Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:39

Roald Dahl Day Fun!

On Sunday 17 September the Library celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday (the author was born on September 13), with a themed workshop celebrating all things Dahl!  Assistant Children’s and Teens’ Librarian Kirsty hosted the event for 18 children aged 8-12 who created some very funny stories and new words that we hope will be added to the Roald Dahl dictionary - supericealious; something very cold but very very tasty and leopilly; sillly leaping around.

roald dahl books

Our participants were also given new names during the workshop that we hope they keep using! Even our staff members were renamed; Kirsty is now The Catasterous Hornswoggler, Assistant Librarian Bojan is now known as The Phizz-Whizzing Fleshlumpeater and Member Services Assistant Alexandra is now called The Frightsome Gizzardgulper.  

 Master Storyteller Roald Dahl wrote 20 novels and over 60 short stories as well as screenplays for TV and Film. His children's novels are adventurous and hilarious while some of his adult works border on the creepy and chilling, but all his stories have stood the test of time and are still as popular as ever. Dahl, who served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II before becoming an author, is considered one of the greatest storytellers of all time. 

 You can learn more about Roald Dahl and his works on the website and check out his books below from the Library collection, just a few of the many!

 Charlieandthechocolatefactory   talesoftheunexpected  bfgmati    MoreAboutBoy 

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Friday, 05 February 2016 19:10

Mock Caldecott 2016: The Library Favorite

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the "most distinguished American picture book for children" by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association). This year, for the second time, we held our own event to try and predict the winner and to choose our own favorite picture book from the past year.

The Library's children’s and teen services team (Celeste and Kirsty) selected 25 picture books as our nominees based on professional reviews and a careful examination of titles (there is no shortlist for the award). From 9 December 2015 - 9 January 2016 these books were available in the Children’s Library for visitors to read and review. Ballot form were available that invited readers to rate each book's illustrations and story.

ballot box

Over several weeks, children, parents and adult fans of children's books read through the selections and rated each book they read.


In January, Celeste and Kirsty tallied up the votes, and we had a clear winner: Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins! Rude Cakes is a story about a rude little cake who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents, and a giant cyclops who is polite - and who happens to like wearing little cakes as hats. The book earned lots of laughs when we read it out loud during our celebratory event.


We announced the winner at our event on 16 January. We then asked the children present to create an award for the book, which we then shrank to a smaller size and attached to the book. So, if you see homemade "Mock Caldecott Medal" on one of our picture books, you'll know it was hard-earned!



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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:00

The Caldecott and Newbery winners are in..

On Monday 27 January the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious awards for American children's books: the Newbery and Caldecott medals, which are given annually to a children's novel and a children's picture book, respectively. You can read all of the past and present winners here at the Library, as our collection include all of the winning titles in both categories as well as many honor books.

Since 1938, the Randolph Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The award was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Past Caldecott winners include A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, to name just a few.

This year's Caldecott medal went to Locomotive, which was written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Our own children's librarian was rooting for Flora and the Flamingo, which was awarded a Caldecott honor (she also had high hopes for Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great and Hello My Name is Ruby which won absolutely nothing, but which she insists are fantastic). The children's librarian will be reading this year's Caldecott winners and the Coretta Scott King award winner for illustration (Knock, Knock, My Dad's Dream for Me, by Daniel Beaty)during a Saturday program on 15 February.


The Newbery award this year went to Kate DiCamillo, (author of Because of Winn-Dixie) for her latest children's novel Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, with honors going to Doll Bones by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, One came Home by Amy Timberlake and Paperboy by Vince Vawter. Young members of the American Library in Paris who are interested in discovering one of the Newbery honor books can join our March Bookworms group where we will be reading and discussing One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures is available at the Library now, as are the 2014 honor books and past Newbery winners.


Eager to check out these award-winning reads? The American Library in Paris's collection includes all Caldecott and Newbery medal winners, as well as a large collection of honor books in both categories. Have you ever noticed the silver and gold spine labels on some of our picture books? That's an indication that you've just picked up a winner!

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