Becker, Bonny. A VISITOR FOR BEAR. Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.
The simple backdrop of bears forest home sets the stage for a visit from the persistent and irritating mouse who insists the two will become friends.
Bee, Wlliam. Beware
of the Frog.
Living alone in the forest, Old Mrs. Collywobbles needs protection from the Greedy Goblin, the Smelly Troll, and the Giant Hungry Ogre. Her pet frog jumps out of folklore to come to her rescue and give Mrs. Collywobbles more than she anticipated. ( j Bee)
Campbell, Sarah C. Wolfsnail:
A Backyard Predator. Photos by Sarah C. and Richard P. Campbell.
Magnified photographs and informative text provide a nonfiction look at the carnivorous wolfsnail trapping and devouring its victim. This science book will amaze and attract readers. (2009 Geisel Honor Book) (j594.3 Campbell)
Davis, Eleanor. Stinky:
A Toon Book.
Stinky, the swamp monster, is at first determined to rid his beloved muddy, slimy, smelly swamp of Nick, only to realize that this dreaded kid is not the appallingly clean intruder he supposes him to be. (2009 Geisel Honor Book) (E Davis)
Dorros, Arthur. Papá
and Me. Illus. by Rudy Gutierrez.
Lively artwork tells the story of a father and son who spend a special day together in the citysinging, cooking, going to the park and the beach, riding the bus, and telling stories, culminated by a visit with Papás parents. (2009 Belpré Illustrator Honor Book) ( j Dorros)
Fleming, Denise. Buster
Goes to Cowboy Camp.
After a week at Cowboy Camp for Dogs, Busters homesickness evaporates as he joyfully joins the controlled canine chaos of camp activities. Flemings richly colored multimedia art details the camps layout and the animals constant motion. ( j Fleming)
Frazee, Marla. A
Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever.
With lively, detailed, subtly retro cartoons, Frazee gently pokes fun at adult expectations and captures the unbounded joy of two friends experiencing a parent-free summer adventure. (2009 Caldecott Honor Book) ( j Frazee)
George, Jean Craighead. Goose
and Duck. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont.
Goose imprints on the boy who finds his egg, Duck imprints on goose, and both follow the boy around until fall when they figure out who they are and join their fellows flying south. (E George)
Graham, Bob. How
to Heal a Broken Wing.
On a busy city street, young Will stops for an injured pigeon. Soft watercolor panels depict the familys care of the bird and its subsequent release into the sky over the city. ( j Graham)
Grant, Judyann Ackerman. Chicken
Said, Cluck! Illus. by Sue Truesdell.
Earl and Pearl shoo Chicken away as they work on their pumpkin patch, but as the story comes full circle, its Chicken who does the shooing and saves the day. (2009 Geisel Honor Book) (E Grant)
Harris, Robie H. Maybe
a Bear Ate It! Illus by Michael Emberley.
When a favorite book goes missing, our frantic narrator conducts a frenzied search, imagining the worst. Cartoony art illustrates the emotions of losing and finding a cherished object. ( j Harris)
Henkes, Kevin. Old
During his annual hibernation, Old Bear dreams of the seasons of his youth. Seasonal changes and Old Bears sense of wonder are gently evoked in Henkes ink and watercolor pictures. ( j Henkes)
Hills, Tad. What's
Up, Duck? A Book of Opposites.
Adapting Duck and Goose for the board book crowd, Hills whimsically presents concepts such as loud and quiet, far and near, and heavy and light in clear, child-appealing watercolors. ( j Hills)
Hole, Stian. Garmanns
Humorous and poetic text, combined with surreal and multi-layered artwork, creates a truly unique and complex look at the universality of fear and uncertainty in this tale of a six-year-olds last summer before starting school. (2009 Batchelder Honor Book) ( j Hole)
Kohara, Kazuno. Ghosts
in the House!
Faced with a houseful of ghosts, a little girl and her cat come up with a creative solution for repurposing them. Orange and black linocuts, collaged with rice paper ghosts, complete this appealing package for very young children. ( j Kohara)
McDonald, Megan. THE HINKY PINK.
