Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children’s Books:
Picture Books:
1. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
3. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
4. OTIS, written and illustrated by Loren Long
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet
Spotlight:

OTIS
by Loren Long
 
New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.

In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.


Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. TREASURE HUNTERS, by James Patterson and others
3. WILD BORN, by Brandon Mull
4. STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, by Jeffrey Brown
5. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
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. STEELHEART, by Brandon Sanderson
2. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
3. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
5. THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak
Spotlight:

STEELHEART
by Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics... nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Series:
1. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
2. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
3. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan
4. MICHAEL VEY, by Richard Paul Evans
5. I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore
Spotlight:

THE PRISONER OF CELL 25
by Richard Paul Evans

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.
 
Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.

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