Friday, July 12, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books.

Top 5 Children's Books:  
Picture Books:
1. Pete The Cat: The Wheels On The Bus, by James Dean
2. The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
5. A Big Guy Took My Ball!, by Mo Willems
#Spotlight: 
Pete The Cat: The Wheels On The Bus
by James Dean  The kitties on the bus say,

"Come on, Pete!
Come on, Pete!"

The kitties on the bus say,
"Come on, Pete!
Hop on board!"

Pete the Cat can't wait to drive the school bus all the way to school! Everyone's favorite cat is groovier than ever in this way- cool adaptation of the classic kids' song "The Wheels on the Bus"!


Middle Grade:
1. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
2. The Son Of Sobek, by Rick Riordan
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. George Washington, by Jack E. Levin
#Spotlight:
CHOMP
by Carl Hiaasen
Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.

They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . .


Young Adult:
1. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
3. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
4. Looking For Alaska, by John Green
5. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
#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.
 

Series:
1. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

2. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
3. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
4. Middle School, by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou. Illustrated by Neil Swaab
5. Percy Jackson & The Olympians, by Rick Riordan
#Spotlight
Skating Sensation 
by Rachel Renée Russell

Nikki Maxwell isn't at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He's such a sweet guy - of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can't let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever. So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter, but (big surprise) Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and cause trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day. No way will Nikki let that happen: She'll just have to come up with some extra creative ideas this time!  

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

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