Illus. by Brian Floca.
Until the young seamstress Anabel finds the perfect bed for the Hobbledy-gob Hinky-Pink, she will get no sleep and the Princesss dress will never be ready in time for the ball.
Morales, Yuyi. Just
in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book. Illus.
by the author.
Vibrant jewel-tone colors masterfully capture the story of Señor Calaveras quest to find the perfect birthday gift for Grandma Beetle. Part ghost story, part trickster tale, the book features motifs from Mexican culture that represent each letter of the Spanish alphabet. (2009 Belpré Illustrator Award Book and Author Honor Book) ( j Morales)
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. One
Boy. Illus. by the author.
Seegers eye-catching picture book leads readers to discover words within words through a distinctive die-cut design and clean, bold illustrations. (2009 Geisel Honor Book) ( j Seeger)
Swanson, Susan Marie. The
House in the Night. Illus. by Beth Krommes.
This timeless bedtime verse offers reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Elegant line, with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world. (2009 Caldecott Medal Book) ( j Swanson)
Tafolla, Carmen. What
Can You Do with a Rebozo? Illus. by Amy Cordova.
Rich, vibrant colors swirl and swoosh across full-page spreads, depicting the family home of an imaginative, young Mexican American girl who playfully invents modern-day uses for the traditional Mexican rebozo, or long scarf. (2009 Belpré Honor Book) ( j Tafolla)
Weatherford, Carole Boston. Before
John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane. Illus. by
John Coltranes childhood echoed with sounds. The formative experiences of the legendary musician and composer are portrayed in rhythmic language and stylized, mixed media illustrations in blues, browns and white. (2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book) ( j Weatherford)
Willems, Mo. Are
You Ready to Play Outside?
Piggie and Gerald experience the ups and downs of a rainy day. (2009 Geisel Award Book) (E Willems)
Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. Illus. by David Small.
Intertwining stories of an embittered man, a loyal hound, an abandoned cat and a vengeful lamia sing of love, loss, loneliness and hope. (2009 Newbery Honor Book) (Juv Fic Appelt)
Bishop, Nic. Nic
Bishop presents salient facts about frogs through clear text, augmented with fascinating photographs of species around the world. Even the frog-phobic will be fascinated. (j597.8 Bishop)
Broach, Elise. Masterpiece.
Illus. by Kelly Murphy.
An artistic beetle with a yen for adventure and a lonely 11-year-old boy team up to catch the thief who has stolen a priceless Albrecht Durer from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Juv Fic M Broach)
Brown, Don. All
Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912, the Day the Titanic Sank.
Selecting just the right amount of essential information, Brown artfully captures the drama of what happened to the unsinkable Titanic on that fateful night. (j910.453 Brown)
Bryant, Jen. A
River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illus.
by Melissa Sweet.
Sweets mixed-media collage and primitive watercolors flow seamlessly with Bryants prose to reveal the important bits and pieces of Williams ordinary, yet extraordinary, life as a doctor and poet. (2009 Caldecott Honor Book) (j921 W6758b)
Dowd, Siobhan. The
London Eye Mystery.
In a race against time, twelve-year-old Ted, with his sister Kat, uses his special skills and perceptions to discover how their cousin Salim disappeared while riding the London Eye, the worlds tallest observation wheel. (Juv Fic M Dowd)
Elliott, Zetta. Bird.
Illus. by Shadra Strickland.
A young boy, Mehkai, nicknamed Bird because he loves to draw birds, finds solace in his art work as his beloved grandfather dies and his admired older brother Marcus succumbs to drug addiction. (2009 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award) (Juv Fic Elliott)
Erdrich, Louise. The
Porcupine Year. (Little Frog, #3)
In this third in the Birchbark House series set in 1852, Omakayas, a young Ojibwa girl now 12, and her family face serious challenges as they move westward from land the U.S. government has claimed. (Juv Fic Erdrich)
Fern, Tracey E. BUFFALO MUSIC
Illus. by Lauren Castillo.
