ALA 2015 Newbery, Caldecott and Other Awards

Caldecott and Newbery Medal and Honor,  and other Youth Media Awards for outstanding books of 2014 were announced by ALSC, the children’s division of The American Library Association. Here are some of the awards:

Newbery Medal: “The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander, is a novel-in-poetry about 14-year-old twin basketball phenoms. Jealousy, forgiveness, love and death are explored with delicacy and power.


Honors: Also in poetry, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” by Jacqueline Woodson shares how growing up black in 1960s and 1970s in the North and in the South lead her to writing. It’s magnificent.

“El Deafo,” is a graphic novel biography, written and illustrated by Cece Bell. Cece loses her hearing and adventures forth into grade school with a hearing aid that’s ungainly and difficult to control. When she can even hear teachers in their lounge, she declares it her “superpower.” Funny and touching in equal measure.

Caldecott Medal: “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” written and illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner. Imaginary characters can exist in the real world only if a child imagines them. But Beeker sets off on his own to find a child.


Honors: There are six, all wonderful in their own colorful or whimsical way:

“Nana in the City,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo. “The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art,” illustrated by Mary GrandPré. “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” illustrated by Jon Klassen. “Viva Frida,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet. “This One Summer,” illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.


Coretta Scott King Awards recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators.  Further, the Awards encourage the artistic expression of the black experience…in biographical, social, and historical treatments.

For Author: “Brown Girl Dreaming” (See description earlier.)

For Illustrator: “Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance like the Firebird” illustrated by Christopher Myers.

Pura Belpré Awards honor  Latino writerss and illustrator for children’s books that best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:



Illustrator: “Viva Frida,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Author: “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosín

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader books went to “You Are (Not) Small” by Anna Kan.

Honors: “Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Pageby Cynthia Rylant; and “Waiting Is Not Easy!” by Mo Willems

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” written by Jen Bryant.

Schneider Family Book Award goes to outstanding books that depict a disability.

“A Boy and a Jaguar” written by Alan Rabinowitz wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. “Rain Rein” written by Ann M. Martin is the winner for the middle-school (ages 11-13).
For additional honor books and categories, please see:


Tina Zubak, Librarian a.k.a. Glorious Read

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Alternative Souper Bowl!

lego club

Make Lego Club and Sensory Storytime a part of your afternoon during WYEP’s Alternative Souper Bowl at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 1, 2015!

Join the fun as the library kicks off a free celebratory afternoon of live music at the Carnegie Library in Oakland! Guests are asked to bring non-perishable donation items (listed here) to help stock HEARTH’s food pantries and transitional housing units offered to women in need and their children.

Visit the Children’s Department for Sensory Discoveries, a storytime for children with special needs, their friends and families at 2 PM. Lego Club follows at 3 PM with all kinds of creative building fun. What could be better than storytime, legos, and music on a Sunday afternoon at the library?

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Steel City Codefest

Let your children take part in Steel City Codefest by exploring technology initiatives being utilized in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Services.

Even the youngest children can get started with the elements of basic coding using Beebots, Probots and intuitive iPad apps!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Children’s Department – Main

All families are invited to visit the Children’s Department at the Main Library to see what can be created!

For more information contact us at 412.622.3122 or

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Counting, It’s for the Birds

You may be counting down the days left in 2014, but did you know the sky is the limit when it comes to counting birds, especially this time of year?  For 115 years now, the Audubon Society has been conducting the Christmas Bird Count Report. In fact, it is the world’s longest-standing citizen science project….which means, YOU can help to count birds, too! And we have the resources to help you:

young birders guide           backyard birds of winter           first field guide

The Christmas Bird Count lasts from December 14, 2014 – January 5, 2015

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Sensory-Friendly Storytimes


Join us Sundays at 2:00pm for  Sensory Discoveries, a sensory-friendly storytime! On November 9th, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and offered a sensory-friendly program on the classic holiday story, The Nutcracker.

Did you know that the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be presenting a sensory-friendly production of the Nutcracker at the Benedum Theater on December 23rd? To learn more about these special performances, click here.

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Storytelling and Signing


The Art of Storytelling for Educators meets the 3rd Sunday (except for December) of each month from October to May.  This month (November 16th) we’ll explore how American Sign Language can be included in stories, songs, rhymes and more.  The program starts at 3:30pm, no need to pre-register, just show up.  I promise you’ll learn at least one song that you can use the next day!

You may want to explore Sign Language even further.  Here are some sources to try.

Sign language for kids : a fun & easy guide to American sign language by Lora Heller

Sign language : my first 100 words illustrated by Michiyo Nelson

Signing fun : American Sign Language vocabulary, phrases, games & activities by Penny Warner

Signing time! Series two, volume 8, My house

Signing time! Series two, volume 1, Nice to meet you

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Gregory Maguire is Coming!

Sunday, November 9, at 2:30 PM, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will bring Gregory Maguire to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main Lecture Hall.  Gregory will be talking about his latest book, Egg and Spoon , a new twist on Russian fairy tales. Following the program, meet Gregory in the Children’s Department and get your book signed.

 Egg & Spoon

You’ll find Wicked and Gregory’s other adult books in other Main Library departments, but if you want to read one of his children’s books, come to the Children’s Department to find:

The Good Liar

Leaping Beauty: and other animal fairy tales

Seven Spiders Spinning

Six Haunted Hairdos

Five Alien Elves

Four Stupid Cupids

Three Rotten Eggs

and A Couple of April Fools

Origins of Story: On Writing for Children (contributor)

Tickets for the lecture are available through Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.




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The pumpkins were great!

Did you see these pumpkins?!?  Our Bring-Your-Own-Decorated-Pumpkin contest generated some very creative and clever entries.  Of course, everyone won a prize!

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There will be more fall and family-friendly Halloween stories and songs during Storytelling Around The World on Saturday, November 1st at 2:30pm in the Children’s Dept.–just in case you haven’t had enough!

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Don your costume and come to our Halloween Party!

Tuesday, October 28th is the date for our annual Halloween Costume Party and Bring-Your-Own-Decorated-Pumpkin contest!  The program will begin at 7:00 pm with stories told by the Brilliant Bookworms, a youth storytelling group from Winchester Thurston School.  This is a bonus for everyone!

After the stories, we’ll parade through the library and go “trick-or-treating” for trinkets and goodies.

We’ll end up back in the Children’s Dept. to see the pumpkins and the ribbons they won!  It will be a great night!

For more info and to pre-register, please click here

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Sign Time: Baby Talk will start at 11:00 AM on Mondays

Baby Talk is changing its start time to 11:00 AM starting Monday, October 6.  It had previously been at 11:45 AM; we hope this helps for those who wish to attend.

This program introduces simple signs, from American Sign Language, that help children and their caregivers communicate with one another.  Most young children can understand what you are saying to them, however, getting the child to respond in a fashion that’s understood can sometimes be challenging.  Sign language can help this process and be powerful for the child.

For more info, click here.

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