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Seventh Biennial Dolly Gray Award Winners Announced

January 11, 2012 – The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award will be presented on January 19, 2012 at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) international conference in Miami Beach, Florida. The intermediate/young adult award will be presented to Kathryn Erskine, author of Mockingbird and Beverley Brenna, author of Waiting for No One. In the picture book category, the awards go to Rebecca Elliott, author/illustrator of Just Because, and Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (authors) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator) for My Brother Charlie.


The Dolly Gray Award recognizes high quality fiction/biographical books for children, adolescents, and young adults that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities. Special Needs Project, a worldwide leader in the distribution of books related to disabilities, co-sponsors this award.


Fran Prezant, disability consultant, author, presenter, and Dolly Gray Award panelist notes, “Engaging books that feature people with disabilities as individuals with personalities, strengths and talents as part of the story line, have the exponential power to change attitudes and promote inclusion in education, jobs and community life. These are important, not only for young readers with and without disabilities, but for parents and teachers who read books to them and model societal attitudes through words and actions. This year, it is wonderful to see so many positive contributions to the literature choices compared to a decade ago when people with disabilities were rarely featured in positive ways if at all, in children’s books. The Dolly Gray Award has been a positive vehicle to call attention to this and authors and progressive publishers should be commended and encouraged to put more of these books into the hands of readers.”


New this year is the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award Special Collection at the Harold B. Lee Library on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah. This collection will house all books considered for the award since its inception in 2000, and is likely to be the most complete collection of children’s books that include individuals with developmental disabilities. A list of all books eligible for the award, procedures, and submission guidelines are available on the DADD website:  http://daddcec.org/Awards/DollyGrayAwards.aspx.

Thank you for your interest in the Juvenile Literature Blog.  We are only sporadically updating this blog, but existing information will be accessible.   For current information please go to the education blog or the juvenile literature subject guide.

24th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

Another event of note for our local readers:

24th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

A two–day symposium for librarians, teachers, parents, and anyone who enjoys children’s literature

Dates: July 14–15, 2011

Come join us for two enjoyable days with six nationally known authors and illustrators of children’s literature. Each author and illustrator will share their unique perspective on children’s literature followed by a short question–and–answer session. In addition, two autograph sessions and four informal discussion groups with individual authors will be available.

Featuring nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators:

  • Robert Burleigh
  • Mary Downing Hahn
  • Susan Meddaugh
  • Gennady Spirin
  • Rebecca Stead
  • David Wiesner

Sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Department of Teacher Education, Harold B. Lee Library, Division of Continuing Education, the BYU Bookstore, and the Provo City Library.

Space is limited, so register early!

Homework Helper: Book Talks

March 3, 2011 by Juvenile Reference (Laurien Clay)

A book talk is neither a report nor a review, but a commercial or a teaser for a book. These are typically used by librarians and teachers to increase literacy.

To create a good book talk:

1. Read and like the book you are going to talk about.

2. Decide how long your book talk needs to be. They can range anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

3. Choose your approach and share:

  • A teaser plot summary
  • A description of one of the characters
  • An anecdote from the story
  • A series of quotes from the book that captures its mood
  • OR something entirely new.

4. Write, learn (not memorizing word for word keeps you out of trouble), and practice your talk.

5. Present your book talk.

  • Don’t be afraid to dress up, use props, or other multi-media in your presentation.
  • Have gripping first and last sentences.
  • Enunciate
  • AND have fun!

To find more information on book talks, see Joni Richards Bodart’s website (http://www.thebooktalker.com/).

Homework Helper: How to Find Traditional Literature

To find traditional literature, browse the 398.2 call number in the juvenile literature collection.


To find folktales or fairy tales using the catalog:

1. Open the HBLL homepage

2. Below the main search bar choose “Advanced Keyword Search”

3. Once in the advanced search, go to the drop-down menu that is labeled location and select “Juvenile Collection”

4. Go up to the pull-down menu labeled genre and type either “folklore” or “fairy tales”

5. Select items that have 398.2 call numbers.

To find folktales or fairy tales from a specific country:

1. Follow steps 1-3 above.

2. Go to the pull-down bar labeled genre/form and type “folklore”  or “fairy tales” plus the county of interest, such as German, France, Japan,  Ukraine.

