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    Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
    Picture books nominated by librarians and voted upon each year by students.

    2019 WCCPBA Winner

    AND THE 2019 WINNER IS....
    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors 

    Congratulations to Drew Daywalt, Adam Rex, and Publisher Balzer and Bray! 18,144 children voted for the winning book! Also, a heartfelt thanks to the 134,336 children in the state of Washington for participating in this year's voting.

    Facts and graphs to wow your students will be available by clicking on this link:  Final Voting Results


    Congratulations to Kelly DiPucchio and Eric Wight!  24,210 Children voted for the winning book! 
    Also, a heartfelt thanks to the 129,905 children in the state of Washington for participating in this year's voting.


    Highland Terrace students voted as their favorite Washington Childrens' Choice Picture Book as Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick!










    These are the nominees for the 2019-2020 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award.



    Click Here for Book Trailers for This Year's Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominees




    Caldecott Award Winners




    Starting in 1938, one book a year has received the Caldecott Award to recognize it as being a great picture book for children. Students in grades 2-6 are encouraged to read as many Caldecott books as they can during their time at Highland Terrace.


    2018 Caldecott Medal Winner

       The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

    2019 Medal Winner

    book cover: Hello Lighthouse

    Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

    Masterful ink and watercolor illustrations illuminate the story of a lighthouse and the family inside. Stunning images of the lighthouse in all kinds of weather alternate with views of intimate interior detail and circular motifs. Blackall’s skill with composition, line and close attention to detail have created an exquisite book. 

    “Children will delight in immersing themselves in the captivating discoveries each new look at Hello Lighthouse will bring,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Mary Fellows.




    Sasquatch and Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees


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    Sasquatch Nominees

    The Sasquatch Award Nominees are chapter books selected by the Washington Library Media Association.  The books on this list are usually easier to read than the Young Reader’s Choice Nominees.  Thousands of students throughout the state of Washington read the books and vote for their favorite.  Last year’s winner was A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen.



    2019 Sasquatch Award Winner Is A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

    The Washington Library Association's Sasquatch Book Award Committee is thrilled to announce that the young people of Washington State have elected Jennifer Nielsen as the 2019 Sasquatch Award Winner.  

     “New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her family, a dog that won’t play fetch, and a cat that hallucinates. She is the author of The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; the TRAITOR’S GAME series, RESISTANCE, A NIGHT DIVIDED and the forthcoming historical WORDS ON FIRE. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains..”


    Learn about this year's Sasquatch Award Nominees and Previous Winners of the Sasquatch Award 


    Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
    Bailey's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
    Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
    Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
    The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
    Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Real Friends by Shannon Hale 
    The Song From Somewhere Else by A. F Harrold
    The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow
    Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullan
    Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
    The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson





    Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees

    The Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees ( 4th - 6th grades) are chapter books selected by the Pacific Northwest Library Association.  It is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. There are three categories of nominees; Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.  Most of the books available to Highland Terrace students are Junior nominees. Thousands of students throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta read the YRC nominees.                                                                               


    Learn about this year's Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees


    Official 2019-2020 YRCA Nominees

    Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

    Ready, set, read! The 2020 Young Readers Choice Award Nominees are here:

    • The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
    • Refugee by Alan Gratz
    • Restart by Gordon Korman
    • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
    • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
    • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
    • The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
    • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate  

    Last year’s Junior winner was Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. 




    Newbery Award Winners
    Starting in 1922, one book a year has received the National Newbery Award to recognize it as being a great contribution to children's literature.


    2019 Medal Winner

    Book cover: Merci Suárez Changes Gears

    Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press.

    Using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her intergenerational family. This richly nuanced novel tackles the complexity of navigating a multicultural identity amidst changing family dynamics. 

    “Meg Medina’s warm and honest novel masterfully depicts one Cuban-American family’s life with authenticity and empathy,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Ellen M. Riordan. 





    Coretta Scott King Awards

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    The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.


