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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)
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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)
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/
I want to read this book
Children's Book Committee February 2015 Pick: THE MEANING OF MAGGIE by Megan Jean Sovern (Chronicle Books, 2014)
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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)
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This book had the potential to be amazing, and to be honest, it kinda let me down. I liked it well enough until the end, which felt anti-climactic and unsatisfying. I enjoyed the concept and all, very much in fact, but the ending sort of ruined it for me. Worth reading, though, for sure. 3.75/5 stars.
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.
Beautiful book covers 2014
Children's Book Committee - January Pick
Children's Book Committee December 2014 Pick: I'M MY OWN DOG by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2014)
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"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 (J 516.15 CAM): Nature's repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow. Fractals can also be quantified mathematically. Here is an elegant introduction to fractals through examples that can be seen in parks, rivers, and our very own backyards.
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)
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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)
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OOT Review: The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell | The Book Wars blog book review
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. 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
Merrie Haskell's 2013 Book Cover Reveal for The Castle Behind the Thorns. In stores, 2014
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
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)
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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)
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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
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Grandmaster by David Klass A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game.
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)
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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.
Brave Girl written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, published by Balzer Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins (winner of the James Addams Children's Book Award)
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 During WWI, Rose is assigned to deliver fighter planes to the front line in Europe. When a brave air maneuver goes wrong, she finds herself captured by the German troops and held in a concentration camp. Though Rose is a fictional character, the author based Rose’s horrible experiences on transcripts from holocaust survivors.
The Bilbiofiles is a blog of book reviews. It has a lot of great information about popular teen books that could prove useful for recommendations and age ranges.
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.
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)
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Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington 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. If you like Wonder and Counting by 7's, give this a try.
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)
The price of freedom : how one town stood up to slavery / Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin ; illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Teaching kids to break the law
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,” 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)
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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)
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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 2013 Pick: FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, 2013)
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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. 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 book about a wizard's apprentice on a quest through a dangerous and magical forest.
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)
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Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2013 and Buzzfeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 - Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
a five star read - #Outoftheeasy #RutaSepetys
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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)
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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
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
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
Children's Book Committee March 2013 Pick: BEYOND COURAGE by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick, 2012)