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LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Curato
Author's First Name: 
Mike
Publisher: 
Henry Holt
Publication Date: 
2014

A small, polka dotted, cupcake-loving elephant finds an unexpected friend as he tries to navigate a big city. Stunning 1940’s style illustrations beautifully convey the perspective of a small child in this deceptively simple tale.

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE

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: 
2014

Two boys and their dog dig with determination to find something amazing and, unexpectedly, something pretty spectacular happens. Digital and colored pencil illustrations provide subtle clues about the outcome of their project.

THE BABY TREE

The Baby Tree
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Blackall
Author's First Name: 
Sophie
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2014
A young boy has good reason to ask, “Where do babies come from?” but is confused by the variety of answers he receives. Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations humorously depict this story for new big brothers and sisters, with age appropriate answers provided in the end.

GASTON

Gaston
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dipucchio
Author's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2014

French Poodle and Bulldog pups learn what it means to be yourself even when there doesn’t seem to be anywhere you fit in just right.

MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aylesworth
Author's First Name: 
Jim
Illustrator's First Name: 
Barbara
Illustrator's Last Name: 
McClintock
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2014
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

 

 

A new version of the Yiddish folk tale in exhilarating repetitive rhyme joyfully portrays the events in a life of a new immigrant to America. Lively, sharp illustrations enhance and extend the text for the careful reader.

THE IRIDESCENCE OF BIRDS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
MacLachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Hadley
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hooper
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2014

A relief printing technique creates images reminiscent of Henri Matisse’s paintings, while a simple poetic text introduces everyday events in his childhood. Was it any surprise that Matisse became an acclaimed artist? Certainly not!

TWO LITTLE BIRDS

Two Little Birds
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
DePalma
Author's First Name: 
Mary Newell
Publisher: 
Eerdmans
Publication Date: 
2014

Very young readers will follow the simple, lively story about two little birds who hatch, feed, frolic, and eventually migrate south. Colorful, textured, collage illustrations make this book soar.

ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET: SHORT STORIES FOR ALL THE LETTERS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jeffers
Author's First Name: 
Oliver
Publisher: 
Penguin
Publication Date: 
2014

The letters of the alphabet are presented here in twenty-six very brief stories. Odd, silly and occasionally poignant, these letter tales are short in length, but long on creative absurdity: a memorable alphabet experience.

VIVA FRIDA

Frida Kahlo doll
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Morales
Author's First Name: 
Yuyi
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tim
Illustrator's Last Name: 
O'Meara
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2014

Morales uses a range of artistic media—from puppets to collage to photographic and digital manipulations—to create this spare and dreamy emotional landscape that imagines artist Frida Kahlo’s interior life.

WINTER IS COMING

Winter is Coming
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Johnston
Author's First Name: 
Tony
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jim
Illustrator's Last Name: 
LaMarche
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Publication Date: 
2014

A young girl watches with respect and wonder as the days change from golden autumn to gray winter and the forest and woodland animals around her prepare for the change of season.

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