    Coretta Scott King Book Awards

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    Author Award

    2019 Winner(s)

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    A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

    written by Claire Hartfield, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    The 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is Claire Hartfield, author of "A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919," published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919"  is a meticulously researched exposition of the socio-economic landscape and racial tensions that led to the death of a black teen who wanted to swim, and the violent clash that resulted. In twenty chapters, Hartfield’s balanced, eye-opening account contextualizes a range of social justice issues that persist to this day.

    2019 Honor(s)

    Finding Langston is Lesa Cline-Ransome’s superb first novel. The book is about eleven-year-old Langston, a young boy from Alabama who moves with his father to Chicago in 1946 after the death of his mother. The move jars Langston as he is forced to grapple with a new city, a new way of life, and a new school. Nothing is comfortable nor comforting until he walks into a library and finds solace in the words of Langston Hughes, a poet who has his name and knows young Langston’s pain. (Social Justice Books)
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    written by Varian Johnson and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Reviewed by Edith Campbell Review Source: Crazy QuiltEdi Book Author: Candace Miller, a young African American girl, and her mother move into the home that once belonged to her grandmother while their own home is being renovated. Her parents have divorce and they need to prepare the house for sale. (Social Justice Books)
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    This memorable novel about three African-American boys in small-town Indiana opens with a trade: Bobby Gene and his little brother, Caleb, swap their baby sister for a sack of fireworks. Though the child is returned immediately, the brothers (ages 11 and 10) get to keep the fireworks. But what to do with them? Enter Styx Malone, a charismatic teen (who’s “sliding through the world like the air around him was greased”), who tells the siblings, “You just gotta learn how to make people give you things.” Styx convinces them that the trio can make a profit on the fireworks and, through a creatively convoluted trade-up sequence (involving old car parts, a lawn mower, and some Harley-Davidson memorabilia), could end up owning a snazzy moped. Beneath the entertaining shenanigans runs an affecting emotional current: Styx has ricocheted from one foster home to another and aches for a loving home; narrator Caleb grapples with the fear that he is “ordinary” and feels smothered by his overprotective father. Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon (How It Went Down) crafts a novel that is genuinely funny,Illustrator Award. (Powell Books)

    2019 Winner(s)

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    The Stuff of Stars

    In an astonishing unfurling of our universe, Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer and Caldecott Honor winner Ekua Holmes celebrate the birth of every child.

    Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond — and how we are all the stuff of stars. (Amazon)

    2019 Honor(s)

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    Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!

    Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.

    They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

    In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career. (Amazon)

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    I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. 
    I couldn't go to their schools.  
    I couldn't drink from their water fountains.  
    There were so many things I couldn't do. 

    In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Frank Morrison's emotive oil-on-canvas paintings bring this historical event to life, while Monica Clark-Robinson's moving and poetic words document this remarkable time.  (Amazon)
    This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice before his assassination--when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest.

    In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city's refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.



    Non-Fiction Recommendations and Award Winners


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    The OTTER Award is designed for ALL students in grades K-5.

    We recognize that elementary children transition into chapter books at different ages and, as such, do not limit our reading or voting to a specific age or grade level.

    This Washington State Award is given yearly to a transitional chapter book starting in 2017. The award is sponsored by Washington Library Association's School Library Division and is voted upon by students in Washington State.

    2020 OTTER Nominees

    WLA's OTTER Award committee is excited to announce the 2020 OTTER Award nominees:

    • Two’s a Crowd (Pug Pals #1)  by Flora Ahn (Scholastic)
    • Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery (Scholastic)
    • Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters (The Questioneers, book #1) by Andrea Beady, illustrated by David Roberts (Amulet / Abrams)
    • Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Picture Window Books / Capstone)
    • Rabbit’s Bad Habits (Rabbit & Bear, book 1) by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field (Silver Dolphin Books / Hachette Children’s Group)
    • Mr. Wolf’s Class (Mr. Wolf’s Class #1) by Aron Nels Steinke (Graphix / Scholastic)


    2019 OTTER Award Winner

    WLA's 2019 OTTER Award goes to GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! (PRESS START! #1) by Thomas Flintham.



    The Towner Award 

    2019 Towner Award Winner

    Congratulations to the 2019 Towner Award Winner, This Book Isn't Safe by Colin Furze!

