Thursday, September 26, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books: 
1. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
2. FROG TROUBLE, by Sandra Boynton
3. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
5. PRESS HERE, by Herv√© Tullet 

Spotlight:  
FROG TROUBLE 
by Sandra Boynton

Hang on to yer hat, Cowboy.Yeeeee-hah! Boynton goes Country! With three Gold Record albums and a Grammy nomination to her credit, Boynton now brings you FROG TROUBLE, a terrific CD and illustrated songbook of her new and wildly original Country songs. And they re sung by a truly amazing roster of Country Music s biggest and brightest stars: Here s Brad Paisley with Copycat, Dwight Yoakam singing I ve Got a Dog, Alison Krauss on End of a Summer Storm, Ben Folds rocking Broken Piano, Darius Rucker with Beautiful Baby. The lonesome-cowboy title track is performed by the low-voiced moody rocker Mark Lanegan (yes, of Queens of the Stone Age.) Add Josh Turner, Fountains of Wayne, Ryan Adams, Linda Eder, and quickly rising Country star Kacey Musgraves all accompanied by Nashville s finest instrumentalists, and WHOA. You ve got yourself some mighty fine music, with a whole lot of gumption and heart.

A COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUM FOR KIDS AND EVERYONE Boynton-illustrated songbook with full-length music CD 12 new songs with a whole lot of gumption and heart Cowboy, Country, Rockabilly, Honkytonk, Bluegrass, Blues Retro sound with a TRULY AMAZING All-Star Artist roster! Lyrics by Sandra Boynton Music written and produced by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford Recorded in Nashville with renowned session musicians Boynton & Ford have written and produced three Gold Records Boynton has a Grammy Nomination for Philadelphia Chickens, which was also a #1 New York Times Bestseller

Middle Grade: 
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. WILD BORN, by Brandon Mull
3. STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, by Jeffrey Brown
4. ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE, by the members of One Direction
5. THE SON OF SOBEK, by Rick Riordan 
Spotlight: 
WILD BORN 
by Brandon Mull
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed for ever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers ...and on you.

Young Adult:
1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
2. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
3. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak
LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green 
Spotlight: 
SMOKE 
by Ellen Hopkins 
Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

Series: 
1. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
2. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
3. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan
4. I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore
5. GIVER QUARTET, by Lois Lowry 

Spotlight: 
GATHERING BLUE
by Lois Lowry

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.


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





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