Friday, June 28, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherrie Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
2. Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherrie Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
3. A Big Guy Took My Ball!, by Mo Willems
4. Poems To Learn By Heart, by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
5. This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen
Spotlight
How To Babysit A Grandpa
by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish
This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!
 

Middle Grade:
1. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
2. The One And Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
3. George Washington, by Jack E. Levin
4. Kennedy's Last Days, by Bill O'Reilly
5. Lego Ninjago Character Encyclopedia, by Claire Sipi
Spotlight:
Inside Out And Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. HÀ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, HÀ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.

This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

Young Adult:
1. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
3. Looking For Alaska, by John Green
4. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
5. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
Spotlight:
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.

And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive


Children Series:
1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
2. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renee Russell
3. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare 
4. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
5. Percy Jackson And the Olympians, by Rick Riordan
Spotlight:
Tales From A Not-So-Popular Party Girl
by Rachel Renée Russell
  
It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious new novel!

Dork Diaries follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles through text and sketches her move to a snooty new school; her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone; her enthusiasm for drawing and art; and a love/hate fascination with the new school’s queen bee, a girl named Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition. Nikki writes about friendships, crushes, popularity, and family with a unique and fresh voice that still conveys a universal authenticity. Nikki’s sketches throughout her diary add humor and spunk to the book, a surefire hit with tween girl readers.

Disclaimer: All material comes from Goodreads.com and NYTimes.com.

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