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A BOY CALLED BAT

A BOY CALLED BAT (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Arnold
Author's First Name: 
Elana K.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Charles
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Santoso
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger

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)

HIPPOPOTAMISTER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Green
Author's First Name: 
John Patrick
Publisher: 
Macmillan (First Second)
Publication Date: 
2016

 With their zoo in shambles Hippo and Red Panda set out for the city, where they try (and fail at) a host of human jobs in this graphic novel affirmation of personal reinvention for early elementary readers. 

OLINGUITO, FROM A to Z!

Olinguito
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Delacre
Author's First Name: 
Lulu
Publisher: 
Children's Book Press
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016

 A zoologist searches for the little new mammal species, the olinguito, in the Ecuadorian Andes. Lovely mixed media illustrations encourage the reader to look closely and add a hidden element to this poetic bilingual alphabet. 

CROCOPOTAMUS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Murphy
Author's First Name: 
Mary
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2016

 This interactive board book invites readers to mix and match bold and colorful animal heads and tails to create a variety of silly creatures while exploring the way that words are made.

MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS

Mr. Postmouse's Rounds
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dubuc
Author's First Name: 
Marianne
Publisher: 
Kids Can Press
Publication Date: 
2015

Readers follow a "post-mouse" through his daily deliveries to a variety of animals (real and imaginary), each with its own unique home and habitat shown in highly detailed illustrations.

FLUTTER AND HUM / ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Date: 
2015

 14 playful poems about animals appear side by side in English and Spanish. These are not always direct translations, but have similar senses and are connected and surrounded by boldly colored gouache illustrations.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations across each layout unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.
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