2018 Newberry & Caldecott Winners

This week, the American Library Association has announced the 2018 winners of the John Newberry Medal and the Raldolph Caldecott Medal. The Newberry Metal is given to an example of outstanding literature for children. The Caldecott Medal is given to an outstanding children’s picture book.

For a complete list of other award winners, please visit http://www.ala.org.

2018 John Newberry Medal Winner- Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

2018 Newberry Honors Awards

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut – Derrick Barnes
Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
This title was also the winner of a Caldecott Honor Award

Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
2018 Raldolph Caldecott Medal – Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm, they must find their way home.

2018 Caldecott Honors Awards

Big Cat, Little Cat – Elisha Cooper
A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats

A Different Pond – Bao Phi
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

Grand Canyon – Jason Chin
An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale.


Local Favorites: February 13th

The following titles are current favorites and best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store! They can also be found on our library shelves.

12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

Bear Town – Fredrik Backman
Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades.

On Turpentine Lane – Elinor Lipman
At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track.

Dear Girl – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable, and willing to speak up.

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love.

The Perfect Nanny – Leila Slimani
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic situation.

The Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.


Books & Music

Have you ever wanted to recommend a book to someone based on the music they like, more than what they like to read? Here are a few books and that might inspire readers, based on the music they enjoy listening to. You can find the books (and the corresponding music) on our shelves at the library.

For the full article, visit http://www.bookriot.com

Belzhar: Meg Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.
Music – Panic! At the Disco “Death of a Bachelor”

East of Eden: John Steinbeck
Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Music – Mumford and Sons “Wilder Mind”

Fragile Things: Neil Gaiman
A collection of exceptional tales from Neil Gaiman.
Music – Tori Amos “Native Invader”

Finnikin of the Rock: Melina Marchetta
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an impostor, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.
Music: Florence & the Machine “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”


Local Favorites: February 8th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on the library shelves.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children – four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness, sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

We Were the Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter
An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of World War II, determined to survive, and to reunite.

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
A true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
The story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

On Turpentine Lane – Elinor Lipman
At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
A searing and profound Southern odyssey through Mississippi’s past and present.

The Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold, set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

2018 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics is a major international multi-sport event that will take place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea from February 9th – 25th. Visit our first floor display featuring some titles about the Olympics and athletes that have competed in the events.

More books about the Olympics and Olympic athletes can be found in our non-fiction section under the 796’s.

For more details about the events and when they will be televised, please visit https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018.

Girl Runner – Carrie Snyder
As a young runner, Aganetha Smart defied everyone’s expectations to win a gold medal for Canada in the 1928 Olympics. It was a revolutionary victory, because this was the first Games in which women could compete in track events, and they did so despite opposition.

Speed Kings – Andy Bull
A story of risk, adventure, and daring as four American bobsledders race for the gold in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history.

The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics – John Wukovits
Discusses the origins and history of the winter Olympics, describes the development and rules of each sport, profiles stars from earlier games, and offers statistics and lists of winners.

The Games – David Goldblatt
The definitive sports and social history of the modern Olympic Games.

Zero Regrets – Apollo Ohno
Ohno shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad.


Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to the world in science, politics, civil rights, sports, and entertainment among others. Many of us think of figures like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and President Barack Obama, but there are so many other African-Americans that have made an impact on our history.

If you are looking for more books about noteworthy African-American people throughout time, please visit our Biography section, our Children’s Department, and the 323’s in our non-fiction section.

Coach Wooden and Me – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor, he accepted a scholarship from UCLA largely on the strength of Coach John Wooden’s reputation as a winner. It turned out to be the right choice, but it also marked the beginning of one of the most enduring friendships in the history of sports.

Muhammad Ali : A Champion is Born – Gene Barretta
After twelve-year old Cassius Clay’s bicycle is stolen, he seeks a police officer in a nearby gym, igniting a passion for boxing that led to a celebrated career as a world champion boxer, activist, and humanitarian.

The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
The event that launched the civil rights movement, now re-examined with never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial

Death of a King – Tavis Smiley
A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

My Life, My Love, My Legacy – Coretta Scott King
The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist.

Let the Children March – Monica Clark-Robinson
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

Streetcar to Justice – Amy Hill Hearth
In 1854, a young African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings won a major victory against a New York City streetcar company, a first step in the process of desegregating public transportation in Manhattan.

The United States v. Jackie Robinson – Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Tells the true story of Jackie Robinson’s battle against prejudice while serving in the military during World War II, covering his court-martial for refusing to move to the back of an integrated bus.




1. Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman

2. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

3. Poison by John Lescroart

4. White Houses by Amy Bloom

5. The Deceivers by Alex Berenson

6. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

7. Force of Nature by Jane Harper

8. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

9. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


1. Eat the Apple by Matt Young

2. First Mover: Jeff Bezos in His Own Words by Helena Hunt

3. High Risers by Ben Austen

4. Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

5. In Praise of Difficult Women by Cheryl Strayed/Karen Karbo

6. Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth

7. Vogue Knitting by Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

8. Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton

9. What Are We Doing Here? Essays by Marilynne Robinson


1. Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

2. I Survived the Children’s Blizzard by Lauren Tarshis 

3. Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull

4. Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton

5. Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson

6. 78-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

7. From Zero to Hero by James Patterson


1. Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

2. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

3. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


1. All I See is You

2. The Ballad of Lefty Brown

3. First String

4. Flint (Queen Latifah)

5. LBJ (Woody Harrelson)

6. Only the Brave

7. Nature: Arctic Wolf Pack

8. Same Kind of Different as Me

9. Suburbicon


1. Arkansas by John Oates

2. Eric Clapton and Friends The Early Years by Eric Clapton

3. Going Dutch by Beck

4. Joy Ride by John Raymond & Real Feels

5. A Million Lights by Michael Smith

6. Reflections by Various and Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble