And the Winner is …

caldecottThe 2013 awards for the best books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults were announced on January 28th at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting. The announcement included the winners of the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards as well as many others. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, which is given out for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The complete list of winners and honorees is available here.

For Fans of The Fault in Our Stars

Favorite young adult author, John Green, will be answering questions about The Fault in Our Stars on Good Reads on January 23rd. You can submit a question on the discussion board or just follow the conversation. It is a great opportunity if you have a burning question about the book. If you have not read the book yet, you might want to avoid the page though, as there will be spoilers!

Also, John Green and his brother Hank had a show at Carnegie Hall on January 15th, which was streamed live on YouTube. Special guest stars include author Neil Gaiman and the band, The Mountain Goats. The show doesn’t start until about minute 35, so you can skip ahead a bit. Enjoy!

(Note: if you are logged in via the student network, you’ll need to log on through a network outside the school to access YouTube.)

Faculty Reading

The Country Day faculty managed to get quite a bit of reading done over the winter break. Here’s a list of all the titles they read.

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Behold a Pale Horse
Between Shades of Gray
Blue Shoe
The Chaperone
Cold Sassy Tree
Consider Plebus
Dance with Dragons
Empires of Sand
Excavating Modernity
Far from the Tree
The Given Day
Gone Girl
The Great Santini
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In Sunlight and Shadow
The Jews under Roman Law
Last Night on Twisted River
A Life Beyond Limits
Life of Pi
The Light Between the Oceans
The Little Book
Look Me in the Eye
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Mrs., Presumed Dead
My Losing Season
Night Circus
Nothing Daunted
Of Human Bondage
One Amazing Thing
The Player of Games
Sweet Tooth
Use of Weapons

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour logoIf you’ve been enjoying our TED Tuesday video presentations, you may also like TED Radio Hour, a joint project from NPR and TED. Each radio show centers on a common theme, such as The Future of Cities, The Creative Process, or Africa: The Next Chapter. It then weaves together sound clips of TED speeches with interviews with the speakers. The episode on the future of cities features a speaker who talks about compact communities as villages worldwide are being deserted and people flock to cities, another who talks about squatters, an architecture teacher who talks about retrofitting suburbia, and a physicist who studies and analyzes the behavior and development of cities.