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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces 2010 Notable Children’s Books

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2010 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.

The list follows:

Younger Readers
“All the World.” By Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus. by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane.
“Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!” By Geoffrey Hayes. Illus. by the author. TOON.
“Big Wolf and Little Wolf.” By Nadine Brun-Cosme. Illus. by Olivier Tallec; Trans. by Claudia Bedrick. Enchanted Lion.
“Birds.” By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow.
“A Book.” By Mordicai Gerstein. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook.
“Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros.” By Pat Mora. Illus. by Rafael López. Rayo.
“The Curious Garden.” By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“Gracias * Thanks.” By Pat Mora. Illus. by John Parra. Lee & Low.
“Higher! Higher!” By Leslie Patricelli. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.
“I Spy Fly Guy!” By Tedd Arnold. Illus. by the author. Scholastic.
“Little Mouse Gets Ready.” By Jeff Smith. Illus. by the author. TOON.
“Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and ‘Three Cups of Tea.’” By Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. Collages by Susan L. Roth. Dial.
“Mommy, Mama, and Me.” By Lesléa Newman. Illus. by Carol Thompson. Tricycle.
“Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends.” By Wong Herbert Yee. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“My Abuelita.” By Tony Johnston. Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt.
“Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.” By Kate McMullan. Illus. by R. W. Alley. Dial.
“Posy.” By Linda Newbery. Illus. by Catherine Rayner. Atheneum.
“Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors.” By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton.
“Thunder-Boomer!” By Shutta Crum. Illus. by Carol Thompson. Clarion.
“Waiting for Winter.” By Sebastian Meschenmoser. Illus. by the author. Kane Miller.
“Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales.” By Lucy Cousins. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.

Middle Readers
“Adventures in Cartooning.” By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Illus. by the authors. First Second.
“An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers.” By Natasha Wing. Illus. by Julia Breckenreid. Holt.
“Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House.” By Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol. Roaring Brook.
“Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal.” By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda.
“Crow Call.” By Lois Lowry. Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Scholastic.
“The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors.” By Chris Barton. Illus. by Tony Persiani. Charlesbridge.
“Diego: Bigger Than Life.” By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illus. by David Diaz. Marshall Cavendish.
“Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea.” By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“Eidi.” By Bodil Bredsdorff. Trans. by Kathryn Mahaffy. Farrar Straus Giroux.
“The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.” By Jacqueline Kelly. Holt.
“A Faraway Island.” By Annika Thor. Trans by Linda Schenck. Delacorte.
“Federico García Lorca.” By Georgina Lázaro. Illus. by Enrique S. Moreiro. Lectorum.
“The Frog Scientist.” By Pamela S.Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins. Houghton.
“The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust.” By Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix. Illus. by the authors. Holiday.
“How Oliver Olson Changed the World.” By Claudia Mills. Illus. by Heather Maione. Farrar.
“In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton.” By Rebecca Bond. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“The Magician’s Elephant.” By Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Yoko Tanaka. Candlewick.
“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.” By Rodman Philbrick. Blue Sky.
“Pharaoh’s Boat.” By David L. Weitzman. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River.” By Hudson Talbott. Illus. by the author. Putnam.
“The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis.” By Barbara O’Connor. Farrar.
“The Storm in the Barn.” By Matt Phelan. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.
“Tsunami!” By Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young. Philomel.
“When You Reach Me.” By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb.
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems.” By Deborah Ruddell Illus. by Joan Rankin. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
“You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!” By Jonah Winter. Illus. by André Carrilho. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Older Readers

“Anything But Typical.” By Nora Raleigh Baskin. Simon & Schuster.
“Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream.” By Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick.
“Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.” By Phillip Hoose. Farrar/ Melanie Kroupa.
“The Giant-Slayer.” By Iain Lawrence. Delacorte.
“The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum.” By Candace Fleming. Random/Schwartz & Wade.
“Leviathan.” By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse.
“The Lost Conspiracy.” By Frances Hardinge. HarperCollins.
“Marching for Freedom: Walk together, children, and don’t you grow weary.” By Elizabeth Partridge. Viking.
“Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness.” By Nahoko Uehashi. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Trans. by Cathy Hirano. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.
“Mother Poems.” By Hope Anita Smith. Illus. by the author. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books.
“Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War.” By Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen. National Geographic.
“Return to Sender.” By Julia Alvarez . Knopf.
“The Rock and the River.” By Kekla Magoon. Aladdin.
“Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World.” By Marilyn Nelson. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Dial.
“Tales from Outer Suburbia.” By Shaun Tan. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.
“tofu quilt.” By ching yeung russell. Lee & Low.
“Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales.” Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Viking.
“Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting.” By Jim Murphy. Scholastic.
“Wild Things.” By Clay Carmichael. Front Street.
“Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.” By Sally M. Walker. Carolrhoda.
“Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl.” By Albert Marrin. Dutton.
All Ages
“Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song.” By Ashley Bryan. Photographs by Bill McGuinness. Atheneum.
“Duck! Rabbit!” By Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle.
“The Lion & the Mouse.” By Jerry Pinkney. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.” By Brian Floca. Illus. by the author. Atheneum/Richard Jackson.
“My People.” By Langston Hughes. Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr. Atheneum/ Ginee Seo.
“Redwoods.” By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. Flash Point.
For the annotated 2010 list and past Notable Children’s Books lists, please visit the ALSC Web site. More information about all of ALSC’s Children’s Notable Lists (books, recordings, and videos) is also available on the Web site: http://www.ala.org/alsc, click on “Awards & Grants” and “Children’s Notable Lists.”
Members of the 2010 Notable Children’s Books Committee are:

