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Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.