Thursday, September 19, 2013

Who's OnTop: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Book: 
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
5. PRESS HERE, by Herv√© Tullet 
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. ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE, by the members of One Direction
3. STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, by Jeffrey Brown
4. A LONG WALK TO WATER, by Linda Sue Park
5. THE SON OF SOBEK, by Rick Riordan

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. 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


by Madeleine Roux

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

1. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
2. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
3. I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore
5. GIVER QUARTET, by Lois Lowry

by Lois Lowry

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.


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