Mikis and the Donkey / Bibi Duman Tak
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Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak is the 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner for outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States. Translated by Laura Watkinson.
The Compassionate Warrior: Abd El-Kader of Algeria / Elsa Marston
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The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria by Elsa Marston
The Compassionate Warrior: Abd El-Kader of Algeria - Middle East Outreach Council’s 2013 Middle East Book Awards
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Sanat
Paperboy / Vince Vawter
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Taking over a friend's newspaper route in 1959 Memphis, an 11-year-old baseball enthusiast struggles with a speech disability while attempting to communicate with customers, a situation that turns dangerous when he has a confrontation with a thieving local junkman.
2014 Honor Book. "When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month."
2014 Honor book: Paperboy by Vince Vawter
`Reminiscent of `To Kill a Mockingbird.`` --`Booklist, ` Starred `An unforgettable boy and his unforgettable story. I loved it!` --ROB BUYEA, author of `Because of Mr. Terupt` and `Mr. Terupt Falls Again` This Newbery Honor winner is perfect for fans of `To Kill a Mockingbird, ``The King's Speech, ` and `The Help.` A boy who stutters comes of age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life. Little Man throws the meanest fastball in town. But talking is a whole different ...
One came home / Amy Timberlake
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2014 Honor Book. "In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters."
The war within these walls / written by Aline Sax ; illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki ; translated by Laura Watkinson
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Aline Sax - De kleuren van het getto | Eenhoorn, 2011, 176 pagina's | nominatie Thea Beckmanprijs 2013 (beste historische juegdboek) | op tiplijst Jonge Jury 2013 | Als de Duitsers Polen binnenvallen, wordt de woonwijk van Misja het Joodse getto van Warschau. Misja raakt de moed kwijt, totdat hij bij een verzetsgroep komt, die een opstand aan het voorbereiden is. | www.ikvindlezenleuk.nl/2013/05/kanshebbers-voor-thea-beckmanprijs-2013_29.html
Mister Orange / Truus Matti ; translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson.
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Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: “Mister Orange” is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as “Mister Orange,” the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
The year of Billy Miller / Kevin Henkes
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The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes. (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013). Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes.. - If you teach second grade I suggest you get this book., This is the superb read aloud mentor book for second graders to start.. #Children's Books - #Middle-Grade read..
KISS THE BOOK: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes - - ESSENTIAL His little sister Sal can embarrass him, and the girl who sits next to him at school is mean. But Billy can figure it out. With two supportive parents and a caring teacher, 2nd grade really is the year of Billy Miller. This novel-sized, age appropriate offering is a perfect springboard for the early reader to try a chapter book and a perfect bedtime read. EL
How to understand Israel in 60 days or less / writer & artist, Sarah Glidden ; letterer Clem Robins
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Sarah Glidden - Comment comprendre Israël en 60 jours (ou moins)
I found these four graphic novels about Jerusalem, Israel, and Jews struggling with their heritage particularly timely reading these past couple of months, particularly as we (as privileged Americans) were shocked and challenged by an explosive attack. It was eye-opening to think about living in a country where such a thing was a lot more possible. [including How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden, Letting It Go by Miriam Katin, The Property by Rutu Modan]
An Israeli–Palestinian Conflict Reading List
GN 956.94 GLI. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. stunningly accomplished debut graphic novel, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS is Sarah Glidden's charming and funny travel memoir of her trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Masada and other historic locales, brought to life with lush watercolors in all of their quirky and breathtaking detail. At the same time, ISRAEL is a sensitive, deeply thoughtful and personal examination of a highly charged issue, an account of a journey Sarah never expected to take. Her experience clashes with her preconceived notions again and again, particularly when she tries to take a non-chaperoned excursion into the West Bank. As she struggles to "understand Israel," Sarah is forced to question first her beliefs, then ultimately her own identity. Sarah Glidden won the prestigious Ignatz Award for "Most Promising New Talent" as well as the Masie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies.
The lightning dreamer : Cuba's greatest abolitionist / Margarita Engle
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The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle / 9780547807430 / Historical fiction
The lightning dreamer : Cuba's greatest abolitionist / by Margarita Engle. " In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes."
"The Lightning Dreamer," written by Margarita Engle. Published by Harcourt Children's Books (2013). Vamos a Leer Book Review and Educator's Guide.
Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.
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Flora and Ulysses: Fantastic Chapter Book for kids 8-12 years old.
DiCamillo, K. (2013). Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. New York: Candlewick Press. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora discovers he has developed many extraordinary abilities. The two become fast friends as this whimsical tale of self-discovery unfolds. Awards: Newbery Medal (2014), ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book (2014), Christopher Award (2014) See additional information in Comments.
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo,- One of my favorite kid's books - we laughed, we cried, and we definitely enjoyed.
The living / Matt de la Peña
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The Living by Matt De La Pena, 2013 *** Young Adult. I enjoyed Matt's newest book but it is not the same quality of his previous titles. Lots of action but sometimes muddled, still, I look forward to the series continuation.
