Children's Book Committee Monthly Picks
Monthly selections from the Bank Street Children's Book Committee.
Children's Book Committee Monthly Picks
- 31 Pins
Children's Book Committee January 2015 Pick: THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Press, 2014)
Travel Pants, Reading, Time Travel, Book Worth, Young Adult, New Book, Book Covers, Anne Brashares, Book Reviews
Book review: Traveling Pants author Ann Brashares takes on time traveling
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (Young Adult)
April's New Books Have Us Intrigued: It may be April, but we're not foolin' ya — this month's new reads have us at the edge of our seats.
Beautiful book covers 2014
An amazing time travel novels that touches on disease, climate change and more. Science, adventure and romance all in one great story. Review of The Here and Now by Ann Brashares on Bookshelf: What We're Reading.
Children's Book Committee - January Pick
Children's Book Committee December 2014 Pick: I'M MY OWN DOG by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2014)
Comics Dogs S Ey, Reading, I M, Gift Ideas, David Ezra, Dogs S Ey View, Ezra Stein, Children Book, Pictures Book
Angie's Review: "'I’m my own dog. Nobody owns me; I own myself.' Sassy and self-affirming, funny and sweet, the best picture book told in first person since Richard Scarry’s I am a Bunny. Go read I am a Bunny again right now then get a copy of I’m my Own Dog to keep and read again and again, even if you just read it to yourself.”
'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is a perfect book to read aloud to students of all ages to talk about point of view and perspectives. Thi...
Children's Book Committee - December Pick
Children's Book Committee October 2014 Pick: MYSTERIOUS PATTERNS: FINDING FRACTALS IN NATURE by Sarah C. Campbell, photographed by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell (Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, 2014)
Things Growing, Mysteries Pattern, Fractals In Nature, Campbell, Repeat Pattern, Book, Sarah, Finding Fractals, Nature'S Repeat
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C Campbell, Richard P Campbell Nature's repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow.
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature: Sarah C. Campbell, Richard P. Campbell: 9781620916278: Amazon.com: Books
Children's Book Committee - October Pick
Children's Book Committee September 2014 Pick: DARE THE WIND by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (Farrar Straus Giroux BFYR/Macmillan, 2014)
Arnold Mcculli, Records Breaking Voyage, Emily Arnold, Tracey Ferns, Book Biographies, Eleanor Prentiss, Fly Clouds, Children Book, Pictures Book
A wonderful new picture book biography!
Reviewer Cathy Ballou Mealey weighs in on Dare The Wind: The Record Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud written by Tracey Fern and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. This page-turner of a picture book's about Eleanor Prentiss, an amazing 19th century woman who defied conventional 1850s norms and followed her heart. @Macmillan Kids #picturebook #kidlit #biography #womenshistorymonth #kidsbookreviews #sailing #navigator
Children's Book Committee - September Pick
Children's Book Committee August 2014 Pick: THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS by Merrie Haskell (Katherine Tegen/ HarperCollins, 2014)
Sleep Beautiful, Reading, Book Worth, Merry Haskell, Middle Grade, Castles, Thorne, Book Covers, Book Reviews
A beautiful re-telling of "Sleeping Beauty" good for middle grade boys and girls, and set in medieval France: The Castle Behind Thorns
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell -- Published May 27th 2014. Middle School Magic/Fantasy. Arrived from Amazon. Commenced reading on 16th Jul 2014. Finished reading on 17th Jul 2014.
Merrie Haskell's 2013 Book Cover Reveal for The Castle Behind the Thorns. In stores, 2014
OOT Review: The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell | The Book Wars blog book review
Children's Book Committee - August Pick
Children's Book Committee July 2014 Pick: SEA TURTLE SCIENTIST by Stephen R. Swinburne (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR, 2014)
Dust Jackets, Turtles Scientists, Dust Covers, Book Jackets, Sea Turtles, Kimberly Stewart, Children Book, Dust Wrappers, Leatherback Sea
SEA TURTLE SCIENTIST by Stephen R. Swinburne This is an absolutely fascinating book. Kids who love animals, and even kids who don't, will appreciate this fact filled books that reads like a good novel.Dr. Kimberly Stewart, also known as the Turtle Lady of St. Kitts, is already waiting at midnight when an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle crawls out of the Caribbean surf and onto the sandy beach. You can join her through this book!
