An intriguing new site about children’s book has opened in beta. Zoobean is a website that seeks to offer “Remarkable books for kids. Handpicked by parents.” The site is very attractive, inviting you to explore deeper and deeper. It has filters that let you easily narrow down the books you are looking for by format, recommended age, genre, language, topics and character backgrounds. There is also a straight keyword search as well.
What Zoobean conveys best of all is an appreciation of books and the joy of connecting a child with the right book. They have a “most loved” section and people who become members can also mark favorite books as their most loved items.
The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the winners of the 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards. The winners are selected by kids and teens with over 1 million votes cast this year.
The winners are:
KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
THIRD GRADE TO FOURTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel
FIFTH GRADE TO SIXTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet