Friday, August 23, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books
Picture Book: 
1. PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS, by James Dean
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt
3. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
4. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet
Spotlight:
LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT
By Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.
  Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again? Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.




Middle Grade:
WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
THE LAND OF STORIES, THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS, by Chris Colfer
A LONG WALK TO WATER, by Linda Sue Park
THE SON OF SOBEK, by Rick Riordan
THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer

Spotlight: 
THE LAND OF STORIES, THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS
By Chris Colfer

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.



Young Adult:
1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
2. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
3. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak
5. LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green
Spotlight:
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN 
By Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney      

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Series: 
1. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
2. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan
3. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
4. ORIGAMI YODA, by Tom Angleberger.
5. DORK DIARIES, by Rachel Renée Russell

Spotlight: 
THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA
By Tom Angleberger

IT TAKES THE WISDOM OF YODA TO SURVIVED THE SIXTH GRADE

Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him "Captain Dwight." This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that's when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.

Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It's crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda's advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.

This is Tommy's case file of his investigation into "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda."

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

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