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December 4, 2011

I buy a lot of books this time of year, two dozen or more. My nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and kids of some kind of relation it would take too long to explain get books for Christmas unless they flat out tell me they don’t read, and then they get a dirty look and socks. Okay, I don’t give them socks, but I do give them a basilisk-worthy glare with their gift card to who the hell cares.

To be fair, I get thanks from some of them, and more from their parents, and I’d like to think those thanks stem from some innate knack I have for finding great books for kids. What I really have, however, is Google and the ability to type things like “Caldecott” and “Young Adult Book Award.”

I thought I’d share this year’s sources:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia
–The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) site, home of the Caldecott, Newbery, and other awards for kid’s books.

http://www.cybils.com/
–The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

For my purposes these (along with age ratings on the actual bookstore sales sites) were enough.  Speaking of: Left Bank Books, my primary source for acquiring printer matter. A superb independent bookseller, good to local authors, with staff whose picks I listen to, especially when a book proves hard to find. They’ve provided great backups more than once.

I also use:
Puddn’head Books in Webster Groves, a fellow member of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance and a cozy place to chat about author signings and crossover appeal with the staff.

I have a spreadsheet to update with who got what this year. Later.

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  1. December 4, 2011 4:04 pm

    Somebody who buys books! Yes! Over on my blog at http://thepollyannafragments.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/the-history-books-forgot-about-us-and-the-bible-didnt-mention-us-not-even-once/

    I’m starting a largely imaginary revolution for those who still see the point in books, so come along, dream, and be there when it hits the fan!

    Cheers,
    ‘Pollyanna’.

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