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2018

HEY, BOY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Strouse
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jennifer
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Phelan
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A boy and dog story like no other, thanks in part to Strouse's evocative illustration which move across the page as we move across time. A boy "finds" a dog and then, because of injury, has to give the dog up. He doesn't forget him but he doesn't spend the time with him he maybe should (time intervenes). But even as time passes affection does not. The language is simple but expresses the joys and tribulations of life as well as the hard work involved in growing up. The books is beautifully presented in all respects. Edie Ching (up to 7).

EYES OF THE WORLD; ROBERT CAPA, GERDA TARO AND THE INENTION OF MODERN PHOTOJOURNALISM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aronson
Author's First Name: 
Marc
Second Author's First Name: 
Marina
Second Author's Last Name: 
Budhos
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The authors, a husband and wife team, bring to this book about the "partnership" of two people whose lives and work are deeply entwined a sense of what collaboration is all about and how it impacts relationships and identities. The book looks at the influence both subjects had on the world of photography, how they attempted to sway the public about international events and the risks they took to tell the events that took place before their eyes. The Spanish Civil War is an important subject in this book as is the impact of photojournalism. It is also a strong depiction of a woman who would not be deterred and while a companion of a talented man, developed her own talent and insisted on her own work and recognition. A book with broad appeal and lots to excite further exploration. (Ten to Fourteen)

CAPTAIN PUG

Captain Pug
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
James
Author's First Name: 
Laura
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eglantine
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Ceulemans
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When Pug's owner, Lady Miranda, gives him a sea captain's hat to wear to a birthday party, the water-fearing dog takes his new title seriously and finds himself in the midst of many adventures in the sea. This quirky and humorous beginner chapter book features ink drawings with bursts of orange and blue. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

MY PICTURES AFTER THE STORM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Veille
Author's First Name: 
Eric
Publisher: 
Gecko
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book is a series of double-paged spreads, basically "before" and "after." Sometimes very literal, sometimes with a humorous spin, each spread will ask readers to figure out the series of events. Likely, children will be inspired to create their own spreads. Up to 7. Jamie Watson

THE HATE U GIVE [AUDIOBOOK]

The Hate U Give
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Thomas
Author's First Name: 
Angie
Narrator's First Name: 
Bahni
Narrator's Last Name: 
Turpin
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The Hate U Give follows sixteen-year-old Starr's difficult journey after witnessing the shooting of one of her best friends at the hands of an officer. Bahni Turpin takes this already moving and important story and breathes even more power into Starr as she finds her voice amidst the chaos. The interactions - both serious and humorous - between Starr and her family and friends come alive through Turpin's nuanced narration. Meaghan McKeron. Audiobooks.

A SONG ABOUT MYSELF

A Song About Myself
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Keats
Author's First Name: 
John
Illustrator's First Name: 
Chris
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Raschka
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Famous poet John Keats' whimsical letter to his sister is re-imagined in this illustrated version of "A Song About Myself." Raschka's imaginative watercolor paintings work well with the text to tell the story of a young boy who's itch for creativity and exploration made him "a naughty boy." Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

THE PLAYBOOK; 52 RULES TO AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME CALLED LIFE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Illustrator's First Name: 
Thai
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Neave
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A great read for "particular" readers with short descriptions of important choices sports figures have made over their careers and rules for playing the game of sports and life. Simple but powerful points supplemented with strong illustrations that add a "punch" to the text. After Rule 52 there is even attention to Overtime and Tenacity. Broad appeal to children and the adults who should share this book with them as there is room for lots of conversation (Edie Ching 10-14 but could be for all ages).

PIECING ME TOGETHER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watson
Author's First Name: 
Renée
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)

TRIANGLE

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: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)

MAX

Max
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cohen-Scali
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Second Author's First Name: 
Penny
Second Author's Last Name: 
Hueston
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Starting in 1939, Nazi Germany began a Lebensborn program to provide the Reich with 'perfect' specimens of the Aryan race by carefully selecting women to birth the future generation. Max is such a child. This first person account begins in the womb and we follow Max through a "coming of age" story (though the book ends as the war does so Max never even reaches adolescence). Fiercely and unquestionably loyal, his faith is tested through his time at a training school, his "friendship" with another student (who is really a Jew) and his observations and experiences as the war progress unfavorably. An ambitious story, this is a new aspect of Nazi terror and the ramifications of the belief in a superior race. Edie Ching (14 and up).

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