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Notable Children’s Books – Nominated Titles for 2011

After a full year of intense reading, evaluation, and re-reading by committee members, the final 2011 Notable Children’s Books Midwinter discussion list and ballot is now available.  Final selections will be made at the ALA Midwinter conference. The Notable Children’s Books Committee will meet Friday, January 7 through Monday, January 10, 1:30-4:30pm as well as Tuesday, January 11 from 8am-Noon at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 03.

Chairperson Katie O’Dell promises it will be a lively discussion of the most notable books for children of 2010!

Here is a complete list of the titles:

Title Author Illustrator Publisher
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins Spratt, R.A. Santat, Dan Little, Brown
After Ever After Sonnenblick, Jordan Scholastic
Aggie the Brave Ries, Lori Dormer, Frank W. Charlesbridge
Alchemy and Meggy Swann Cushman, Karen Clarion Books
Anna Hibiscus Atinuke Tobia, Lauren Kane Miller
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth Perkins, Lynne Rae Greenwillow
Ashes Lasky, Kathryn Viking
Bamboo People Perkins, Mitali Charlesbridge
Best Friends Forever Patt, Beverly Klinger, Shula Marshall Cavendish
Bink & Gollie DiCamillo, Kate and Alison McGhee Fucile, Tony Candlewick
Cloud Tea Monkeys Peet, Mal and Elspeth Graham Wijngaard, Juan Candlewick
A Conspiracy of Kings Turner, Megan Whalen Greenwillow
Cosmic Cottrell Boyce, Frank Walden Pond Press
Countdown Wiles, Deborah Scholastic
The Crowfield Curse Walsh, Pat Chicken House
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin Berk, Josh Knopf
The Dancing Pancake Spinelli, Eileen Lew-Vriethoff, Joanne Knopf
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux McCaughrean, Geraldine HarperCollins
The Dreamer Ryan, Pam Muñoz Sis, Peter Scholastic
Falling In Dowell, Frances O’Roark Atheneum
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester O’Connor, Barbara Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fever Crumb Reeve, Philip Scholastic
Finding Family Bolden, Tonya Bloomsbury
Finnikin of the Rock Marchetta, Melina Candlewick Press
Forge Anderson, Laurie Halse Atheneum
Guys Read – Funny Business Scieszka, Jon – editor Rex, Adam Walden Pond Press
Half Brother Oppel, Kenneth Scholastic
Heart of a Samurai Preus, Margi Abrams/Amulet
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Deutsch, Barry Richmond, Jake Amulet
Incarceron Fisher, Catherine Dial
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling Wood, Maryrose Klassen, Jon Balzer & Bray
Jake Couloumbis, Audrey Random House
Keeper Appelt, Kathi Hall, August Atheneum
The Kneebone Boy Potter, Ellen Feiwel & Friends
Leaving Gee’s Bend Latham, Irene Putnam
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same Lin, Grace Lin, Grace Little, Brown
Lockdown Myers, Walter Dean Amistad
A Long Walk to Water Park, Linda Sue Clarion
Meanwhile Shiga, Jason Amulet Books
A Million Shades of Gray Kadohata, Cynthia Atheneum
Mockingbird Erskine, Kathryn Philomel
Moon Over Manifest Vanderpool, Clare Delacorte Press
Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland Yee, Wong Herbert Yee, Wong Herbert Houghton Mifflin
My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood Wells, Rosemary with Secundino Fernandez Ferguson, Peter Candlewick
My Life as a Book Tashjian, Janet Tashjian, Jake Henry Holt
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration and the Meaning of Home Cole, Henry Katherine Tegen Books
The Night Fairy Schlitz, Laura Amy Barrett, Angela Candlewick
Ninth Ward Rhodes, Jewell Parker Little, Brown
Once Gleitzman, Morris Henry Holt
One Crazy Summer Williams-Garcia, Rita Amistad
The Other Half of My Heart Frazier, Sundee T. Delacorte Press
Out of My Mind Draper, Sharon M. Atheneum
Ship Breaker Bacigalupi, Paolo Little, Brown
Star in the Forest Resau, Laura Delacorte Press
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Angleberger, Tom Amulet Books
Sweet and Sunny Paratore, Coleen Murtagh Scholastic
A Tale Dark & Grimm Gidwitz, Adam Dutton
