"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Monday, February 6, 2023

TTT: Debut Books I'm Interested In


Top Ten Tuesday:
Debut books I am interested in reading...or at least I think I am

True confession: I rarely pay attention to debuts...authors or books. So, I need your help. I am going to visit your TTT posts and will add books to my list that sound good from your lists. I will give you credit. If you beat me before I get to you, please leave your URL in the comments so I can easily find your post. Thanks ahead of time for your help.

I did find two debut books which I think sound good. All others were recommended by you! Watch this space. 

Please Report Your Bug Here by Josh Riedel, a first-time novelist. January 2023.

What Happened to Ruthy Ramierez by Claire Jimenez, debut novel. March 2023.

OK. Now it is your turn. Please help me out. Leave your URL in my comments so I can find some good debut books I should look for in 2023. Thanks.

-Anne

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Sunday Salon -- Feb. 2023

View of Mt. Rainier from the parking lot of my doctor's office taken this past week. Imagine how lucky I feel living in the shadow of this beauty!


Weather: light rain and overcast. No chance of us seeing the comet with these clouded skies.

Readathon: A week ago I found myself once again with a whole bunch of books which arrived at the same time from my holds at the library so I decided to conduct a personal readathon -- my goal was to read books and write blog reviews for 24-hours over the course of four days. I finished last Sunday and managed to almost make my goal by managing to scrunch in 23 1/2 hours reading/blogging in the time period. Since then I had kept up the pace of reading and writing reviews, finishing many of the books started during the readathon. Here is what I read/am reading now:

  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo (audio) -- I finished listening to the book before the readathon but wrote the blog review during it.
  • The Dictionary of Lost Words (audio) -- recently finished
  • The Opposite of Loneliness (print) -- finished
  • Also a Poet (print) -- a memoir -- recently finished
  • 10 Little Tractors (print) --- finished and then reread several times with my grandson. Yes it is a board book.
  • When My Brother was an Aztec (print, poetry) ---finished, only reviewed of Goodreads.
  • The Road (audio) --- recently finished, no review written yet.
  • I Hope This Finds You Well (audio, poetry) ---finished
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (e-book) -- a late addition to the project and recently finished (not reviewed yet.)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (print and audio) -- currently reading, progress is slow! 33% complete.
  • The Book of Delights (print) -- currently reading. 10% complete.
  • Citizen Vince (print) -- currently reading. 5% complete.
  • The Marriage Portrait (audio) --- I haven't started yet.

Puzzles: I find that I can listen to audiobooks AND work puzzles at the same time so I have completed a lot of them these past few weeks. Here is my favorite:

A fun combination of easy and difficult.

Pussy willows: When I was young my mother would always* gather up a bunch of pussy willow stalks into a vase and place it on the mantle in February. (*I say always, but I bet she did it for two or three years and so I thought of it as always.) I loved them as a child and I still love them as an adult and will buy the stalks if I ever see them at the market, which is what I did this week.

Pussy willows in our art niche.

Last Sunday: Don and I drove up to Settle right after church last Sunday in time for the Broadway musical: Ain't Too Proud: the Life and Times of The Temptations. What a fun show. So much music!!!!


The dog: I took this cute photo of Bingley the other day. My husband asked me why. Because he is darling, of course.

Happy Sunday, happy week!

 

-Anne

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Review: ALSO A POET: FRANK O'HARA, MY FATHER, AND ME


"A staggering memoir from New York Times bestselling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet, Frank O'Hara."

