Strong at the Heart received three honors this spring. Now they are all up with links.
Every year the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College selects a short list of recommended books for teens. Strong is one of the books honored this year. The committee was founded over ninety years ago to help parents, librarians and teachers select good books for young readers.
Strong at the Heart was also chosen for the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age. This is an annual listing of recommended books that you can download as a pdf. It’s also a published in hard copy and available at New York public libraries.
I already posted about the Skipping Stone Honor Book award, but now you can see the official announcement at their website.
Here’s their description of the award: “Twenty-five honored books… encourage understanding of world’s diverse cultures, nature and ecological richness. They promote cooperation, nonviolence, respect for differing viewpoints, and close relationships in human societies. Together, the honored titles offer a great variety of learning experiences for all ages.” Good company to be in!
If your interest is in children’s and young adult books, you really should know about Cynthia Leitich Smith’s site. I’ve followed it for years and it rocks. She has great annotated lists of recommended books, information for writers, and thoughtful articles on aspects of children’s and young adult literature.
Her blog is a lively place with author interviews and other news. On her May 9th entry she linked to this site. Thanks, Cynthia!