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2017

MRS. MCBEE LEAVES ROOM 3

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McLellan
Author's First Name: 
Gretchen Brandenburg
Illustrator's First Name: 
Grace
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Zong
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
On the last day of school Mrs. McBee tells her students she won't be returning. There is sorrow until she gives them packing up jobs and William, who seems the least accepting of change, finds a way to give joy to all. A sweet look at change and ways to find comfort when dealing with it. The cartoon like characters do reflect the children's mixed emotions and the soft colors add to the good feeling. Edie Ching (up to 7)

JANE FOSTE'S FIRST WORDS

jane foster's first words
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Foster
Author's First Name: 
Jane
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Date: 
2016

 Tree, apple; flower, bird; cat, dog:  simple, familiar words are introduced with eye-catching illustrations in this sturdy, beautifully designed board book. The last two pages repeat all the images for review and practice.

PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: THE STORY OF YOUNG JOHN LEWIS

Boy and chickens
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Asim
Author's First Name: 
Jabari
Illustrator's First Name: 
E.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lewis
Publisher: 
Penguin (Nancy Paulsen)
Publication Date: 
2016

 John Lewis wanted to be a minister when he was young, and he realized that his family’s flock of sixty Rhode Island Red and Dominique bantam chickens was an attentive congregation. E. B. Lewis’s gentle watercolors sweetly recall John’s early life on his family’s busy farm.

GARVEY’S CHOICE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grimes
Author's First Name: 
Nikki
Publisher: 
Wordsong (Highlights)
Publication Date: 
2016

 This novel in verse uses the Japanese tanka style of five line poems to tells the story of an adolescent boy with music on his mind.  Though his father wants to turn him into an athlete, Garvey loves science and reading—and finds friendship and acceptance when he joins the school choir.  

ASHES (THE SEEDS OF AMERICA TRILOGY)

ASHES
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Anderson
Author's First Name: 
Laurie Halse
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
10/4/2016

 In the conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy, American and French soldiers prepare to lay siege to the British army at Yorktown as Isabel and Curzon set out to rescue Isabel's sister Ruth from slavery. The final days of the Revolution are seen through the eyes of characters readers have come to love.

A HUNGRY LION, OR, A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS

A HUNGRY LION, OR, A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cummins
Author's First Name: 
Lucy Ruth
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
3/15/2016

 Twists and turns abound in this hilarious story of a collection of creatures who seem to be gradually disappearing. One particular predator seems to be at the center of things.

I AM PAN!

Pan, with pipes, and vignettes of other gods
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gerstein
Author's First Name: 
Mordicai
Illustrator's First Name: 
Mordicai
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Gertstein
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Vibrant  paintings in a graphic picture book format accompany fun-filled, laugh-out-loud stories about Pan, the god of the wild, and his wild and crazy ways.  

OWL SEES OWL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Godwin
Author's First Name: 
Laura
Illustrator's First Name: 
Rob
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Dunlavey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Spare, simple language depicts Baby Owl ‘s  tentative exploration into the autumn night and return to his family’s comforting nest under a dark sky gorgeously illuminated by a stars and a full moon. 

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yoon
Author's First Name: 
Nicola
Publisher: 
Penguin (Random House)
Publication Month: 
November
Publication Date: 
2016

 Natasha, a believer in science and facts, meets Daniel, a poetic soul, just hours before her family is to be deported to Jamaica. For one magical day, the teens travel around New York City together, learning about each other, themselves, and the true nature of relationships.

FANNIE NEVER FLINCHED: ONE WOMAN'S COURAGE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICAN LABOR UNION RIGHTS

Cover Image for Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for A
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Farrell
Author's First Name: 
Mary Cronk
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2016

 American Union organizer Frannie Sellins' biography is presented in episodic chapters, each focusing on a key moment in American labor history or on a community she helped organize. Primary sources do much of the storytelling and substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935.

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