Friday, April 5, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books


This Week's Spotlight
Children's Picture Books:  
THE EASTER EGG
by Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others. If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he chooses the empty blue eggshell to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds.

A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit.

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Children's Middle Grade:  
The Care & Keeping of You Collection [With Pouch]
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Thousands of girls have turned to The Care & Keeping of You and The Feelings Book for advice about growing up. Those bestselling books are packaged here with two companion journals to help girls take great care of themselves - inside and out. Plus, girls will get a pretty little pouch for storing lip balm, lotion, and other personal supplies. It's the perfect size for a backpack or locker, so girls will have what they need, when they need it most.






Young Adult:  
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
by John Green

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.



Children's Series:  
THE INFERNAL DEVICES (Clockwork Angels)
by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.





Top 5 List of Choldren's Books:
 Children's Picture Books:
1. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
2. EMERALDALICIOUS, by Victoria Kann
3. THE EASTER EGG, by Jan Brett
4. THIS IS NOT MY HAT, by Jon Klassen
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet

Children's Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, by Cara Natterson. Illustrated by Josee Masse
3. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
5. TIMMY FAILURE, by Stephan Pastis

Young Adult:
1. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky
2. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
3. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green
5. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth

Children's Series:
1. THE INFERNAL DEVICES, by Cassandra Clare
2. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
3. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
4. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
5. MIDDLE SCHOOL, by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou.

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.

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