Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
REMINDER : We are now closing the agenda TWO WEEKS before the meeting. Therefore, March 9 at midnight is the last day to nominate titles for the March 24 meeting. At the March meeting, all titles will be on the agenda that were published in January and February.
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.
Author and illustrator learn they must work together despite artistic differences, or the book they each imagine will never exist. The story about Chloe differentiates from the story of the story through cartoon art including balsa backdrops, Sculpey clay figures, and computer graphics.
A wildlife photographer’s irresistible story of fostering a serval kitten in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Charming photographs illustrate the text and chronicle Moto’s growth. Well-written and engagingly illustrated narrative nonfiction that includes maps, a table of contents, and some general facts about these less well-known cats. (7-10. K. Isaacs)
Long before others shared her interest--or even believed that women could work in such fields--Eugenie Clark dove into zoology and dedicated herself to the study of sharks. In a career that spanned almost seven decades, Dr. Clark established herself as an expert in the field, earning the nickname "Shark Lady" for her explorations and discoveries. Fellow zoologist Jess Keating offers an optimistic biography of Clark, modeling for young scientists how a passion for learning and a commitment to one's path can lead to an extraordinary life. Includes facts ("Shark Bites"), a timeline, author's note, and bibliography. (Seven to Ten) ~ Kit Ballenger
A new species of mammal, discovered through museum research is found in the wild in Ecuador in this stellar description of an unusual process of scientific discovery. Pair with ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z!. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)
This latest title in their stellar Sunlight Series clearly describes the effect of the sun's light on water molecules, the water cycle, ocean currents, and water vapor in the air that serve as a greenhouse gas, and points to human controls and the need to protect it. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger
An introduction to the world and imagination of the young John Ronald Tolkien, focusing especially on his fixation on dragons. Readers will be surprised at some of the details of his life, touched on briefly and enchanted with the illustrations which tend to paint a world of swirls and colors and brimming with life (even the WWI illustration). A brief snapshot into a life of interest and talent. Edie Ching (7-10)
This picture book biography features simple yet powerful writing and stunning illustrations made from oil paints and collage. Weatherford highlights the ups and downs of the remarkable life of Lena Horne, who spoke up for civil rights and paved the way for future African American entertainers. Overall, this is a beautiful book with an inspiring message for young readers. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
With detailed and beautiful illustrations and and equally carefully constructed text, we are taken on a Grand Canyon journey through time, explaining how the canyon was formed, the changing flora and fauna, the differing climates in the canyon and the formation of its varying rock layers. Lots to pour over here, this book will continue to inform the more you read it and study the information in every illustration. End notes add to the enjoyment of the book. Seven to Ten. -Edie Ching.
With careful deliberate text, matched by illustrations whose softness delie the serious nature of the topic, we are introduced to the subject as a young slave and watch him evolve into the educated, deliberative activist he became. Cooper's illustrations often focus on the face or body of Douglass, dominating his background, the strength of his personality apparent. Myers calls Douglass careful in his decision, he is careful with his words. We understand how Douglass' desire for knowledge increased as he observed the whites around him, how he used this knowledge to escape and how he recognized that the rights of others, especially women, were an important part of his fight for Negro rights. A book with new insights into an important figure. Edie Ching (ages 7-10).