To find a specific fairytale, ex: Cinderella:

1. Open the HBLL homepage

2. Below the main search bar choose “Advanced Keyword Search”

3. Once in the advanced search, go to the drop-down menu that is labeled location and select “Juvenile Collection”

4. Go up to the pull-down menu labeled subject and type in ‘Cinderella’.

5. Search. You should find about 30 titles. The newest books will be listed first.

Homework Helper: How to Find a Biography

To find a biography, browse the 920 call number in the Juvenile collection, specifically the 923, 927, and 928 call numbers.


1. Open the HBLL homepage

2. Below the main search bar choose “Advanced Keyword Search”

3. Once in the advanced search, go to the drop-down menu that is labeled location and select “Juvenile Collection”

4. Go up to the pull-down labeled subject and type in the name of the person on whom you would like to find a biography. Example: Abraham Lincoln. Search. You will find about 120 titles on Abraham Lincoln.

Homework Helper: How to Find Poetry

To find books on poetry, browse the 811 call number in the juvenile literature collection OR:

1. Open the HBLL homepage

2. Below the main search bar choose “Advanced Keyword Search”

3. Once in the advanced search, go to the drop-down menu that is labeled location and select “Juvenile Collection”

4. Go up to the pull-down labeled “genre/form” and type in ‘ Children’s poetry’ or  “Humorous poetry.”  Search.

To find poems on a specific subject, go to the pull-down labeled search all and type a subject plus “juvenile poetry”  such as  ‘guinea pigs juvenile poetry”

Also try an author search with the surname first.  Some recommended authors are: Nikki Grimes, Shel Silverstein, Barbara J. Esbensen, Jack Prelutsky, and Alice Schertle.

FAQs about the Juvenile Literature Section

Commonly Used Call Numbers
050 Magazines (Periodicals), Journals, & Serials
096 Wordless Picture Books
390 Traditional Fantasy (Myths, Legends, Epics, Fairy Tales)
411 Alphabet Books
511 Counting Books
516 Shapes
811 Poetry
800s Fiction
920s Biographies and genealogy

Horn Book Guide Juvenile Collection Reference/ PN 3443 .H67x
Something About the Author Juvenile Collection Reference/ PN 451 .S6 also Online.
Best Books for Beginning Readers Juvenile Collection Reference LB 1573 .G92 1997.

Lloyd Alexander Conference Room (4737) is a representation of the late Lloyd Alexander’s home office. For a tour please see Juvenile Reference Assistant in 4720 during reference hours.

Utah Authors and Illustrators Room/ Opie Collection (4724): This room houses a collection of books written or illustrated by BYU alumni or Utah residents. Materials are non-circulating, but patrons may sign in at the Juvenile Reference desk 4720 to read materials in the room. The Opie collection is microfiches that are available during reference hours.

Juvenile Locked Case (4726): This room houses pop-up, small sized, odd shaped or mature books. To check out a locked case book, ask the Assistant in the Juvenile Reference office 4720 during reference hours.

Newbery & Caldecott Winners: These books have green and blue call number labels and are for reference only. They cannot be checked out, but other copies are available for check out in the Juvenile Collection.

Sorting Shelves: When books are returned, they are brought up to their floor and put on the sorting shelves by call number before they are reshelved. If you did not find a book on the shelf, the sorting shelves are a great place to look.

Use Library Catalog to search for books of a certain genre such as historical fiction.

Featured Website=Families and Literacy

Visit the Families and Literacy blog today.  Busy parents, grandparents, and teachers will find reliable resources and information in a variety of forms, including literacy tips, book lists, websites, media, research, and a discussion forum, to help make literacy part of everyday family life.


Contributors to the blog include academic and youth-serving librarians,  BYU students and faculty,  literacy experts, educators, authors, and illustrators.

A monitored discussion forum provides the opportunity  to share successful literacy activities with others and to ask questions of discussion participants.

2010 Annual Christmas Booktalk

Anita Charles will present at the 2010 Annual Christmas Booktalk. This event will be held on Monday, 8 November 2010, from 4-5 p.m. in the BYU Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium (level 1).  The event is sponsored by the BYU HBLL Farnsworth Juvenile Literature Library and the BYU Bookstore.    The event is free and open to the campus community and the public.


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