Children's Book Committee - July Pick
Children's Book Committee June 2014 Pick: BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin (Candlewick, 2014)
Magenta, Youngadult, Photographers Susan, Teen Speak, Transgenderteen, Young Adults, Transgender Teen, Children Book, Susan Kuklin
Children's Book Review: Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin. Candlewick, $22.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5611-9
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out - Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens/ HC 9780763656119/ebook 9780763670351 Age 14 & up / GRL Z+ #LGBT
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin - #nonfiction #teens #transgender #lgbt #ya #youngadult #transgenderteens
Children's Book Committee - June Pick
Children's Book Committee May 2014 Pick: GRANDMASTER by David Klass (Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2014)
Young Adult, Grandmasters, Daniel Pratzer, Young Players, Chess Team, David Klass, Chess Tournament, Children Book, Ya Book
Grandmaster by David Klass ---- A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game. (Apr)
Grandmaster, by David Klass (released February 25, 2014). Daniel gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel can't understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America. Daniel was looking for acceptance - but the secrets he uncovers about his father will force him to make some surprising moves himself.
Grandmaster by David Klass | Young Adult | Chess is a mind sport, one that is all-consuming, both mentally and emotionally. Daniel Pratzer is about to find out what that means, but not in a way he expects. | Read my Booklist review at http://www.amazon.com/Grandmaster-David-Klass/dp/0374327718/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8qid=1403191035sr=8-2keywords=Grandmaster%27 https://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/chess_5.jpg
Children's Book Committee - May Pick
Children's Book Committee April 2014 Pick: GONE FISHING: A NOVEL IN VERSE by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Houghton Mifflin/HMH, 2013)
Tamera, Fish Trips, Poetic Form, About, Matthew Cordel, Little Sisters, Novels, Gone Fishing, Children Book
Gone Fishing: A novel in verse by by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms
Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature
Children's Book Committee March 2014 Pick: WHAT THE HEART KNOWS by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
Book Lists, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Heart, Pamela Zagarenski, Charms, Chants, Poetry, Joyce Sidman, Children Book
What the Heart Knows: Chants. Charms & Blessings Joyce Sidman, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski A one of a kind poetry gift book of hope, wisdom and power from Newbery Honor winning poet extraordinaire. $16.99 (ages 12+) http://www.booknbrush.com/book/9780544106161
Children's Book Committee March 2014 Pick: BRAVE GIRL by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2013)
Clear, Girls Generation, Michelle Markel, Shirtwaist Maker, Brave Girls, Picture Books, Melissa Sweets, Children Book, Pictures Book
Brave Girl by Michelle Markel This is a great story about the Clara Lemlich who was a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine who came to America and fought for the rights of workers, women, and all manner of vulnerable people in society. This amazing children's book tells of her origins and how much she worked for other people, and how hard she worked to be educated. Just right for your budding revolutionary.
Nonfiction, picture book biography. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Girl power! Union power! History power! A winning combination. Recommended by The PlanetEsme Plan.
Children's Book Committee March 2014 Pick: ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion, 2013)
Rose, Young Adult, Teen Book, Concentration Camps, Elizabeth Wein, Historical Fiction, Fire, Book Reviews, Ya Book
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. Rose Justice is an American pilot with Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a routine flight she is captured by the Germans and sent to Ravensbrück, a notorious concentration camp, where she meets an unforgettable group of women, and vows to tell her fellow prisoners' stories to the world. Jenna recommends. Adult | Young Adult | Historical | Fiction
HISTORICAL FICTION Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein - If you remember Maddie from Code Name Verity, you’ll see her again in Rose Under Fire where she befriends Rose, a woman captured by the Nazis and sent to a women's concentration camp. But make no mistake, this is Rose’s story, and it’s a gruesome one, one that goes over Nazi medical experimentation and other tortures. At times, like Code Name Verity, some of the atrocities are hard to read.