Touch Blue Lord, Cynthia Scholastic
Tumbleweed Skies Sherrard, Valerie Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Turtle in Paradise Holm, Jennifer L. Random House
The Unsinkable Walker Bean Renier, Aaron Longstreth, Alec First Second
Warriors in the Crossfire Flood, Nancy Bo Front Street
The Water Seeker Holt, Kimberly Willis Henry Holt
We Are In a Book! Willems, Mo Hyperion
What Momma Left Me Watson, Renée Bloomsbury
The Wonder of Charlie Anne Fusco, Kimberly Newton Knopf
Woods Runner Paulsen, Gary Random House
The Year Money Grew on Trees Hawkins, Aaron Houghton Mifflin
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty Neri, Greg DuBurke, Randy Lee & Low
Picture Books
April and Esme, Tooth Fairies Graham, Bob Graham, Bob Candlewick Press
Art & Max Wiesner, David Wiesner, David Clarion
Back of the Bus Reynolds, Aaron Cooper, Floyd Philomel
Bag in the Wind Kooser, Ted Root, Barry Candlewick
Balancing Act Walsh, Ellen Stoll Walsh, Ellen Stoll Beach Lane Books
Beaver is Lost Cooper, Elisha Schwartz & Wade
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation Sherman, Pat Cooper, Floyd Eerdmans
Big Red Lollipop Khan, Rukhsana Blackall, Sophie Viking
The Boss Baby Frazee, Marla Frazee, Marla Beach Lane Books
Brontorina Howe, James Cecil, Randy Candlewick
Bunny Days Nyeu, Tao Dial
Chalk Thomson, Bill Marshall Cavendish
City Dog, Country Frog Willems, Mo Muth, Jon J. Hyperion
Clever Jack Takes the Cake Fleming, Candace Karas, G. Brian Schwartz & Wade
Dogs Gravett, Emily Simon & Schuster
Dust Devil Isaacs, Anne Zelinsky, Paul O. Schwartz & Wade
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit Rayner, Catherine Rayner, Catherine Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Farm Cooper, Elisha Orchard
Feeding the Sheep Schubert, Leda U’Ren, Andrea Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Floating on Mama’s Song/Flotando en la Cancion de mama Lacamara, Laura Morales, Yuyi HarperCollins
Flora’s Very Windy Day Birdsall, Jeanne Phelan, Matt Clarion
Goal! Javaherbin, Mina Ford, A.G. Candlewick
In Front of My House Dubuc, Marianne Dubac, Marianne Kids Can Press
It’s a Book Smith, Lane Roaring Brook Press
The Junkyard Wonders Polacco, Patricia Polacco, Patricia Philomel
Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! Willems, Mo Blazer & Bray
LMNO Peas Baker, Keith Beach Lane Books
Me and You Browne, Anthony Browne, Anthony Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t) Bottner, Barbara Emberley, Michael Knopf
Moon Bear Guiberson, Brenda Z. Henry Holt
Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog Agee, Jon Michael de Capua Books
My Brother Charlie Peete, Holly Robinson and Ryan Elizabeth Peete Evans, Shane W. Scholastic
My Garden Henkes, Kevin Greenwillow
My Heart Is Like a Zoo Hall, Michael Greenwillow
Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) Barnett, Mac Santat, Dan Disney Hyperion
One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book Marino, Gianna Chronicle Books
Pecan Pie Baby Woodson, Jacqueline Blackall, Sophie Putnam
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Litwin, Eric Dean, James HarperCollins
A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade Preller, James Ruth, Greg Feiwel and Friends
The Quiet Book Underwood, Deborah Liwska, Renata Houghton Mifflin
The Rabbit Problem Gravett, Emily Simon & Schuster
Rain School Rumford, James Rumford, James Houghton Mifflin
Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! Gay, Marie-Louise Groundwood Books
Rubia and the Three Osos Elya, Susan Middleton Sweet, Melissa Disney Hyperion
Ruth and the Green Book Ramsey, Calvin Alexander Cooper, Floyd Carolrhoda
Seasons Blexbolex Enchanted Lion
Shadow Lee, Suzy Chronicle Books
Shark vs. Train Barton, Chris Lichtenheld, Tom Little, Brown
A Sick Day for Amos McGee Stead, Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Roaring Brook
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Pinkney, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Little, Brown
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy Fleming, Denise Fleming, Denise Henry Holt
Snook Alone Nelson, Marilyn Ering, Timothy Basil Candlewick Press
