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.
The secret of this book is the development of the hydrogen bomb, referred to as The Gadget". The opening illustrations show a peaceful desert landscape, the site of a boy's school. The end pages, wordless, show what looks like some form of monster, a nuclear explosion. In between there is the story of the people who gather on a secret mission, working night and day. The illustrations are framed, exerting a tightness that reflects the controlled situation described. I There is a lovely contrast with the nature outside the confines, a suggestion of Georgia O'Keefe creating beautiful paintings compared to the creation inside. A thoughtful book about a powerful subject. Edie Ching (up to 7).
A story of the Battle of Fredericksburg and the power of music for both sides of the Civil war, especially the emotional impact of Home Sweet Home. The theme is what unites vs. what divides us. Levy quotes from letters from both soldiers to those at home, usually written by very young participants. All reflect on the desire to rejoin loved ones. Similar to the response of those "higher up" to the soccer game that united both sides during WWI, bands on both sides were banned from playing Home Sweet Home less it dis-spirit the soldiers but it continued to be played. Extensive end notes add information about the Battle, the creation of the song and a time line of the Civil War. An important part in this divisive time.
Edie Ching (ages 7-10)
John Lewis wanted to be a minister when he was young, and he realized that his family’s flock of sixty Rhode Island Red and Dominique bantam chickens was an attentive congregation. E. B. Lewis’s gentle watercolors sweetly recall John’s early life on his family’s busy farm.
This novel in verse uses the Japanese tanka style of five line poems to tells the story of an adolescent boy with music on his mind. Though his father wants to turn him into an athlete, Garvey loves science and reading—and finds friendship and acceptance when he joins the school choir.
This ode to Ezra Jack Keats, the creator of A Snowy Day and its main character, Peter, is both an homage and an inspiration. Pinkney’s "collage verse" echoes the joy and creativity of Keats’s lighthearted illustrations.
Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.
Imagining the characteristics, work roles, and dreams of eleven slaves known only through their names and prices on bill of sale from 1828, Bryan creates portraits in words and images and reveals secrets of the heart.