ALA Notable Books for Children
2013
Boxers
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
2013
Saints
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gene Luen Yang; color by Lark Pien
2013
Eleanor and Park
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rainbow Rowell

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In this novel set in the 1980s, teenagers Eleanor and Park are outsiders; Ele...More

 
2013
Fangirl
 Rainbow Rowell.
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2013
The 5th Wave
 Rick Yancey

Book list *Starred Review* The Monstrumologist series set a bar for YA horror nearly impossible to match. Can...More

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2013
Picture me gone
 Meg Rosoff
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2013
The Rithmatist
Click to search this book in our catalog   Brandon Sanderson : illustrations by Ben McSweeney.
2013
Rose under fire
Click to search this book in our catalog   Elizabeth Wein.
2013
Better Nate than ever
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tim Federle.

Book list In this funny and insightful story, the dreams of many a small-town, theater-loving boy are reflect...More

 
2013
The cats of Tanglewood Forest
 written by Charles de Lint ; illustrated by Charles Vess.

Book list In this expanded version of A Circle of Cats (2003), 12-year-old orphan Lillian is bitten by a snak...More

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2013
Flora and Ulysses : the illuminated adventures
 Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.
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2013
Hero on a bicycle
 Shirley Hughes

Publishers Weekly After more than 50 years of writing and illustrating children's books, two-time Greena...More

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2013
My happy life
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Rose Lagercrantz ; illustrated by Eva Eriksson ; [translated by Julia Marshall].

Publishers Weekly To understand the true meaning and value of resilience, look no further than the 20 brief ...More

2013
The true blue scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kathi Appelt.

Book list *Starred Review* Swamps provide great fodder for stories, and Newbery Honor Award-winning Appelt us...More

2013
Africa is my home : a child of the Amistad
Click to search this book in our catalog   Monica Edinger ; illustrated by Robert Byrd.

Publishers Weekly In her first book for children, Edinger fuses fact and fiction, despair and hope in the st...More

 
2013
The bear's song
 Benjamin Chaud.
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2013
Bluebird
 Bob Staake.

Book list *Starred Review* With only a few hues of blue, a rainbow of steely grays, and a set of geometric sh...More

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2013
The boy who loved math : the improbable life of Paul Erdos
 by Deborah Heiligman ; pictures by LeUyen Pham.

School Library Journal Gr 3-6-Erdos (1913-1996), the Hungarian-born son of two math teachers, displayed his ...More

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2013
Building our house
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jonathan Bean.

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-A year-and-a-half-long adventure of building a cozy home in the countryside...More

2013
The dark
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Lemony Snicket ; illustrated by Jon Klassen.
2013
Fog Island
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tomi Ungerer.

Publishers Weekly Any new book from Ungerer is a cause for celebration, and this one offers a particularly e...More

 
2012
Hilda and the bird parade
 Luke Pearson.
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2013
Journey
 Aaron Becker.

Publishers Weekly Becker develops concepts for film studios, and his wordless picture book debut reads like ...More

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2013
Mr. Wuffles!.
 David Wiesner.
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2013
Something big
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sylvie Neeman and Ingrid Godon ; translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.

Publishers Weekly Midway through this knowing exchange between a parent and child (who are referred to throu...More

2013
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Jacqueline Woodson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
2012 (Younger Readers)
All the Water in the World
Click to search this book in our catalog   George Ella Lyon

Publishers Weekly Pattern-driven digital illustrations pair with concrete verse to express water's cycli...More

 
2012 (Younger Readers)
A Ball for Daisy
 Chris Raschka

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-Ever the minimalist, Raschka continues to experiment with what is essential...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Blackout
 John Rocco

Book list It's a scenario many kids are probably all too familiar with: a young boy wants to play, but ol...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Bring on the Birds
 Susan Stockdale

Book list This picture book celebrates the diversity of birds by presenting their varied physical features an...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
Click to search this book in our catalog   Samantha R. Vamos

Publishers Weekly Farm animals collaborate to make a pot of rice pudding in this energetic riff on "Thi...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
Chirchir Is Singing
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kelly Cunnane

Publishers Weekly Cunnane returns to the Kenyan setting of her 2006 picture book, For You Are a Kenyan Child...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan A. Shea

Book list This playful picture book asks children to consider which things grow and which stay the same. The ...More

 
2012 (Younger Readers)
Dot
 Patricia Intriago

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1-In this whimsical book about opposites, each dot acts as a visual analogy. ...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
 Sherri Duskey Rinker

Book list *Starred Review* To say that a book makes you yawn well, it's usually not a compliment. But in ...More