There’s Going to Be a Baby Burningham, John Oxenbury, Helen Candlewick Press
Tuck Me In Hacohen, Dean Scharschmidt, Sherry Candlewick Press
The Village Garage Karas, G. Brian Henry Holt
We Planted a Tree Muldrow, Diane Staake, Bob Golden Books
What If? Seeger, Laura Vaccaro Roaring Brook
What the Ladybug Heard Donaldson, Julia Monks, Lydia Henry Holt
Yasmin’s Hammer Malaspina, Ann Chayka, Doug Lee & Low
Yucky Worms French, Vivian Ahlberg, Jessica Candlewick
Nonfiction – Folklore
Michael Townsend’s Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders Townsend, Michael Dial
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess O’Connor, George First Second
Mary’s Penny Landman, Tanya Holland, Richard Candlewick Press
Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale Gilani-Williams, Fawzia Roy, Proiti Marshall Cavendish
Ol’ Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble Huling, Jan Sí¸renson, Henri Peachtree
Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales Martí­nez, Rueben Colí³n, Raíºl Rayo
The Rooster Prince of Breslov Stampler, Ann Redisch Yelchin, Eugene Clarion
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Dembicki, Matt Fulcrum Books
Young Zeus Karas, G. Brian Scholastic
Nonfiction – Poetry
Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters Atkins, Jeannine Henry Holt
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night Sidman, Joyce Allen, Rick Houghton Mifflin
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba Engle, Margarita Henry Holt
Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys Raczka, Bob Reynolds, Peter H. Houghton Mifflin
In the Wild Elliott, David Meade, Holly Candlewick
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse Singer, Marilyn Masse, Josée Dutton
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Mavor, Salley Mavor, Salley Houghton Mifflin
Poetrees Florian, Douglas Beach Lane Books
Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Hopkins, Lee Bennett Diaz, David Margaret K. McElderry Books
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors Sidman, Joyce Prange, Beckie Houghton Mifflin
The Year of Goodbyes Levy, Debbie Disney Hyperion
Nonfiction – Biography & Autobiography
All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever Yolen, Jane Burke, Jim Philomel
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean Taylor, Sarah Stewart Towle, Ben Hyperion
Biblioburro: a True Story from Colombia Winter, Jeanette Beach Lane Books
Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story Nelson, S.D. Abrams
Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson Smith Jr., Charles R. Evans, Shane W. Roaring Brook Press
Blockhead: the Life of Fibonacci D’Agnese, Joseph O’Brien, John Henry Holt
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” Tunnell, Michael O. Charlesbridge
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Hill, Laban Carrick Collier, Bryan Little, Brown
Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) Kerley, Barbara Fotheringham, Edwin Scholastic
Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life Adler, David A. Holiday Hosue
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Golio, Gary Steptoe, Javaka Clarion
Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything Krull, Kathleen Byrd, Robert Viking
Lafayette and the American Revolution Freedman, Russell Holiday House
Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) Krull, Kathleen and Paul Brewer Innerst, Stacy Harcourt
Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!) Krull, Kathleen Hewitt, Kathryn Harcourt
Mama Miti: WangariMaathari and the Trees of Kenya Napoli, Donna Jo Nelson, Kadir Simon & Schuster
Me, Frida Novesky, Amy Diaz, David Abrams
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light Tingle, Tim Clarkson, Karen Cinco Puntos Press
Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down! How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me and Mom. Stamaty, Mark Alan Knopf
Sir Charlie: Chaplin the Funniest Man in the World Fleischman, Sid Greenwillow
