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Up to Seven

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BARKUS

BARKUS (book cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Maclachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marc
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Boutavant
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)

LOVE IS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Adams
Author's First Name: 
Diane
Illustrator's First Name: 
Claire
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Keane
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A simple rhyming text that scans naturally, about a young girl's affection for a baby duckling she nurses for a while and then sends on its way. The illustrations are all about the girl and the duck, going through life in a close and loving way. There's not a lot of background to distract. The statements about love are true on many levels, in many circumstances. It is simple and lovely. Edie Ching (up to 7)

A RIVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Martin
Author's First Name: 
Marc
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).

A PERFECT DAY

Bear smelling flowers
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smith
Author's First Name: 
Lane
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lane
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
Feb
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
It was a perfect day in Bert's backyard for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and even Squirrel, until Bear came and made it a perfect day for himself. A perfect way to introduce the idea of point of view. This should make you smile. (Up to 7. K. Isaacs)

TRUDY'S BIG SWIM: HOW GERTRUDE EDERLE SWAM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Macy
Author's First Name: 
Sue
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matt
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Collins
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, only 6 years after women got the right to vote. The difficulties of the swim, how Gertrude sustained herself with food and music and the support of her "chase boat" help to point out just what an accomplishment this was. A sport time line on the end pages points out other major sports accomplishments of her decade. A "lost" story that is happily found. Edie Ching (7-10).

CHEE-KEE: A PANDA IN BEARLAND

Title with four bears and one panda in a line-up
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rim
Author's First Name: 
Sujean
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger

GOLDFISH GHOST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snicket
Author's First Name: 
Lemony
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lisa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book sweetly answers the age old question of where does the dead goldfish go. Not down the toilet in this case. Instead this goldfish becomes a ghost, looking for a place to "settle down". There are lots of little clues here of the goldfish's "former" life, the title of books lying about, a banner from Cape Cod. The illustrations are warm and give a strong sense of place, the beach, the town, other wanderings. A nice alternative to all of those other dead fish stories. Edie Ching (up to 7).

CHARLIE & MOUSE

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: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With a tone similar to Little Bear, Charlie and his brother have adventures large and small that involve their parents and their many friends, of all ethnicities. I particularly enjoyed the snack at Sakamoto's Shave Ice. Their conversations are very natural and child like as are their actions. Look for our own children to ask for a bed-time popsicle. The illustrations enhance the story perfectly. A lovely package. Edie Ching (up to 7)

THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Deedy
Author's First Name: 
Carmen Agra
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eugene
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Yelchin
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A morality story about community, freedom, individuality and passion. A community that gets annoyed by noise gets a leader who tries to shut all noise out and have total control. But one rooster refuses to be silent, even when he is threatened with death. His song may grow darker as hardships are imposed, but he will still sing and we get his song almost every other page. There's lots of sunshine on many of the pages, especially when the rooster is in full song, and the dark pages still have the song. An author's note at the end reminds us not to temper our song or stop singing. Edie Ching (up to 7).

HAPPY DREAMER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds,
Author's First Name: 
Peter H.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Orchard)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching (up to 7)
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