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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.

TRUDY'S BIG SWIM: HOW GERTRUDE EDERLE SWAM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Macy
Author's First Name: 
Sue
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matt
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Collins
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, only 6 years after women got the right to vote. The difficulties of the swim, how Gertrude sustained herself with food and music and the support of her "chase boat" help to point out just what an accomplishment this was. A sport time line on the end pages points out other major sports accomplishments of her decade. A "lost" story that is happily found. Edie Ching (7-10).

CHEE-KEE: A PANDA IN BEARLAND

Title with four bears and one panda in a line-up
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rim
Author's First Name: 
Sujean
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger

GOLDFISH GHOST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snicket
Author's First Name: 
Lemony
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lisa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book sweetly answers the age old question of where does the dead goldfish go. Not down the toilet in this case. Instead this goldfish becomes a ghost, looking for a place to "settle down". There are lots of little clues here of the goldfish's "former" life, the title of books lying about, a banner from Cape Cod. The illustrations are warm and give a strong sense of place, the beach, the town, other wanderings. A nice alternative to all of those other dead fish stories. Edie Ching (up to 7).

CHARLIE & MOUSE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Emily
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hughes
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With a tone similar to Little Bear, Charlie and his brother have adventures large and small that involve their parents and their many friends, of all ethnicities. I particularly enjoyed the snack at Sakamoto's Shave Ice. Their conversations are very natural and child like as are their actions. Look for our own children to ask for a bed-time popsicle. The illustrations enhance the story perfectly. A lovely package. Edie Ching (up to 7)

THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Deedy
Author's First Name: 
Carmen Agra
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eugene
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Yelchin
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A morality story about community, freedom, individuality and passion. A community that gets annoyed by noise gets a leader who tries to shut all noise out and have total control. But one rooster refuses to be silent, even when he is threatened with death. His song may grow darker as hardships are imposed, but he will still sing and we get his song almost every other page. There's lots of sunshine on many of the pages, especially when the rooster is in full song, and the dark pages still have the song. An author's note at the end reminds us not to temper our song or stop singing. Edie Ching (up to 7).

HAPPY DREAMER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds,
Author's First Name: 
Peter H.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Orchard)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching (up to 7)

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jenkins
Author's First Name: 
Emily
Illustrator's First Name: 
Chris
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Appelhans
Publisher: 
Penguin (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A playful romp between unlikely companions, the whirling text and escalating rhymes will delight young listeners. Watercolor illustrations in muted tones capture the animals' exuberance and exhausted delight. With skillful wordplay and a spiraling pace, the book begs to be read aloud (but may leave the reader as tired as the two friends). Up to Seven. -Kit Ballenger

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.

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.

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. 

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