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2018

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: 
Mar
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)

BULL

Bull's head with words from text
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Elliott
Author's First Name: 
David
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Month: 
Mar
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When Minos cheated Poseidon, the god of the sea retaliated by giving him a half-man, half-bull son whom his sister loved, but betrayed--the ancient story of the Minotaur dramatically retold in modern poetry.(14 and up. 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)

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom

serval kitten
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Eszterhas
Author's First Name: 
Suzi
Illustrator's First Name: 
Suzi
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Eszterhas
Publisher: 
Owlkids
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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)

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

SHARK LADY: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW EUGENIE CLARK BECAME THE OCEAN'S MOST FEARLESS SCIENTIST

SHARK LADY (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Keating
Author's First Name: 
Jess
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marta Alvarez
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Miguens
Publisher: 
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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

WE ARE OKAY

We Are Okay (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
LaCour
Author's First Name: 
Nina
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger

CAROLINE'S COMETS: A TRUE STORY

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)
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