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Boats for Papa

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bagley
Author's First Name: 
Jessixa
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A simple book, or so it seems, about loss and grief and healing, in the most positive way, sending something out to the person you miss. Buckley, a sweet young beaver, misses his dad and so sends boats out to him, comforting himself that since they don't return his papa has received them. And then one day, he discovers the gift his mama has given him. Gentle with opportunities for lots of discussion or just to sit back and think about who you would send a boat to and who would receive it.

FOUND

Found
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yoon
Author's First Name: 
Salina
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2014
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Bear encounters a lost toy bunny in the forest and brings it home. He immediately goes to work trying to find the owner, while enjoying its company at the same time. When the bunny's owner comes forward, Bear's emotions tug in two directions, until a resolution is reached. Incredibly appealing without being saccharine, featuring bright colors and plenty of white space. Up to Seven. Todd Krueger

NAVIGATING EARLY [AUDIOBOOK]

Navigating Early
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vanderpool
Author's First Name: 
Clare
Narrator's First Name: 
Robbie
Narrator's Last Name: 
Daymond
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.

BLUEFISH

Blue fish
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schmatz
Author's First Name: 
Pat
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends. 

BONE DOG

Bone Dog
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rohmann
Author's First Name: 
Eric
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2011

Ella, Gus’s elderly dog, promises Gus that she will always be with him, but after she dies, Gus spends a lonely Halloween cavorting with skeletons in the cemetery. Gus’s reappearance is part of the night’s spooky but endearing magic. Firm horizontals and thickly outlined figures keep the story grounded.

LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE

Like Pickle Juice
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sternberg
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matthew
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cordell
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2011

LOST & FOUND

Picture of a seated lost thing
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tan
Author's First Name: 
Shaun
Illustrator's First Name: 
Shaun
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Tan
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2011

CAMO GIRL

Camo Girl
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Magoon
Author's First Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Aladdin
Publication Date: 
2011
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