Bookmark: American Library Association 2021 Award Winners

Winter greetings from Aidan Library!  

The Library continues to be busy supporting hybrid learning! Teachers and specialists are using many books for teaching and reading both virtually and in-person. We have a number of new reference books this year, in history and geography and science, and they have been very useful in the classrooms. For example Elementary students use the DK Smithsonian reference books, such as the History! volume, for introductions to topics and for visual reference since the photos are so clear and detailed. As for literature, the Detective Gordon series by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee - gentle stories of woodland animals - has been especially well-liked among the Primary classes’ read-alouds, and among the books that I have read to Elementary classes are some of the Cody series by Tricia Springstubb - I think the students have particularly liked these because Cody and her best friend Spencer experience familiar challenges such as friends moving away and parents traveling for work but there are also many lighthearted moments in the books.  

The American Library Association announces their book awards in January which is always exciting!  Each year I read about all the medaled books and also all the honored (runner-up) books, and see which ones our Library doesn’t have yet that I think we should get. Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming will be a great addition to our books about the natural world, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat will be a valuable addition to our history section. The engineering problems that the rescuers had to solve will interest our Montessori students who love building and creating objects and structures. As we continue to add books to our Library that reflect a variety of cultures, I’m excited to add Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari, which is translated from Italian, and a story that involves a traditional Korean myth, When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.

My current projects in the Library include expanding the “Early Chapter Books” section which is for beginning readers, and finalizing an e-books collection for Elementary students to use. I hope you and your families are well, and please contact me if I can help with any Library support!  


Ms. Stewart

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