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2012 (Younger)
Grandpa Green
 Lane Smith

Publishers Weekly In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse ...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Harry and Hopper
Click to search this book in our catalog   Margaret Wild

Publishers Weekly Redheaded Harry and his spotted dog, Hopper, are constant companions, accomplices ("A...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
I Broke My Trunk
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mo Willems

Book list Elephant and Piggie remain in the storytelling mode of We Are in a Book! (2010). After showing up w...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
I Want My Hat Back
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jon Klassen

Book list Klassen, who illustrated Caroline Stutson's Cats' Night Out (2010), pens his first story in...More

 
2012 (Younger Readers)
King Jack and the Dragon
 Peter Bently

Book list Three boys in various stages of diaperdom build a cardboard castle in the back garden and fight dra...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
 Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Publishers Weekly Move over, "sunshine." Ogburn and Raschka give families a whole new vocabulary w...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Little White Rabbit
 Kevin Henkes

Publishers Weekly Move over, "sunshine." Ogburn and Raschka give families a whole new vocabulary w...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Me...Jane
Click to search this book in our catalog   Patrick McDonnell

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-In this tender homage to the famous primatologist, McDonnell gives readers ...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
Mouse and Lion
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rand Burkert

Book list *Starred Review* In this beautiful Aesop retelling from a mother-and-son team, a tiny grass mouse t...More

2012 (Younger Readers)
Naamah and the Ark at Night
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan Campbell Bartoletti

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-In most books about Noah, his wife plays a supporting role, if any, but Bar...More

 
2012 (Younger Readers)
A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story
 Yu Li-Qiong

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1-Written and illustrated in mainland China and originally published in Taiwa...More

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2012 (Younger Readers)
Over and Under the Snow
 Kate Messner

Book list Gliding through the woodland on skis, a girl and her father watch for signs of animals. A squirrel&...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
 Don Brown
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2012 (Middle Readers)
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Click to search this book in our catalog   Melissa Sweet

Publishers Weekly Tony Sarg (1880-1942, "rhymes with aargh!"), the man who invented the giant ball...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
Breaking Stalin's Nose
Click to search this book in our catalog   Eugene Yelchin

School Library Journal Gr 5-7-Velchin skillfully combines narrative with dramatic black-and-white illustrati...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
Click to search this book in our catalog   Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

School Library Journal Gr 5-8-A cagey cat with a penchant for cheese pretends to be a mouser at an inn overr...More

 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
 Duncan Tonatiuh

Publishers Weekly Suggestive of stained glass windows, Tonatiuh's mixed-media collages combine ancient M...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers
 Dianna Hutts Aston

Book list Simon Rodia, Sam to his neighbors, spent more than 34 years building and decorating elaborate sculp...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
E-mergency!
 Tom Lichtenheld

Publishers Weekly Picture books often get by on a single comic device, but Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kristine O'Connell George

School Library Journal Gr 1-4-Jessica shares the struggles of being the big sister in this collection of 34 ...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Click to search this book in our catalog   Eloise Greenfield

School Library Journal K-Gr 8-In eloquent verse, Greenfield narrates the story of the migration during the y...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
Inside Out and Back Again
Click to search this book in our catalog   Thanhha Lai

School Library Journal Gr 4-6-A story based on the author's childhood experiences. Ha is 10 when Saigon ...More

 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Junonia
 Kevin Henkes

Publishers Weekly In this introspective story about a child's search for a rare shell, Henkes (Bird Lake...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
 Bob Raczka

School Library Journal Gr 3-8-Raczka credits Andrew Russ for inspiring him to try his hand at creating poems...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Lily Pond
 Annika Thor

Choice Pons was an important operatic presence in the US and Europe during the 1930s and '40s, and at las...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families
Click to search this book in our catalog   Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Publishers Weekly This moving depiction of ecological innovation centers on a project spearheaded by Dr. Gor...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match /Marisol McDonald no combina
Click to search this book in our catalog   Monica Brown

School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-Marisol McDonald has brown skin, freckles, and hair the color of fire. She ...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
Click to search this book in our catalog   Xavier Garza

Book list Eleven-year-old Maximilian dreams of one day becoming a luchador (or Mexican wrestler) on the Mexic...More

 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Migrant
 Maxine Trottier

Book list In a migrant-family story rarely told, this touching picture book stays true to a young child's...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
 Robert Burleigh

Book list *Starred Review* A worthy new addition to the recent spate of books about the famous aviatrix, Burl...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
No Ordinary Day
 Deborah Ellis

