NCTE: Literacy Support and Community

Prior to becoming a K-5 school librarian, I taught in the elementary classroom for over twenty years. Throughout this time, I sought to improve my craft both as a teacher and a writer. To accomplish this goal, I engaged in every professional development opportunity that came my way. From books on Writer’s Workshop to local and state conferences on language arts, I learned all I could about literacy instruction. I joined the National Council of Teachers of English, and there, connected with many professionals also dedicated to literacy. As I began to regularly attend NCTE’s national conventions, I knew I’d found a place where I could grow and learn with other readers and writers. This discovery was a pivotal one in my career in education.

Once I became a librarian, I remained a member of NCTE. (By this time I’d already joined ALA and ALSC where I found many meaningful connections and valuable resources that helped me grow in my new field.)

And even though I was no longer a classroom teacher, I knew the benefits of NCTE membership would serve me well in the elementary library. Indeed, I have had the privilege of helping many students in the library with writing strategies and rough drafts as well as book choices!

From their website, I learned that the organization was founded in 1911 and is dedicated to “ improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education”. With over 35,000 members from the U.S. and around the world, and more than 100 affiliates across the country (NCTE, n.d.), NCTE is comprised of four sections: elementary, middle, secondary, and college and provides resources and support for each level. Members have access to lesson plans, and policy briefs, as well as online communities. Along with the International Reading Association and the Verizon Foundation, NCTE sponsors the learning site Read Write Think which offers language arts lessons plans, interactives and videos for teachers in K-12.

Each November, NCTE holds its annual convention, where workshops are held on topics ranging from digital literacy to using nonfiction in the classroom. NCTE’s most recent convention was centered on the theme “Story As the Landscape of Knowing”.

Image courtesy of the author

Image courtesy of the author

NCTE also sponsors the annual National African American Read-In held each February in celebration of Black History Month. (This year marks the 25th anniversary of this event.) In recognition of quality literature, NCTE administers several awards programs including the Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction, the Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts, the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and the newly established NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children.

My experiences at NCTE conventions help me to reflect upon the role of school libraries in shaping literacy in their communities. I have had many conversations with fellow educators about their own experiences with books in their classrooms as well. This dialogue – and these networks – feed my work in the library in so many significant ways.

To find out more about the National Council of Teachers of English visit their website at


NCTE Home Page. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2015, from

Cynthia Alaniz is a school librarian at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in Coppell, Texas. She is a member of the ALSC Liaison with National Organizations Committee and was honored to be a 2014 Morris Seminar participant. She has also presented at two NCTE Annual Conventions.



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The Importance of Being Involved

About three years ago, I did what would probably be considered the craziest thing for a first semester (heck, first month) MLS/MIS student could do, I filled out a volunteer form for ALSC, and I never looked back.

Since joining and volunteering in ALSC, I’ve made some wonderful connections and started to develop a better understanding of what my professional interests are. One of the very first people I met was Starr Latronica, who was then President of ALSC (hi Starr!). It was nice to meet someone was genuinely interested in what my passions were and could provide insight into the library world. Since I first met Starr, she’s provided me guidance when I’ve been struggling with concerns, and when I picked up my life and moved, she helped me find someone in the area who might be able to provide some insight. I’ve also met people like Linda Perkins who I instantly bonded with over baseball, and Sam Bloom. Sam sent me a postcard welcoming me to ALSC, and then I realized that we not only shared a school (Go Hoosiers!) but a library. Sam is currently the Children’s Librarian at the Blue Ash branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton- the same branch I learned to read in! ALSC has led me to people like Dan Bostrom – if you don’t know Dan, you should introduce yourself to him at a conference. Aside from giving me insight into membership things (that is after all his job), he’s provided me with encouragement and advice for how to navigate the library world.

But like I said, ALSC has done more than just introduce me to people. It’s piqued my interest in Intellectual Freedom, Technology, and Multicultural Children’s Literature. It has provided me with ways to become involved in these fields through introduction to groups such as Little eLit, and roundtables like EMIERT and GLBTRT.

Over the past few years, I have served on the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Stonewall Book Award Committee, and been the GLBTRT-ALSC liaison. I have also unsuccessfully tried my own hand at chairing a task force. I would not have been able to explore these opportunities- or have the courage to walk away from the ones that I have- if it were not for ALSC.

So, I encourage you. After you read this post, follow this link to read about how you can get involved in ALSC, on a level that feels right to you. I promise, you won’t regret it.


Our guest blogger today is Alyson Feldman-Piltch.  Alyson lives in Brookline, MA. She is almost done with her MLS/MIS program and will graduate from Indiana University at Bloomington in May 2015. She is a member of the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award Committee, as well as the GLBTRT-ALSC liaison.

When she isn’t reading, doing homework, blogging, or sleeping, Alyson can usually be found at Fenway Park or a midnight movie showing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. She can be reached at and can be found on Twitter by following @aly_fp.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at

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ALSC Member of the Month — Cindy Boatfield

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Cindy Boatfield.

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

CindyI have been a librarian for over 20 years but have been in my current position, Youth Services Senior Librarian at the Frisco Public Library in Frisco, Texas since 2008. My major responsibility is to coordinate all aspects of Early Literacy. I also order picture books, provide reference and reader’s advisory for all ages, create displays, serve on the e-resources committee, provide in-house tours and outreach when requested. I also oversee the Student Teller Program. Each year we audition and coach students ages 8 to 18 to tell a story during the library’s annual storytelling festival.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I think the major reason is so I have a connection with other youth services librarians. To stay on top of current trends and practices. To learn about upcoming workshops. And I enjoy the resources and ideas I get from this blog! No I do not currently belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables. But I should probably join YALSA since I read so many YA books and enjoy assisting with events for teens.

3.  Would you rather bring a lunch from home or eat out at lunch?

I would rather bring a lunch from home so I can spend as much time as possible reading my book!

