California Readers Announces 2013 Book Collections for School Libraries

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California Readers, the state's premier reading and school library advocacy group, revealed its latest recommended book lists, the 2013 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 40 books published within the last 12 months.

Each year a California Readers' committee reviews more than 500 books, all written or illustrated by California authors and artists. Each of three sub-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 curricula. The books are judged for general excellence in their genre and their appeal to children and young adults.

Said Candy Dardarian, chairman of the California Collections Committee for California Readers, "My colleagues and I are proud of the distinguished new 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 high priority purchase for all school libraries in the United States."

Members of the 2013 California Collections Committee have many years of teaching and library experience. Laura Graff, a retired teacher librarian from Sun Valley High School, chairs the High School Committee; Fran Oberman, a retired English teacher who spent 30 years working in secondary schools in Los Angeles and who currently supervises student teachers for California State University at Northridge, chairs the Middle School Committee; and Candy Dardarian, a retired teacher from Harding Elementary School, chairs the Elementary School Committee.

The following 40 books, all published within the past 12 months, are new to the California Collections lists.

From Abrams Publishing:
THE PIRATE WHO SAVED AMERICA by Susan Goldman Rubin

From Adams Media:
THE UNOFFICIAL HUNGER GAMES COOKBOOK by Emily Ansara Baines

Amulet:
EXPLORER by Kazu Kibuishi
THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK by Joanne Rocklin

Candlewick Press:
ABOVE WORLD by Jenn Reese
GETTING OVER GARRETT DELANEY by Abby McDonald
LIVES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ronald Koertge
WHAT COLOR IS MY WORLD? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Charlesbridge Publishing:
A WARMER WORLD by Caroline Arnold
BAMBINO AND MR. TWAIN by P.I. Maltbie

Chronicle:
WATER SINGS BLUE by Kate Coombs

Clarion:
BALLYWHINNEY GIRL by Eve Bunting
FIRST GIRL SCOUT by Ginger Wadsworth

Delacorte:
ICE ISLAND by Sherry Shahan

Graphia:
DEAD IS A BATTLEFIELD by Marlene Perez

Harcourt:
THE PHANTOM OF THE POST OFFICE by Kate Klise

Harcourt Children's Books:
THE WILD BOOK by Margarita Engel

Houghton:
LOOKING FOR ME by Betsy R. Rosenthal
TALLULAH'S SOLO by Marilyn Singer

Holiday House:
FIGHTING FOR DONTAE by Mike Castan

Holt:
RED, WHITE, AND BOOM! by Lee Wardlaw

Kingfisher:
A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS by Paul Robert Walker

Lerner:
MARK SANCHEZ by Jeff Savage

Marshall Cavendish:
THE FOODS OF ITALY by Sara Louise Kras

Penguin:
HANGING OFF JEFFERSON'S NOSE by Tina Nichols Coury

Putnam:
THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy

Reference Point:
ALIEN ENCOUNTERS by Patricia D. Netzley
ARE CELL PHONES DANGEROUS? by Bonnie Szumski
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY by Patricia D. Netzley
IS ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION ETHICAL? by Bonnie Szumski
PROPHECIES AND SOOTHSAYERS by Stuart A. Kallen

Scholastic:
BEHIND THE MASKS by Susan Patron

Simon:
KING OF THE MOUND by Wes Tooke
SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson

Simon Pulse:
WHERE IT BEGAN by Ann Redisch Stampler

Sleeping Bear Press:
FROGS AND FRIENDS by Eve Bunting

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky:
IT'S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG! by Kristy Yamaguchi

Tanglewood:
ROCK OF IVANORE by Laurisa White Reyes

Viking:
A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Whitman:
THE WOODEN SWORD by Ann Redisch Stampler

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 4800 books to budget-starved California school libraries and brought authors and artists to meet in person with students at over 60 schools, changing the lives and attitudes towards reading, writing, speaking, and illustrating of more than 34,000 young Californians. California Readers publishes three California Collections each year and maintains a website of resources.

CONTACT------
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 Fran Oberman at poandfro(at)aol(dot)com.

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