Friday, August 30, 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. 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:
JOURNEY 
By Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.


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. A LONG WALK TO WATER, by Linda Sue Park
Spotlight: 
A LONG WALK TO WATER 
By Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.


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:
ELEANOR AND PARK 
By Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.



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. HEROES OF OLYMPUS, by Rick Riordan
Spotlight:
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK 
By Tom Angleberger

NOT SUCH A LONG TIME AGO, IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL NOT SO FAR, FAR AWAY...

Something amazing happened. A weird kid named Dwight made an origami finger puppet of Yoda. (That wasn't the amazing thing--just typical Dwight weirdness.) the amazing thing was that Origami Yoda gave great advice. He could predict the date of a pop quiz, tell a guy if a girl likes him or not, and keep kids from embarrassing themselves in a dozen different ways. Most of the sixth graders were convinced he was using the Force.

But now, a year later, it's a dark time at McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight has been suspended and may be expelled, which means no more Origami Yoda. Even worse, Darth Paper, a puppet created by Dwight's nemesis, Harvey, has taken Yoda's place. He spews insults and evil and just may be responsible for getting Dwight kicked out in the first place. Now the kids of McQuarrie are trying to build a case to save Dwight. This is their case file.



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

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