Thursday, September 12, 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. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
5. I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, MY LOVE, by Nancy Tillman 
Spotlight: 
I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, MY LOVE 
by Nancy Tillman 

There are things about you quite unlike any other.
Things always known by your father or mother.
So if you decide to be different one day,
no worries… I’d know you anyway.


Every child is special and unique, but every child also loves to dream of being something different. Bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that "you are loved."

Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE, by the members of One Direction
3. STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, by Jeffrey Brown
4. THE SON OF SOBEK, by Rick Riordan
5. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer
Spotlight: 
STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY
by Jeffrey Brown    

New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown takes readers to a middle school in a galaxy far, far away...

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away...

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...

This inventive novel follows Roan's first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too--like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force. 

Young Adult:
1. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
2. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
3. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak 
5. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, by Sarah J. Maas
Spotlight: 
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
by Sarah J. Maas  

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for? 

Series:
1. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
2. I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore
3. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
4. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan
5. SEA BREEZE, by Abbi Glines
Spotlight: 
BREATHE 
by Abbi Glines    

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

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

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