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.
A young, insecure girl is given the impossible task of freeing her domineering mother and other workers of magic from a terrible fate. Her travels bring her into contact with a myriad cast of characters, all uniquely and authentically voiced (and or sung) by the narrator. A powerful story of finding your own voice and using it wisely.
In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, Solomon’s agoraphobia keeps him happily ensconced in his home, but ambitious Lisa decides to “cure” him in hopes of earning acceptance at a prestigious psychology program. Daymond’s upbeat performance brings Sol to life and pairs perfectly with Whelan’s driven, but earnest portrayal of Lisa.
Jazz Jennings' transition from a boy to a girl, her true authentic self, has made headlines as she and her family fought for the right to use the girl's bathroom and to play on a girl's soccer team. Jazz narrates her own story of her struggles, triumphs, hopes and dreams with passion and insight.
This story of the friendship between Nelle, a feckless tomboy and Tru, a quirky child being raised (somewhat absently) by distant relatives is loosely based on Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Life in their small Southern town is convincingly depicted as is their abiding affection for each other.
Ruth hides a secret she can’t keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing elsewhere, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. Four teenagers in rural Alaska, voiced by a quiet, alternating array of narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood.
Raymie has decided that the only way to get her father to return home is to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. What starts off as a desire to best the other girls becomes a poignant story of learning to see other people's truths. The narrator brings authenticity to Raymie's voice and her struggle between what she wants and what the other girls need.
Emma knows she is special: her mother told her so before she died. When she finds the clue to a hidden treasure Emma knows she will fulfill her destiny. This wonderfully voiced audio is perfect for lovers of magic, traditional music, and quirky but cool characters.
Cedar’s family is still grieving deeply when they move to Iron Creek, home of a renowned theater festival. She uncovers a mystery in the untimely death of a bygone starlet, but this isn’t the only problem she must resolve in this touching and thoughtfully told story. The lowkey narration echoes the sense of loss.
When 7-year old Anna finds herself alone in Nazi Poland, she finds companionship with the mysterious Swallow Man. As Anna grows up the Swallow Man remains her guide throughout their travels. The narrator manages to inhabit all of the characters, especially the intelligent but unknowable Swallow Man.