The Living by Matt De La Peña Ages 14 and up Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two--every cruise has different passengers, after all. But everything changes when the Big One hits.
The Living | Matt de la Peña. A 2014 Pura Belpré Honor book and one of YALSA's 2014 picks for Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Look up! : bird-watching in your own backyard / Annette LeBlanc Cate
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Book Review: Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick) In this delightful introduction to birdwatching, author/illustrator Cate and birds (all portrayed in cartoonlike illustrations with speech balloons) poke fun at themselves and one another while teaching the basics of bird identification: color, shapes, behaviors, songs, habitat, range and migration.
Awesome Mentor Text site...'Nonfiction Wednesday' is a great way to find some nonfiction texts...Look Up! (Activating background knowledge, Making connections, Asking questions, Non-fiction text features, Writing process, Expository, Descriptive, Onomatopoeia, Metaphor, Simile, Word choice, Persuasive)
CYBILS Winner: Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard - by Annette LeBlanc Cate - Terrific illos too! We loved “Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard” for so many reasons. I have to admit that I have never ever considered bird watching as an entertaining or educational activity. However, from the time I picked up this book, I was hooked!
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard. Cate, Annette LeBlanc. Illus. by the author. Candlewick This spirited, accessible introduction to the art and science of birding features immersive, fact-filled cartoon art punctuated with tongue-in-beak bird commentary via word bubbles and humorous asides. (A 2014 Sibert Honor Book)
Summer Books to distract the kids
A bear called Paddington / by Michael Bond ; illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
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A bear called Paddington, by Michael Bond. Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved. Raves and faves 2015
Doll bones / Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
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Doll Bones Holly Black (S/McElderry) What’s more scream-inducing than a malevolent china doll made from the bones of a murdered girl? How about your dad throwing away your cherished action figures because he says it’s time you “grew up”? As in many of the best children’s books, Black’s novel tells one story while unveiling another of more painful complexity. Three friends take a journey to bury a haunted object and along with it, perhaps, their shared make-believe world.
Mundie Kids Children's Book Review Blog: Doll Bones by Holly Black, Book Review - 5 stars, "I know when my daughter thinks back to her childhood, she'll remember this one week of summer vacation when we shared (truly shared it by passing it back and forth) a book together. "
Doll Bones by Holly Black: Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Where the streets had a name / Randa Abdel-Fattah.
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A big guy took my ball! / [text and illustrations by Mo Willems]
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A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book): Mo Willems: Theodore Geisel Honor Book
Mo Willems has written many several children's books that are great for circles of communication. His classics are Gerald and Piggie, as well as the Pigeon!
A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems. At first Gerald and Piggie are intimidated by their new, big friend but together they make up a game called Whale Ball. 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (beginning reader book)
Mr. Wuffles! / David Wiesner
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Fascinating pantomime story in which Earth's first contact with insect-size aliens is almost disrupted by a typically curious cat, while humans remain oblivious to the momentous events. Just one of many kids' books reviewed at www.infodad.com. Direct link: http://transcentury.blogspot.com/2013/10/mysterious-happenings.html
MR WUFFLES! by David Wiesner. David Wiesner is back with another amazing wordless (except for the alien language) picture book. When Mr. Wuffles finally finds a toy worthy of playing with, it turns out to be a spaceship filled with aliens... The genesis of this book is fascinating as is Wiesner's creative process, which you can see o his website.
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. (Children's Book) "Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs" -The publisher
Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale / Duncan Tonatiuh
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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh. In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Ball / word and pictures by Mary Sullivan
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Ball by Mary Sullivan. While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he can have with his ball. 2014 Geisel Honor Book
Parrots over Puerto Rico / by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth
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Parrots over Puerto Rico / by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth. A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Intricate paper craft art with lots of information make this a much more sophisticated picture book and very inviting to new readers.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore A picture book telling the intertwined histories of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, culminating with current efforts to save the parrots from extinction.
The watermelon seed / Greg Pizzoli
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PURCHASED! The Watermelon Seed - Greg Pizzoli. The 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner!
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli: After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
2014: 2014: With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.
The Bathing Costume, or, the Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic Batchelder (J MOU): On his first vacation without his parents, eight-year-old Myron faces a scary grandfather, teasing older cousins, his first dive off the ten-foot board, and his grandmother's encouragement to write his mother daily, telling her of his adventures.
The bathing costume, or, The worst vacation of my life / by Charlotte Moundlic ; illustrated by Olivier Tallec ; translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
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The Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic and Olivier Tallec (picture book for the older set)
The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life: Charlotte Moundlic, Olivier Tallec: Batchelder Honor Book
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Niño wrestles the world / Yuyi Morales
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Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales // Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
Niño Wrestles the World children's book by Yuyi Morales
Niño wrestles the world, by Yuyi Morales. (Roaring Brook Press, 2013). Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills. *Staff favorite
Picture Book. Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales. There is a throwdown in the toyroom! Imaginative play meets lucha libre meets Captain Underpants. Yesssss. Recommended by The PlanetEsme Plan.
My father's arms are a boat / Stein Erik Lunde ; [illustrated by] Oyvind Torseter ; translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson