ALA Notable Books for Children
2013
Boxers
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
2013
Saints
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gene Luen Yang; color by Lark Pien
 
2013
Eleanor and Park
 Rainbow Rowell
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In this novel set in the 1980s, teenagers Eleanor and Park are outsiders; Eleanor, because she's new to the neig...More
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2013
Fangirl
 Rainbow Rowell.
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2013
The 5th Wave
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rick Yancey
Book list *Starred Review* The Monstrumologist series set a bar for YA horror nearly impossible to match. Can Yancey do the same for sci-fi? He makes...More
2013
Picture me gone
Click to search this book in our catalog   Meg Rosoff
 
2013
The Rithmatist
 Brandon Sanderson : illustrations by Ben McSweeney.
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2013
Rose under fire
 Elizabeth Wein.
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2013
Better Nate than ever
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tim Federle.
Book list In this funny and insightful story, the dreams of many a small-town, theater-loving boy are reflected in the starry eyes of eighth-grader N...More
2013
The cats of Tanglewood Forest
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Charles de Lint ; illustrated by Charles Vess.
Book list In this expanded version of A Circle of Cats (2003), 12-year-old orphan Lillian is bitten by a snake, but she is spared death when the cats...More
 
2013
Flora and Ulysses : the illuminated adventures
 Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.
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2013
Hero on a bicycle
 Shirley Hughes
Publishers Weekly After more than 50 years of writing and illustrating children's books, two-time Greenaway Medal-winner Hughes delivers her fir...More
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2013
My happy life
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Rose Lagercrantz ; illustrated by Eva Eriksson ; [translated by Julia Marshall].
Publishers Weekly To understand the true meaning and value of resilience, look no further than the 20 brief chapters of this early reader, created ...More
2013
The true blue scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kathi Appelt.
Book list *Starred Review* Swamps provide great fodder for stories, and Newbery Honor Award-winning Appelt uses every inch of the Sugar Man Swamp and...More
 
2013
Africa is my home : a child of the Amistad
 Monica Edinger ; illustrated by Robert Byrd.
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2013
The bear's song
 Benjamin Chaud.
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2013
Bluebird
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bob Staake.
Book list *Starred Review* With only a few hues of blue, a rainbow of steely grays, and a set of geometric shapes, Staake's wordless picture book...More
2013
The boy who loved math : the improbable life of Paul Erdos
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Deborah Heiligman ; pictures by LeUyen Pham.
School Library Journal Gr 3-6-Erdos (1913-1996), the Hungarian-born son of two math teachers, displayed his fascination with numbers early on. Befo...More
 
2013
Building our house
 Jonathan Bean.
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-A year-and-a-half-long adventure of building a cozy home in the countryside involves an entire family of four. The ...More
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2013
The dark
 by Lemony Snicket ; illustrated by Jon Klassen.
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2013
Fog Island
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tomi Ungerer.
Publishers Weekly Any new book from Ungerer is a cause for celebration, and this one offers a particularly enticing blend of mystery and magic. Sib...More
2012
Hilda and the bird parade
Click to search this book in our catalog   Luke Pearson.
 
