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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

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)

SOME PETS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
DiTerlizzi
Author's First Name: 
Angela
Illustrator's First Name: 
Brendan
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Wenzel
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A picture book easy reader hybrid exploring what "Some pets" do. For our littlest animal lovers. M. Bailey. Up to Seven.

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

FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Perkins
Author's First Name: 
Lynne Rae
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Greenwillow)
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A boy and his dog, what could be better for a picture book, but his only gets better as both learn about each other and their world. Perkins reminds us that both are "pups" and defines for us Frank's interests (Botany is about plants, Entomology is Science about bugs). Big words interspersed eith wonderful pictures of Frank's adventures chasing ducks and squirrels and deer and looking at the stars together. And there are even predicting the future questions. Science and dogs and boys, what could be better. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. Moved to 7-10.

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
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A story about responsibility, here of a boy to the fox he raised from a kit, of a father to a son, of humans in the face of way. It looks as big issues, like what war does to humans and animals, physically (both a human and an animal are maimed)and emotionally. Peter, the boy who regrets his "desertion" goes on a mission that rescues more than he expected and his fox also goes on a journey of his own. Told alternately from the point of view of the boy and the fox, reading this is a journey for all. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching

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.

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