Friday, June 21, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

This Week's Spotlight:
Picture Books:
This Is Not My Hat
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.

Middle Grade:
George Washington

by Jack E. Levin

#1 New York Times BestsellerWith the warm-hearted patriotism and passion he brought to his beautiful volume Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address Illustrated, Jack E. Levin now illuminates a profound turning point of the American Revolution: the decisive Battle of Trenton and its preludeGeneral George Washington leading his broken and ailing troops in a fleet of small wooden boats across the ice-encased Delaware River.

While one iconic 19th-century painting made the crossing a familiar image, the significance of the against-all-odds victory put into motion on Christmas night, 1776, cannot be told enough. Jack Levin brings to light several vital perspectives, and draws his text from General Washingtons letter to the Continental Congress to describe the amazing account of the unlikely defeat of the Hessian army at Trenton.

As a father, Jack Levin inspired his sonsincluding Mark R. Levin, the national talk-radio host and #1 bestselling author, and Douglas and Robertwith his love for America. Around the family table, he would share the facts and events of the nations founding, spark lively debates, and pass along his extensive knowledge and his deep and abiding patriotism. Featuring Revolution-era artwork, portraiture, and maps, George Washington: The Crossing imparts the same vivid, intimate telling, that of a father to his sonsthe kind of history lesson that lives in the heart forever.

Dork Diaries
by Rachel Russell

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 schools queen bee, a girl named Mackenzie, who becomes Nikkis 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. Nikkis sketches throughout her diary add humor and spunk to the book, a surefire hit with tween girl readers.

Young Adult:
The Moon And More
by Sarah Dessen

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
2. Poems To Learn By Heart, by Caroline Kennedy
3. This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen
4. A Big Guy Took My Ball, by Mo Willems
5. Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld  

Middle Grade:
1. George Washington, by Jack E. Levin
2. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
3. The One And Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
4. The Care And Keeping Of You 1, by Valorie Schaefer
5. Lego Ninjago Character Encyclopedia, Claire Sipi

1. Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell
2. The Hunger Games: by Suzanne Collins
3. The Mortal Instrument, by Cassandra Clare
4. Percy Jackson And The Olympians, Rick Riordan
5. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Young Adult:
1. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
3. The Moon And More, by Sarah Dessen
4. Looking For Alaska, by John Green
5. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

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