Ada Calhoun grew up in New York City the only child to two bohemian parents who were very much part of the arts scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Her father, Peter Schjedahl, moved to New York after taking a poetry seminar taught by Kenneth Koch of the New School but soon his writing evolved and he became much better known as an art critic. One day in 2018 Ada Calhoun visited her parent's home looking for a particular item to give her goddaughter. After finding what she sought, Ms. Calhoun also found a cache of old tapes containing interviews her father had done in the 1970s with friends and associates of Frank O'Hara, a flamboyant poet who died tragically after an accident in 1966. Schjedahl had been tapped as the official biographer for O'Hara after his death and had received an advance from the publishing agency, but Maureen, O'Hara's younger sister and the executor of his estate, refused to give over the poet's papers and letters. It essentially squashed the biography. Calhoun asked if she could take a stab at completing the project since she too loved Frank O'Hara's poems and felt sure that she could succeed where her father failed. Her father gave his blessing, but Maureen, now in her 80s, still would not sign off on the project. Calhoun had run into the same wall her father smashed into forty years earlier. Maureen, it seemed, didn't want a biography of her brother written which included what she thought of as gossipy or just hearsay. She wanted her brother's work to stand for itself or to have some scholarly work done by some poetry expert -- some scholarly exegesis* of his poems -- not some interesting biography of a larger-than-life poet and his gay exploits around the city. (*Calhoun used the word 'exegesis' several times and I didn't know what it meant, so I had to look it up. It is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, often associated with studying the scriptures. It makes sense to use it when evaluating poems, since often they have hidden meanings or meanings open for interpretation.)

After being shut down by Maureen, Calhoun casts about trying to get a fix on her project. Should she just stop? Should she move forward just using the information from the tapes without a formal blessing from O'Hara's estate? For a while, she felt so scolded, she considered discontinuing writing altogether. She spoke to a person she knew who also knew Maureen, Vincent Katz. He suggested that Ada ask herself what was her ideal readership or viewership for this particular thing? "I'm thinking maybe you want to make it more about yourself", he said. "It's a great project. You can make use of the tapes and a conversation with your dad, too" (143). Ultimately that is exactly what Calhoun did, but not before experiencing a few more bumps and potholes in the roads ahead.

First, her father, who had always been a two or three pack a day smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer and given a very short time line before the disease would kill him. At one point the daughter/father team went out to lunch and Calhoun muses about the experience.

Life was precarious. Death felt close. And yet, here we were, eating good food together. We were talking easily, and it was nice. I looked at my father with affection. I thought of the O'Hara line about being out on a limb that happens to be God's arm. It is the most profound pun I ever heard (170).

It was usual for this duo to be together without tension. Schjedahl hadn't been the most attentive father and often put his writing ahead of his family. Where he would praise others, he rarely did his daughter or wife. In fact, Calhoun, who changed her name in college so as not to be compared to her father, often felt like she spent her whole life trying to get his attention.

Secondly, just a few weeks after the cancer diagnosis, Calhoun's parent's apartment went up in fire. It was almost a total loss. Now there was no question who would be the executor of Schjedahl's papers at his death: Calhoun, her mother, or Peter's best friend. Nothing was left. 

Then COVID hit and the whole world was thrown into chaos.

Fortunately, the immunotherapy treatments shrunk the lung tumors and gave Peter Schjedahl several years instead of several months of life. He lived long enough to read a copy of his daughter's book, Also a Poet. After reading the book he wrote his daughter an email in which he said: "I had a passing and a returning thought that it's the best book I've ever read" (257). Later when Calhoun admitted she was afraid of what he'd think of that she'd written, he told her: "I hope I never confuse truth with a back rub." She went on to say that she thinks the book wound up, in a strange way for both her and her father, being both (259).

When I first began reading Also a Poet, I wasn't sure if I'd finish it. The first part of the book seemed like a lot of name-dropping. The New York School was full of poets and artists who were very creative but little known outside their own circle. I hadn't heard of the New York School before nor had I heard of the names of the poets or artists therein, so I did spend a few minutes reading about it/them on Wikipedia. This book project started out to be a biography of a poet and art curator, Frank O'Hara, but although he was always around the edges of the story even examples of his poetry weren't included in the text. As I read on, however, I found myself really interested in Ada Calhoun's relationship with her father and how it would be resolved before his death.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy memoirs, live in New York City, or just enjoy good writing. I don't, however, want to get anyone's hopes up of having a book which explains and highlights of a lot of poetry. This is not that book.


