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Check It Out: December 21, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Best of Lists

Still have a little of you budget left?  Not sure what to buy with your budget?  Looking for some excellent books to add to you library?  Have we got some lists for you!  Below you will see "Best of" lists from many different places.  Be sure you are also taking the time to read reviews in Titlewave to ensure the books meet with your grade level needs.  Enjoy!

Best of Lists.

Top 10 Latinx

In 2016, several hundred titles received a coveted SLJ star; after much debate and discussion, 66 books were selected by the review editors as the very best of the best. This year’s selections represent the books that opened our minds, lifted our spirits, and helped us see the world with fresh eyes—from the sublime to the uproarious. But what we experienced while reading these outstanding titles is less important than what happens next; our hope is that this list inspires a frenzy of book sharing and discussions. These titles deserve a spot on library shelves, in classrooms, and most of all, in the hands of young readers.

Top lists include:

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Middle Grade

Young Adult


Then, scroll a little further down and you'll see:

Best Adult Books 4 Teens

Top 10 Graphic Novels

Top 10 Latinx Books

Top 10 Apps

and more!

Notable Children's Books

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

Best Children's and YA Books 2016

From PW’s reviews of more than 2,000 children’s and young adult books published in 2016, we present our choices for the top 50 books of the year—a mix of picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and comics from newcomers and established talents alike.

Just click on your grade level of choice once you are on the web page.

Best of Lists

Best of Lists

NCTE Awards

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outanding Non-Fiction for Children.  The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.

NCTE's Charolette Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children.  The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. This award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.

HornBook FanFare

Welcome to Horn Book Fanfare! Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. All Fanfare lists going back to 1938 are now available. So, step back in time — or check out the best of the best of what’s new.

New York Times

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2016

Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Judged purely on artistic merit, it’s the only annual award of its kind.

The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2016

The best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Makerspace Items

Most of your makerspace items should have arrived in your buildings.  If you are missing anything you ordered, please let Stacy know.

We had to go a different route for a few of the items, and they should be on their way to you soon.  They are:  Spot it Cards, Tell Me a Story Cards, and the 12 x 12 plastic boxes. 

Makerspaces Articles

Teacher Librarian: Making of an Educational Makerspace

The first installment of this three-part series discussed the philosophy of educational makerspaces. 1 The second installment explored the look and feel of the physical space and the selection of tools to inspire tinkering, creating, and inventing. 2 This final part of the series exposes a real-life case study of a makerspace.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).