    Colin Furze, five-time Guinness World Record Holder and YouTube's undisputed king of crazy inventions, instructs fans and curious young inventors on how to build ten brand new wacky inventions at home with an affordable tool kit.

    Colin Furze's bonkers and brilliant inventions such as a homemade hoverbike, DIY Wolverine Claws, an alarm clock ejector bed, and Hoover shoes have earned him 4.5 million YouTube subscribers and more than 450 million video views. Now Colin is on a mission to inspire a new generation of budding inventors with This Book Isn't Safe!


    The Towner Educators' Choice book is The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson.

    Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

    Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

    So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

    Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

    Announcing the 2020 Towner Award Nominees!

    2020 Towner Award Press Release



    • Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow by Elizabeth Rusch (Sasquatch Books)
    • The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner (DK Children)
    • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker (Henry Holt and Co.)
    • The Hen Who Sailed Around the World: A True Story by Guirec Soudée (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    • Highest Mountain, Smallest Star: A Visual Compendium of Wonders by Kate Baker, illustrated by Page Tsou (Big Picture Press)
    • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood (HarperCollins)
    • Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai (Clarion Books)
    • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are by Julia Kregenow, illustrated by Carmen Saldaña (Sourcebooks Explore)
    • What Do They Do with All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Allison Black (Beach Lane Books)
    • What's on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart, illustrated by Christiane Engel (Sterling Children's Books) 

    Previous Winners

    2019: This Book Isn't Safe by Colin Furze

    2018: Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate

    2017: Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

    2016: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

    2015: Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

    2014: Snakes by Nic Bishop 

    Voting is for students in grade 2 through 6 in Washington State. Student votes can be submitted by school and public librarians only. In addition, we will recognize an Educators' Choice. This is your chance to share with other educators which book you found most useful in the classroom.





    Sibert Award Non-Fiction Books

    The 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. 



    2019 Medal Winner

    book cover: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, written by Joyce Sidman, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies relays the remarkable contributions of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th century self-taught artist, pioneering entomologist and naturalist, and the first person to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.

    “Joyce Sidman crafts an engrossing, inspiring story of a woman who flouted the conventions of her time to pursue her passion for insects and a life devoted to discovery”, said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Kathy Jarombek.   

    2019 Honor Books

    book cover: Camp Panda

    Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild, written by Catherine Thimmesh, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Thimmesh explains the work of a Giant Panda conservation project in the Wolong Nature Reserve in China, which uses a three-stage program to create a self-sustaining population in the wild. Complementing her thoughtful, engagingly written text are many arrestingly adorable, colorful photographs of pandas in training and in the wild.

    book cover: Spooked!

    Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America, written by Gail Jarrow, and published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of highlights brought to life with the immediacy of a science fiction film, Spooked! relays the development and radio production of Welles’s classic. Panicked first-person accounts record the hysteria and embarrassment of the duped public’s reactions to “fake news,” propaganda and censorship.

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    The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees, written and Illustrated by Don Brown, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    In a graphic novel format, Brown relates Syrian refugees’ attempts to escape the horrors of their country’s civil war. Pen-and-ink digitally colored art has an informal style that vividly expresses the intense emotions, offering a window into the humanity of displaced groups as well as their resilience, tenacity and inspiring, hopeful nature.

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    We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac, and published by Charlesbridge

    Season by season, Sorell guides readers through a year of a contemporary Cherokee community, incorporating Cherokee vocabulary and syllabary throughout. Otsaliheliga expresses gratitude and reminds readers to celebrate and reflect on life’s blessings and challenges. Lessac’s lively artwork enhances this beautiful celebration of culture, family, community and life.

    book cover: When Angels Sing

    When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, written by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Jose Ramirez, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

    Mahin’s lyrical picture book biography chronicles the early life of musical and cultural icon Carlos Santana. Readers see Carlos discover his passion, cultivating a musical style that draws from his mestizo heritage and experiences living between two cultures and countries. Ramirez’s vibrant, textured art reflects and amplifies Santana’s journey.