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Up to Seven

This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.

CHARLIE & MOUSE & GRUMPY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Emily
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hughes
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
20117
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Understatement is the word for this series, full of warmth that comes through in the simplicity of the activities (building a fort, singing a good night song). When their grandfather comes to visit he notices that Charlie has grown bigger but Mouse is just "medium". The antics are true to the characters and universally child like and explanations aren't needed, either among the characters or to the readers. Three cheers for all three. Edie Ching (up to 7)

WHY AM I ME?

Cover of: Why Am I Me/
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Britt
Author's First Name: 
Paige
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sean
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Qualls and Selina Alko
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
As an African American father and son and a light-skinned mother and daughter approach the subway from different directions, the boy asks the titular question. As the children notice one another more—as well as the people participating in sporting and musical activities viewed through the train window—they each ponder related questions. Acrylic, colored pencil, and collage scenes containing many types on diversity invite these thoughts naturally. A clever visual climax brings the children together with intersecting faces at the edges, a trick portraying a common color in the overlap. Much food for conversation. Wendy Lukehart

THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY

Cover: This Beautiful Day
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jackson
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Illustrator's First Name: 
Suzy
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lee
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Nowhere in the book, does it say that the rain makes it “a beautiful day,” but that is what appears to be so when the oldest of three, bored siblings turns on the radio and a rain dance ensues. The black and white day, rendered in pencil and acrylics, is infused with a blue swirl of music that connects to the rain, pulling them all outside to puddle fun. Jackson’s jazzy verses scan with an occasional bump, but Lee’s scenes are ebullient. By the conclusion it is clear that there are various ways to have a "beautiful" day. Wendy Lukehart

TOWN IS BY THE SEA

Cover of: Town Is by the Sea
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schwartz
Author's First Name: 
Joanne
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sydney
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Schwartz compares a boy’s daily activities in a shimmering seaside town with those of his father who mines coal underground. His evocative language and strategically repeated phrases combine with Smith’s ink and watercolor scenes to paint a powerful portrait of the life of a coal family and what the boy’s future will likely be. Smith’s strong black lines and shadows speak for themselves in this provocative story. Wendy Lukehart

BULLDOZER HELPS OUT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Fleming
Author's First Name: 
Candace
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eric
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Rohmann
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Caitlin Dlouhy/Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
What seems like just another construction site/vehicle story becomes more with the "surprise" that keeps little bulldozer from doing the "big" job he set out to do. Rohman's illustrations give personality to each of the vehicles and Fleming's language is lively and both repetative as well as expanding words (hunkered, clattered, grumbled). And rough tough trucks have soft hearts. Edie Ching (up to 7)

HELLO GOODBYE DOG

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gianferrari
Author's First Name: 
Maria
Illustrator's First Name: 
Patrice
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Barton
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
July
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Zara is in a wheelchair but this is only noted in the illustrations. Her energetic dog Moose hates goodbyes and keeps creating hellos by showing up at school in the classroom, the library, the cafeteria. What to do, Zara sends Moose to therapy school and we see him where he should be at the end of the book, the class reading dog. The language is active, "goodbye is hide without seek, an itch that can't be scratched" and the illustrations capture the moods of dog and children. A subtle story that might create interest in therapy dogs. Edie Ching (up to 7)

CARROT AND PEA: AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hood
Author's First Name: 
Morag
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
April 4, 2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Lee is a pea, and all his friends are peas, everyone except Colin. Colin is a carrot. He can't do all the same things as peas, but he can do other awesome things. The text and illustrations are sparse but humorous. Each picture is actually a collage composed of recycled plastic bags. While embracing differences is a common theme in picture books, I think the author's humor and illustrations make this one unique and thought-provoking. (M. Crews - Up to Seven).

CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Andros
Author's First Name: 
Camille
Illustrator's First Name: 
Brianne
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Farley
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
March 14, 2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Charlotte wants to be a serious scientist, but her family's rabbit hole is too crowded for her to properly conduct experiments. One of her siblings is always breaking her beakers or contaminating her samples. To find some peace and quiet, she constructs a ship and flies to the moon. However, she finds that even a serious scientist can become lonely. This book is not only funny and charming, it is also a great introduction to the scientific method for young readers. M. Crews (Up to Seven)

HEY, BOY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Strouse
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jennifer
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Phelan
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A boy and dog story like no other, thanks in part to Strouse's evocative illustration which move across the page as we move across time. A boy "finds" a dog and then, because of injury, has to give the dog up. He doesn't forget him but he doesn't spend the time with him he maybe should (time intervenes). But even as time passes affection does not. The language is simple but expresses the joys and tribulations of life as well as the hard work involved in growing up. The books is beautifully presented in all respects. Edie Ching (up to 7).

MY PICTURES AFTER THE STORM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Veille
Author's First Name: 
Eric
Publisher: 
Gecko
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book is a series of double-paged spreads, basically "before" and "after." Sometimes very literal, sometimes with a humorous spin, each spread will ask readers to figure out the series of events. Likely, children will be inspired to create their own spreads. Up to 7. Jamie Watson
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