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Up to Seven

This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.

TRIANGLE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)

OVER AND UNDER THE POND

Canoers above and fish below on a pond
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Messner
Author's First Name: 
Kate
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christopher Silas
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Neal
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
As a small black boy and his mother paddle across a pond and the afternoon becomes evening, she describes the plants and animal that inhabit that world in, under, and around the water. A companion book to earlier volumes about a garden and winter snow. (K. Isaacs. Up to 7)

WOLF IN THE SNOW

Red-caped girl and wolf pup
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cordell
Author's First Name: 
Matthew
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matthew
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cordell
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Feiwel & Friends)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Lost in a snowstorm on her way home from school, a girl in a red hooded jacket finds and saves a wolf pup, and the pack, in turn saves her. A near wordless adventure movingly told through watercolored pen and ink scenes and occasional sounds. (up to 7. K. Isaacs)

NOISY NIGHT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Brian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Biggs
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The kind of bed time book to delight a child, full of actin and noise. The text offers lots of repetition, making easy for the child to chime in and the sounds rhyme, going from La to Rah Rah. We move up a skinny apartment building where there is lots going on on every floor. Check out the front cover for a hint or two. The illustrations are as lively as the text and very child appealing. Will it make your youngster go to sleep? Maybe not right away, but it will make bedtime reading more fun and interactive. Edie Ching (up to 7)

THE BOOK OF MISTAKES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Luyken
Author's First Name: 
Corinna
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (Edie Ching) Up to 7.

SAM SORTS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jocelyn
Author's First Name: 
Marthe
Publisher: 
Tundra
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Sam needs to clean up his toys, but he becomes distracted by all the different ways he can sort them. He sorts by color, shape, pattern and rhyming words. The author adds humor by including pages with things Sam might bite if they were real versus things that would bite Sam if they were real. Each illustration features plenty of details for young readers to look at over and over again, and the paper collage style gives each page a variety of textures. This is a really engaging concept book with a fun narrative. (Megan Crews) Up to 7

CAROLINE'S COMETS: A TRUE STORY

Caroline's Comets
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McCully
Author's First Name: 
Emily Arnold
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A picture book biography of the first professional woman scientist and "The Hunter of Comets". Caroline Herschel first discovered astronomy because of the interest/work of her brother and became his assistant. But later she made discoveries on her own. The difficulties of her life are included here as well as the accomplishments and end notes help clarify some of the points made in the book (i.e. a definition for the word nebulae). The attractive vivid illustrations add to the appeal of the book. Edie Ching (up to 7)

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)

MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rinker
Author's First Name: 
Sherri Duskey
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lichtenheld
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With bold active illustrations and lively rhyming text, this duo once again gives us a dawn to dusk visit with a construction site and the big trucks that do the work. The vehicles are described in human terms, stretching, wiping their faces. Challenging language at times, immense/intense, but natural rhyme. Various roles/jobs are described. Two page spreads are intermixed with pages with multiple images that provide a close up view of some jobs. Fun and informative. Edie Ching (up to 7)

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 (up to Seven)
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