(Connor)
  • Out of My Mind (Draper)
  • Scat (3)(Hiaasen)
  • Swindle (Korman)
  • All Shook Up (Pearsall)
  • Extra Credit (Clements)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Philbrick)
  • Chains (Anderson)
  • All the Broken Pieces (Burg)
  • Origami Yoda (3) Angleberger
  • The Hunger Games (billions and billions served) (Collins)

So What’s Inside Those Book Award Books?

Here’s my new slide show for the 2010-2011 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. I’ve added a little “tease” from the publisher’s websites to the award committee’s show, so thanks to you, publishers and committee. These books are ready and waiting for you when school starts back at the DR Library, or check them out now at the public library! And speaking of the public library, all branches of the Sequoyah Regional Library have events for kids and teens all summer to promote reading. Don’t forget that the Hickory Flat branch is just across the street from Hickory Flat Elementary, and the R. T. Jones branch is just off exit 19. Plus a library card is free! You can visit the library’s website by clicking here to find out all about it!

…And The Winner Is…

The Georgia Children’s Book Award winner for 2009-2010 has been announced and it is a Dean Rusk favorite. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn is this year’s winner. Ms. Hahn has been a winner of the award in past years for Time for Andrew and The Doll in the Garden. Her ghost stories continue to thrill and chill Dean Rusk readers, and apparently other readers throughout the state. You can access more information about the Georgia Children’s
Book Awards and see a list of next year’s nominees at their website by clicking on this link
. Congratulations, Ms. Hahn!

2010-2011 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees Announced

The word is out! The Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for 2010-2011 have been announced. These books will be the topic of next year’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition.

Interested in joining the Dean Rusk Reading Bowl team? See Mrs. Fleet, Mrs. Preston, or Mrs. Conway. We meet every weekto pra tice for the competition and enjoy fun and snacks. If you are an avid reader, we need you!

This year’s winner will be announced at the Georgia Children’s Literature Conference March 19-20. Here’s a list of next year’s nominees; titles in bold are already available in the media center, and we are currently ordering multiple copies of all titles:

  • Hummingbird by Kimberly Green Angle
  • The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
  • The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  • Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
  • A Tugging String by David Greenberg
  • Chase by Jessie Haas
  • All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Haan
  • Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
  • Seekers: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter
  • We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings
  • House of Dance by Beth Kephart
  • The Last Girls of Pompeii by Kathryn lasky
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • Storyteller by Edward Myers
  • Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
  • Bringing the Boy Home by N.A. Nelson
  • Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
  • Dragon’s Egg by Sarah L. Thomson

…And So It Begins

The Book Rap club met for the first time this year today and WOW! It was exciting! The Book Rap club includes our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition team members. These team members will attempt to read all twenty of the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominees and compete against other teams in our school system, then in our district, and then in the state. Last year, we won in the system competition and went on to the district competition. This year, maybe we’ll take the state! It is NOT too late to join the team, so please join us next Tuesday in the media center at 3:45 if you are interested! Good luck Book Rappers!

Georgia Childrens Book Award Nominees via PictureTrail

This post is about TWO wonderful things, thing one and thing two as Dr. Seuss would say.
Thing one: For you Web 2.0 buffs, PictureTrail now posts beautifully and immediately to WordPress without having to use an intermediary like Odeo or Vod:Pod, so you can share your slide show quickly and easily! Yea! If you don’t know how to use PictureTrail–ask me!

Thing two: Check out the great slide show I made on PictureTrail! It’s about this year’s Georgia Childrens Book Award nominees. All the books are available in the Dean Rusk media center. Please come by to check them out. I’ve read almost half of them so far, and they’re great! My favorite so far: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.