Friday, July 19, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books:
Children's Picture:
1. The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
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. Pete The Cat: The Wheels On The Bus, by James Dean
5. A Big Guy Took My Ball!, by Mo Willems
If You Want To See A Whale
by Julie Fogliano

If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.
Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . .

If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . .
and wait . . . and wait . . .

In this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book And Then It's Spring, a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.

Children's Middle:
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. Inside Out And Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
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. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
2. The Faukt 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
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

 Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

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 Others
5. Percy Jackson And The Olympians, by Rick Riordan
Tales From A Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All
by Rachel Renée Russell

Nikki Maxwell authors an advice column for the school newspaper in this fifth book of the New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series.Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may or may not (okay, definitely does) have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. And there just might be some juicy info involving Nikki’s crush, Brandon, that Nikki doesn’t want Mackenzie reporting to the world. So Nikki joins the school newspaper staff—and ends up as an advice columnist! It’s fun at first, answering other kids’ letters. But when Miss Know-It-All’s inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side—and at her keyboard!

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