4.  How do you incorporate STEM/STEAM activities in your work with children? 

We have STEM Spots (we created a graphic) during our 2’s and 3-5’s story time classes. We provide take-home sheets and post the activities on our website. Here is an exciting moment from last session when we successfully launched a balloon rocket.

During our Stay, Play & Learn dates, children can build with DUPLO Legos while reading books featuring STEM topics, and can delve into math by playing with the Farm Sorting Set we purchased from Lakeshore.

In February, we are offering a workshop, I STEM, You STEM for childcare providers, preschool teachers, and parents. Demonstrations of exciting hands-on activities to spark young children’s interest in science and engineering will be shared.

We also have big books with activity sheets featuring science, math, and art topics children and adults can enjoy while at the library.

5.  What form(s) of transportation do you prefer?

I like to travel by airplane and train for obvious reasons but I have wonderful memories while riding on a boat. When I was around seven, my dad, mom, sister and grandparents (my father and grandfather jointly owned a boat) would head to Guntersville Lake in Alabama to go for a ride. I would hold on tight while dangling my legs off the bow. There was a little grocery store where we docked to get gas and they had chocolate ice cream, Yum!

6.  Would you rather go to a 5 star restaurant or on a picnic?

As much as I like to dress up, and would enjoy the atmosphere, and fancy food I would still rather go on a picnic. I could pack plenty of my favorite foods (I’ve heard that some people leave a 5 star restaurant hungry), I could invite a few friends, pick a lovely spot, and just relax.

7.  What do you love about your work?

I love the variety throughout my workday whether it is presenting story time, putting books in the hands of children and teens, ordering materials and looking at new books (SWEET!). I love that I can be creative when planning story times or when putting together a display. That I am continually learning. What I love most of all is I am in a position to impact the lives of children.

8.  What’s the last book you recommended to a friend?

I have a friend who loves to read young adult. So I recommended, We Were Liars by e. Lockhart. That book still haunts me to this day.

9.  If you could bring back any extinct animal, which would it be?

I would bring back a dinosaur so I could take him to story time.

10.  When was the last time you “messed up” during story time?

During my ECRR tip in story time this past summer I told the adults they could create a matching game to extend the bird theme at home. I told them to go to Google Images, print pictures of different kinds of birds, cut them out, and put them on index cards. Then I went on to say, they could write the names of the birds on index cards like cardinal, robin, and mockingjay… I’ll leave it at that.


Thanks, Cindy! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to; we’ll see what we can do.

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How to Have a Successful Author Visit

In December, my library was very fortunate to be selected as one of the stops on Jan Brett’s tour for her latest release The Animals’ Santa. We’ve hosted author’s before at the library, but never anything this large. We had around 800 people show up for the event and people drove from Kansas City, Arkansas and across Missouri to here Ms. Brett speak and get books signed. We had a lot of fun and the event was fantastic and we couldn’t have been happier with the way everything turned out. But I learned a few things along the way on how to ensure a successful author visit.


Photo Credit: Springfield-Greene County Library
  • Create a schedule of events for staff as well as listed job duties and descriptions of what is expected. This was incredibly helpful since we had numerous staff involved in the event from various branches and departments.
  • Use a ticketing system for the signing line. We used tickets created by our Community Relations department that also doubled as bookmarks. These were passed out as families came into the library the day of the event. During the signing, we called groups of 25 into the auditorium and had the crowd organized so the signing line went smoothly-and there were no mad dashes to get in line.
  • Have activities while people are waiting. Expect a long line and a lot of waiting. We turned our story hour room into an activity room with crafts, trivia, and games based on Jan Brett’s books to entertain children why they waited.
  • Limit the number of items to be signed. Ms. Brett was very gracious and signed numerous items for our patrons, but the line was just too long for her to continue the amount that she started with. We had to cut down the number of items signed by the end to keep things moving along. Next time I would have a set number to start with and advertise that so everyone knows what to expect.
  • If possible, check in with previous tour stops for tips and advice. We were able to talk to the previous tour stop about how many people they had, how they handled the lines, and any other tips. This helped us prepare and give us an idea of what to expect.
  • Think about parking! We thought we had everything planned-until we talked to the previous tour stop and realized the day of the event we didn’t know what we were going to with parking! Next time I think signage for parking and even someone directing traffic would be very helpful.
  • Make sure you have food and water for your visiting author-and your staff. We had a break room with snacks and water for staff and made sure we had a stash of water bottles for Ms. Brett as well. We tried to give staff managing the lines short breaks to get something to eat or drink as needed. I would make sure you have someone on your schedule that can give breaks to staff along the way!
  • People don’t understand what “personalization” means. We offered two books to be personalized and had post it notes for the names to be written on for Ms. Brett to see. What I realized in line is that people didn’t understand the difference between just getting a book signed and getting it signed with a name to someone specific. They also didn’t understand that they couldn’t write out a long inscription such as “To Mrs. Nelson’s class-you’re a great group of readers”. I think more explanation on what it means to get a book personalized from the line managers and book seller table would be helpful.
  • Expect a few grumps and complaints. Not everyone will be satisfied with everything-and that’s OK-you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. I would say 95% of the feedback we received about the event was how smoothly everything ran, how friendly the staff was, and how happy they were the library was offering this event. There were a few minor complaints along the way-the lines were long, they couldn’t get a large stack of books signed, but these were largely out of our control. Once we explained that we had a large crowd and we needed to move everyone through the line, people were understanding. And the positive comments outweighed the negatives and we focused on that!
  • Celebrate a job well done. Make sure you thank the author, any tour assistants they may have, the publisher, and your staff on a job well done. Send the publisher feedback on your event and pictures if you have them-they love to know how events turned out!

Have you hosted an author event at your library? Any tips you have for making it successful?

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Notable Videos — 2015 Discussion List

Caitlin Jacobson, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions. Check the ALA Midwinter Scheduler for exact times; all discussions will take place in the Chancellor Room of the Fairmont Chicago.

