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DRUM DREAM GIRL: HOW ONE GIRL'S COURAGE CHANGED MUSIC

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Engle
Author's First Name: 
Margarita
Illustrator's First Name: 
Rafael
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lopez
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2015

 A young girl in Cuba dreams of drumming, something “only boys do,” and makes her musical dreams real. Inspired by the life of Millo Zaldarriaga. Colorful, whimsical illustrations bring Cuba and its culture to life.

RAINDROPS ROLL

Raindrops on leaves
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sayre
Author's First Name: 
April Pulley
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Poetic text and expert photography simply and eloquently illuminate the science of rain.

SIDEWALK FLOWERS

Sidewalk Flowers
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lawson
Author's First Name: 
JonArno
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sydney
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Date: 
2015

 A purpose-driven dad walks city sidewalks with his daughter in this wordless graphic novel. She meanders about picking wildflowers, but readers will see she’s just as intentional as her dad. Brilliant use of black and white—and color.

IF YOU PLANT A SEED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Kadir
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2015

 A mouse and a rabbit garden together but several birds want to share in the harvest in this simple fable about cooperation. The lush and exuberant full page paintings of crops and animals are outstanding.

BOATS FOR PAPA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bagley
Author's First Name: 
Jessixa
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2015

 The boats that Buckley sends out to sea for his Papa reach someone else who loves Buckley, too.

IT'S ONLY STANLEY

It's Only Stanley
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Agee
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Stanley the beagle keeps his family awake at night with his noisy tinkering. The cartoon style illustrations and hilarious conclusion makes this silly picture book an experience the whole family will enjoy.

WAIT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Portis
Author's First Name: 
Antoinette
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2015

 A mother and preschooler have different preferred paces while walking to the bus. Readers will find much to explore with the child in rich charcoal, ink, pencil and digitally colored scenes. The tension between “Hurry!” and “Wait!” finally leads to “Yes!”

Spectacular Spots

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stockdale
Author's First Name: 
Susan
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2015
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Crabs and cows look straight out at us in Stockdale's characteristically eye-catching illustrations which celebrate each animal presented, both large (cheetahs) and small (lady-bugs and snails). Her rhyming text adds to the energy of the book and reads easily. Back-matter adds additional details and a fun quiz can test the reader's attention. Credit is given to the scientists consulted. A book to please and inform.

YOU NEST HERE WITH ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yolen
Author's First Name: 
Jane
Second Author's First Name: 
Heidi E. Y.
Second Author's Last Name: 
Stemple
Illustrator's First Name: 
Melissa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Sweet
Publisher: 
Boyds Mills
Publication Date: 
2015

 A child is tucked into bed, hearing about the cozy places birds nest, reassured of her own safe nest. A goodnight book of comforting, rhyming text and illustrations of cuddling birds.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
De La Peña
Author's First Name: 
Matt
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Penguin (Putnam)
Publication Date: 
2015

 CJ’s Sunday afternoon—accompanying his grandmother through the city to serve at a soup kitchen—turns to happiness when he sees beauty through his Nana’s eyes.

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