Rose Under Fire | Elizabeth Wein | Book Review
2014 Indies Choice Book Award Finalist: Young Adult, Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2013 and Buzzfeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 - Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Children's Book Committee February 2014 Pick: SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY by Karen Harrington (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013)
Karen O'Neil, Signs, Dust Jackets, Crazy, Dust Covers, Writing Letters, Book Jackets, Dust Wrappers, Karen Harrington
"You've never met anyone like me. Unless, of course, you've met someone who survived her mother trying to drown her and now lives with an alcoholic father." Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington. Pinner writes: "Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer."
Children's Book Committee January 2014 Pick: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Walker/Bloomsbury Kids, 2013)
Judith Bloom, New Life, Town Stood, Teaching Kids, Classroom Libraries, Book Jackets, Book Reviews, Children Book, Pictures Book
The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery (picture book)
The Price of Freedom : how one town stood up to slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin. John Price was an escaped slave from Kentucky who was living as a free man in Oberlin, Ohio. When he was recaptured by slave catchers many of Oberlin’s residents banded together to demand his release.
Teaching kids to break the law
When John Price crossed the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, when the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced. Price started a new life Oberlin, Ohio-until a crew of slave-catchers captured him. The residents of Oberlin heard, and many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom. The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Dennis Brindell Fradin,
The Price of Freedom by Fradin & Fradin (Classroom uses: Research, Background knowledge, Making Connections; Recommended for: Read Aloud, Classroom Library)
Children's Book Committee December 2013 Pick: THE MUSEUM by Susan Verde with art by Peter H. Reynolds (Abrams, 2013)
Susan Verde, Nooks Book, Art Museums, Peter O'Tool, Peter Reynolds, Book Reviews, Children Book, Young Girls, Pictures Book
“The Museum,” written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds shares the experience of a young girl as she explores an art museum. A rhyming couplet is used to narrate the story. The story shows the girl analyzing the art work. As well as showing that different styles of artwork can cause emotional reactions such as happiness, silliness, and even sadness. This picture book is noted to be appropriate for children ages 3-7.
The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. LOVE Peter Reynolds, and Love this book. A fun way to experience a Museum, if only in a book.
Introduce your children to art. Book review: The Museum | Washington Times Communities
BARNES & NOBLE | The Museum by Susan Verde | NOOK Book (eBook), Hardcover
Children's Book Committee November 2013 Pick: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein (Random House, 2013)
Chrisgrabenstein, Chris Grabenstein, Words Games, Chocolates Factories, Boards Games, Kids, Book Reviews, Escape, Lemoncello Libraries
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein - This sounds like a really fun book about kids trapped in a game factory and have to find clues to get out. a mix of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum!
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein: Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens...
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. #BooksofWonder #ChrisGrabenstein
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Book Review (Sophia)
Children's Book Committee October 2013 Pick: THE BULLY BOOK by Eric Kahn Gale (Harper, 2013)
Middle Schools, Book Lists, Eric Kahn, Reading Aloud Book, Book Blog, Book Reviews, Children Book, Bullying Book, Kahn Gale
Great read aloud book
ARC Book Review: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale | Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
Children's Book Committee September 2013 Pick: FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, 2013)
Jenna Foxes, 260 Years, Teen Book, Book Covers, Foxes Chronicles, Foxes Forever, Ya Book, Children Book, Disembodi Mindfulness
Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles: Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network. Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled
Children's Book Committee July 2013 Pick: KELSEY GREEN: READING QUEEN by Claudia Mills, pictures by Rob Shepperson (Ferguson/Farrar, 2013)
Reading Contest, Claudia Mills, Kelsey Green, Reading Lists, Third Grade, Kids Book, Book Reviews, Children Book, Reading Queens
10 kids books for a variety of ages
10 Books to Note from 100 Scope Notes ... for your summer reading list for kids!
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills. Kelsey is the best reader in her third grade class, and she is determined to lead her class to victory in the all-school reading contest.
