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Hi Kidsreaders!



Have you ever daydreamed about what it would be like if you had the power to hop into the worlds of your favorite books? I certainly have. First, I’d ask Harry, Ron and Hermione to give me a private tour of Hogwarts (using the Marauder’s Map, of course, so we’d be able to duck behind statues if any unwanted nemeses lurked nearby). Then, I’d jump into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and munch on mint grass and chocolate drops until I was full to bursting, at which point I’d ask the Oompa Loompas for some candy-making tips. Finally, I’d visit the title family from THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON in their island home, going on adventures with the brothers, playing on the beach and spying on all of the tropical wildlife.

On Monday, February 2nd, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the biggest children's book awards of the year! Read below to see if your favorite books are represented, and to discover some new gems.

Also, so we can be sure to keep giving you what you want to read on Kidsreads (and in our newsletters!), take a few minutes to fill out our Kidsreads survey. If you complete it, you can enter to be one of ten readers to win a gift certificate to your favorite bookstore. And believe me, after learning about the books below, you're going to have a lot more to add to your to-be-read list.

 

--- Shara Zaval (shara@bookreporter.com)