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2018

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: ONE DAY IN THE LIVES OF SEVEN KIDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lamothe
Author's First Name: 
Matt
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book shows readers a day in the life of seven children in seven different countries. While there are many interesting differences, the author illustrates the overall similarities the rhythm of their day. Readers will enjoy the detailed illustrations and meeting the actual kids each character is based on in the back of the book. -M. Crews

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)

TUMBLE & BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Beasley
Author's First Name: 
Casey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Blue Montgomery knows he is cursed, he can never win at anything, and that is why his "lucky" dad abandons him at the family homestead. Tumble Wilson is trying to escape her "history" and rescue Blue. Unlikely friends, the two discover inner strengths that change their fate and that of their families. A complex book worth the careful reading it demands. (10-14) Edie Ching

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

TRAIN I RIDE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Mosier
Author's First Name: 
Paul
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
On a train from California to Chicago, where she’ll live with an unknown relative, Rydr is struggling with loss, anger, and self-acceptance. She has survived the deaths of her drug-addicted mother and of her mean, chain-smoking grandmother. On the train ride Rydr transforms, and is transformed by, her fellow passengers, including a poet, a renegade Boy Scout, and a kind food vendor. Simple but powerful prose deliver wisdom and an unforgettable, heart-wrenching character. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies (10-14)

When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World

storm clouds, twister, and lightning
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winchester
Author's First Name: 
Simon
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes--disastrous weather explained by the author of When the Earth Shakes. Graceful writing and stunning photographs combine for an inviting introduction to superstorms.(10-14. K. Isaacs)

THE LEGEND OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Daywalt
Author's First Name: 
Drew
Illustrator's First Name: 
Adam
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Rex
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This humorous take on the classic game features an angsty rock, ferocious office supplies, and non-stop battles as Rock, Paper, and Scissors try to meet their warrior match. The text of the legend and the comic-style speech bubbles combine with Adam Rex's high-energy illustrations to create an exciting adventure for young readers. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

THE FREE; A NOVEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McLaaughlin
Author's First Name: 
Lauren
Narrator's First Name: 
James Edward
Narrator's Last Name: 
Shippy
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
James Edward Shippy is adept at voicing not only male and female characters of varying races/cultures, but of also capturing their emotional states as they navigage "juvie", all charged with crimes, some heinous. The main narrator Isaac West has taken the "rap" for someone else in an effort to secure a better life for his sister but he finds lies in prison much more difficult to maintain. While the story may have a potentially happier resolution that is realistic, the friendships that form and the sense of what life is like for kids who really never have had a chance is very powerful. A compelling listen. Edie Ching (Audiobook).
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