Thursday, July 4, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Siteby Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld 
2. A Big Guy Took My Ball!, by Mo Willems
3. Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld  
4. Press Here, Hervé Tullet
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks, by Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean  
Let's Go For A Drive
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 Let's Go for a Drive Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.

Middle Grade:
1. The Son Of Sobek, by Rick Riordan
2. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
3. The One And Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
4. George Washington, by Jack E. Levin
5. Kennedy's Last Days, Bill O'Reilly
The Son Of Sobek
by Rick Riordan

In this audio e-book short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn't exactly friendly. . . . Includes a sneak peek chapter from HOUSE OF HADES, Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series.

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

A New York Times bestseller for seven years running that's soon to be a major motion picture, this Printz Honor book by the author of I Am the Messenger is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking 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.

The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 9-10, Stories) in Appendix B.

1.The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
2. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
3. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare
4. Percy Jackson And The Olympians, by Rick Riordan
5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
Tales From A Not-So-Talented Pop Star
by Rachel Renée Russell

Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth--that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and--worst case scenario--her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van! Now it looks like her secret could be about to come out, and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. The timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance and now she gets to have tons of fun with her friends while competing for a chance to free her Dad from his obligation! (And free herself from all that potential damage to her reputation . . .) Once again, hijinks and misunderstandings aplenty ensue, as well as more hilarious and heartwarming moments with Nikki and her friends.

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