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Children's Book Committee Monthly Picks
Monthly selections from the Bank Street Children's Book Committee.
Children's Book Committee Monthly Picks
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Children's Book Committee March 2015 Pick: THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014)
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Great Kid Books: The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm: curiosity & discovery, believing in the possible (ages 8-12)
Cover image for The fourteenth goldfish [sound recording (compact disc)]
We continue our book review series today with some must-read titles for middle school readers, brought to us by Gabija Fischer. http://pawlpblog.org/2015/02/10/in-the-middle-of-reading-book-reviews/
The Fourteenth Goldfish - Kindle edition by Jennifer L. Holm. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
I want to read this book
Children's Book Committee February 2015 Pick: THE MEANING OF MAGGIE by Megan Jean Sovern (Chronicle Books, 2014)
Worth Reading, Chronicles Book, Book Worth, Middle Grade, Book Review, Jeans Sovern, Megan Jeans, Grade Book, Families Mottos
As befits a future President of the United States of America, Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it’s been! During this period she’s Student of the Month on a regular basis, an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock, and defending Science Fair champion. Most importantly, though, this is the year Maggie has to pull up her bootstraps (the family motto) and finally learn why her cool-dude dad is in a wheelchair, no matter how ...
The Meaning of MaggieThe Meaning of Maggie is honest, but not overly sentimental. Megan Jean Sovern carefully intertwines realism with comedic touches. Middle grade novel. Book review and online book price comparison.
Children's Book Committee - February Pick
Children's Book Committee January 2015 Pick: THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Press, 2014)
Bookreview, Travel Pants, Time Travel, Book Worth, Young Adult, Anne Brashar, Book Review, New Book, Book Covers
Book review: Traveling Pants author Ann Brashares takes on time traveling
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares: Young Adult Fiction
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.
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares #bookreview
Children's Book Committee - January Pick
Children's Book Committee December 2014 Pick: I'M MY OWN DOG by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2014)
Worth Reading, Dogs, I M, Book Worth, Book Review, David Ezra, Ezra Stein, Children Book, Pictures Book
"I'm My Own Dog" by David Ezra Stein is one of 10 nominees for the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.
Book Review: I’m My Own Dog | Granite Media
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)
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Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature - by Sarah C. Campbell - - We see familiar shapes in nature all around us—this orange looks like a sphere, that icicle a cone, those cucumbers are almost cylinders. But trees, clouds, or broccoli—what shapes are they? In this photo-filled conceptual picture book, young readers will not only get an introduction to those amazing and naturally repeating patterns called fractals, but they’ll also learn about what makes fractals unique. Curious kids will leave with a sense of wonder about the intricacies of the natural world and the many shapes around us! (Ages 7 - 10)
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.
Children's Book Committee - October Pick
Children's Book Committee - September 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, Flying Clouds, Emily Arnold, Tracey Ferns, Eleanor Prentiss, Book Biographies, Kids Book, Children Book, Pictures Book
A wonderful new picture book biography!
Great Kid Books: Writing nonfiction that honors women in history: an interview with Tracey Fern
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)
Bookreview, Middle Grade, Book Review, Wake Up, Castle, Merry Haskel, Book Covers, Sleep Beauty, Fairies Tales
The Castle Behind the Thorns by Merrie Haskell is a novelization of Sleeping Beauty. When Sand wakes up in a cold fireplace in a shattered room, it takes him some time to realize where he is. When the girl walks out of the crypt, he begins to suspect that he is somehow changing things in the Sundered Castle. #fantasy #SleepingBeauty
OOT Review: The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell | The Book Wars blog book review
Merrie Haskell's 2013 Book Cover Reveal for The Castle Behind the Thorns. In stores, 2014
The Castle Behind Thorns (Merrie Haskell) #bookreview
All About Middle Grade Review: Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS by Merrie Haskell. June 2014 "The Castle Behind Thorns is a graceful and enchanting fantasy that celebrates the healing magic of kindness, friendship, and love. I was utterly charmed." – Rae Carson “A warm and lovely story about friendship, magic, the long shadow of the past, and blacksmithing.” – Robin McKinley "Utterly magical . . . a fairy tale about healing a broken castle, a broken soul, a broken country, and a broken heart." – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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)
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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, Daniel Pratzer, Father'S Sons Chess, Fatherson Chess, Tournament Reveal, Dark Side, Chess Team, David Klass, Chess Tournament
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
Grandmaster by David Klass - A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game.
Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can’t understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America, but the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he had to give up chess to save his own life and sanity.
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, Comic Book, Matthew Cordel, Little Sisters, Dads, 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
Children's Book Committee March 2014 Pick: WHAT THE HEART KNOWS by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
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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)
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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. HarperCollins 2013. Lower Grades. BL: 5.0 - AR Pts.: 0.5. Biographical picture book, Clara Lemlich, strikes, women's labor movement.
Children's Book Committee March 2014 Pick: ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion, 2013)
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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbr ck, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?
Reading For Sanity : A Book Review Blog: Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein / 9781423183099 / Historical fiction - WW II, concentration camps
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)
Worth Reading, Karen O'Neil, Book Worth, Book Review, Atticus Finch, Writing Letters, Book Jackets, Dust Covers, 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."
Book Review - Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington - November 15, 2013
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)
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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery (picture book)
Teaching kids to break the law
Randomly Reading: The Price of Freedom: how one town stood up to slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
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)
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The Museum - Susan Verde, Author. Peter Reynolds, Illustrator.
“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.
So Excited for our friend Susan Verde! What an AMAZING Book!!!! Get your SIGNED copy from BookHampton! And stop by to see our very special window display in honor of this wonderful children's book!
BARNES & NOBLE | The Museum by Susan Verde | NOOK Book (eBook), Hardcover
Book review: The Museum | Washington Times Communities
Children's Book Committee November 2013 Pick: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein (Random House, 2013)
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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)
Book Lists, Eric Kahn, Book Review, Reading Aloud Book, Book Blog, Good Book, Children Book, Bullying Book, Kahn Gale
Great read aloud book
This is a good book to read with a small group (5th/6th). It may also be a good book to recommend to a student who feels they are being bullied.
ARC Book Review: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale | Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
Children's Book Committee - September Pick
Children's Book Committee September 2013 Pick: FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, 2013)
Teens Book, Book Lists, Reading Listbook, Jenna Foxes, Book Covers, Foxes Forever, Foxes Chronicles, Ya Book, Children Book
Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles
Children's Book Committee July 2013 Pick: KELSEY GREEN: READING QUEEN by Claudia Mills, pictures by Rob Shepperson (Ferguson/Farrar, 2013)
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10 kids books for a variety of ages
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills, illustrated by Rob Shepperson. ( from the Franklin School Friends series) 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)
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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
Children's Book Committee May 2013 Pick: OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel, 2013)
Teens Book, New Orleans, Book Worth, Young Adult, Book Review, Ruta Sepeti, French Quarter, Rutasepeti, Ya Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2013 and Buzzfeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 - Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Can't wait to read this: out-of-the-easy by @RutaSepetys
I'm Lovin Lit: MG and YA Book Reviews Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys set in NOLA
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.
Children's Book Committee April 2013 Pick: A SPLASH OF RED by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Knopf Books, 2013)
World War I, African American, Melissa Sweet, Book Covers, Jen Bryant, Black History, Children Book, Pictures Book, Horac Pippin
This new picture book biography by Jen Bryant chronicles the unusual story of Horace Pippin, a self-taught African American folk artist who didn't complete his first painting until he was over forty years old. For ages 7 and up. Review by The Fourth Musketeer.
"A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Schneider Family Book Award, Picture books, 2014
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
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. | 26 Children's Books That Celebrate Black History
Children's Book Committee March 2013 Pick: BEYOND COURAGE by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick, 2012)