California Readers Announces the three 2012 California Collections

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California Readers, the state's premier reading and school library advocacy group, revealed its latest recommended book lists, the 2012 California Collections, for school libraries. The 300 books on the three new lists can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.californiareaders.org/collections/index.htm at the California Readers' website. The new lists include 77 books recently published within the last 12 months.

Each year a California Readers' committee reviews over 500 books, all written or illustrated by California authors and artists. Each of the three committees – representing teachers and library staff from California elementary, middle, and high schools –select 100 fiction and nonfiction books that they believe will create balanced school library collections and support classroom curriculums. The books are judged for general excellence in their genre and their appeal to children and young adults.

Said Candy Dardarian, Chairman of the Elementary California Collections Committee for California Readers, "My colleagues and I are proud of the distinguished new 2012 California Collections. The announcement of the list each year encourages publishers nationwide to publish talented California authors and artists and inspires young readers to support local talent. These collections play a vital role in stimulating the reading, writing, speaking, and illustrating skills of young Californians.”

Karla Forbes, President of California Readers, explained, "These three collections of books should be the first purchase of books for school libraries in all of California's schools. They should be a high priority purchase for all school libraries in the United States. When these collections are used in implementing the Ed Pert Award, students become intimately familiar with local authors and encourage these talented writers and artists to come to our schools and work directly with the kids."

The other members of the 2012 California Collections committee have many years of teaching and library experience: Laura Graff, a teacher librarian at Sun Valley High School, chairs the High School Committee; Fran Oberman a retired English teacher who spent 38 years working in high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and currently oversees new teachers for the California State University of Northridge, chairs the Middle School Committee; and Candy Dardarian, a retired teacher from Harding Elementary School, chairs the Elementary School Committee.

These 77 books, all published within the past 12 months, are new to the California Collections lists:

A MANGO IN THE HAND
Author:    Antonio Sacre
Publisher:    Abrams

ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET
Author:    Joanne Rocklin
Publisher:    Abrams

THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG CAMP KICKOFF
Author:    Laura Joffe Numeroff
Publisher:    Abrams Books for Young Readers

NURSE, SOLDIER, SPY
Author:    Marissa Moss
Publisher:    Abrams Books for Young Readers

THE BLACK
Author:    D.J. MacHale
Publisher:    Aladdin

LUCKY FOR GOOD
Author:    Susan Patron    
Publisher:    Atheneum

THE TROUBLE WITH MAY AMELIA
Author:    Jennifer L. Holm
Publisher:    Atheneum

SEABIRD IN THE FOREST
Author:    Joan Dunning
Publisher:    Boyds Mills

MUSIC WAS IT
Author:    Susan Goldman Rubin
Publisher:    Charlesbridge

EMMA DILEMMA
Author:    Kristine O'Connell George
Publisher:    Clarion

MANNERS MASH-UP
Author:    Tedd Arnold
Publisher:    Dial

NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT
Author:    Gennifer Choldenko
Publisher:    Dial

LIBERTY'S VOICE
Author:    Erica Silverman
Publisher:    Dutton

THE RUNAWAY WOK
Author:    Ying Chang Compestine
Publisher:    Dutton

MY MONSTER NOTEBOOK
Author:    John Harris
Publisher:    Getty

ALCOHOLISM
Author:    Tamara L. Roleff
Publisher:    Greenhaven

ANIMAL RIGHTS
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Author:    Heidi Watkins
Publisher:    Greenhaven

BIOLOGICAL WARFARE
Author:    Christine Watkins
Publisher:    Greenhaven

BULLYING
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

CELL PHONES AND DRIVING
Author:    Stefan Kiesbye
Publisher:    Greenhaven

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
Author:    Roman Espejo
Publisher:    Greenhaven

CLIMATE CHANGE
Author:    Arthur Gillard
Publisher:    Greenhaven

CONSUMER CULTURE
Author:    Heidi Watkins
Publisher:    Greenhaven

COSMETIC SURGERY
Author:    Roman Espejo
Publisher:    Greenhaven

THE CULTURE OF BEAUTY
Author:    Laurie Willis
Publisher:    Greenhaven

CYBERBULLING
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

THE DEATH PENALTY
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

GUN VIOLENCE
Author:    Louise I . Gerdes
Publisher:    Greenhaven

JUVENILE CRIME
Author:    Heidi Watkins
Publisher:    Greenhaven

MEDIA BIAS
Author:    Mary E. Williams
Publisher:    Greenhaven

OBESITY
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

SEXTING
Author:    Stefan Kiesbye
Publisher:    Greenhaven

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
Author:    Roman Espejo
Publisher:    Greenhaven