-Anne

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Review and Friday quotes: THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS


Title:
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Book Beginning quote:

May 1887. SCRIPTORIUM. It sounds as if it might have been a grand building, where the lightest footstep would echo between marble floor and gilded dome. But it was just a shed, in the back of a house in Oxford. Instead of storing shovels and rakes, the shed stored words.

Friday56 quote, from page 22, last page of preview: 

“[Esme] 'And then I was born and then she [her mother Lily] died.'

[Edith 'Ditte' Thompson, her godmother] 'Yes.'

'But when we talk about her, she comes to life.'

'Never forget that Esme. Words are our tools of resurrection.”

 Summary:

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

Over time, Esme realizes that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.
Review: Years ago I read Simon Winchester's book: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of  Oxford English Dictionary and was blown away that there was no definitive dictionary for the English language until the mid-1800s. The process took years and years because each word had to come from some literary source and the spelling had to be agreed upon, etc. The project that Esme's father and other lexicographers embarked on in the late 1800s all the way up until 1928 was extension of that project. Dr. Murray and other scholars set out to make an exhaustive dictionary in volumes available for subscriptions, called fascicles. Ten volumes were published between 1884 and 1928. The Oxford English dictionary was reworked and republished in the late 1980s in a 20 volume set. Esme is a fictitious character but the story of her work on the dictionary is based on facts, though few women worked on the project, a few did. When the author, Pip Williams, started digging around she learned how few of the words in the dictionary were what one would think of women's words. Men had the power and they chose the words which mainly came from written sources dominated by men. With this in mind Williams set out to correct the record by having Esme collect words for her own dictionary of lost words.

It is a tremendous story and one that I suspect I will mull over in my mind for years to come. Just like Esme who ruminates on the topic here --

“...I realized that the words most often used to define us were words that described our function in relation to others. Even the most benign words- maiden, wife, mother - told the world whether we were virgins or not. What was the male equivalent of maiden? I could not think of it. What was the male equivalent of Mrs., of whore, of common scold?... Which words would define me? Which would be used to judge or contain?”

Happily, the Oxford English Dictionary is once again being updated to correct some of the problems with half of the population being left out of the process of word definition in the first place. I suspect it will also be updated for more creeds, races, and religions as well. It is a living document.

I highly recommend the book. It is so thought-worthy. I know we will have an interesting discussion in book club during an upcoming meeting.

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Visit these two websites to participate. Click on links to read quotes from books other people are reading. It is a great way to make blog friends and to get suggestions for new reading material.  

 

-Anne

Monday, January 30, 2023

TTT: Youth Media Awards books I've read and want to read


Top Ten Tuesday: 2023 Youth Media Awards were announced today. Here is a list of the books I've read from the lists and those that I'd like to read.

Here is the full list of winners and honor books.

 

Books I've read from the YMA lists:


Books I would like to read from the lists:

  • Freewater  written by Amina Luqman-Dawson (Newbery Medal winner)
  • Hot Dog illustrated and written by Doug Salati   (Caldecott Medal winner)
  • Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Janelle Washington, written by Angela Joy (Caldecott honor book; Steptoe Illustrator winner; Sibert honor) 
  • Knight Owl illustrated and written by Christopher Denise (Caldecott honor)
  • When the Angels Left the Old Country written by Sacha Lamb (Printz honor, Stonewall Award winner; Sydney Taylor Book Award winner) 
  • American Murderer: The Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow (YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)
  • The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School written by Sonora Reyes (Morris Honor, Stonewall honor)

-Anne 

2023 Youth Media Awards


 

 

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: 

 Winner: Freewater  written by Amina Luqman-Dawson 
 
 Honor Books: 1. Iveliz Explains It All written by Andrea Beatriz Arango; 2. The Last Mapmaker written by Christina Soontornvat; and 3. Maizy Chen’s Last Chance written by Lisa Yee.
 