Pioneer Mary Ann Goodnight saves her beloved Texas buffalo from extinction by shipping those that escape slaughter to Yellowstone to become part of a new national herd. Spare scenes of primitive abstract art create a stunning visual landscape.
Gaiman, Neil. The
Graveyard Book. Illus. by Dave McKean.
A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens. A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, Gaimans tale is told in magical, haunting prose. (2009 Newbery Medal Book) (YA Fic M Gaiman)
THE STORYTELLER'S CANDLE/LA VELITA DE LOS CUENTOS Illus. by Lulu
Text and sepia tone illustrations present the biographical story of Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library, who introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhoods first Three Kings Day fiesta. (2009 Belpré Author Honor Book and Illustrator Honor Book)
Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan.
and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond.
Beginning with a description of the dramatic Gates project installed for two weeks in Central Park in 2005, readers are introduced to the extraordinary pair whose art, in its immense scope, has amazed and astounded the world. (j709.22 Greenberg)
Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. Rapunzels
Revenge. Illus. by Nathan Hale.
In a vibrantly illustrated graphic novel set in a make-believe frontier land, an untraditional Rapunzel escapes the tower, uses her long braids as weapons, and takes revenge on the wicked Mother Gothel. (YA 741.5 Hale)
Hopkinson, Deborah. Abe
Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten
Frontier Friend). Illus. by John Hendrix.
Taking a boyhood story about Lincoln as inspiration, Hopkinson provides a lively, tongue-in-cheek telling with as many bends as Knob Creek. Hendrixs broad, cartoony illustrations visually suggest several possible outcomes to the boys predicament. ( j Hopkinson)
Kerley, Barbara. What
To Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed
the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
Growing up as the daughter of the President was not easy, but being the President and father of Alice Roosevelt was not easy either. Kerleys playful use of language and Fotheringhams rollicking illustrations converge to introduce energy and outrageousness. (2009 Sibert Honor Book) (j921 L868k)
Law, Ingrid. Savvy.
This rich first-person narrative draws readers into a wild bus ride, winding through the countryside on a journey of self-discovery for Mibs Beaumont and her companions. (2009 Newbery Honor Book) (Juv Fic SF Law)
Lewin, Ted. HORSE SONG: THE NAADAM
Alternating lavish watercolors and lively cartoon sketches, the artists document their travel to Mongolia, capturing the excitement and beauty of Naadam, the Summer Festival, where young boys and girls compete in horse racing.
McGill, Alice. Way
Up and Over Everything. Illus. by Jude Daly.
Stylized watercolors illustrate A storytellers account of the five newly purchased Africans who escaped the horrors of slavery by flying away from the Georgia plantation where her great-grandmama's mama lived and worked. (j398.2 McGill)
Nicholls, Sally. WAYS TO LIVE
Using clever lists, insightful questions, thoughtful journal entries and drawings, eleven-year-old Sam shares his perspective on his leukemia and his upbeat attitude as he faces the end of his life.
Nivola, Claire A. Planting
the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai.
Naïf, charming pictures, and well-chosen details illuminate the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, who responded to the impending desertification of her native Kenya by instigating the planting of 30 million trees. (j921 M1122n)
Nobleman, Marc Tyler. Boys
of Steel: The Creators of Superman. Illus. by Ross MacDonald.
Part picture book, part graphic novel, this is the fascinating story of how two high school friends created a superhero that endures to this day. (j920 Nobleman)
Parker, Robert Andrew. Piano
Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum.
Parker imagines renowned jazz pianist Tatums early years, employing a first person narrative that takes readers from his Toledo youth to big city clubs and concert halls. Luminous watercolors compellingly extend the text. (2009 Schneider Family Book Award) (j781.65 Parker)
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. When
the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone.
Photographs by Dan Hartman and Cassie Hartman.
