Gillian’s Recommendations

2013 LINKS Preschool Book List (24 items)

The moon over StarBy Aston, Dianna Hutts
On her family's farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing and dreams that she might one day be an astronaut, too.
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The Magicians

The magicians : a novelBy Grossman, Lev
I'd describe The Magicians as "Harry Potter: The College Years," but that makes it sound more wholesome than it actually is. The Magicians are a crew of hard-drinking, sarcastic, self-absorbed 20-somethings who happen to be able to do magic. Their evolving friendships and poor choices in sexual partners are frustratingly relatable for anyone whose young adulthood was less than pristine.... Read more
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Uprooted

UprootedBy Novik, Naomi
For fans of the fantasy genre, this novel has everything you could want--royal intrigue, epic battles, wizards fighting evil, and a dash of romance. Naomi Novik adds incredible depth and history to the world she creates, weaving together real slavic legends like Baba Jaga with the imagined folklore of the world to create a story that feels as solid and rich as a Grimm fairytale.
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
b
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins
 

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow

 

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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award