Sunday, September 16, 2012

Award winning, best and most excellent book lists for children, kids and teens

One of my favorite bookstores, ever, is Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville,Il. I played, or should I say, worked there for six years and never found a more dedicated book of book gobblers. We loved reading and arguing about books. If you need suggestions for best books, great books, award winning books for children, kids, and young adults...this is a great resource.

Naperville    Downers Grove     Aurora
in Illinois
Illinois Reading Council
March 14th-17th, 2012
Looking at New Books for Children
Presenter, Becky Anderson
Grades K-3

Picture Books                                                                                                           _____________
And Then It’s Spring         Julie Fogliano, illus. Erin E. Stead
Another Brother        Matthew Cordell
Chopsticks        Amy Krouse Rosenthal,    illus. Scott Magoon           
Extra Yarn       Mac Barnett,      illus. Jon Klassen
Goodnight iPad,  A Parody for the Next Generation     Ann Droyd
Grandpa Green         Lane Smith
I Don’t Want To Be a Pea!       Ann Bonwill,   illus Simon Rickerty
I Want My Hat back                   Jon Klassen
Little Treasures         Jacqueline K. Ogburn,     illus. Chris Raschka
The Monster Returns         Peter McCarty
Moonlight          Helen V. Griffith,    illus. Laura Dronzek
M.O.M.            Doreen Cronin and Laura Cornell
More                  I.C. Springman,  illus.  Brian Lies           
No Bears         Meg McKinley,  illus. Leila Rudge
One Cool Friend         Toni Buzzeo,  illus.  David Small
Otto, The Book Bear           Katie Cleminson
Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet            Paul Thurlby
Pete the Cat .. I Love My White Shoes and Rocking In My School Shoes       Eric Litwin,  illus. James Dean
Petunia Goes Wild                    Paul Schmid
Piggy Bunny                         Rachel Vail,    illus.  Jeremy Tankard
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas           Tony Wilson, illus.  Sue deGennaro
Prudence Wants a Pet           Cathleen Daly,   illus. Stephan Michael King
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit         Chris Van Dusen
The Really Awful Musicians            John Manders
Stuck           Oliver Jeffers
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur           Judy Sierra,  illus. Tim Bowers
Virginia Wolf           Kyo Maclear,  illus. Isabelle Arsenault
Z is for Moose          Kelly Bingham,  illus. Paul Zelinsky
Zero the Hero    Joan Holub,  illus. Tom Lichtenheld

Poetry, Language and Words________________________________________________
Book Speak! Poems about Books            Laura Purdie Salas, illus. Josee Bisaillon
Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie            J. Patrick Lewis, illus. Michael Slack
Grasshopper Pie and Other Poems           D.J. Steinberg,  illus. Adrian Sinnott
The Great Migration – Journey To The North           Eloise Greenfield,  illus. Jan Spivey Gilchrist
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus           Jack Prelutsky,  illus. Jackie Urbanovic
A Meal Of the Stars – Poems Up and Down          Dana Jensen, illus. Tricia Tusa
Out Of This World – Poems and Facts About Space           Amy E. Sklansky,  illus. Stacey Schuett
Poem Runs – Baseball Poems and Paintings            Douglas Florian
The President’s Stuck In the Bathtub – Poems about thePresidents      Susan Katz,  illus. Robert Neubecker
Step Gently Out           Helen Frost,  illus. Rick Lieder
UnBEElievables – Honeybee poems and paintings           Douglas Florian
We Are America – A Tribute From the Heart            Walter Dean Myers,  illus. Christopher Myers

People, Places and Things____________________________________________________
ABC’s of Baseball          Peter Golenbock,  illus. Dan Andreasen
Bambino and Mr. Twain         P.I. Maltbie,  illus. Daniel Miyares
A Boy Called Dickens            Deborah Hopkinson,   illus.  John Hendrix
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind          William Kamkwamba,  illus.  Elizabeth Zunon
Brothers at Bat          Audrey Vernick,  illus.. Steven Salerno
Escaping Titanic         Marybeth Lorbiecki,  illus. Kory S. Heinzen
Freedom Song           Sally M. Walker,  illus. Sean Qualls
Friends            Catherine Thimmesh
G is For Gold Medal         Brad Herzog,  illus. Doug Bowles
Here Come the Girl Scouts!           Shana Corey,  illus. Hadley Hooper
Looking at Lincoln           Maira Kalman
There Goes Ted Williams         Matt Tavares
Those Rebels, John & Tom    Barbara Kerley,   illus. Edwin Fotheringham
We March          Shane W. Evans
Women Explorers           Julie Cummins,  illus. Cheryl Harness
Words Set Me Free           Lesa Cline-Ransome,  illus. James E. Ransome

