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THE BOOK OF MISTAKES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Luyken
Author's First Name: 
Corinna
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (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)

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.

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.

MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aylesworth
Author's First Name: 
Jim
Illustrator's First Name: 
Barbara
Illustrator's Last Name: 
McClintock
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2014
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

 

 

A new version of the Yiddish folk tale in exhilarating repetitive rhyme joyfully portrays the events in a life of a new immigrant to America. Lively, sharp illustrations enhance and extend the text for the careful reader.

VIVA FRIDA

Frida Kahlo doll
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Morales
Author's First Name: 
Yuyi
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tim
Illustrator's Last Name: 
O'Meara
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2014

Morales uses a range of artistic media—from puppets to collage to photographic and digital manipulations—to create this spare and dreamy emotional landscape that imagines artist Frida Kahlo’s interior life.

EMILY'S BLUE PERIOD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Daly
Author's First Name: 
Cathleen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lisa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2014

Learning about the colorful mixed up artwork of Pablo Picasso helps young Emily deal with her newly mixed up family. A lovely tale of coping and growing.

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.

LOST FOR WORDS

Lost For Words
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Russell
Author's First Name: 
Natalie
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Date: 
2014

In a charming ode to creativity and communication, Tapir longs to fill the pages of his notebook with rich stories and songs, like those of his animal friends. After many failed efforts at writing, he finds an ideal way to express himself—not with words, but with pictures.

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