Friday, June 7, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

This Week's Spotlight:

Picture Books:
by Mo Willems 

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?

Middle Grade:
by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

Young Adult:
by Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

by John Grisham

A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
  1. A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL!, by Mo Willems
  2. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
  3. STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
  4. THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!, by Mo Willems
  5. THIS IS NOT MY HAT, by Jon Klassen
Middle Grade:
  1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
  3. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
  5. OUT OF MY MIND, by Sharon M. Draper
Young Adult:
  1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
  2. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
  3. THE 5TH WAVE, by Rick Yancey
  4. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
  5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky
Children's Series:
  1. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
  2. THEODORE BOONE, by John Grisham
  3. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
  4. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
  5. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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