2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Dana

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveEarly every year, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year.

One of the most celebrated titles this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  It won the Odyssey Award, the Morris Award, and was an honor book for the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire
Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea” by Melissa Fleming
Roughneck” by Jeff Lemire
She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper
Things We Have in Common” by Tasha Kavanagh
An Unkindness of Magicians” by Kat Howard

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The Library Just Got a Little More Graphic

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Dana

I love comic books and graphic novels.  So, I’m super excited that Hoopla has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to add more than 250 Marvel comic books and graphic novels to its catalog!  Now with your library card, you can download titles from series like “The Infinity Gauntlet” or “Black Panther” directly to your mobile device.  You can get ready for the upcoming movies in mere moments!

If comics aren’t your thing or you prefer the feel of a physical book in your hands, the library also has you covered. Here are a few of my recent favorite graphic novels:

Friends With Boys” by Faith Hicks
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” by Jomny Sun
Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too.

Poe: Stories and Poems” by Gareth Hinds
A beautifully dark volume of graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.”

2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Dana

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” booklist. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 8-14. Altogether, over 28,000 ballots were cast for the 26 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2017 to be included in the pool of the 2018 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2017. Continue reading “2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Dana

Thank you for  another great summer of programs and reading here at DBRL! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted all summer long and compiled the results into a list of some of the most popular titles and series:

2017-18 Gateway Award Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Dana

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2018.

Ruthless” by Carolyn Lee Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become the serial-killer’s next trophy. She escapes, but her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.

Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction, if they don’t kill each other first.

Emmy & Oliver” by Robin Benway
She’s lived a sheltered life, but when 17-year-old Emma’s childhood best friend reappears, after 10 years missing, Emmy’s hopes return. Continue reading “2017-18 Gateway Award Finalists”

2017-18 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 by Dana

The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2018, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.

Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood—those with common, red blood serve the silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king betroths her to one of his sons as a lost Silver princess. But Mare uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard.

The Fixer” by Jennifer Barnes
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, is whisked away by a sister she barely knows to Washington, D.C. and thrown into a world of power, wealth, love triangles and family secrets. Continue reading “2017-18 Truman Award Finalists”

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 by Dana

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide.

Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles. YALSA also provides a downloadable booklist for easy printing and sharing.

Nightstruck” by Jenna Black
Becket, an ambitious but ordinary teenager, was walking her dog one night when she heard a baby cry.  Going to help, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, you better be inside or you’ll face the changes in the night.  Innocent everyday items and buildings grow fangs, tails and eyes. People become the Nightstruck. Continue reading “2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”

Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Brandy

SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free downloadable audiobooks to teens during the summer months.  Through this program, you can download two free titles each Thursday from April 27 through August 16.

This summer’s lineup includes “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson” and “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. The list of free downloads also includes books by Nikki Grimes, Terry Pratchett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Franz Kafka and many more! Continue reading “Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC”

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Brandy

Every January the American Library Association (ALA) hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year.

The most recognized book this year was the most recent installment of the graphic novel series, “March.” This three-book series is a collaboration between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and artists Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It won a total of four awards from the ALA, the first time a title has won that many awards in a single year.

For more great book recommendations, check out these other riveting reads for children and teens. Continue reading “2017 ALA Youth Media Awards”

2016 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Brandy

2016 Gateway Truman WinnersThe winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! The recipients for these book awards are chosen each year by Missouri high school and junior high students, respectively. This year, over 8,000 votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.

Gateway Reader Award Winners

Truman Reader Award Winners