Eliza T. Dresang, chair, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; Beth Gerall, NoveList, Durham, N.C.; Sue C. Kimmel, Gillespie Park Elementary School, Greensboro, N.C.; Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Silver Spring, Md.; Marie Orlando, North Shore Public Library, Wading River, N.Y.; Michael Rogalla, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Ill.; Ed Spicer, Michigan Reading Journal, Allegan, Mich.; Sally Anne Thompson, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Tanya Tullos, Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, Texas; Andrea Vaughn, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Mary R. Voors, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2010 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.

The list follows:

Younger Readers
“All the World.” By Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus. by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane.
“Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!” By Geoffrey Hayes. Illus. by the author. TOON.
“Big Wolf and Little Wolf.” By Nadine Brun-Cosme. Illus. by Olivier Tallec; Trans. by Claudia Bedrick. Enchanted Lion.
“Birds.” By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow.
“A Book.” By Mordicai Gerstein. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook.
“Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros.” By Pat Mora. Illus. by Rafael López. Rayo.
“The Curious Garden.” By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“Gracias * Thanks.” By Pat Mora. Illus. by John Parra. Lee & Low.
“Higher! Higher!” By Leslie Patricelli. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.
“I Spy Fly Guy!” By Tedd Arnold. Illus. by the author. Scholastic.
“Little Mouse Gets Ready.” By Jeff Smith. Illus. by the author. TOON.
“Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and ‘Three Cups of Tea.’” By Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. Collages by Susan L. Roth. Dial.
“Mommy, Mama, and Me.” By Lesléa Newman. Illus. by Carol Thompson. Tricycle.
“Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends.” By Wong Herbert Yee. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“My Abuelita.” By Tony Johnston. Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt.
“Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.” By Kate McMullan. Illus. by R. W. Alley. Dial.
“Posy.” By Linda Newbery. Illus. by Catherine Rayner. Atheneum.
“Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors.” By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton.
“Thunder-Boomer!” By Shutta Crum. Illus. by Carol Thompson. Clarion.
“Waiting for Winter.” By Sebastian Meschenmoser. Illus. by the author. Kane Miller.
“Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales.” By Lucy Cousins. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.

