This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.
Kidnapped by a pair of rascals and taken from Minnesota to Plains country in 1866, 8-year-old Chickadee works his way back to his grieving Ojibwe family. Like others in the Birchbark House series, Erdrich’s pencil drawings enliven this adventure.
Quirky, humorous illustrations complement the story of Barnum Brown and his quest to find the bones of a species never before unearthed. The text captures both personality and profession as Brown searches and eventually finds Tyrannosaurus Rex. Backmatter includes an author’s note and selected bibliography.
Galileo narrates his own story of invention and discovery when old and blind while under house arrest for his heretical belief in a sun-centered universe. Gouache resist and oils brightly light his invaluable contributions to science, and a timeline provides a broader context for Galileo’s achievements.
After reading John Muir’s book about vanishing forests, Teddy Roosevelt asked Muir to take him camping in Yosemite. Their splendid trip prompted the president to advocate laws saving the wilderness. Pen and watercolor wash exclaim the wideness and wildness found out west.
Irreverent poems voicing the mildly hostile actions of fairy tale characters, siblings, and animals follow the scheme and character of William Carlos Williams’ “This Is Just To Say.” Cordell’s imaginative line-drawings add delicious details to the rationale behind each poem.
Lush Hawaiian rainforests, fuchsia skies, and huge flowers thrilled Georgia O’Keeffe in 1939 when she visited to paint pineapples on commission. After a disagreement with her employer, she found an unusual solution. Digital assembly of acrylics on paper creates soft-edged paintings reminiscent of O’Keeffe’s own style.
A dog plays the painter in this clever introduction to the Belgian surrealist, Magritte. When he attempts to control his muse (an impetuous bowler hat), a game of hide-and-seek ensues through mixed-media parodies of his famous paintings while cellophane pages enhance the visual tricks.
Abby and neighbor Weird Noah fiercely compete for the honor of taking home the class pet duck, even though their teacher Mrs. Melvino makes the task especially difficult. Many humorous pencil drawings enhance this story and its requirement of unexpected cooperation between an unlikely pair.
Rice paper, postcards, and coins authenticate the mixed-media and watercolor collages depicting the rigorous expedition through China in the 1930s of a New York dressmaker who wanted to fulfill her deceased husband’s mission of retrieving America’s first panda. Backmatter includes a chronology and author’s note.