STEM CELL RESEARCH
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

TEENS AND EMPLOYMENT
Author:    Heidi Watkins
Publisher:    Greenhaven

TERRORISM
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

THE U. S. ECONOMY
Author:    Jill Hamilton
Publisher:    Greenhaven

VIDEO GAMES
Author:    Jill Hamilton
Publisher:    Greenhaven

WEB 2.0
Author:    Lauri S. Friedman
Publisher:    Greenhaven

LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS
Author:    Kathleen Krull
Publisher:    Harcourt

NO SLEEP FOR THE SHEEP!
Author:    Karen Beaumont
Publisher:    Harcourt

THE STAR MAKER
Author:    Laurence Yep
Publisher:    Harper

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
Author:    Gretchen Woelfle
Publisher:    Holiday House

BEN FRANKLIN
Author:    Alan Schroeder
Publisher:    Holiday House

IRENE SENDLER AND THE CHILDREN OF THE WARSAW GHETTO
Author:    Susan Goldman Rubin
Publisher:    Holiday House

PEACEFUL PIECES
Author:    Anna Grossnickle Hines
Publisher:    Holt

DODSWORTH IN ROME
Author:    Tim Egan
Publisher:    Houghton

ATLANTIS
Author:    Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher:    Kidhaven

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCES
Author:    Querida Lee Pearce
Publisher:    Kidhaven

THE EMERALD ATLAS
Author:    John Stephens
Publisher:    Knopf

THE RUNNING DREAM
Author:    Wendelin Van Draanen
Publisher:    Knopf

KOBE BRYANT
Author:             Jeff Savage
Publisher:    Lerner

TONY ROMO
Author:    Jeff Savage
Publisher:    Lerner

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Author:    Querida Lee Pearce
Publisher:    Lucent

HEALTH CARE
Author:    Debra A. Miller
Publisher:    Lucent

THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION
Author:    Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher:    Lucent

IPOD AND MP3 PLAYERS
Author:    Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher:    Lucent

LADY GAGA
Author:    Claire Kreger Boaz
Publisher:    Lucent

MANGA
Author:    Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher:    Lucent

MY DOG JACK IS FAT
Author:    Eve Bunting
Publisher:    Marshall Cavendish

BABYMOUSE
Author:    Jennifer L. Holm
Publisher:    Random House

PURPLE DAZE
Author:    Sherry Shahan
Publisher:    Running Press Teens

SAVING ZASHA
Author:    Randi Barrow
Publisher:    Scholastic

EVERFOUND
Author:    Neal Shusterman
Publisher:    Simon

TRUCKS LINE UP
Author:    Jon Scieszka illus. by David Shannon
Publisher:    Simon Spotlight

B IS FOR BLUE PLANET
Author:    Ruth Strother
Publisher:    Sleeping Bear

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE BASEBALL
Author:    Brad Herzog
Publisher:    Sleeping Bear

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER
Author:    Eve Bunting
Publisher:    Sleeping Bear

A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF DOGS
Author:    Betsy Franco
Publisher:    Tricycle

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
Author:    Elizabeth Rusch
Publisher:    Tricycle

I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS
Author:    Anna Grossnickle Hines
Publisher:    Tricycle

ALL ABOUT KOREA
Author:    Ann Martin Bowler
Publisher:    Turtle

BATTLING MALARIA
Author:    Connie Goldsmith
Publisher:    Twenty-First Century

WE ARE NOT BEASTS OF BURDEN
Author:    Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher:    Twenty-first Century

HOW THEY CROAKED
Author:    Georgia Bragg
Publisher:    Walker

THE REALLY GROOVY STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
Author:    Kristyn Crow
Publisher:    Whitman

About California Readers

California Readers, the state's premier literacy and school library advocacy group, is a not-for-profit organization located in Southern California. Its mission is to connect children, young adults, and their school communities with California authors, artists, and their creative works. Since 1996, California Readers has provided more than 4,500 books to budget-starved California school libraries and brought living authors and artists to meet in person with students at over 55 schools, changing the lives and attitudes towards reading, writing, speaking, and illustrating of over 33,000 young Californians. California Readers publishes three California Collections each year and maintains a website of resources.

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For more information on California Readers and its work, or to become an active sponsor of reading and school libraries in your community , visit http://www.californiareaders.org on the web or contact Bonnie O'Brian at bobrian(at)lafn(dot)org or at 818-360-9314.

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