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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

STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bowman
Author's First Name: 
Donna Janell
Illustrator's First Name: 
Daniel
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Minter
Publisher: 
Lee & Low
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

This fascinating story about a slave-turned-successful-veterinarian and his genius horse who toured the country in the early 1900s teaches the value of perseverance and the necessity of kindness. Minter's warm and detailed paintings work perfectly with the text to tell the story of this unbelievable duo. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON'T

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Borando
Author's First Name: 
Silvia
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A clever and very simple search and find book perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. M. Bailey. Up to Seven.

HIPPOPOTAMISTER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Green
Author's First Name: 
John Patrick
Publisher: 
Macmillan (First Second)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Red Panda tries his luck beyond the walls of the run-down zoo and convinces Hippo to join him and become a "Hippopotamister". Together they wear many hats in many jobs, searching for the one that fits them just right. A tale of humorous adventures and the quest for special talents that children will connect with. Anonymous.

LUCY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cecil
Author's First Name: 
Randy
Illustrator's First Name: 
Randy
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cecil
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

With minimal text and simple oil drawings, Cecil tells the story of three characters who lives intersect each day: Lucy, a stray dog who dreams of her former home; Eleanor, a young girl who feeds Lucy and wishes the dog was her own; and Sam, Eleanor's father who is trying to find the confidence to show off his talent to others. Meaghan McKeron. 7-10

CRICKET SONG

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hunter
Author's First Name: 
Anne
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Poetic text and lush, dreamlike illustrations, convey the mysteries of the nocturnal landscape, and connect two children who sleep on opposite sides of the ocean. A lovely bedtime tale with universal themes. Up to Seven.

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
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

An astonishing alphabet of Ecuadorean cloud forest inhabitants celebrates the discovery of a new mammal, the olinguito, in Spanish and in English. Notable for its careful description of a unique habitat as well as its endlessly interesting illustrations. The Spanish text is primary: it is full of rhyme and alliteration. The English translation is not forced into the alphabet or rhyme scheme but is still lyrical. Delacre's collage imagery includes real pressed flowers and leaves and a find-the-biologist puzzle. Solid back matter completes this cleverly conceived and beautifully executed picture book. (7-10) K. Isaacs

CROCOPOTAMUS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Murphy
Author's First Name: 
Mary
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Mix and match fun! All kinds of silly animals can be created with this board book. Vertically split pages with heads and tails of seven different animals allow lots of combinations! The mixed media illustrations of each animal are in a variety of colors on white backgrounds. A different kind of board book for the youngest readers! -Ruth Anne Champion

PAX [AUDIOBOOK]

Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennypacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Narrator's First Name: 
Michael
Narrator's Last Name: 
Curran-Dorsano
Publisher: 
Harper Audio
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

War sick humans are coming and Peter's father is joining them. Peter must move 300 miles away to live with his grandfather. Pax, Peter's fox, cannot join him. Thus begins the epic journeys of Peter and Pax to find each other and themselves. Curran-Dorsano expertly narrates these journeys, finding the universal story of growing up that all living animals experience. Audiobook. Paula Langsm

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