Thursday, February 21, 2013

Who's On Top 2/17 - 2/24/13: Children's Books

From the New York Times best Seller List for 2/17 - 2/24/13, Children's Books. In the Spotlight this week. Children's Picture Books - A story about a fish wearing a hat; Children's Middle Grade - The story about a Gorilla living in a mall and the baby elephant he befriends; Children's Series - A story set in the south and a young woman with a secret; Young Adult - A story about an awkward teenager a trying to make it through high school life. Also this weeks Top 5 lists.

Children's Picture Books:
This Is Not My Hat 
 By: Jon Klassen
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened...
Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

Children's Middle Grade:
The One And Only Ivan
By: Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope

Children's Series:
Beautiful Creatures
By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Young Adult:
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower 
By: Stephen Chbosky
And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up

Top 5 List
Children's Picture Books
1. Emeraldalicious - By: Victoria Kann
2. Tea Time With Sophia Grace And Rosie - By: Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland. Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
3. This Is Not My Hat - By: Jon Klassen
4. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart - By: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. 
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
5. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site - By: Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tim Litchtenheld

Children's Middle Grade:
1. The One And Only Ivan - By: Katherine Applegate
2. Wonder - By: R. J. Palacio
3. I Funny - By: James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
4. Bomb - By: Steve Sheinkin
5. The Colossus Rises - Peter Lerangis

Children's Series:
1. Beautiful Creatures - By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
2. The Hunger Games - By: Suzanne Collins
3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - By: Jeff Kinney
4. Big Nate - By: Lincoln Peirce
5. Heroes Of Olympus - By: Rick Riordan

Young Adult:
1. The Fault In Our Stars - By: John Green
2. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - By: Stephen Chbosky
3. Divergent - By: Veronica Roth
4. Scarlet - By: Marissa Meyer
5. Insurgent - By: Veronica Roth

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