Titles to be discussed include:

Anna and Solomon.  Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bailey Dreamscape.  Media, LLC
Bailey at the Museum. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bailey Bee Believes: The Five B’s. Eyecon Productions/Bailey Bee Believes
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle.  Dreamscape Media, LLC
Big Bad Bubble. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Boom Snot Twitty. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! Dreamscape Media, LLC
Brave Girl. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bus Story. National Film Board of Canada
Children of Military Families. Professor Child
The Christmas Quiet Book. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Confessions of a Bully. Human Relations Media
The Dangers of Sugar and Salt. Human Relations Media
Daredevil. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Doug Unplugs on the Farm. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Dragons Love Tacos. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Driving Stupid. Human Relations Media
The Duckling Gets a Cookie? Weston Woods
Each Kindness. Weston Woods
Exclamation Mark. Weston Woods
Extra Yarn. Weston Woods
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Funkiest Monkeys. PBS/Nature
Get Me Goin’ Danceable Music. Video Jill Jayne
Getting Through It: Kids Talk About Divorce. Human Relations Media
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Good Friends – Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference. YouthLight, Inc.
Hansel and Gretel. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Herion Rising: Cheap, Addictive and Deadly. Human Relations Media
How Could This Happen? A True Story about Binge Drinking and Death. Human Relations Media
Honey Badgers. PBS/Nature
Is There a Monster in My Closet? Dreamscape Media, LLC
It’s a Dog’s Life. National Film Board of Canada
Jack and the Beanstalk. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Locomotive. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Lucky Ducklings. Weston Woods
Making a Friend. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Man with the Violin. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Marijuana and the Teenage Brain. Human Relations Media
Marijuana: Does Legal Mean Safe? Human Relations Media
Me and My Moulton. National Film Board of Canada
Me…Jane. Weston Woods
Milo’s Hat Trick. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Molly: Innocent Name, Deadly Drug. Human Relations Media
Mr. Wuffles. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Museum. Dreamscape Media, LLC
A Nation’s Hope. Dreamscape Media, LLC
No Fish Where to Go. National Film Board of Canada
Nothing. Dreamscape Media, LLC
One Cool Friend. Weston Woods
One is a Feast for Mouse. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Paper Bag Princess. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Rain, Rain, Go Away; Winken, Blinken, and Nod; & One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Secret Pizza Party. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Separate is Never Equal. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Shelly Goes to the Zoo. Shelly’s Adventures, LLC
Shelly’s Outdoor Adventure. Shelly’s Adventures, LLC
The Smallest Gift of Christmas. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Someday. Weston Woods
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Star Bright Dreamscape. Media, LLC
Stronger, Tougher, Smarter: Stories of Teen Resilience. Human Relations Media
Terrific.Dreamscape Media, LLC
Thanksgiving Is… Dreamscape Media, LLC
This is Not My Hat. Weston Woods
This is the Rope. Weston Woods
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; & Star Light, Star Bright. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Ugly Duckling. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Under the Freedom Tree. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Very Fairy Princess. Weston Woods
We ALL Fit. Good Friend, Inc.
What Could You Do? YouthLight, Inc.
What’s Up With E-Cigarettes? Human Relations Media
When the Sun Goes Down. Kite Tails LLC
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. Weston Woods
Wizard of Oz. Dreamscape Media, LLC
You Are In Charge of Your Body: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum. Human Relations Media


You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Books discussion list which was posted yesterday afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Sound Recordings discussion list which was posted Monday, January 19th .

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Notable Children’s Books — 2015 Discussion List

Edie Ching, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Children’s Books Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday, January 30th from 1:00 to 4:00, and Saturday, January 31 through Monday, February 2nd, from 1:30 to 4:30. All discussions will take place in McCormick Place West, Room W194B.

The complete discussion list is below. Titles in italics indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer; titles with an asterisk will be discussed for the first time at Midwinter.


*Acampora, Paul.  I Kill the Mockingbird.  Roaring Brook Press.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener. Abrams/Amulet.

*Averbeck, Jim. A Hitch at the Fairmont. Illus. by Nick Bertozzi.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Barnhill, Kelly. The Witch’s Boy.  Algonquin Young Readers.

*Bell, Cece. El Deafo. Abrams/Amulet Books.

Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. Bloomsbury

*Booth, Coe. Kinda Like Brothers. Scholastic Press.

Boyne, John.  Stay Where You Are & Then Leave.  Illus. by Oliver Jeffers.  Henry Holt and Company.

Brown, Skila. Caminar. Candlewick Press.

*Camper, Cathy. Lowriders in Space (Book 1). Illus. by Raul the Third. Chronicle Books.

*Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Carleson, J.C. The Tyrant’s Daughter. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House.

*Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Fortune Cookie (An Anna Wang novel). Illus by Patrice Barton. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Cohn, Edith. Spirit’s Key. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers.

*Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad.  Illus. by Kevin Cornell. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Madman of Piney Woods. Scholastic Press.

*Daly, Cathleen.  Emily’s Blue Period. Roaring Brook Press.

Dauvillier,Loïc. Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust : L’Enfant Caché.   Illus. by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo.  Translated by Alexis Siegel.  First Second.

Davies, Nicola  The Lion Who Stole My Arm.  Illus. by Annabel Wright.  Candlewick Press.

*de Fombelle, Timothée. Vango: between sky and earth : Entre ciel et terre. Trans. By Sarah Ardizzone.  Candlewick Press.

*de los Santos, Marisa and David Teague. Saving Lucas Biggs.  HarperCollins.

*DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick Press.

*Dumon Tak, Bibi. Mikis and the Donkey :Mikis de ezeljongen. Illus. by Philip Hopman. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

*Durham, Paul. The Luck Uglies. Illus. by Péter Antonsson. HarperCollins.

*Ehrlich, Esther. Nest. Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

Elliott, L. M. Across a War-Tossed Sea. Disney-Hyperion Books.

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices From the Panama Canal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

*Faulkner, Matt. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War.  Disney-Hyperion Books.

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg. Dial Books for Young Readers.

Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Alfred A. Knopf.

*Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie : Emma und der Blaue Dschinn.  Illus. by Kerstin Meyer.  Trans. By Oliver Latsch. Random House.

*Giff, Patricia Reilly. Winter Sky. Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

*Godin, Thelma Lynne. The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen. Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Lee and Low.

*Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost. Penguin/Philomel Books.

*Grove, S.E. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy Book 1). Penguin Group/Viking.  

*Hahn, Mary Downing.  Where I Belong.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

*Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. Illus. by Abby Hanlon. Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group.

*Harrington, Karen.  Courage for Beginners. Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

*Harris, Teresa E. The Perfect Place. Clarion.

Herrera, Robin. Hope is a Ferris Wheel. Abrams/Amulet.

*Hiassen, Carl. Skink—No Surrender.  Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Holczer, Tracy.  The Secret Hum of a Daisy. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Holm, Jennifer L. The Fourteenth Goldfish. Random House.

Johnson, Jaleigh. The Mark of the Dragonfly. Delacorte Press.

*Johnson, Varian. The Great Greene Heist. Scholastic Press/Arthur A. Levine.

*Kadohata, Cynthia. Half A World Away. Simon & Schuste/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Lamana, Julie T. Upside Down In the Middle of Nowhere. Chronicle Books.

*Larson, Kirby. Dash.  Scholastic Press.

*Levine. Kristin. The Paper Cowboy.  Penguin Young Readers Group/G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.  Random House/Delacorte Press.

Lloyd, Natalie.  A Snicker of Magic.  Scholastic Press.

*Loftin, Nikki. Nightingale’s Nest. Penguin/Razorbill.

Lord, Cynthia. Half a Chance. Scholastic Press.

*Lovejoy, Sharon. Running out of Night.  Delacorte Press/Random House.

MacLachlan. Patricia. Fly Away. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

*Maguire, Gregory. Egg and Spoon.  Candlewick Press.

*Mann, Elizabeth. Little Man: A Novel.  Miyaka Press.

*Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends.

*Messner, Kate. Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets. Illus. by Brian Floca.  Scholastic Press.

*Milford, Kate. Greenglass House.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

Moses, Shelia P. The Sittin’ Up. G. P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers.

*Moulton, Erin E. Chasing the Milky Way. Penguin Group/Philomel.

*Muten, Burleigh. Miss Emily. Illus. Matt Phelan. Candlewick.

*Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Turtle of Oman: A Novel. HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books.

Oppel, Kenneth. The Boundless. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Peet, Mal & Elspeth Graham. Night Sky Dragons. Illus. by Patrick Benson. Candlewick Press.

Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane. Blue Sky Press.

*Pinkney, Andrea Davis. The Red Pencil.  Illus. by Shane Evans. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Preus, Margi. West of the Moon.  Abrams/Amulet.

*Rundell, Katherine. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms.  Illus. by Melissa Castrillón. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Ryan, Carrie and John Parke Davis. The Map to Everywhere. Illus. by Todd Harris. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

*Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Tony Baloney: Buddy trouble. Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic Press.

*Sadler, Marilyn. Ten Eggs in a Nest. Illus. by Michael Fleming.  Random House.

*Senzai, N. H. Saving Kabul Corner. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Sovern, Megan Jean. The Meaning of Maggie. Chronicle Books.

*Spinelli, Eileen. Another Day as Emily. Illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

*St. Antoine, Sara. Three Bird Summer. Candlewick.

*Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. Illus. by Reina Telgemeier. Colors by Braden Lamb. Scholastic/GRAPHIX .

Turnage, Sheila. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.  Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books.

*Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance.  Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin.

*Webb, Holly. The Case of the Stolen Sixpence: Book 1 (The Mysteries of Maisie Hutchins) Illus. by Marion Lindsay.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

White, J. A. The Thickety; A Path Begins. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

*Wiles, Deborah. Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy).  Scholastic.

*Willems, Mo. Waiting is Not Easy. Disney Book Group/Hyperion Books for Children.

*Wilson, N. D. Boys of Blur. Random House Books for Young Readers.

Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

*Yelchin, Eugene. Arcady’s Goal. Henry Holt and Co.


Athans, Sandra K. Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

Bausum, Ann. Stubby The War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog.  National Geographic.

Bolden, Tonya.Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Broom, Jenny. Animalium.  Illus. by Katie Scott.  Candlewick/Big Picture Press.

Brown, Don.  He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln.  Roaring Brook Press.

*Burns, Loree Griffin. Beetle Busters : A Rogue Insect and the People who Track It..  Photographer: Ellen Harasimowicz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Burns, Loree Griffin. Handle With Care : An Unusual Butterfly Journey. Photographer Ellen Harasimowicz. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

*The Children’s EducationStaff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Marilyn Smith, Ashley Gamell and Sara Epsteinwith Patricia Hulse, Sara Nafici, David William Daly, Becky Beer Laboy andNiall Dunne.  The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

*Dillon, Patrick. The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond.  Illus. by Stephen Biesty. Candlewick Press.

Farrell, Mary Cronk. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific.  Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Freedman, Russell.  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

*Freedman, Russell. Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America.  Holiday House.

*Jarrow, Gail. Red Madness:  How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat.  Calkins Creek.

*Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and what the Neighbors Thought).  Illus. by Kathryn Hewitt.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

*Markle, Sandra. The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

*Mitchell, Don. The Freedom Summer Murders. Scholastic.

*Montgomery, Sy. Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat (Scientist in the Field Series). Photographer Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Mulder, Michelle. Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home. Orca Book Publishers.

Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Holiday House.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights.  Roaring Brook Press.



*Aylesworth, Jim. My Grandfather’s Coat. Illus. by Barbara McClintock.  Scholastic Press.

*Barnett, Mac. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.   Illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press.

*Barnett, Mac.Telephone. Illus. by Jen Corace. Chronicle Books.

Barton, Byron. My Bus. Harper Collins Publishers/Greenwillow Books.

*Becker, Aaron. Quest. Candlewick Press.

*Bildner, Phil. The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope and Apartheid in South Africa.  Illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson.  Penguin/G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Black, Ian. Naked! Illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

*Blackall, Sophie.  The Baby Tree. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

*Bloom, C. P. The Monkey Goes Bananas. Illus. by Peter Raymundo. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Bluemle, Elizabeth. Tap Tap Boom Boom. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick Press.

*Bolden, Tonya. Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer. Illus by Eric Velasquez. Abrams Books for Young Readers

*Boyd, Lizi. Flashlight. Chronicle Books.

*Brown, Peter.   My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not.) Little Brown & Co.

Bunting, Eve. Washday.  Illus by Brad Sneed. Holiday House.

*Burk, Rachelle. Don’t Turn the Page. Illus by Julie Downing. Creston Books.

*Camcam, Princesse. Fox’s Garden. Enchanted Lion Books.

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? Eric Carle and friends. Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems.  Illus. by ditto.  Henry Holt and Company.

*Cole, Tom Clohosy. Wall. Candlewick/Templar.

*Colón, Raúl. Draw! Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Copeland, Missy. Firebird. Illus. by Christopher Myers.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin.

*Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Big City.  Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers.

*Davies, Benji. The Storm Whale. Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers.

*De Moüy, Iris. Naptime. Trans. by Shelley Tanaka. House of Anasi Press/Groundwood Books.

Dempsey, Kristy. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Penguin/Philomel Books.

*DiPucchio, Kelly. Gaston.  Illus. by Christian Robinson. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Dolan, Elys. Weasels. Candlewick Press.

*Donofrio, Beverly. Where’s Mommy? (Mary and the Mouse).  Illus by Barbara McClintock. Schwartz & Wade.

*Dubuc, Marianne. The Lion and the Bird : Le lion et l’oiseau. Trans. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Enchanted Lion Books.

*Escoffier, Michaël. Take Away the A. Illus. by Kris DiGiacomo. Enchanted Lion Books.

*Frazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Gill, Deirdre. Outside.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

*Hall, Michael. It’s an Orange Aardvark!.  HarperCollinsPublishers/Greenwillow.

*Hancocks, Helen. Penguin in Peril. Candlewick Press/Templar.

*Hatanaka, Kellen. Work, An Occupational ABC.  House of Anasi Press/Groundwood Books.

*Harrison, Hannah E.  Extraordinary Jane.  Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Haughton, Chris. Shh! We Have a Plan.  Candlewick Press.

*Heap, Sue. Mine! Candlewick Press.

*Holland, Loretta. Fall Leaves. Illus. by Elly MacKay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Hurley, Jorey. Nest. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Jeffers, Oliver. Once Upon an Alphabet. Penguin Young Readers Group/Philomel Books.

*Johnston, Tony. Winter is Coming. Illus. by Jim LaMarche. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Joyce, William. The Numberlys.  Illus by William Joyce and Christina Ellis.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Kennedy, Anne Vittur.  The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! Candlewick Press.

Lee, Chuku H. Beauty and the Beast .  Illus. by Pat Cummings. Harper Collins / Amistad.

*Light, Kelly. Louise Loves Art.  Harper Collins/Balzer & Bray.

Light, Steve,   Have You Seen My Dragon?  Candlewick Press.

*Lurie, Susan. Swim, Duck, Swim!. Photographs by Murray Head. Feiwel and Friends.

*Lyon, George Ella. What Forest Knows. Illus. by August Hall. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

McDonald, Megan.  Shoe Dog. Illus. by Katherine Tillotson.  Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Miyares, Daniel. Pardon Me!  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Morris, Richard T. This is a Moose. Illus by Tom Lichtenheld. Little, Brown and Company.

Nelson, Kadir. Baby Bear. Harper Collins /Balzer + Bray.

*Nichols, Lori. Maple.   Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

Offill, Jenny. Sparky.  Illus. by Chris Appelhans.  Random House Children’s Books/Schwartz & Wade.

*O’Neill, Gemma. Oh Dear, Geoffrey! Candlewick/Templar.

Oahin, Andrew.  Brimsby’s Hats. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Pett, Mark. The Girl and the Bicycle. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Pizzoli, Greg. Number One Sam.  Disney-Hyperion.

*Portis, Antoinette. Froodle. Roaring Brook Press.

*Ramstein, Anne-Margot and Matthias Arégui. Before After.  Candlewick Press.

*Raschka, Chris. Give and Take.  Simon and Schuster/Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

Reid, Aimee. Mama’s Day with Little Gray.  Illus. Laura J. Bryant. Random House.

Robinson, Michelle. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.  Illus. by Kate Hindley.  Henry Holt and Company.

Rockliff, Mara. The Grudge Keeper. Illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Peachtree.

*Rocco, John. Blizzard. Disney-Hyperion.

Russell, Natalie. Lost for Words. Peachtree.

*Ruth, Greg. Coming Home. Feiwel and Friends.

*Saltzberg, Barney. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep. Disney-Hyperion.

Santat Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Little Brown.

*Schofield-Morrison, Connie. I got the Rhythm. Illus. by Frank Morrison. Bloomsbury.

*Schwartz, Corey Rosen. Ninja Red Riding Hood. Illus. by Dan Santat. Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Shea, Bob. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. Illus. by Lane Smith. Roaring Brook Press.

Sierra, Judy. E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (with a little help from a hen).  Illus by. Matthew Myers. Candlewick Press.

Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can Press.

*Stower, Adam. Naughty Kitty! Scholastic/Orchard Books.

*Stower, Adam. Slam! A Tale of Consequences. Owlkids Books.

*Swenson, Jamie A. If You Were a Dog. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

*Tan, Shaun. Rules of Summer. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books.

*Teckentrup, Britta.  Up & Down.  Templar Books.

*Uegaki, Chieri. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin.  Illus. by Qin Leng. Kids Can Press.

Underwood, Deborah. Here Comes the Easter Cat.  Illus. by Claudia Rueda.  Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Watkins, Adam F. R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet. Penguin/Price Stern Sloan.

*Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Needs a Bath. Disney-Hyperion.

*Won, Brian. Hooray for Hat!. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books for Young Readers.

Yoon, Salina. Found. Walker Books for Young Readers /Bloomsbury.

Yuly, Toni. Early Bird. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.


*Applegate, Katherine. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion.

*Bryant, Jennifer. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Campbell, Sarah C. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature.   Illus. by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell. Highlights/Boyds Mills Press.

Chin, Jason. Gravity.  Roaring Brook Press/Neal Porter Book.

*Cox, Lynne. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. Illus. by Brian Floca. Schwartz & Wade.

*Davies, Nicola. Tiny Creatures: The World of the Microbes. Illus. by Emily Sutton.  Candlewick Press.

*Davis, Kathryn Gibbs. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. Illus. by Gilbert Ford. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

Ehlert, Lois. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. Beach Lane Books.

*Elvgren, Jennifer. The Whispering Town. Illus. by Fabio Santomauro. Kar-Ben Publishing.

Gibbons, Gail. It’s Raining!  Holiday House.

*Gray, Rita. Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? Illus. by Kenard Park.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Hendrix. John. Shooting at the Stars.  Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way they Do. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

Jenkins, Steve. Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Jenson-Elliott, Cindy. Weeds Find a Way. Illus. by Carolyn Fisher. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. Illus. by E. B. Lewis.  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Karas, G. Brian. As an Oak Tree Grows. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language.  Illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Rabinowitz, Alan. A Boy and a Jaguar.  Illus. by Catia Chien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.            

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.  Illus. by Diane Goode.  HarperColllins.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Calkins Creek / Highlights.

*Roy, Katherine. Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands.  Roaring Brook Press/David Macaulay Studio.

Rubbino, Salvatore. A Walk in Paris. Candlewick Press.

*Russell-Brown, Katheryn. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Lee & Low Books.

*Salas, Laura Purdie. Water Can Be… Illus. by Violeta Dabija. Millbrook Press/Lerner.

*Sill, Cathryn. About Parrots: A Guide for Children. Illus. by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers.

Stewart, Melissa. Feathers: Not Just for Flying.  Illus. by Sarah S. Brannen.  Charlesbridge.

*Sutcliffe, Jane. Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be. Illus. by John Shelley. Charlesbridge.

Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Separate is Never Equal : The Story of Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation.  Illus. by author.   Abrams books for Young Readers.

*Ward, Jennifer. Mama Built a Little Nest.  Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Whelan, Gloria. Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Winter, Jeanette. Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan.  Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

Woelfle. Gretchen. Mumbet’s Declaration Of Independence.   Illus. by Alix Delinois. Carolrhoda Books. 


*Burleigh, Robert. Edward Hopper Paints His World. Illus by Wendell Minor. Henry Holt.

*Demi. Florence Nightingale.  Henry Holt.

*Denenberg, Barry. Ali: An American Champion. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Fern, Tracey. Dare the Wind:   The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud.  Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

* Fleming, Candace.  The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia.  Schwartz & Wade.

*Gandhi, Arun and Bethany Hegedus. Grandfather Gandhi. Illus. by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Herrera, Juan Felipe. Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. Illus. by Raúl Colón. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings. I Am Jazz. Illus. by Shelagh McNicholas.  Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Kerley, Barbara. A Home for Mr. Emerson. Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham.  Scholastic Press.

*MacLachlan, Patricia. The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse.  Illus. by Hadley Hooper. Roaring Brook Press.

*Marrin. Albert. Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man’s Ideas Helped Form a New Nation. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

*Morales, Yuyi. Viva Frida. Illus. by Tim O’Meara. Roaring Brook Press.

*Neri, G. Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. Illus. by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press.

*Potter, Alicia. Jubilee: One Man’s Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace. Illus by Matt Tavares.  Candlewick.

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker.  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Chronicle Books.

*Reef, Catherine. Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box:  The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art.  Illus. by Mary Grandpré.  Alfred A. Knopf.

*Shabazz, Ilyasah. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. Illus. by A.G. Ford. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Sis, Peter.  The Pilot and The Little Prince: the Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

*Sisson, Stéphanie Roth. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. Roaring Brook Press.

Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.  Calkins Creek/an imprint of Highlights.

*Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming.  Penguin Young Readers/Nancy Paulsen Books.


*Borden, Louise.  Baseball Is… Illus. by Raúl Colón. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

*Bryan, Ashley. Ashley Bryan’s Puppets. Photographs by Ken Hannon and Rich Entel. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Cleary, Brian P. If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems. Illus. by Andy Rowland.  Millbrook.

*Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Manger.  Illus. by Helen Cann. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Janeczko, Paul B (editor).  Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Candlewick Press.

*Johnston, Tony. Sequoia. Illus. by Wendell Minor. Roaring Brook Press.

*Larkin, Eric-Shabazz. A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food.  Readers to Eaters.

*Lewis, J. Patrick. Harlem Hellfighters. Illus. by Gary Kelley.  Creative Editions.

Lewis, J. Patrick and Douglas Florian. Poem- mobiles:  Crazy Car Poems.  Illus. by Jeremy Holmes.   Random House Children’s Books/ Schwartz & Wade.

*Mora, Pat. Water Rolls, Water Rises : El Agua Rueda, El Agua Sube. Trans. By Adriana Domínguez and Pat Mora.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Lee & Low Books/Children’s Book Press.

Muth, Jon J. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons.  Scholastic.

*Nelson, Marilyn. How I Discovered Poetry.  Illus. by Hadley Hooper. Dial.

Raczka, Bob. Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole. Illus by Chuck Groenink. Carolrhoda Books.

*Schmidt, Annie. M. G. A Pond Full of Ink : Een vijver vol inkt.  Illus. by Sieb Posthuma.  Trans. David Colmer. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

*Siddais, Mary McKenna. Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors. Illus. by Jimmy Pickering. Random House.