The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini              Peter Johnson                        Gr. 3-7
Bad Kitty for President          Nick Bruel                                                                                               Gr. 2-5           
Listen to My Trumpet!  and Happy Pig Day!        Elephant and Piggie Books    Mo Willems            Gr. K-2
Ellray Jakes in Not a Chicken!  And Ellray Jakes is a Rock Star!         Sally Warner                        Gr. 2-4
The Flying Beaver Brothers:  The Evil Penguin Plan  and  The Fishy Business     Maxwell Eaton III Gr. 1-4
Gooney Bird on the Map          Lois Lowry                                                                                               Gr. 2-4
Heidi Heckelbeck  Casts a Spell and Has a Secret         Wanda Coven                                               Gr. 2-4
Kaspar the Titanic Cat          Michael Morpurgo    Illus.   Michael Foreman                                   Gr. 3-7
Kindred Souls           Patricia Mac Lachlan                                                                                               Gr. 2-5
The Legend of Diamond Lil   and  The Trouble with Chickens   Doreen Cronin  Illus.  Kevin Cornell Gr. 2-4
Magic Tree House #47:  Abe Lincoln at Last  and Abraham Lincoln Fast Tracker  Mary Pope Osborne
Nancy Clancy  Super Sleuth           Jane O’Connor   Illus.  Robin Preiss Glasser                                    Gr. 2-4
Oddfellows Orphanage             Emily Winfield Martin                                                                       Gr. 3-6
The One and Only Ivan            Katherine Applegate                                                                       Gr. 4-8
Penguin New Young Readers:      multiple titles                                                                                   Gr. K-3
Penny and Her Song            Kevin Henkes                                                                                               Gr. Prek--3
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade and Princess Posey and the Next Door Dog  Stephanie Greene
Super-Sized Slugger           Cal Ripken Jr.                                                                                               Gr. 3-7
Stella Batts  Needs a New Name        Courtney Sheinmel                                                                       Gr. 2-4
Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk        Megan McDonald                                                           Gr. 2-4
Take Your Best Shot         John Coy    

Best books for Kids 2012

Last week I visited Prairie Lights Books for the FIRST Time!
It won’t be the last!
I met Barbara Stein, a guru of kids’ books who shared her knowledge and excitement of some of the new books for kids. She even gave me a copy of their 2012 favorites.
This list is compiled by Barbara Stein and Victoria Walton. I can’t wait to finish reading the list (and I’m not kidding!)

Fox, Mem                        Hello Baby!
Gershator, Phillis            Who’s in the
Hutchins, Hazel            Up Cat; Up Dog
Stein, David                        Pouch

Poetry, Songs and Mother Goose
Alexander, Elizabeth            Praise Song for
                                    The Day
Elliot, David                        In the Sea
Florian, Douglas            UnBeelievables
Hoberman, MaryAnn
                                    Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart           
Loeb, Lisa                        Lisa Loeb’s Silly

Ketteman, Helen            Senorita Gordita
Lowry, Amy                        Fox Tales: Four Fables from Aesop
Stampler, Ann                        The Wooden Sword” A Jewish Tale from                                                                                     Afghanistan

Picture Books
Allen, Jonathan            Don’t Copy Me
Buzzeo, Toni                        One Cool Friend
Davies, Nicola                        Just Ducks
Henkes, Kevin                        Penny and her Song
Hobbie, Holly                        Gem
Joose, Barbara                        Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats
Kalman, Maira            Looking at Lincoln
Lyons, Kelly                        Ellen’s Broom
Nichols, Grace                        I’m Fast                       
Parker, Marjorie            Whoa Baby, Whoa!
Patricelli, Leslie            Faster! Faster!
Schaefer, Lola M.            One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters
Singer, Marilyn            Tallulah’s Solo
Stoeke, Janet                        The Loopy Coop Hens: Pip’s Trip
Strauss, Linda                        The Elijah door: A Passover Tale
Wells, Rosemary            Yoko Learns to Read

Corey, Shana                        Here Come the Girl Scouts!
William                        The Boy Who Harnessed Wind
Lang, Heather                        Queen of the Track
Nivola, Claire                        Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Tavares, Matt                        There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter who ever Lived
Walker, Sally                        Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown

Kareem                        What color is my World? The Lost History of African-American
Carnesi, Monica            Little Dog Lost: The True Story of the Dog Named Baltic
Davies, Nicola                        Outside your Window: A First Book of Nature
Jenkins, Steve                        The Beetle Book
Judge, Lita                        Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why
The Mayo Clinic Kids’ Cookbook: 50 Favorite Recipes for Fun and Healthy eating
McHugh, Erin                        National Parks: A Kids’ Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments                                                 and Landmarks
Novesky, Amy            Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keefe painted what she                                                 Pleased
Potter, Alicia                        Mrs. Harkness and the Panda

Transitional Chapter Books

Butler, Dori                        The Case of the School Ghost
Cronin, Doreen            The Legend of Diamond Lil: A J.J. Tully Mystery
English, Karen                        Nikki and Deja: A Wedding Drama
Hest, Amy                        Letters to Leo
Jonell, Lynn                        Lawn Mower Magic
Jones, Diana Wynne
                                    Earwig and the Witch
McCall Smith,
Alexander                        The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case
McDonald, Megan            Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk
O’Connor, Jane            Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth           

Applegate, Katharine
                                    The One and Only Ivan
Boyce, Frank                        Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
Foley, Lizzie                        Remarkable
Hiassen, Carl                        Chomp
Ibbotson, Eva                        One Dog and His Little Boy
Levine, Kristin            The Lions of Little Rock
McKay, Hilary            Caddy’s World
Palacio, R.J.                  Wonder
Rex, Adam                     Cold Cereal
Riordan, Rick                The Serpent’s Shadows: Kane Chronicles Book 3
Stewart, Trenton
Lee                                    The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Andrews, Jesse            Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Green, John                        The Fault in our Stars
Handler, Daniel            Why we Broke up
Petrucha, Stefan            Ripper
Quick, Matthew            Boy21
Voorhoeve, Anne            My Family for the War
Woodson, Jacqueline            Beneath a Meth Moon

Sunday, February 5, 2012


For some crazy reason (because of my lack of blogging experience)
to view these delightful creations,
please go to the blogspot I listed below and paste it in your browser.
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