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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.

ONE LAST WORD: WISDOM FROM THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

One Last Word
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grimes
Author's First Name: 
Nikki
Illustrator's First Name: 
Cozbi A.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cabrera, et. al.
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
One Last Word is a stunning combination of striking poetry and beautiful illustrations (by so many big-name African American illustrators). Grimes uses the "Golden Shovel" method to build her own poems out of classic works from Harlem Renaissance writers. She brings the past into the present, showing young readers the importance of hard work and respect for others even in the midst of struggle and sadness. Meaghan McKeron. Ten to Fourteen.

BEST IN SNOW

Bluejay perched on a snow-covered branch
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sayre
Author's First Name: 
April Pulley
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2016

 Sayre uses an unusual combination of poetry, science, and photography to reveal the secrets of snow to young readers in a nonfiction work that sparkles with fascinating detail.

JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH

Musician and boy with trumpet
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Orgill
Author's First Name: 
Roxane
Illustrator's First Name: 
Francis
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Vallejo
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2016

 Graphic designer Art Kane told anyone associated with jazz to meet at 126th Street in New York City on August 12, 1958, for a magazine photograph. Fifty-eight musicians, including Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, appeared. Vallejo’s illustrations and Orgill’s poetry reveal details of this memorable event.

WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES: POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Fogliano
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Julie
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Morstad
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Simple joys of the natural world are captured in delicate illustrations and childlike poems that find inspiration in clouds, sunshine and sweater weather from spring through the seasons and back to spring again. 

MY SENECA VILLAGE

African-American girl - historical picture
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Marilyn
Publisher: 
Namelos
Publication Date: 
2015

 Exquisitely crafted vignettes about the 19th century community of African-American property owners in Manhattan. These fictional poems paint rich portraits based on real citizens from a lost moment of American history.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations across each layout unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido cover art
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Paschkis
Author's First Name: 
Julie
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations across each layout unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel.
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