*Sidman, Joyce.  Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold.  Illus. by Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.


You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Sound Recordings discussion list which was posted yesterday afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos discussion list which will be posted tomorrow afternoon.

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Notable Sound Recordings — 2015 Discussion List

Jennifer Duffy, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Sound Recordings Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday, January 30th through Sunday, February 1st, in the Lake Michigan Room of the Chicago Hilton.

The complete discussion list is below. Titles with an asterisk indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer.


*The Abominables, 5 hr 15 min, cd, $51.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620954

American Heroes #4, 41 min, cd, $13.98, Sprout Recordings, 8450197674

Angus and Sadie, 4 hr 28 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780553396379

Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It, 13 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117698

Blind, 10 hr 41 min, cd, $55, Listening Library, 9781101890974

Blood Ties: Spirit Animals #3, 5 hr 29 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648769

*The Bossy E, 33 min, cd, $15, Coil Records, 8829510081

The Boundless, 8 hr 12 min, cd, $24.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781480584143

Brown Girl Dreaming, 3 hr 56 min, cd, $38, Listening Library, 9780553397260

Buzz Kill, 9 hr 45 min, cd, $87.75, Recorded Books, 9781470398071

Calendar Mysteries: Books 7-13, 5 hr 35 min, cd, $38, Listening Library, 9780553396225

Caminar, 2 hr 23 min, cd, $19.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491536841

Can’t Look Away, 6 hr 52 min, download, $24.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545669856

*The Carpet People, 5 hr 34 min, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780804168281

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615677

*The Cat With Seven Names, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602479

*The Chicken Squad, 30 min, book + cd, $25.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615653

Copper Magic, 9 hr, cd, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781490627557

*Crankee Doodle, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490601991

Dash, 5 hr 21 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545735308

Deep in the Swamp, 38 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114598

Dog Finds Lost Dolphins! and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes, 1 hr, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490634197

*The Duckling Gets a Cookie?, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661126

Duke, 4 hr 26 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677417

Egg & Spoon, 12 hr 51 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502167

Eight Days Gone, 20 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114635

*Exclamation Mark, 10 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661157

*Fairest of All: Whatever After #1, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655750

The Family Romanov, 9 hr 23 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780553395303

Fantasy League, 6 hr 44 min, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780553396843

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders, 5 hr 50 min, cd, $19.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781480533233

*The Finisher, 14 hr 58 min, cd, $89.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545690195

*Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442374195

Flight School, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490632292

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems, 26 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117650

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, 8 hr 51 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780553396911

*The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, 8 hr, download, $29.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146709

*The Grimm Conclusion, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781470395735

Gus & Me, 8 min, download, $14.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478931911

*Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615639

Hitler’s Daughter, 3 hr 5 min, cd, $19.99, Bolinda Audio, 9781486205028

H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, 22 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117384

*How to Catch a Bogle, 7 hr 13 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780804167802

*Hunted: Spirit Animals #2, 5 hr 16 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648752

Ice Whale, 4 hr 30 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781490630212

If I Ever Get Out of Here, 10 hr 20 min, cd, $55, Listening Library, 9780553395464

I’m My Own Dog, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490633329

In a Heartbeat, 34 min, cd, $15, independent release, 700261394541

*The Interrupted Tale: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4: 8 hr 19 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780385363693

*Josephine, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781470383862

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, 3 hr 40 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9781101891957

*The Last Wild, 7 hr 15 min, cd/download, $66.75, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781490614298

*Lawless, 7 hr 38 min, download, $18.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655729

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, 52 min, cd, $15, Listening Library, 9780804122245

*The Loch Mess Monster, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490619507

Loot, 7 hr 6 min, download, $18.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677363

*Lucky Ducklings, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661188

The Madman of Piney Woods, 9 hr 1 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804123129

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, 5 hr 40 min, cd, $35, Listening Library, 9780804168663

The Missing Pieces of Me, 4 hr 33 min, mp3-cd, $9.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781491553411

Mister Max: The Book of Secrets: Mister Max #2, 10 hr 10 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804122092

Nightlight, 30 min, cd, $13.98, Little Monster Records, 888608737586

One Cool Friend, 18 min, book + cd, $12.95, Scholastic Audio, 9780545675543

*Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, 6 hr 20 min, cd, $35, Listening Library, 9780804168366

Out on the Prairie, 44 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114550

Pennies for Hitler, 9 hr 10 min, cd, $19.99, Bolinda Audio, 9781486213238

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, 12 hr 24 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804168465

Planet Kindergarten, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490632254

Playing for the Commandant, 5 hr 20 min, cd, $19.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491530672

*Poached, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442369115

*Prisoner 88, 3 hr 15 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602448

Rain Reign, 4 hr 9 min, cd, $29.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781491530504

The Red Pencil, 3 hr 12 min, download, $47.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478931935

Revolution, 12 hr 10 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780553395266

*Royal Ranger: Ranger’s Apprentice #12, 13 hr 45 min, cd/download, $97.75, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781470389284

The Scandalous Sisters of Prickwillow Place, 9 hr 24 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780553396027

The Secret of the Key: Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure #4, 6 hr 22 min, cd, Listening Library, 9780553397215

*Seeing Red, 10 hr, cd, $77.75, Recorded Books, 9781490612812

Ship of Dolls, 5 hr 19 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502259

Shouldn’t You Be in School?, 5 hr 53 min, download, $47.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478956631

Since You’ve Been Gone, 12 hrs 45 min, cd, $108.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620893

*Sink or Swim: Whatever After #3, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545675192

Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband Chronicles #4, 12 hr 30 min, download, $34.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698154810

*Smart Songs for Active Children, 48 min, cd, $15, Lighthouse Records, 9780989874106

*A Snicker of Magic, 8 hr 14 min, cd, $34.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545706797

*Starring Jules (as herself), 1 hr 32 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677394

*Storm: Sylo Chronicles #2, 12 hr, download, $39.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146747

*The Sultan’s Tigers, 6 hr 36 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780804123082

Tales of the Great Beasts: Spirit Animals, 5 hr 4 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545775977

Tell Me, 5 hr, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780553396829

Through the Woods, 40 min, cd + dvd, $20, Okee Dokee Music, 707541714495

*Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, 3 hr 30 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781470397869

*Under the Freedom Tree, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490621227

The Very Fairy Princess, 36 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545695046

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?, 21 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545790413

Willow, 9 hr 2 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 978140585539

Winterfrost, 4 hr 47 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502280

*Words with Wings, 30 min, cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490609676

*Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina, 4 hr 12 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545660914


You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Books discussion list which will be posted tomorrow afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos discussion list which will be posted the following afternoon.

