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Thanks to the Arkansas State Library for allowing space where the information about Arkansas K-12 school libraries will now reside.  My goal is to provide resources, information about services and highlight best practices for school librarians.  I will migrate what is still relevant from the Hoorayforbooks wik,i and then it will be shut down.  This will always be a work in progress because the needs of our teachers and students are constantly changing, and we must be ready to meet those needs.


2016-2017 Arkansas Diamond Nominees

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Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla - Katherine Applegate; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544252301
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.


2016-2017 Charlie May Simon Nominees

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The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
ISBN: 9780544107717
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
2015 Newbery Medal Winner

2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.


ALA Award Winners

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Bone Gap - Laura Ruby
ISBN: 9780062317605
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
2016 Michael L. Printz Winner. Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness-a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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Finding Winnie - Lindsay Mattick; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316324908
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
2016 Caldecott Medal winner. Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl! In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Gone Crazy in Alabama - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780062215871
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
2016 Coretta Scott King Award winner. Author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

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Last Stop on Market Street - Matt De la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257742
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
2016 Newbery Winner - Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations.

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