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MRS. MCBEE LEAVES ROOM 3

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McLellan
Author's First Name: 
Gretchen Brandenburg
Illustrator's First Name: 
Grace
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Zong
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
On the last day of school Mrs. McBee tells her students she won't be returning. There is sorrow until she gives them packing up jobs and William, who seems the least accepting of change, finds a way to give joy to all. A sweet look at change and ways to find comfort when dealing with it. The cartoon like characters do reflect the children's mixed emotions and the soft colors add to the good feeling. Edie Ching (up to 7)

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 (Up to Seven)

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

 A newly built school is just as excited and nervous as the many students who walk through its doors for their first day of class.

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. 

PEARL VERSES THE WORLD

Pearl
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Murphy
Author's First Name: 
Sally
Illustrator's First Name: 
Heather
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Potter
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011

Camo Girl

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Magoon
Author's First Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Aladdin
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Ella and Zachary have always been friends and always been outsiders at school, Ella for her blotchy skin and Z for just being strange. Now they are sixth-graders and Ella longs for more friends and a more normal middle school experience. When a new student arrives, another African American like Ella, she wonders if he will join the others in avoiding them. Instead, Bailey, with his easy way of fitting in, reaches out to Ella, causing Zach to feel betrayed and to sink deeper into depression. This is a beautifully written, if quiet story of fragile kids in fragile families, finding ways to navigate those issues as well as the normal growing pains. Strong follow-up to Magoon's first novel, a CSK/Steptoe winner.
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