2013
Journey
 Aaron Becker.
Publishers Weekly Becker develops concepts for film studios, and his wordless picture book debut reads like a cinematic tribute to Harold and the P...More
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2013
Mr. Wuffles!.
 David Wiesner.
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2013
Something big
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sylvie Neeman and Ingrid Godon ; translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
Publishers Weekly Midway through this knowing exchange between a parent and child (who are referred to throughout as "the big one" and &qu...More
2013
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Jacqueline Woodson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
All the Water in the World
 George Ella Lyon
Publishers Weekly Pattern-driven digital illustrations pair with concrete verse to express water's cyclical nature: "Thirsty air/ licks it ...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
A Ball for Daisy
 Chris Raschka
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-Ever the minimalist, Raschka continues to experiment with what is essential to express the daily joys and tribulat...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Blackout
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Rocco
Book list It's a scenario many kids are probably all too familiar with: a young boy wants to play, but older sis is gabbing on the phone, Mom is ...More
2012 (Younger Readers)
Bring on the Birds
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan Stockdale
Book list This picture book celebrates the diversity of birds by presenting their varied physical features and behaviors. Appearing on each page or d...More
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
 Samantha R. Vamos
Publishers Weekly Farm animals collaborate to make a pot of rice pudding in this energetic riff on "This Is the House That Jack Built." An...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Chirchir Is Singing
 Kelly Cunnane
Publishers Weekly Cunnane returns to the Kenyan setting of her 2006 picture book, For You Are a Kenyan Child, in a you're-too-small tale given ...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan A. Shea
Book list This playful picture book asks children to consider which things grow and which stay the same. The rhyming text pairs two choices on each d...More
2012 (Younger Readers)
Dot
Click to search this book in our catalog   Patricia Intriago
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1-In this whimsical book about opposites, each dot acts as a visual analogy. Simplicity equals accessibility, but it ...More
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
 Sherri Duskey Rinker
Book list *Starred Review* To say that a book makes you yawn well, it's usually not a compliment. But in the case of bedtime books, it's high...More
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2012 (Younger)
Grandpa Green
 Lane Smith
Publishers Weekly In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse on the memories, talents, and traditions...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Harry and Hopper
Click to search this book in our catalog   Margaret Wild
Publishers Weekly Redheaded Harry and his spotted dog, Hopper, are constant companions, accomplices ("As Hopper grew older... Harry helped him...More
2012 (Younger Readers)
I Broke My Trunk
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mo Willems
Book list Elephant and Piggie remain in the storytelling mode of We Are in a Book! (2010). After showing up with a bandaged proboscis, Elephant proce...More
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
I Want My Hat Back
 Jon Klassen
Book list Klassen, who illustrated Caroline Stutson's Cats' Night Out (2010), pens his first story in this odd, and oddly charming, picture b...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
King Jack and the Dragon
 Peter Bently
Book list Three boys in various stages of diaperdom build a cardboard castle in the back garden and fight dragons and beasts until suppertime in this...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Publishers Weekly Move over, "sunshine." Ogburn and Raschka give families a whole new vocabulary with which to express their love, explori...More
2012 (Younger Readers)
Little White Rabbit
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kevin Henkes
Publishers Weekly Move over, "sunshine." Ogburn and Raschka give families a whole new vocabulary with which to express their love, explori...More
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
Me...Jane
 Patrick McDonnell
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-In this tender homage to the famous primatologist, McDonnell gives readers a peek into Jane Goodall's formative...More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Mouse and Lion
 Rand Burkert
Book list *Starred Review* In this beautiful Aesop retelling from a mother-and-son team, a tiny grass mouse takes top billing over his larger costar....More
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2012 (Younger Readers)
Naamah and the Ark at Night
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan Campbell Bartoletti
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-In most books about Noah, his wife plays a supporting role, if any, but Bartoletti makes her the central character ...More
2012 (Younger Readers)
A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story
Click to search this book in our catalog   Yu Li-Qiong
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1-Written and illustrated in mainland China and originally published in Taiwan, this book tells a story familiar to ...More
 
