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Kids’ Picks

Which books have you most enjoyed after a child recommended them to you?  The North Carolina Children’s Book Award (NCCBA) provides a list of picture book nominees for children in the lower grades and a junior book list for children in the upper elementary grades. Children throughout North Carolina nominate books for inclusion on this list and cast their votes for their favorite selections to determine the winner.  As a member of the picture book section of the committee, it has been such a rewarding experience to read so many picture books suggested by children. Here are just a couple of books young readers have recommended this year as part of the program.

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch   Betty Bunny

Betty has an addiction.  She is a genuine chocoholic, and no one understands the depth of her love for this delectable dessert.  Her sheer devotion and adoration for this sweet staple knows no bounds; she even wants to marry chocolate cake!  It is impossible for Betty Bunny to wait until evening for her to enjoy her delicious dessert, as it is held hostage in her family’s fridge.  Betty determines that desperate times call for desperate measures. She decides to keep the yummy treat for safe keeping . . . in her sock!  Betty must deal with the messy consequences of her heart’s desire in this delicious tale of a bunny with a tremendous craving for the oh-so sweet.

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

   Too Tall HousesThese neighbors turn from best friends to annoyed rivals when their renovations impact each other’s property. At first, Rabbit’s spacious garden overtakes Owl’s view, so Owl retaliates by building his house taller to ensure he can still see into the great beyond. What is Rabbit’s response to these shenanigans?  He puts his vegetable garden on the roof!  These outrageous antics continue to build until a gust of wind threatens to destroy both their homes, and the animals’ thoughtful reactions demonstrate possessions can never truly satisfy the full desires of one’s heart.

Below is the complete North Carolina Children’s Book Award list of junior and picture book nominees for 2013-2014. 

       Picture Book 2014 Nominations

       Just Ducks
Davies, Nicola: Candlewick. 2012

       Oh, No!
Fleming, Candace: Schwartz & Wade. 2012

       Goldilocks and Just One Bear
Hodgkinson: Nosy Crow. 2012

       Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Kaplan, Michael B.: Live Oak Media. 2011

       The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories
LaRochelle, David: Dutton Juvenile. 2011

       Too Tall Houses
Marino, Gianna: Viking Juvenile. 2012

       Me . . . Jane
McDonnell, Patrick: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers. 2011

       Creepy Carrots
Reynolds, Aaron: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers. 2012

       Bear Has a Story to Tell
Stead, Philip: Roaring Book Press. 2012

       When Blue Met Egg
Ward, Lindsay: Dial. 2012

       Baby Bear Sees Blue
Wolff, Ashley: Beach Lane Books. 2012

       Each Kindness
Woodson, Jacqueline: Nancy Paulsen Books. 2012

       Junior Book 2014 Nominations

       Prairie Evers
Airgood, Ellen: Nancy Paulsen Books. 2012

       The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins
Berger, Lee R.: National Geographic. 2012

       Wild Life
DeFelice, Cynthia: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 2011

       Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading
Greenwald, Tom: Roaring Book Press. 2011

Hiassen, Carl: Alfred A. Knopf. 2012

       Inside Out and Back Again
Lai, Thanhha: Harper. 2011

       The Lions of Little Rock
Levine, Kristin: Putnam’s Sons. 2012

Palacio, R.J.: Alfred A. Knopf. 2012

       Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw: Walker and Co. 2012

       The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Rusch, Elizabeth: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 2012

Ursu, Anne: Walden Pond Press. 2011 

       Lulu Walks the Dogs
Viorst, Judith: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2012

       Three Times Lucky                                                                          

Turnage, Sheila: Dial Books. 2012

Which books have you discovered only after receiving a recommendation from a young patron?  Please share in the comments below!

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