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What does an author think of Día?

As part of the lead-up to formal Día celebrations in April, I had the privilege of interviewing an author of multicultural and multilingual books for children–the inimitable Pat Mora herself, author and founder of Día! Ms. Mora is an outstanding advocate for youth literacy, and the books in her body of work are a joy to share with families any time of the year. It was my pleasure to ask Pat Mora a few questions.

Q: You’re the founder of Día, and you’re also an author of children’s books. How do these dual roles affect how you think about Día?

Pat Mora is an author and the founder of Día (image courtesy of Pat Mora)

Pat Mora is an author and the founder of Día (image courtesy of Pat Mora)

Pat Mora: My first published book was A Birthday Basket for Tía, 1992. I quickly became aware how many children did not have books in their homes and how many families, particularly non-English speaking families, had not embraced their literacy role. I also became aware that many book buyers of all ethnicities were not interested in books by Latinas/os. Both realities saddened me.

In 1996, the idea for Día came to me, an initiative that would honor all children—their importance—and connect them to books, diverse books. I was inspired by Mexico’s April 30th celebration of El día del niño. (Contrary to some information on the Web this is not a Latin American celebration, although other countries celebrate Children’s Day.) I hadn’t planned to become an author/literacy advocate, but that is what evolved. Día has required a great amount of my time and energy. I’m deeply grateful to REFORMA and ALSC for becoming my first organizational partners.

Q: Do you see Día’s mission differently in 2015 than when you started it?

Pat Mora: Definitely! When I first began Día and was quickly joined by REFORMA, we were focused on a national April 30th celebration, El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. As a writer aware of the importance of literacy in our democracy and as a book lover—working with committed librarians, REFORMA, ALSC—celebrating children and books seemed natural and essential.

Soon I became aware of the importance of deepening what had become known as “Día” into a year-long commitment (day by day, día por día) with culminating celebrations held in April across the country. Also, I strongly believed that Children’s Day, Book Day needed to be relevant in all the languages spoken in this country. My organizational partners agreed. Other organizations and publishers are joining us aware that Día unites communities.

Q: As an author, how would you ideally like for your books to be shared in libraries and library programs?

Pat Mora: I write for all children so like any author, I long to see my books shared with all children and rely on families, librarians and teachers to connect my books with young readers. Of course, since I’m of Mexican background and bilingual, I hope that adults will share those realities when relevant. It’s an immense private pleasure when I read a word in Spanish to a group, and a Spanish-speaking child gives me a special smile. We all like to see ourselves and our lives in books. In addition to sharing Mexican culture, I also enjoy sharing my love of family time, the natural world, and poetry.

Librarians have tremendous power: power to coach families unfamiliar or intimidated by libraries and schools, and to help such families become literacy advocates. This is a major interest of mine, librarians as literacy coaches. Also, librarians order and promote books. You select what children will view as exciting and valuable. Buying diverse books is important but not enough. By sharing and celebrating good diverse books, librarians help prepare our children to participate in our diverse country. As I said to a wonderful group of South Carolina librarians last April, all librarians have old favorites (for story time, etc.). My hope is that our hard-working and under-praised librarians are becoming excited about new favorites.

Q: What guidance or advice would you give to librarians who are hesitant to share books that are not completely in English because they don’t feel confident reading them aloud?

Pat Mora: Fabulous question! Spanish is the second most spoken language across our country; there are many others, of course. If we are committed to exciting all our children about bookjoy, we need to meet them where they are, as the saying goes. This is a basic rule for effectively connecting with any audience. Just as we want our children to have the courage to say and read words in a language that may not be their home language (English), we can model that bravery by saying or reading words in the home languages of our students—Chinese, Korean, etc.

A child colors during a Día program at Skokie Public Library (image courtesy of Joanna Ison)

A child colors during a Día program at Skokie Public Library (image courtesy of Joanna Ison)

Bilingual students and students whose families want their children to become bilingual (many today) can so profit from and enjoy bilingual books. It saddens me that many bilingual books are not being purchased or used because the librarians or teachers aren’t bilingual. Such professionals tell me that they are intimidated by the books. I appreciate the candor and understand the intimidation, but resources (educational resources) are gathering dust. Sigh. Many librarians take Spanish and enjoy their new skill. Others involve bilingual parents in book sharing and language development. For our children, let’s be bold together!

Q: What type of impact do you think the #WeNeedDiverseBooks project will have on Día celebrations, and on children’s literature as a whole?

Pat Mora: The #WeNeedDiverseBooks project is an exciting initiative. Día also started as a grassroots project, and we share many goals. This new project, adept at technology and energized by a young, committed team, is asking important questions and building much-needed awareness.

For years, I’ve written about and spoken about the need to diversify the publishing system from publishers through the award committees. I’ll touch on this briefly when I speak at ALSC’s Day of Diversity at Midwinter.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about celebrating Día?

Pat Mora: The smiling faces of children, families, librarians, other educators and community members delight me. We are celebrating our young (Children’s Day) just as we annually celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Also, we are enjoying bookjoy together. ALSC offers many resources and I have a downloadable booklet of tips to begin your April 2015 planning now,

Reminder: 1996-2016, Día’s 20th Anniversary! Together, let’s grow a reading nation!

Amy Koester is Youth & Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library. She is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. You can reach her at

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