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TOWN IS BY THE SEA

Cover of: Town Is by the Sea
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schwartz
Author's First Name: 
Joanne
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sydney
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Schwartz compares a boy’s daily activities in a shimmering seaside town with those of his father who mines coal underground. His evocative language and strategically repeated phrases combine with Smith’s ink and watercolor scenes to paint a powerful portrait of the life of a coal family and what the boy’s future will likely be. Smith’s strong black lines and shadows speak for themselves in this provocative story. Wendy Lukehart

SAFE AND SOUND

SAFE AND SOUND (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Roussen
Author's First Name: 
Jean
Illustrator's First Name: 
Loris
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lora
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The gentle rhymes and vintage-styled illustrations of this tender picture book introduce young readers to an eclectic array of animal babies and the cozy comforts of parenting. From burrows to pouches, under wings and in mouths, baby animals lead us through their habitats to a young boy's bedroom. We find him -- with his parents and a menagerie of stuffed animals -- safe, sound, and ready for sleep. A lovely bedtime story. [Flying Eye Books (Nobrow)]. -Kit Ballenger (up to Seven)

AS BRAVE AS YOU

Jason, Ernie and birds exploding from the yellow house
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds
Author's First Name: 
Jason
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Caitlin Dlouhy/Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Genie and his older brother discover a world of differences from their life in Brooklyn while spending summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents. This modern classic is filled with humor, a tangible sense of place and rich characterization.

LIFE ACCORDING TO DANI

Dani and Ella on a pier
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lagercrantz
Author's First Name: 
Rose
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eva
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Eriksson
Publisher: 
Gecko
Publication Date: 
2016

 Best friends Dani and Ella’s island summer includes the simple joys of childhood along with Dani’s undercurrent of worry about her injured father until “happiness turns up again” in this Swedish import.

A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY

schoolchildren creating the title
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
O'Leary
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Illustrator's First Name: 
Qin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Leng
Publisher: 
House of Anansi
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016

 What makes a family special? A classroom full of children explore the ways that families are different and alike as they describe their homes with new babies, only children, gay parents, blended families and more.

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hitchcock
Author's First Name: 
Bonnie-Sue
Narrator's First Name: 
Jorjeana
Narrator's Last Name: 
Marie, Erin Tripp, Karissa Vacker, Robbie Daymond
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016

 Ruth hides a secret she can’t keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing elsewhere, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. Four teenagers in rural Alaska, voiced by a quiet, alternating array of narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood.

LISTEN, SLOWLY [AUDIOBOOK]

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lai
Author's First Name: 
Thanhha
Narrator's First Name: 
Lulu
Narrator's Last Name: 
Lam
Publisher: 
Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: 
2015

 Mai must accompany her grandmother to Viet Nam in search of information about the grandfather who disappeared in the Vietnam War. Alternately poignant and funny, we follow Mai as she discovers the beauty of Viet Nam and rediscovers the power found in her grandmother’s stories. Lam embodies Mai maturing personality, grandmother’s lyrical stories, and expertly weaves Vietnamese and English languages.

SAINT ANYTHING

Cover image of the book.
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dessen
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Sydney's golden-boy brother has a serious run-in with the law, which fractures the family's dynamic. She finds respite with her new friend Layla and her family in this thoughtful novel from a perennial favorite.

THE ONLY CHILD

Cover of: The Only Child
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Guojing
Publisher: 
Penguin (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 A young Chinese child is guided by a deer, transported through clouds to the Arctic and into the belly of a whale before returning home in this wordless adventure in soft pencil drawings and graphic panels.

MIRACLE ON 133RD STREET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Manzano
Author's First Name: 
Sonia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marjorie
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Priceman
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 The scent of a holiday roast converts disgruntled neighbors into a celebratory group. Readers of all ages will enjoy the transformation.

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