Thursday, August 1, 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, Drew Daywalt
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. This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen
#Spotlight: 
This Is Not My Hat 
by 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:
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
5. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman with Dave McKean
#Spotlight: 
The Graveyard Book 
by Neil Gaiman with Dave McKean   

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.


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

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.


Series:
1. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare
2. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians, by Rick Riordan
4. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
5. Middle School, by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou
#Spotlight:  
The Lightning Thief 
by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. 


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

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