Middle Readers
“Adventures in Cartooning.” By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Illus. by the authors. First Second.
“An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers.” By Natasha Wing. Illus. by Julia Breckenreid. Holt.
“Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House.” By Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol. Roaring Brook.
“Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal.” By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda.
“Crow Call.” By Lois Lowry. Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Scholastic.
“The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors.” By Chris Barton. Illus. by Tony Persiani. Charlesbridge.
“Diego: Bigger Than Life.” By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illus. by David Diaz. Marshall Cavendish.
“Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea.” By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“Eidi.” By Bodil Bredsdorff. Trans. by Kathryn Mahaffy. Farrar Straus Giroux.
“The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.” By Jacqueline Kelly. Holt.
“A Faraway Island.” By Annika Thor. Trans by Linda Schenck. Delacorte.
“Federico García Lorca.” By Georgina Lázaro. Illus. by Enrique S. Moreiro. Lectorum.
“The Frog Scientist.” By Pamela S.Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins. Houghton.
“The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust.” By Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix. Illus. by the authors. Holiday.
“How Oliver Olson Changed the World.” By Claudia Mills. Illus. by Heather Maione. Farrar.
“In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton.” By Rebecca Bond. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“The Magician’s Elephant.” By Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Yoko Tanaka. Candlewick.
“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.” By Rodman Philbrick. Blue Sky.
“Pharaoh’s Boat.” By David L. Weitzman. Illus. by the author. Houghton.
“River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River.” By Hudson Talbott. Illus. by the author. Putnam.
“The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis.” By Barbara O’Connor. Farrar.
“The Storm in the Barn.” By Matt Phelan. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.
“Tsunami!” By Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young. Philomel.
“When You Reach Me.” By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb.
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems.” By Deborah Ruddell Illus. by Joan Rankin. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
“You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!” By Jonah Winter. Illus. by André Carrilho. Random/Schwartz & Wade.
Older Readers
“Anything But Typical.” By Nora Raleigh Baskin. Simon & Schuster.
“Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream.” By Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick.
“Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.” By Phillip Hoose. Farrar/ Melanie Kroupa.
“The Giant-Slayer.” By Iain Lawrence. Delacorte.
“The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum.” By Candace Fleming. Random/Schwartz & Wade.
“Leviathan.” By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse.
“The Lost Conspiracy.” By Frances Hardinge. HarperCollins.
“Marching for Freedom: Walk together, children, and don’t you grow weary.” By Elizabeth Partridge. Viking.
“Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness.” By Nahoko Uehashi. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Trans. by Cathy Hirano. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.
“Mother Poems.” By Hope Anita Smith. Illus. by the author. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books.
“Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War.” By Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen. National Geographic.
“Return to Sender.” By Julia Alvarez . Knopf.
“The Rock and the River.” By Kekla Magoon. Aladdin.
“Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World.” By Marilyn Nelson. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Dial.
“Tales from Outer Suburbia.” By Shaun Tan. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.
“tofu quilt.” By ching yeung russell. Lee & Low.
“Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales.” Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Viking.
“Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting.” By Jim Murphy. Scholastic.
“Wild Things.” By Clay Carmichael. Front Street.
“Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.” By Sally M. Walker. Carolrhoda.
“Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl.” By Albert Marrin. Dutton.
All Ages
“Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song.” By Ashley Bryan. Photographs by Bill McGuinness. Atheneum.
“Duck! Rabbit!” By Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle.
“The Lion & the Mouse.” By Jerry Pinkney. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
“Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.” By Brian Floca. Illus. by the author. Atheneum/Richard Jackson.
“My People.” By Langston Hughes. Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr. Atheneum/ Ginee Seo.
“Redwoods.” By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. Flash Point.
For the annotated 2010 list and past Notable Children’s Books lists, please visit the ALSC Web site. More information about all of ALSC’s Children’s Notable Lists (books, recordings, and videos) is also available on the Web site: http://www.ala.org/alsc, click on “Awards & Grants” and “Children’s Notable Lists.”
Members of the 2010 Notable Children’s Books Committee are:

Eliza T. Dresang, chair, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; Beth Gerall, NoveList, Durham, N.C.; Sue C. Kimmel, Gillespie Park Elementary School, Greensboro, N.C.; Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Silver Spring, Md.; Marie Orlando, North Shore Public Library, Wading River, N.Y.; Michael Rogalla, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Ill.; Ed Spicer, Michigan Reading Journal, Allegan, Mich.; Sally Anne Thompson, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Tanya Tullos, Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, Texas; Andrea Vaughn, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Mary R. Voors, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Fox Walked Alone by Barbara Reid

Albert Whitman, 2009.     ISBN: 9780807525487

This variation of the story of Noah and the Ark features a puzzled, but curious fox who feels compelled to stay awake during the daylight hours in which he is accustomed to sleeping, and to travel, day after day. As he goes along, he meets up with a multitude of animals, walking in the same direction in pairs. Just in case some of these animals were dangerous, Fox followed along at a distance, staying out of sight. As the sky fills with clouds, Fox sees the ark in the valley below him, and meets his mate. The pair file into the Ark just as the rain begins to fall. The story ends with an illustration of the ark sailing in the flooded waters, and then a cameo of the two foxes sitting together under a rainbow. There is no reference to the bible story other than the use of the name, Noah.  The illustrations are cleverly done in Plasticine which works especially well to create texture and depth.  A “Notable” Sydney Taylor Award book.

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Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2009.     ISBN 9781416994374

Basing the book on a true story, Winter tells how Afghani women resisted the Taliban and continued to teach their daughters in secret, home-based schools.  An introduction, which can serve as a starting point for discussion with older readers, explains the differences in women’s lives before and after the Taliban seized control. The story itself addresses younger readers effectively.

When soldiers take Nasreen’s father away, her mother sets off in search for him and doesn’t return. Nasreen stops talking, and just sits, waiting. As her despair grows worse, her grandmother finally decides to risk taking her outside to a school for girls that she has heard about. As time passes, Nasreen still doesn’t speak. But after the winter break, she responds in a whisper to one of her classmates, and finally begins to smile and talk, and learn, and to find comfort in the discovery that her country was once filled with artists and writers and mystics, and that there was a bigger world outside.  Winter’s beautiful illustrations work for story time, but a closer perusal provides an even deeper engagement with the text.

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