Announcing the ALA Youth Award Winners

Something tells me everyone’s reading list just got a little longer today. With so many amazing children’s and teen titles honored at today’s American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards, we know ours did.

This morning, in Denver, ALA announced the top books for children and young adults, including the prestigious Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. ICYMI, here are the winners:

 

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

Wolf in the Snow | written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

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John Newbery Medal

Hello, Universe | written by Erin Entrada Kelly and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollions

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We’re off to Denver! ALA Midwinter 2018 is here.

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We’re just a couple days away from the start of ALA Midwinter 2018 in Denver. There are so many exciting events and booths to visit, but you won’t want to miss Baker & Taylor at Booth #1238.

Author Signings

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Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10-11 a.m.
Matt Killeen, author of Orphan Monster Spy
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Sunday, Feb. 11 from 9-10 a.m.
Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary
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Sunday, Feb. 11 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long, author/illustrator of Love

And more!

Take a photo with our mascots, Baker and Taylor! Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don’t miss out… Stop by our booth to pick up your 2018 cat calendar and cat bag, too!

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See you there!

Introducing Out of the Shadows

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Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can’t eat well, you can’t sleep well, you can’t concentrate on anything for very long―in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life.

Litzsinger, the former chairman of Follett, wrote this book with the hopes to help people make that same journey out of depression’s tight grip. Learn more about Litzsinger’s book, and his own personal struggle with depression, with this interview:

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you―and your family, friends, and doctors―understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

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Out of the Shadows: Revealing the Path to Recovery
Mark Litzsinger with Sarah Hamaker
Paperback | 9780998020402 | $16.95
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Meet Our Cats of 2018!

Confession time. We’re cat people here at Baker & Taylor (OK, maybe that wasn’t a huge secret).

Every year we release our annual cat calendar featuring the faces of friendly felines from around the country. Many are even library cats! Now, we’d like to formally introduce them to you all.

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Mew | 3 years old

Unique talent: We joke that Mew is more dog than cat. While we have only had him for six months, he has learned to sit on command.

What makes your cat special? He loves to have his belly rubbed, and will flop over on his back whenever one of us is close.  He has become my constant companion, and his favorite place to sleep is at the foot of my bed.

Deanna Hart, Lantern Lane (Stokesdale, NC)

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Did You Know? We Have Webinars!

At Baker & Taylor, we’re a lot more than just a book seller. We work with librarians like you across the globe to develop their book, music and video collections, fostering a community life-long learners along the way.

We love to engage with our library partners beyond just selling books. One of the ways we do that is through this blog, another is through our webinars—ranging in topics from diversity to makerspaces to exclusive conversations with musicians, authors, filmmakers and more.

While we’re always coming up with new ideas for webinars to share with you, you can always check out our archives here. ICYMI here are some highlights:

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Mavis Staples – Listen to music legend Mavis Staples as she discusses her life as a musician and civil rights activist, as well as her new album If All I Was Was Black.

Diversity and Your Library: Meeting the Needs of Our Modern Communities – This webinar offers insight into the Kirkus Diversity lists and how diverse books benefit all libraries.

Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library – Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Listen to this webinar to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public library through large print.

Explore all of our webinars here!

Author Spotlight: Kim Purcell

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One evening, Jesse’s popular and good-looking boyfriend, Chris, disappears after a jog. Police think he has run away. Jesse worries about how Chris, one of the few black kids in the mill town, disappeared near an area where he’d been previously beaten up. Chris also vanished shortly after Jesse had said they should take a break from one another. Written in the form of a letter from Jesse to Chris, This is Not a Love Letter (Disney-Hyperion, January 2018) by Kim Purcell addresses racial tensions, class issues and how people can hide pain behind a smile. The storyline also is personal for Purcell, as she explained in our January issue of Growing Minds with this Q+A…

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