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Seven to Ten, 2014 List

Building our House
Jonathan
Bean
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
9780374380236
$17.99
2013

Detailed watercolor and ink illustrations lovingly depict a close-knit family creating a homestead. From empty farm field and trailer to colorful gardens and fruit hanging from trees, the pictures reflect the author’s memories of building a house.

 

Girl in a red boat approaching a castle
Aaron
Becker
Candlewick
9780763660536
$15.99
2013

Looking for excitement, a young girl selects a red marker and draws her way into a magical adventure. This wordless book of lovely pen and ink drawings combined with luminous watercolors creates a rich and exotic fantasy.

Horace Pippin
Jen
Bryant
Melissa Sweet
Knopf
9780375867125
$17.99
2013

Watercolors, gouache, and collage along with lettered quotations richly capture Horace Pippin’s own style in this biography evoking his love of color. Avid child-artist, he painted until a World War I shoulder injury. Later, after he rehabilitated, other artists lauded his achievement. 

Birdwatcher and chatty bird
Annette LeBlanc
Cate
Annette LeBlanc Cate
Candlewick
9780763645618
$15.99
2013

A humorous and engaging introduction to bird-watching. Ink and watercolor illustrations enhanced with callouts from both birds and people enrich the text and entertain readers as they run outside to observe birds in their own neighborhoods.

Suzanne
Collins
James Proimos
Scholastic
9780545425162
$17.99
2013

When first-grader Suzy’s father faces deployment to Viet Nam, Suzy (the author herself) imagines friendly jungles. After his postcards stop and neighbors suddenly reassure that he will return soon, the digital illustrations highlighted with paint change animals to nightmarish ogres. 

Kelly
Cunnane
Hoda Hadadi
Schwartz & Wade
9780375870347
$17.99
2013

Vividly-colored collages show graceful Mauritanian women wearing the lovely malafas that Laila desperately wants. Their beauty, mystery, elegance, and tradition are only part of the privilege of wearing them; Laila must understand the rest. The included glossary aids non-Muslims.

Kate
DiCamillo
K.G. Campbell
Candlewick
9780763660406
$17.99
2013

After a vacuum cleaner almost swallows him, Ulysses, a squirrel, develops superhero powers and types messages while cooperating with comic-book fan Flora to avoid her mother’s efforts to terminate him. Pencil cartoon illustrations help reveal many “holy unanticipated occurrences!”

Monica
Edinger
Candlewick
9780763650384
$17.99
2013

Intricate ink-outlined watercolors complement this carefully-researched fictional autobiography of Sarah Margru Kinson, captured at nine in West Africa and forced to sail on the Amistad. Her chronicle reveals terror, fear, and loneliness eventually evolving into education and hope. 

Paul
Fleischman
Ibatoulline Bagram
Candlewick
9780763646011
$16.99
2013

Muted brown acrylic gouache illustrations display keepsakes from an Italian immigrant’s life like an olive pit, macaroni shell, and fish scale stored in matchboxes. When he shares them with his great-granddaughter, colorful paintings depict her delight in this family legacy.