Lively photographs, capturing images of wildlife, and an easy text make it clear to young readers the beneficial impact to the ecosystem when wolves were reintroduced. (j599.74442 Patent)
Preller, James. SIX INNINGS: A
GAME IN THE LIFE
The heart stopping action of a little league baseball game frames a personal introduction to the players, the strategies, and twelve-year-old Sam, sidelined by cancer.
Ray, Deborah Kogan. Wanda
Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Draw.
This intimate portrait of the creator of Millions of Cats combines Gágs own words with more detailed text to describe a girl who never let go of her dream. Lush illustrations suggest Gágs style and versatility. (j921 G121r)
Rumford, James. SILENT MUSIC:
A STORY OF BAGHDAD
Ali, a young boy in contemporary Baghdad, loves calligraphy and practices his art to shut out the sights and sounds of war. Mixed media illustrations contrast rich color, lush texture, bold silhouettes, and flowing calligraphy.
Scieszka, Jon. Knucklehead:
Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka
A hilarious saga of growing up in a household with five brothers during the 1950s and 1960s by the National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature, illustrated with candid pictures from the period. (j921 Sci276AAk)
Schulman, Janet. PALE MALE: CITIZEN
HAWK OF NEW YORK CITY
Lush watercolors and personable narrative bring to life the story of Pale Male, a male hawk who nests atop a swanky Fifth Avenue apartment building and sparks a battle for his habitat among residents and conservationists.
Shulevitz, Uri. How
I Learned Geography.
Recounting memories of his familys flight from the Warsaw Blitz and his years as a refugee during World War II, Shulevitz employs watercolor and ink to depict a boy liberated from his dreary existence through flights of fancy inspired by the map his father buys in the village market. (2009 Caldecott Honor Book) ( j Shulevitz)
Stone, Tanya Lee. Elizabeth
Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote.
Illus. by Rebecca Gibbon.
This introductory biography outlines Elizabeth Cady Stantons childhood realization of the secondary status of women and continues with her adult activism that lead to the right to vote for women. Folk art expands the text. (j921 St26st)
Thomas, Joyce Carol. The
Blacker the Berry. Illus. by Floyd Cooper.
A collection of twelve poems celebrating and affirming the variations in skin color and individuality of African American children, illustrated with richly colored paintings of children complementing the imagery of the free verse. (2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and Author Honor Book) (j811.54 Thomas)
Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito:
Guardian of the Spirit. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu.
Balsa, a female warrior, accepts the task of protecting a young prince from demons and his fathers assassins. Prince Chagum is the Moribito, the guardian of the sacred spirit. Together they must find in each other the source of strength they need to prevail. (2009 Batchelder Award Book) (YA Fic SF Uehashi)
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains.
Sold as a slave to an influential New York Tory family, 13-year-old Isabel spies for the patriot side during the American Revolution in a desperate hope to gain freedom for herself and her 5-year-old sister. (YA Fic Anderson)
Collins, Suzanne. The
In a science-fiction cliffhanger, Katniss takes her younger sisters place as one of twenty-four youths who are turned over to the Capitol in a deadly annual reality game in which only one can survive. (YA Fic SF Collins)
Connor, Leslie. Waiting
Longing for the loving family life her younger half-sisters have with her former stepfather, resilient sixth-grader Addie copes with living in a trailer in Schenectady, New York with her neglectful mother. (2009 Schneider Family Book Award) (Juv Fic Connor)
Deem, James M. Bodies
from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past.
In this exploration of the archaeology of glacier science, Deems visual presentation engages readers through period newspaper illustrations, paintings, maps and photographs of ice mummies and artifacts from four continents. (2009 Sibert Honor Book) (j573.3 Deem)
Engle, Margarita. The
Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom.
Hauntingly beautiful free verse prose breathes life into this finely crafted story that illuminates Cubas fight for independence from Spain in the 1800s. (2009 Newbery Honor Book and Belpré Author Award Book) (YA Fic Engle)
Fleischman, Sid. The
Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West.