2012 (Younger Readers)
Over and Under the Snow
 Kate Messner
Book list Gliding through the woodland on skis, a girl and her father watch for signs of animals. A squirrel's tail flashes red as he disappears ...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
 Don Brown
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Click to search this book in our catalog   Melissa Sweet
Publishers Weekly Tony Sarg (1880-1942, "rhymes with aargh!"), the man who invented the giant balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day ...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
Breaking Stalin's Nose
Click to search this book in our catalog   Eugene Yelchin
School Library Journal Gr 5-7-Velchin skillfully combines narrative with dramatic black-and-white illustrations to tell the story of life in the So...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
 Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
School Library Journal Gr 5-8-A cagey cat with a penchant for cheese pretends to be a mouser at an inn overrun by rodents and frequented by a famous...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
 Duncan Tonatiuh
Publishers Weekly Suggestive of stained glass windows, Tonatiuh's mixed-media collages combine ancient Mexican art motifs with blocky, stylized...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers
Click to search this book in our catalog   Dianna Hutts Aston
Book list Simon Rodia, Sam to his neighbors, spent more than 34 years building and decorating elaborate sculptural towers on a triangular lot in the ...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
E-mergency!
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tom Lichtenheld
Publishers Weekly Picture books often get by on a single comic device, but Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site) and his collaborato...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems
 Kristine O'Connell George
School Library Journal Gr 1-4-Jessica shares the struggles of being the big sister in this collection of 34 poignant poems. The fourth grader's ...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
 Eloise Greenfield
School Library Journal K-Gr 8-In eloquent verse, Greenfield narrates the story of the migration during the years 1915-1930 of more than a million A...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Inside Out and Back Again
Click to search this book in our catalog   Thanhha Lai
School Library Journal Gr 4-6-A story based on the author's childhood experiences. Ha is 10 when Saigon falls and her family flees Vietnam. Firs...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
Junonia
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kevin Henkes
Publishers Weekly In this introspective story about a child's search for a rare shell, Henkes (Bird Lake Moon) again displays his ability to fi...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
 Bob Raczka
School Library Journal Gr 3-8-Raczka credits Andrew Russ for inspiring him to try his hand at creating poems by rearranging the letters of a single ...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Lily Pond
 Annika Thor
Choice Pons was an important operatic presence in the US and Europe during the 1930s and '40s, and at last readers have a portrait that is much b...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Publishers Weekly This moving depiction of ecological innovation centers on a project spearheaded by Dr. Gordon Sato to plant mangrove trees, which...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match /Marisol McDonald no combina
Click to search this book in our catalog   Monica Brown
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-Marisol McDonald has brown skin, freckles, and hair the color of fire. She pairs polka dots with stripes and eats ...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
 Xavier Garza
Book list Eleven-year-old Maximilian dreams of one day becoming a luchador (or Mexican wrestler) on the Mexican wrestling circuit. He attends the luc...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Migrant
 Maxine Trottier
Book list In a migrant-family story rarely told, this touching picture book stays true to a young child's viewpoint. Anna travels north to Canada...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert Burleigh
Book list *Starred Review* A worthy new addition to the recent spate of books about the famous aviatrix, Burleigh's story concentrates on Earhart...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
No Ordinary Day
Click to search this book in our catalog   Deborah Ellis
Publishers Weekly Ellis (the Breadwinner trilogy) again brings an individual humanity to newspaper headlines. Giving voice to an orphan girl living...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
 Ed. by Chris Duffy
Publishers Weekly In this easy-to-read and fun to read aloud collection, classic nursery rhymes get a contemporary spin from artists as varied as t...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Soldier Bear
 Bibi Dumon Tak
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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Third Gift
Click to search this book in our catalog   Linda Sue Park
School Library Journal K-Gr 2-A boy tells of the long walks he takes with his father, who collects pearls of sap from certain trees, a skill he has ...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jim Arnosky
Book list After revisiting favorite birding spots with his wife an. partner in adventure. Deanna, Arnosky offers a beautifully illustrated book featu...More
 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters
 Donna Jo Napoli
School Library Journal Gr 5-9-Wise, witty, and thoroughly entrancing, this collection showcases 25 tales sumptuously illustrated with luminous, jew...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Trouble with May Amelia
 Jennifer L. Holm
Publishers Weekly Anyone interested in learning to write crowd-pleasing historical fiction for elementary school readers would be wise to study Hol...More
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Underground
Click to search this book in our catalog   Shane Evans
School Library Journal Gr 1-3-A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives...More
2012 (Middle Readers)
The Unforgotten Coat
Click to search this book in our catalog   Frank Cottrell Boyce
Book list With both humor and sorrow, this chapter book tells a contemporary refugee story in which illegal immigrants help a local kid find a sense ...More
 
