I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to see the list of titles just released as Notable Children’s Books Nominees! Why? Well, because it’s always interesting to see what critical minds who read lots and lots of children’s books are thinking and what they like. But this year, it is especially gratifying to think that I might be, just a little bit in sync with them! Below are books that we have talked about HERE!!! YES!!! And they are ALL special and deserve attention and reading. Obviously, I will be looking at the other books on the list, some are already on my table waiting to be read. What can I say, pick a book, dive in and read. I promise, which ever one you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Building Our House – Jonathan Bean, Illus. by the author. Farrar Straus Giroux
The Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman, Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick Press
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball – John Coy, Illus. by Joe Morse. Carolrhoda Books
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin – Jennifer Bryant, Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Alfred A. Knopf
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 – Michelle Markel, Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Balzer + Bray
Barbed Wire Baseball – Marissa Moss Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Abrams Books for Young Readers