This rip-roaring biography of Americas quintessential humorist is as outrageous as its subject. Twainss early life is conveyed through memorable quotes and period photographs. Fleischman disentangles facts from fiction, provides ample documentation, and a version of The Jumping Frog. (j921 C591f)
Fleming, Candace. The
Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary.
Short articles, vignettes, excerpts from letters, historical photographs and documents form the scrapbook demonstrating the intertwined lives of the Civil War president and his devoted but unbalanced wife and giving equal attention to both parties. (j921 L638fl)
Freedman, Russell. Washington
at Valley Forge.
Freedmans customary graceful prose, eye for the telling detail, and clear narrative arc describe the winter Washingtons troops spent at Valley Forge. (j973.3341 Freedman)
Jiménez, Francisco. Reaching
In this poignantly written autobiography, Jimenez recounts his days as a young Mexican American student who is the first in his family to attend college. Against great odds, he is determined to complete his education. (2009 Belpré Author Honor Book) (YA Fic Jiménez)
Macaulay, David with Richard Walker.
Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body.
The amazing human body gets an equally amazing treatment for all its systems and functions. Thorough explanations, visual and verbal, offer an inside look of the bodys marvels. (j612 Macaulay)
Michaelis, Antonia. Tiger
A betrayed woman facing death, a most unlikely hero, and a sarcastic talking white tiger in colonial-era India come together in a magical story within a story. This masterfully crafted tale moves seamlessly from reality to fantasy as it reveals the profound power of story. (2009 Batchelder Honor Book) (YA Fic SF Michaelis)
Nelson, Kadir. We
Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
This fascinating and well-documented history of Negro League Baseball is told in the voice of an everyman narrator. Dignified, riveting full-page illustrations capture the spirit of these larger-than-life men who loved the game, despite the prejudice they faced. (2009 Sibert Medal Book, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and CSK Illustrator Honor Book) (j796.357 Nelson)
Nelson, Scott Reynolds with Marc
Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry.
A historian explains how he connected bits of information acquired in a larger research project to identify the actual story and person behind the John Henry folksong. (j973.0496 Nelson)
OBrien, Tony and Mike Sullivan.
Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan.
Young people from various backgrounds around Kabul share their hopes and dreams in this amazing and heart-rending collection of full color photo portraits. (j915.81 O'Brien)
Pratchett, Terry. Nation.
After a tsunami, island native, Mau, and shipwreck survivor, Daphne, construct a nation that blends each others customs, science, and faith in a multi-leveled novel of survival and politics. (2009 Printz Honor Book) (YA Fic SF Pratchett)
Reeve, Philip. Here
Reeve places his Arthur in the Dark Ages of the sixth century where Myrddin embellishes his story by creating a modern spin on this ancient tale that combines wishes, lies, and dreams into the now familiar legend. (YA Fic SF Reeve)
Smith, Hope Anita. Keeping
the Night Watch. Illus. by E.B. Lewis.
While the rest of the family welcomes his fathers return, thirteen-year-old C.J. cannot hide his hurt and anger over his fathers abandonment. Smiths graceful poetry delves deeply into C.J.s emotional life. (2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book) (Juv Fic Smith)
Woodson, Jacqueline. After
Tupac & D Foster.
Bonded by Tupacs music, three girls explore the lure of freedom and build a friendship that redefines their own identities. (2009 Newbery Honor Book) (YA Fic Woodson)
Arnosky, Jim. Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Natures Footprints.
Life-sized footprints depicting more than 60 North American wild animals make this an enticing field guide for young explorers. (j591.5 Arnosky)
Johnson, Stephen T. A IS FOR ART:
AN ABSTRACT ALPHABET
In this amazing tour de force, Johnson creates an original piece of abstract art for each letter of the alphabet. Playful touches include hidden letters, alliterative text, and details on the construction of each piece.
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.
One hundred and eight finest authors and illustrators for children tell both the historical and human stories of a beloved national landmark. (j975.3 Our)
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