The Clues: Blind Date with a Book #4

Here are the clues for my next Blind Date:


  1. It is another romance, but this one dates back to the early nineteenth century. The story has its roots in the gothic romance genre.


  1. The setting is the northwest coast of Scotland.


  1. It was written by a wonderfully versatile author, known and loved not only for her young adult works, but also her picture books.


Don’t forget to check Twitter and Instagram for the two final clues!


Two BookWorms Do ALA 2016

Hi everyone,


We were lucky enough to spend the past weekend at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Boston! It was a great opportunity to check out a lot of publishers, upcoming titles, and some new educational materials. We both had a great time talking with everyone, and, of course, it was hard to resist checking out all the newest books! As you can see from these pictures, we have quite a new selection! Look out for upcoming reviews of some of those upcoming books.

I wanted to write a little post about the conference just to share some of the highlights for us this weekend. I’ve also included links to a wide range of resources for those of you who may not have been able to attend but are still interested in more information.


For more information:

American Library Association (ALA):


We attended quite a few presentations on different subjects, and I just wanted to mention


A few posters from various booths, including Candlewick Press, YALSA, and Little, Brown.

one that was particularly interesting. On Saturday, we attended Charlesbridge’s “The Art of Storytelling: How Illustrators Construct Stories,” which was a panel discussion featuring Gareth Hinds, David Hyde Costello, Jef Czekaj, and Nicole Wong. The illustrators had a few opportunities to show off their drawing skills with some on-the-spot prompts and also discussed their illustrating processes in great detail. I think one of the most common threads among them was how invested they felt in their illustrations, even if they had no opportunity to contribute to the text. Each mentioned wanting to somehow include a little of themselves and their style, to somehow make the book their own. I’m really interested in book design, so I found it interesting to hear how they each focused on the design elements and book as an object as they started thinking about their illustrations.


For more information:


Gareth Hinds:

David Hyde Costello:

Jef Czekaj:

Nicole Wong:



A few of the pins on my badge!

Another great presentation was the We Need Diverse Books panel, which was so well-
attended that people were packed together and sitting on the floor. It was great to see so many people excited about diverse books of all kinds!


For more information:

We Need Diverse Books:



I stopped by the book signing with Peter and Paul Reynolds. I have quite a few Peter
Reynolds books in my collection, so it was really exciting for me to get to meet them both.


For more information:

Peter Reynolds:



And finally, earlier today, I was lucky enough to attend the Youth Media Awards ceremony. As mentioned in this morning’s post, we are planning to check out some of the award-winning titles later this month, so I don’t want to share too many of my thoughts just yet. But, if you haven’t seen this year’s award-winners yet, you can check out the list here:


Congratulations to all the award-winners and thank you to everyone who made this special weekend possible!



Celebrating the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony will be taking place today! Tomorrow The Horn Book is also holding quite a few talks and panels with the award winners.  For more information:


Nutmeg Winners Announced

As some of you already know, the results of the Connecticut Nutmeg Awards have been announced.


The intermediate level winner was The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – which just goes to show that although I am tired of dystopian series, our young readers are not! I was a bit surprised Liar & Spy ranked as low as it did. Perhaps it was a bit too realistic, as only the ending was a unique surprise.


The elementary level winner was The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  I have to admit, I wasn’t at all surprised! Overall, I am pretty happy with the winning list – although I would have like to see Zita the Spacegirl just a little higher.

For a complete list of winners, go to

Nutmeg Nominees

I’ve finally completed all the Nutmeg nominees. Winners are to be announced later this week on the 15th, but I have come up with my own list. I will say that all the books were good so that fact that they are not my first choice or even the official Nutmeg winner does not mean that they aren’t worth reading. Believe me when I tell you that my list took quite a while to finalize. I kept rearranging things because so many of them deserved to be in first place. But this is where each book stands (with me at least):

  1. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  2. Shadow by Michael Morpugo
  3. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  4. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  5. 5. Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon
  6. 6. King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke
  7. White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
  8. Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
  9. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
  10. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

I’m really looking forward to finding out which choices the younger audience liked best!


And the Winner is…

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note: if you have been following the 2015 Book Madness contest on the Out of Print Clothing website, you’ll know that the winner has been announced!  This year’s winner is: To Kill a Mockingbird!  Head over to the Out of Print website to check out this year’s bracket.