2012 (Older Readers)
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
 Candace Fleming
Book list Drawing on her training as a historian and her considerable writing talents, Fleming (The Great and Only Barnum, 2009) offers a fresh look ...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Anya's Ghost
 Vera Brosgol
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Anya is a Russian girl who wants to fit in with her American classmates. She falls down a well and meets a ghost nam...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Between Shades of Gray
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ruta Sepetys
Publishers Weekly Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut first novel tells the story of Lithuan...More
2012 (Older Readers)
Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution
Click to search this book in our catalog   Laurence Pringle
Publishers Weekly Pringle provides an accessible introduction to complex concepts such as natural selection and genetics, paired with Jenkins's ...More
 
2012 (Older Readers)
Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene 'Bull' Connor
 Larry Dane Brimner
Book list *Starred Review* Bombed, beaten, banned, and imprisoned, Reverend Fred. L. Shuttlesworth led the civil rights struggle for equality in Birm...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917
 Sally M. Walker
School Library Journal Gr 5-8-This intriguing title tells the story of a little-known event. In late 1917, the French freighter Mont-Blanc was sent ...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Bluefish
Click to search this book in our catalog   Pat Schmatz
School Library Journal Gr 7-9-Eighth-grader Travis, tall and quiet, is beginning his first year in a new school. When he helps out a student being ...More
2012 (Older Readers)
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
Click to search this book in our catalog   Karen Blumenthal
School Library Journal Gr 7-10-Gangsters, guns, and political battles-this book has them all-and presents them in compelling prose. Blumenthal opens...More
 
2012 (Older Readers)
Dead End in Norvelt
 Jack Gantos
Book list Looks like a bummer of a summer for 11-year-old Jack (with a same-name protagonist, it's tempting to assume that at least some of this ...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Drawing from Memory
 Allen Say
Publishers Weekly Retooling some of the material in his autobiographical middle-grade novel The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice (1994), Say tells the s...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
The Elephant Scientist
Click to search this book in our catalog   Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson
School Library Journal Gr 5-8-O'Connell traveled to Africa in 1992 to observe wild animals; the trip turned into a job offer to study elephants ...More
2012 (Older Readers)
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
Click to search this book in our catalog   Meg Wolitzer
School Library Journal Gr 4-7-Three kids meet at a youth Scrabble tournament and help one another work through various issues. Nate has an overly c...More
 
2012 (Older Readers)
Flyaway
 Lucy Christopher
Book list *Starred Review* Like her father and grandfather, 13-year-old Isla seems to have a mystical connection, as well as emotional bond, with the...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Hidden
 Helen Frost
Book list Though Wren and Darra have never even made eye contact, they share a secret history that changed both of their lives. When they were eight,...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ed Young and Libby Koponen
Book list *Starred Review* With war coming to Shanghai, Young's father did the best he could to protect his wife and children. An engineer, he bu...More
2012 (Older Readers)
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
Click to search this book in our catalog   Georgia Bragg
 
2012 (Older Readers)
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
 Margarita Engle
Publishers Weekly Newbery Honor-winner Engle (The Surrender Tree) continues to find narrative treasure in Cuban history. Like her other novels in v...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
 Stuart Ross
Book list This handsome book presents 14 journeys of exploration, from Pytheas the Greek in 240 BC to the Apollo moon landing in 1969. Sailors domina...More
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2012 (Older Readers)
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
School Library Journal Gr 6-9-This well-researched fictional look at the lives of the sons of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings echoes wi...More
2012 (Older Readers)
Lost and Found
Click to search this book in our catalog   Shaun Tan
 
2012 (Older Readers)
A Monster Calls: A Novel
 Patrick Ness
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Conor O'Malley, 13, is having a difficult time. At school, he copes with bullying and loneliness. His father is ...More
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