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BARKUS

BARKUS (book cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Maclachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marc
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Boutavant
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. - Kit Ballenger

SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

School's First Day of School
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rex
Author's First Name: 
Adam
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

The new school has been built. But he is so nervous! Is he ready to be full of teachers, and students, and learning? Anthropomorphizing the school to help ease the nervousness of kids, who might be attending a new school too, is a typically off-kilter Adam Rex moment. Christian Robinson's gentle and slightly old-fashioned illustrations are a perfect complement. Up to 7. Anonymous.

JUST MY LUCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McGovern
Author's First Name: 
Cammie
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Benny Barrows is having a difficult time in fourth grade. His best friend moved to Florida. Benny can’t seem to conquer spelling or the multiplication tables. He’s no good at sports. His autistic older brother can be a challenge. Worst of all, his family is barely coping with his father’s recent aneurysm, which Benny’s mom insists was NOT Benny’s fault. Benny tries to apply his mom’s advice that “when bad things happen, you should think about someone else’s problems and try to help them.” But does anyone have bigger problems than Benny? Luckily, Benny has a kind heart and a loving family, and they help him navigate the challenges of his unlucky year. Although Benny is nine, this book would work for 9-12 year olds. (7-10) Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

WAYLON: ONE AWESOME THING

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennypacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marla
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Frazee
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Sara Pennypacker introduces a classmate of Clementine's in this school story that involves "taking sides" and defining friendship. Waylon is a boy with BIG ideas, and has plans for lots of inventions but there are other issues at school, including a new boy who is scarey and a friend who wants to divide the class into groups. A look at what the world of school and family is like for a gentle thinker who wants to "fit in" but also get along with everyone. A quiet book that will resonate with lots of quiet,kind readers. (7-10) Edie Ching (May agenda)

FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Perkins
Author's First Name: 
Lynne Rae
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Greenwillow)
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A boy and his dog, what could be better for a picture book, but his only gets better as both learn about each other and their world. Perkins reminds us that both are "pups" and defines for us Frank's interests (Botany is about plants, Entomology is Science about bugs). Big words interspersed eith wonderful pictures of Frank's adventures chasing ducks and squirrels and deer and looking at the stars together. And there are even predicting the future questions. Science and dogs and boys, what could be better. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. Moved to 7-10.

THE TERRIBLE TWO

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
John
Author's First Name: 
Jory
Second Author's First Name: 
Barnett
Second Author's Last Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kevin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cornell
Publisher: 
Abrams (Amulet)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Miles Murphy moves to the “cow capital” of the country and hates that his lifelong efforts to be the best prankster in school may be threatened by Niles Sparks who already owns the title. Lively cartoons enhance the telling.

ABSOLUTELY ALMOST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Graff
Author's First Name: 
Lisa
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2014

Ten year old Albie is kind and thoughtful but has never been the best at anything in school as his parents desire him to be. His new nanny, Calista helps him recognize his strengths and accept himself.

THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Henkes
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2013

Billy Miller fears not being smart enough for second grade after a summer bump on his head. Appropriate emotional nuances in Billy’s encounters with his parents, sister, teacher, and classmates help Billy’s father’s pronouncement that this is Billy’s year come true.  

MATILDA [AUDIOBOOK]

Matilda
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dahl
Author's First Name: 
Roald
Narrator's First Name: 
Kate
Narrator's Last Name: 
Winslet
Publisher: 
Penguin
Publication Date: 
2013

Kate Winslet's animated narration has listeners cheering for precocious Matilda and booing at mean Miss Trunchbull. Winslet thoroughly captures ever character in one of the best audios ever produced. Another newly-released Penguin audio by Roald Dahl features Derek Jacobi in a superb narration of George's Marvelous Medicine.

KELSEY GREEN, READING QUEEN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Mills
Author's First Name: 
Claudia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Rob
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Shepperson
Publisher: 
Margeret Ferguson
Publication Date: 
2013

When displeased with her classmates’ efforts to win a school-wide reading contest, third-grade super-reader Kelsey Green appeals for their help. Her efforts, illustrated in pencil, lead to discoveries not only about her new and old friends but also about herself. 

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