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Imagination

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.

A RIVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Martin
Author's First Name: 
Marc
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).

HAPPY DREAMER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds,
Author's First Name: 
Peter H.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Orchard)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching (up to 7)

THEY ALL SAW A CAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wenzel
Author's First Name: 
Brendan
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016

 Bold multimedia illustrations and rhythmic repetitive text capture the separate, unique world view of each of the cat observers: a child, assorted creatures and the cat itself in a mirrored lake.  Sure to produce giggles and discussion.        

THE WHISPER

Fox and girl reading the book
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Zagarenski
Author's First Name: 
Pamela
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2015

 A young reader overcomes the disappointment she feels upon discovering a special book from her teacher is wordless when a “whisper” tells her to imagine the words. Beautiful mixed media artwork sparks the imagination and magic of story.

LEO: A GHOST STORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2015

 When Leo the ghost has to leave the house of his long-ago childhood behind he makes a new friend in the city.

THE POWER OF HENRY'S IMAGINATION

Cover of: The Power of Henry's Imagination
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Byrne
Author's First Name: 
Skye
Illustrator's First Name: 
Nic
Illustrator's Last Name: 
George
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 After Henry’s stuffed rabbit disappears, his grandfather suggests pretending it’s still there. Clothespin crocodiles, saltshaker snow, and sparkling gem collages contrast with outlined characters on butcher paper as Henry’s imagination learns to see.

POOL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lee
Author's First Name: 
JiHyeon
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2015

 In this wordless book, a child dives beneath a raucous crowd overfilling a pool to explore a silent underwater world filled with mesmerizing creatures that range from warmly whimsical to coolly creepy. Delightfully illustrated in graphite and pastels.

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE

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: 
2014

Two boys and their dog dig with determination to find something amazing and, unexpectedly, something pretty spectacular happens. Digital and colored pencil illustrations provide subtle clues about the outcome of their project.

NUMERALIA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lujan
Author's First Name: 
Jorge
Second Author's First Name: 
trans. Susan
Second Author's Last Name: 
Ouriou
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Isol
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Date: 
2015

Wondrously strange digital and colored pencil scenes and short, descriptive phrases invite enjoyment in numeral hunting and counting: look, for instance, for the three musketeers who become six as their reflections appear in a lake. Quirky fun.

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