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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

BARKUS

BARKUS (book cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Maclachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marc
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Boutavant
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)

LOVE IS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Adams
Author's First Name: 
Diane
Illustrator's First Name: 
Claire
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Keane
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A simple rhyming text that scans naturally, about a young girl's affection for a baby duckling she nurses for a while and then sends on its way. The illustrations are all about the girl and the duck, going through life in a close and loving way. There's not a lot of background to distract. The statements about love are true on many levels, in many circumstances. It is simple and lovely. Edie Ching (up to 7)

PAX

PAX
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennybacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Date: 
2016

 A boy is made to abandon his pet fox when his father goes off to war. Both the boy and the fox must learn about survival and responsibility as they travel in new directions and forge new communities.

RAIN REIGN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Martin
Author's First Name: 
Ann M.
Publisher: 
Feiwel & Friends
Publication Month: 
Oct
Publication Date: 
2014

Lonely and misunderstood because of her obsessive behaviors and unconventional interest in homonyms, Rose finds welcome companionship with the dog her father brings home—and her tenacity and sense of fairness ultimately triumph.

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jeffers
Author's First Name: 
Oliver
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2012

Oils painted over old linotype and landscapes along with technical wizardry illustrate this entertaining tale of a boy who believes a moose he names Marcel is his. Bubbles show Wilfred’s visual and verbal thoughts during his discovery that the moose belongs to everyone--and no one.

DUCK FOR A DAY

Duck for a Day
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McKinlay
Author's First Name: 
Meg
Illustrator's First Name: 
Leila
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Rudge
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2012

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.

AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS

AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weeks
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Publisher: 
Laura Geringer
Publication Date: 
2010

Eleven-year-old Verbena, angry at learning of her adoption along with other family secrets, befriends a gullible neighbor boy by pretending to be a ghost.  Although a near-disaster reveals Verbie’s deceit, it also cements an enduring friendship.
 

DOGS AND CATS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jenkins
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2007

Read one half of the book about dogs, then turn it upside down and learn about cats. Careful placement of the tactile paper collages draws attention to biology, evolution, and behavior.

NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE & A MIRACLE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dennis
Author's First Name: 
Brian
Second Author's First Name: 
Kirby
Second Author's Last Name: 
Larson
Illustrator's First Name: 
Mary
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Nethery
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2009

It’s against rules, but a Marine befriends an Iraqi wild dog that steadfastly follows his unit in the desert. Inviting photos include the machines and landscape of a soldier’s daily life and warmly depict a true story that ends happily.

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