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald Orgill, Roxane Qualls, Sean Candlewick
Smile Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier, Raina and Stephanie Yue Graphix
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian Engle, Margarita Paschkis, Julie Henry Holt
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage Shea, Pegi Deitz and Iris Van Rynbach McCully, Emily Arnold Clarion
Nonfiction – General
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan Floca, Brian Roaring Brook
The Bat Scientists Carson, Mary Kay Uhlman, Tom Houghton Mifflin
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work Jenkins, Steve Scholastic
A Book About Color: A Clear and Simple Guide For Young Artists Gonyea, Mark Henry Holt
The Buffalo Are Back George, Jean Craighead Minor, Wendell Dutton
Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America’s Farmland Geisert, Arthur Houghton Mifflin
The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America’s Women of the West George-Warren, Holly Houghton Mifflin
For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old Robbins, Ken Roaring Book Press
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us Stone, Tanya Lee Viking
Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature Campbell, Sarah C. Campbell, Sarah and Richard P. Cambell Boyds Mills Press
Hip-Pocket Papa Markle, Sandra Marks, Alan Charlesbridge
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Bee Catastrophe Burns, Loree Griffin Harasimowicz, Ellen Houghton Mifflin
How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page Jenkins, Steve Houghton Mifflin
If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge Aronson, Marc National Geographic Kids
Insect Detective Voake, Steve Voake, Charlotte Candlewick
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot Montgomery, Sy Bishop, Nic Houghton Mifflin
The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper Sobol, Richard Candlewick Press
Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age Bardoe, Cheryl Abrams Books
Nic Bishop Lizards Bishop, Nic Bishop, Nic Scholastic
Older Than the Stars Fox, Karen C. Davis, Nancy Charlesbridge
Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths Wittenstein, Vicki Oransky Boyds Mills Press
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum McCarthy, Meghan Simon & Schuster
Project Seahorse Turner, Pamela S. Tuason, Scott Houghton Mifflin
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science Aronson, Marc and Marina Budhos Clarion
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Houghton Mifflin
Time Zones Adler, David A. Miller, Edward Holiday House
The War to End All Wars: World War I Freedman, Russell Clarion
We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World Stotts, Stuart Cummings, Terrance Clarion


  1. Shelf-employed

    Hooray! I finally see my favorite fiction title of 2010 on someone else’s list – The Death-Defying Pepper Roux! What great choices! The committee’s got a tough job ahead.

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  3. Read Aloud Dad

    What a great job these committee members have. These books seem to be a blast! If I remember well Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum was recently recommended by Jim Trelease on his website…

    Read Aloud Dad

  4. Art Miramontes

    I love the Adventures of Nanny Piggins. You should also check out – There is an Elephant in my Bathtub. Great list!

  5. Beverly Patt

    Is there a fixed amount of books that can be named as notables? And I’ve read somewhere that the award winners are automatically put on the notable list, is that correct?

  6. Katie O'Dell

    Hi Beverly,
    I am the current chair for the Notable Children’s Book Co. There is not an exact number of books that can be named to this list, but typically it seems to be between 60-80 titles. The committee is searching for the books that best meet the Notable criteria. ALSC Award titles are automatically named to the list. If you would like more information or have other specific questions, feel free to email me.


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