Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stonewall Book Awards


The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since Isabel Miller’s Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the transgender/ bisexual/ gay/ lesbian/experience.

This year I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson was named a Stonewall Honor Books for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

We Were Liars Fan Made Video


Say What You Will Trailer


Brown Girl Dreaming Receives More Awards

SibertThe Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, is the Sibert Award winner.

Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson was named one of five 2015 Honor Books.

Previous awards and accolades for Brown Girl Dreaming include the following:

  • Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • School Library Journal, starred review
  • Kirkus, starred review
  • Booklist, starred review
  • The Horn Book, starred review
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
  • Library Media Connection, starred review
  • 2014 National Book Award Winner, Young People’s Literature
  • John Newbery 2015 Honor Book
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens (2015)
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award for 2015
  • The Claudia Lewis Award (The Claudia Lewis Award honors the late Claudia Lewis, distinguished children’s book expert and longtime member of the Bank Street College faculty and Children’s Book Committee. The award is given for the best poetry book of the year.)

Message from Elizabeth Wein author of Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire 1I am delighted and honoured to have Rose Under Fire nominated for the Chignecto-Central Teen Reader’s Choice Award! It is deeply moving to know that through Rose I have helped a little to “Tell the world” about the women who lived and died at Ravensbrueck, and to share their story of despair and hope with a new generation. Thank you for going along with Rose on this harrowing reading journey.

All the best, and thanks again!


Message from Ruta Sepetys author of Out of the Easy

RutyaI’m so thrilled that Out of the Easy has been nominated for the Chignecto-Central Regional Teen Reader’s Choice Award! Out of the Easy is a story of decisions, dreams, and the power of books. Through reading, Josie Moraine’s world becomes less lonely. She finds characters who inspire her to overcome hardship and become the author of her own destiny.

Reading is a creative partnership. The author provides the text but you, the reader, bring the story to life. Thank you for reading Out of the Easy and giving Josie, Cokie, Willie and all of the characters something so important — a voice.



The Nazi Hunters Book Talk

I’ll Give You The Sun Trailer

Jandy Nelson’s book I’ll Give You The Sun inspired Madeline Rostmeyer to create her own imaginative book trailer.

The Young Elites Book Trailer

Author Ruta Sepetys talks about her new book Out of the Easy