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: 
 
Winner: Hot Dog illustrated and written by Doug Salati     
 
Honor Books: 1. Ain’t Burned All the Bright illustrated by Jason Griffin, written by Jason Reynolds; 2. Berry Song illustrated and written by Michaela Goade;  3.  Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Janelle Washington, written by Angela Joy;  Knight Owl illustrated and written by Christopher Denise
 
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
 
    Printz Winner: All My Rage written by Sabaa Tahir
 
    Printz Honor Books: 1. Scout’s Honor written by Lily Anderson
     2. Icebreaker written by A.L.Graziadei 
     3. When the Angels Left the Old Country written by Sacha Lamb  
    4. Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer
 
 
Coretta Scott King (Author and Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.     
 
King Author Winner: Freewater written by Amina Luqman-Dawson 
 
King Author Honor Books: 1. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler written by Ibi Zoboi;  2. The Talk written by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu;  3. Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile  
 
King Illustrator Winner: Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford  
 
King Illustrator Honor Books: 1. Me and the Boss: A Story about Mending and Love illustrated by April Harrison, written by Michelle Edwards;  2. Swim Team illustrated and written by Johnnie Christmas3. Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author/Illustrator Awards:
 
 Winner Steptoe Author: We Deserve Monuments written by Jas Hammonds
 
 Winner Steptoe Illustrator: Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Janelle Washington
 
 
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: 
 
    Schneider Winner for Young children (ages 0 to 8): How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion written by Shannon Stocker, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth; Honor book:  In the Blue written and illustrated by Erin Hourigan 
  
    Schneider Winner for Middle grade children (ages 9-13): Wildoak written by C.C. Harrington 
Honor books:  1. Hummingbird written by Natalie Lloyd; 2. Honestly Elliott written by Gillian McDunn
 
    Schneider winner for young adults: The Words We Keep written by Erin Stewart. Honor book: Breathe and Count Back from Ten written by Natalia Sylvester
 
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
  • A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin
  • Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang
  • Chef’s Kiss written by Jarrett Melendez, illustrated by Danica Brine
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  • Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
  • The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere written and illustrated by James Spooner 
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  • True Biz by Sara Nović
  • Wash Day Diaries written by Jamila Rowser, illustrated by Robyn Smith 
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: 
 
The 2023 winner is Jason Reynolds, whose books include: “Long Way Down,” “Ghost,” “All American Boys” and “When I Was the Greatest,” among other titles.
 
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: 
 
Batchelder winner: Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II was published in Italian as “Una bambina e basta. Raccontata agli altri bambini e basta written by Lia Levi, illustrated by Jess Mason, translated by Sylvia Notini. Honor books: 1. Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War written by Mónica Montañés, illustrated by Eva Sánchez Gómez and translated by Lawrence Schimel; 2. Dragonfly Eyes written by Cao Wenxuan and translated by Helen Wang; 3. João by a
Thread written and illustrated by Roger Mello and translated by Daniel Hahn.
 
Odyssey Award for the best audiobooks produced for children and young adults, available in English in the United States:
 
Odyssey award for children winner: Stuntboy, in the Meantime written by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard, Nile Bullock and Angel Pean with a full cast. 
 
Odyssey award winner for young adults: The Honeys written by Ryan La Sala and narrated by Pete Cross.
  
Odyssey Honor Audiobooks: 1. The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold and narrated by Mac
Barnett; 2. Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel written by Leigh Bardugo, adaptation by
Garet Scott and narrated by Ben Barnes and a full cast; 3. Inheritance: A Visual Poem written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo; and 4. The First Helping (Lunch Lady Books 1 & 2) written Jarrett J. Krosoczka and narrated by Kate Flannery, the authorand a full cast.
 
Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latinx writers and illustrators whose children's and young adult books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: 
 
Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Award winner: Where Wonder Grows illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia written by Xelena González. 
 
Belpré Youth Illustration Honor Books: 1. The Coquíes Still Sing illustrated by Krystal
Quiles, written by Karina Nicole González; 2. A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh; 3.Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land illustrated and written by Mirelle Ortega; 4. Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez illustrated by Loris Lora, written by Anika Aldamuy Denise; 5. Srta. Quinces illustrated and written by Kat Fajardo; 6. Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando illustrated by Magdalena Mora, written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, translated by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.
 
Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner: Frizzy written by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra.
 
Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books:  1. The Coquíes Still Sing written by Karina
Nicole González, illustrated by Krystal Quiles; 2. The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border written by Stephen Briseño, illustrated by Magdalena Mora; 3. Tumble written by Celia C. Pérez.
 
Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner: Burn Down, Rise Up written by Vincent Tirado.
  
Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Book: 1. Breathe and Count Back from Ten written by Natalia Sylvester; 2. High Spirits written by Camille Gomera-Tavarez; 3. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School written by Sonora Reyes.
 
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
  
Sibert Award winner: Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration written by Elizabeth Partridge and illustrated by Lauren Tamaki.
  
Sibert Honor Books: 1. Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till
Sparked the Civil Rights Movement written by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington; 2. A Seed Grows written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis; 3. Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; 4. The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs written by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Gal. 
 
Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
  
Stonewall Book Award winner for children's literature: Love, Violet written by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua.
 
Stonewall Honor Books for children’s literature: 1. In the Key of Us written by Mariama J.Lockington; 2. Kapaemahu written by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, illustrated by Daniel Sousa; 3. The Real Riley Mayes written and illustrated by Rachel Elliott; 4. Strong written by Rob Kearney & Eric Rosswood, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani.  
 
Stonewall Book Award winner for young adults: When the Angels Left the Old Country written by Sacha Lamb.
  
Honor Books for Young Adult Literature: 1. I Kissed Shara Wheeler written by Casey McQuiston; 2. Kings of B’more written by R. Eric Thomas; 3. Man o’ War written by Cory McCarthy; 4. The Summer of Bitter and Sweet written by Jen Ferguson (Métis/white)
 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: 
 
Geisel Award winner: I Did It! written and illustrated by Michael Emberley.
 
Geisel Honor Books: 1. Fish and Wave written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier; 2.
Gigi and Ojiji written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai; 3. Owl and Penguin written and illustrated by Vikram Madan; 4. A Seed Grows written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
  
Morris Award winner: The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen written by Isaac Blum.
 
Morris finalists: 1. The Summer of Bitter and Sweet written by Jen Ferguson (Métis/white); 2. Wake the Bones written by Elizabeth Kilcoyne; 3. The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School written by Sonora
Reyes; 4. Hell Followed with Us written by Andrew Joseph White.
 
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 
 
Excellence award winner: Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile.
  
Finalists for the award: 1. Abuela, Don't Forget Me by Rex Ogle; 2. American Murderer: The
Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow; 3. A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley; 4. Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. The award offers three youth categories including Picture Book, Children’s Literature and Youth Literature. 
 
The Picture Book winner is: From the Tops of the Trees written by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by
Rachel Wada. 
 
Picture Book honor title: Nana, Nenek & Nina written and illustrated by Liza Ferneyhough..
 
The Children’s Literature winner is: Maizy Chen's Last Chance written by Lisa Yee.
 
Children’s Literature honor title: Troublemaker written by John Cho, with Sarah Suk
 
The Youth Literature winner is: Himawari House written and illustrated by Harmony Becker.
 
The Youth Literature honor title: The Silence that Binds Us written by Joanna Ho. 
 
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. 
 
This year’s Gold Medalists include: 
  • Picture Book winner: The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Galand. 
  • Middle Grade winner: Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe. 
  • Young Adult winner: When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb. 
Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalists include:
  • Picture Book honors: 1. Big Dreams, Small Fish; 2. The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda by Shoshana Nambi, illustrated by Moran Yogev; 3. Sitting Shiva by Erin Silver, illustrated by Michelle Theodore. 
  • Middle Grade honors: 1. Honey and Me by Meira Drazin; 2. Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack; 3. Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass.   
  • Young Adult honors: 1. My Fine Fellow: A Delicious Entanglement by Jennieke Cohen; 2. Some Kind of Hate by Sarah Darer Littman; 3. Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds.
Books from this lists that I read and recommend:
Long gone are the days when I would attempt to read as many of these titles, especially the YA ones, but I shall mine this list of award winners for future reading options.

-Anne