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CHARLIE & MOUSE & GRUMPY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Emily
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hughes
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
20117
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Understatement is the word for this series, full of warmth that comes through in the simplicity of the activities (building a fort, singing a good night song). When their grandfather comes to visit he notices that Charlie has grown bigger but Mouse is just "medium". The antics are true to the characters and universally child like and explanations aren't needed, either among the characters or to the readers. Three cheers for all three. Edie Ching (up to 7)

TUMBLE & BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Beasley
Author's First Name: 
Casey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Blue Montgomery knows he is cursed, he can never win at anything, and that is why his "lucky" dad abandons him at the family homestead. Tumble Wilson is trying to escape her "history" and rescue Blue. Unlikely friends, the two discover inner strengths that change their fate and that of their families. A complex book worth the careful reading it demands. (10-14) Edie Ching

CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Andros
Author's First Name: 
Camille
Illustrator's First Name: 
Brianne
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Farley
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
March 14, 2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Charlotte wants to be a serious scientist, but her family's rabbit hole is too crowded for her to properly conduct experiments. One of her siblings is always breaking her beakers or contaminating her samples. To find some peace and quiet, she constructs a ship and flies to the moon. However, she finds that even a serious scientist can become lonely. This book is not only funny and charming, it is also a great introduction to the scientific method for young readers. M. Crews (Up to Seven)

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Oh
Author's First Name: 
Ellen (editor)
Publisher: 
Penguin (Crown/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Edited by Ellen Oh and dedicated to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, this is a collection of short stories celebrating the diverse stories that everyone needs. Sometimes race is very apparent, see Main Street by Woodson, and sometimes it is just an additional aspect of the character (see Matt da la Pena's first story about friendship and father son relationships. Each character wants to be heard, some shot at us, some whisper. Each story is unique and brings to life a memorable character. Edie Ching (10-14)

CHARLIE & MOUSE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Emily
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hughes
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With a tone similar to Little Bear, Charlie and his brother have adventures large and small that involve their parents and their many friends, of all ethnicities. I particularly enjoyed the snack at Sakamoto's Shave Ice. Their conversations are very natural and child like as are their actions. Look for our own children to ask for a bed-time popsicle. The illustrations enhance the story perfectly. A lovely package. Edie Ching (up to 7)

GENEVIEVE'S WAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Giff
Author's First Name: 
Patricia Reilly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Becca
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Stadtlander
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A World War II story set in Alsace, where Genevieve has come to visit her grandmother (on her father's side) and is getting ready to go home, following the departure of her big brother. But while grandmere is not warm and friendly, on the day of her departure, she realizes that she is needed and returns to the farm. Caught in the German invasion, she becomes more and more involved in efforts to thwart the Nazis and support her good friend. There is mystery here, what has really happened to her brother, and revelations as she slowly learns about the life of a father she never felt close to, and as her relationship with her grandmother warms. Edie Ching

THE AIRPORT BOOK

The Airport Book
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Brown
Author's First Name: 
Lisa
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 India ink and bright watercolor illustrations depict a diverse group of passengers and their individual experiences in a friendly and perfect introduction to the details that surround air travel.  

WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Urban
Author's First Name: 
Linda
Illustrator's First Name: 
Katie
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Kath
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Max shares his third-grade take on his life with his dad, as he and his father adjust to a recent divorce and gradually carve out a life with new friends and traditions. 

FRANNIE AND TRU

Frannie and Tru
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hattrup
Author's First Name: 
Karen
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2016

 Frannie idolizes her cousin Tru for his charm, wit and charisma. He's come to spend the summer and Frannie sees this as her chance to impress him and break out of her naive good girl image. As Frannie gets swept up in Tru's world she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye. This powerful coming-of-age story brings the characters and the city of Baltimore to life.

A PIECE OF HOME

A PIECE OF HOME
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watts
Author's First Name: 
Jeri
Illustrator's First Name: 
Yum
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hyewon
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2016

 Hee Jun’s family uproots from South Korea to West Virginia where every difference feels daunting to him. Yum’s gentle illustrations brim with emotion as Hee Jun and his family adjust to their new home. This relatable immigration journey, regardless of national origin, will also resonate among young readers simply struggling to fit in. 

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