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The American Library Association 2014 Media Awards:

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Becker, Aaron. Journey.
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor. Caldecott Honor E BEC

book jacket Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan. The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius.
When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was! J-B OHR Sibert Honor
book jacket Idle, Molly. Flora and the Flamingo.
In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together. Caldecott Honor E IDL
book jacket Roth, Susan L and Cindy Trumbore. Parrots over Puerto Rico.
A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species. J 598.7 ROT Sibert Award
book jacket Wiesner, David. Mr. Wuffles!
Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs. Caldecott Honor E WIE
book jacket Black, Holly. Doll Bones.
Friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who enjoy acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. Newbery Honor J-FAN BLA
book jacket Floca, Brian. Locomotive.
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. Caldecott Medal and Sibert Honor E 625.1 FLO
book jacket Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller.
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons. Newbery Honor J HEN
book jacket Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble.
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day. Geisel Honor E 428 HEN
book jacket Timberlake, Amy. One Came Home.
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. Newbery Honor J-HF TIM
book jacket Sullivan, Mary. Ball.
A dog tries to get someone to play ball but has to entertain himself. Geisel Honor E SUL

 

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Vawter, Vince. Paperboy.
When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month. Newbery Honor J-HF VAW
book jacket Willems, Mo. A Big Guy Took My Ball.
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them. Geisel Honor E 428 WIL

 

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DiCamillo, Kate. Flora & Ulysses.
The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible things can happen to you!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry--and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. Newbery Award J-FAN DIC
book jacket Pizzoli, Greg. The Watermelon Seed.
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome. Geisel Award E PIZ

 

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Vanderpool, Clare. Navigating Early.
Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters. Printz Honor J-ADV VAN
book jacket Bryant, Jen. A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin.
Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career. Sibert Honor E-B PIPPIN

 

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Williams-Garcia. P.S. Be Eleven.
The world is changing like crazy in the 1960s. Delphine's mother reminds her not to grow up too fast, to remember to just be 11. But each adult in her life has a different idea what that means. Coretta Scott King Award J-HF WIL
book jacket Cate, Annette LeBlanc. Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.
A conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching featureing quirky full-color illustrations portay dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types. Sibert Honor J 598.197 CAT
   

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