Join the Beaufort County Library system in celebrating children's books and the children who love them.
The sixth Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards is a national program that allows children and teens to select the winning titles. According to the Children's Book Council, more than 300,000 votes have been cast. The 94th annual Children's Book Week will be May 13-19, and the kick-off event is the Children's Book Awards gala featuring the announcement of the winning titles, authors and illustrators.
If you're looking for a new story to share with your child, then please try one of Children's Book Award nominees listed. You might also discover other great books by visiting www.bookweekonline.com to see the full list of nominees.
"The Duckling Gets a Cookie?," by Mo Willems
The star of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" can't believe that cute little duckling gets a cookie just by showing good manners. As in the other Pigeon books, most of the story is conveyed through the drawings rather than the text. Young readers and listeners are sure to giggle as they enjoy Pigeon's trademark tricks and desperate attempts to get what he wants.
"Bad Kitty for President," by Nick Bruel
Fans of the "Bad Kitty" picture books might be encouraged to try chapter books with even more Bad Kitty trouble. This title features Bad Kitty's humorous adventure to become president of the neighborhood cat group (the Cat Coalition, of course) and also sneaks in a useful lesson about elections.
"Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess," by Rachel Renee Russell
Tweens will enjoy the fourth book in the best-selling "Dork Diaries" series, as most 9 to 12 year olds can relate to the funny-when-they're-happening-to-someone-else mishaps and drama of Nikki Maxwell and her friends.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," by Jeff Kinney
Kinney is a nominee for the Author of the Year award, and "Wimpy Kid" books are the books my young library customers ask for even before the release date. Even the students who say they hate to read have enjoyed this series. The eagerly anticipated seventh book shows Greg growing up a little more, faced with the angst of a middle school dance. Fans of the earlier books' humor won't be disappointed.
"The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green
A Teen Book Choice nominee, this sensitive book is a love story and a book about the big issues of life (and death) rolled into one. The story chronicles the relationship of two teen cancer survivors who meet at a support group and the teens' journey to meet a favorite author. This book has topped several best-seller lists and seems to be as popular with adults as well as teens. Have a box of Kleenex handy while you're reading.
We hope you'll try some of these titles, but remember that the library staff is always happy to help you find your next book.
During Children's Book Week, the Bluffton library will have a display of this year's Children's Book Award nominees and ballots, so our library visitors will be able to cast their votes. The Hilton Head Island branch invites young readers to create paper hearts featuring favorite book titles for a special display.
Visit your local library, and you're sure to find a variety of events designed to help children (and their parents) love sharing books throughout the year. You can also find out about events through the library's website, www.beaufortcountylibrary.org, or by checking your library's Facebook page
Melinda Vest is children's manager at the Bluffton library.