Children's Book Committee June 2013 Pick: JINK by Sage Blackwood (Harper Collins, 2013)
Magic Forests, Young Boys, Dark Forests, Sage Blackwood, Jinx, Kids Book, Covers Art, Book Reviews, Children Book
Jinx by Sage Blackwood. A wizard’s apprentice sets off on a quest through the dangerous Urwald, a magical forest full of witches, trolls, and were-creatures, and discovers he plays a key role in its survival.
Book Review: Jinx
Jinx. Cool kids book
JINX by Sage Blackwood A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine. http://catalog.cincinnatilibrary.org/iii/encore/search/C__Sjinx__Orightresult__U1?lang=eng&suite=cobalt
Jinx by Sage Blackwood, cover art by Iacopo Bruno
Children's Book Committee May 2013 Pick: OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel, 2013)
Worth Reading, New Orleans, Easy, Young Adult, Book Worth, Ruta Sepeti, French Quarter, Rutasepeti, Ya Book
Can't wait to read this: out-of-the-easy by @RutaSepetys
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (author of Between Shades of Gray). It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. This is listed as a Young Adult book, but this old adult really enjoyed it.
Out of the Easy , Ruta Sepetys | The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013
Children's Book Committee April 2013 Pick: A SPLASH OF RED by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Knopf Books, 2013)
African American, World Wars I, Book Covers, Melissa Sweets, Horace Pippin, Book Reviews, Children Book, Pictures Book, Melissa Of Arabian
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This picture biography introduces the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career. 3/25/13
African American art artist artists biography children's children's books family hardship non-fiction painters painting picture book picture book biography war
Children's Book Reviews Reviewer Ronna Mandel let A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin ($17.99, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, ages 5-8, from the team behind the Caldecott Honor-winning A River of Words - Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet) simply wash over her as she read about an artist whose works she now so want to discover and enjoy. wp.me/p1Qy0V-4me
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant & illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award, for picture books, given to books that best represent a disability experience for children.
Children's Book Committee March 2013 Pick: BEYOND COURAGE by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick, 2012)
Doreen Rappaport, Reading, World Wars, Courage, Holocaust, Jewish Resistance, Wars Ii, Children Book, Untold Stories
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport - Nonfiction Gr. 7+ Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal -- Publishers Weekly Best Children's Nonfiction
Beyond Courage : the untold story of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust / by Doreen Rappaport. Summary: "Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts-- some chronicled in book form for the first time-- Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II." ( Amazon) ISBN 9780763629762
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport, Teen Summer Reading 2015
Children's Book Committee July 2012 Pick: CITIZEN SCIENTISTS by Lorelee Griffin Burns, illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz (Henry Holt & Company, 2012)
Griffin Burning, Book Lists, Book For Kids, Science Classroom, Scientific Discovery, Lore Griffin, Urban Park, Children Book, Citizen Scientists
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz. (Informational Book list) Find this under QL 51 B87 2012 j
Looks like a great non-fiction to incorporate into the science classroom
Great nature books for kids
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard - by Loree Griffin Burns; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz. Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book will show you how.
Children's Book Committee's July pick - CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: BE A PART OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD by Loree Griffin Gurns, illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz (Henry Holt & Co, 2012) Fall butterflying, winter birding, spring frogging, summer ladybugging – the techniques and equipment needed to enjoy contributing to the advance of knowledge of the natural world. Useful glossary, resources, bibliography. (8-14)
Children's Book Committee Monthly Pick for December 2012: KING ARTHUR'S VERY GREAT GRANDSON by Kenneth Kraegel (Candlewick Press, 2012)