Publishers Weekly Ellis (the Breadwinner trilogy) again brings an individual humanity to newspaper headlines...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ed. by Chris Duffy

Publishers Weekly In this easy-to-read and fun to read aloud collection, classic nursery rhymes get a contem...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
Soldier Bear
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bibi Dumon Tak
2012 (Middle Readers)
The Third Gift
Click to search this book in our catalog   Linda Sue Park

School Library Journal K-Gr 2-A boy tells of the long walks he takes with his father, who collects pearls of...More

 
2012 (Middle Readers)
Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators
 Jim Arnosky

Book list After revisiting favorite birding spots with his wife an. partner in adventure. Deanna, Arnosky off...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters
 Donna Jo Napoli

School Library Journal Gr 5-9-Wise, witty, and thoroughly entrancing, this collection showcases 25 tales sum...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
The Trouble with May Amelia
 Jennifer L. Holm

Publishers Weekly Anyone interested in learning to write crowd-pleasing historical fiction for elementary sc...More

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2012 (Middle Readers)
Underground
Click to search this book in our catalog   Shane Evans

School Library Journal Gr 1-3-A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of sla...More

2012 (Middle Readers)
The Unforgotten Coat
Click to search this book in our catalog   Frank Cottrell Boyce

Book list With both humor and sorrow, this chapter book tells a contemporary refugee story in which illegal i...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Click to search this book in our catalog   Candace Fleming

Book list Drawing on her training as a historian and her considerable writing talents, Fleming (The Great and...More

 
2012 (Older Readers)
Anya's Ghost
 Vera Brosgol

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Anya is a Russian girl who wants to fit in with her American classmates. She ...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
Between Shades of Gray
 Ruta Sepetys

Publishers Weekly Through the pained yet resilient narration of 15-year-old Lina, a gifted artist, this taut...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution
 Laurence Pringle

Publishers Weekly Pringle provides an accessible introduction to complex concepts such as natural selection ...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene 'Bull' Connor
Click to search this book in our catalog   Larry Dane Brimner

Book list *Starred Review* Bombed, beaten, banned, and imprisoned, Reverend Fred. L. Shuttlesworth led the ci...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sally M. Walker

School Library Journal Gr 5-8-This intriguing title tells the story of a little-known event. In late 1917, t...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Bluefish
Click to search this book in our catalog   Pat Schmatz

School Library Journal Gr 7-9-Eighth-grader Travis, tall and quiet, is beginning his first year in a new sch...More

 
2012 (Older Readers)
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
 Karen Blumenthal

School Library Journal Gr 7-10-Gangsters, guns, and political battles-this book has them all-and presents th...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
Dead End in Norvelt
 Jack Gantos

Book list Looks like a bummer of a summer for 11-year-old Jack (with a same-name protagonist, it's tempti...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
Drawing from Memory
 Allen Say

Publishers Weekly Retooling some of the material in his autobiographical middle-grade novel The Ink-Keeper&#...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
The Elephant Scientist
Click to search this book in our catalog   Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson

School Library Journal Gr 5-8-O'Connell traveled to Africa in 1992 to observe wild animals; the trip tur...More

2012 (Older Readers)
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
Click to search this book in our catalog   Meg Wolitzer

School Library Journal Gr 4-7-Three kids meet at a youth Scrabble tournament and help one another work throu...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Flyaway
Click to search this book in our catalog   Lucy Christopher

Book list *Starred Review* Like her father and grandfather, 13-year-old Isla seems to have a mystical connect...More

 
2012 (Older Readers)
Hidden
 Helen Frost

Book list Though Wren and Darra have never even made eye contact, they share a secret history that changed bo...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
 Ed Young and Libby Koponen

Book list *Starred Review* With war coming to Shanghai, Young's father did the best he could to protect h...More

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2012 (Older Readers)
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
 Georgia Bragg
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2012 (Older Readers)
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Click to search this book in our catalog   Margarita Engle

Publishers Weekly Newbery Honor-winner Engle (The Surrender Tree) continues to find narrative treasure in Cu...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
Click to search this book in our catalog   Stuart Ross

Book list This handsome book presents 14 journeys of exploration, from Pytheas the Greek in 240 BC to the Apo...More

2012 (Older Readers)
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

School Library Journal Gr 6-9-This well-researched fictional look at the lives of the sons of Thomas Jeffers...More

 
2012 (Older Readers)
Lost and Found
 Shaun Tan
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2012 (Older Readers)
A Monster Calls: A Novel
 Patrick Ness

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Conor O'Malley, 13, is having a difficult time. At school, he copes with ...More

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