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Seven to Ten

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 LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weatherford
Author's First Name: 
Carole Boston
Illustrator's First Name: 
Elizabeth
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Zunon
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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.

GRAND CANYON

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Chin
Author's First Name: 
Jason
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS : THE LION WHO WROTE HISTORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Myers
Author's First Name: 
Walter Dean
Illustrator's First Name: 
Floyd
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cooper
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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).

THE SECRET PROJECT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winter
Author's First Name: 
Jonah
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jeanette
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Winter
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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).

SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levy
Author's First Name: 
Debbie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Gilbert
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Ford
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
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)

PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: THE STORY OF YOUNG JOHN LEWIS

Boy and chickens
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Asim
Author's First Name: 
Jabari
Illustrator's First Name: 
E.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lewis
Publisher: 
Penguin (Nancy Paulsen)
Publication Date: 
2016

 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.

GARVEY’S CHOICE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grimes
Author's First Name: 
Nikki
Publisher: 
Wordsong (Highlights)
Publication Date: 
2016

 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.  

I AM PAN!

Pan, with pipes, and vignettes of other gods
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gerstein
Author's First Name: 
Mordicai
Illustrator's First Name: 
Mordicai
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Gertstein
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Vibrant  paintings in a graphic picture book format accompany fun-filled, laugh-out-loud stories about Pan, the god of the wild, and his wild and crazy ways.  

A POEM FOR PETER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pinkney
Author's First Name: 
Andrea
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lou
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Fancher
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2016

 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.

RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Author's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 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.

 

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