ALA Midwinter 2014

Notable Children’s Books – 2014 Discussion List

Wendy C. Woodfill, chair, and the rest of the 2014 Notable Children’s Books Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday through Monday, January 24 to 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 125.

The discussion list is below. Titles in italics indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer.


Ada,  Alma  Flor and Campoy, F.  Isabel.  Yes! We Are Latinos. Illus. by David Diaz. Charlesbridge

Almond, David. The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas. Illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Candlewick

Angus, Sam. Soldier Dog.  Feiwel and Friends

Appelt, Kathi. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. Illus. by Jennifer Bricking.  Atheneum

Balliett, Blue.  Hold Fast.  Scholastic

Black, Holly. Doll Bones. Illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry

Blackwood, Sage. Jinx. Harper

Britt, Fanny   Jane, the Fox, and Me.  Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Groundwood

Burg, Ann E.  Serafina’s Promise: A Novel in Verse. Scholastic

Carriger, Gail.   Etiquette & Espionage.  Little, Brown

Castellucci, Cecil. Odd Duck. Illus. by Sara Varon. First Second

Cheng, Andrea.  The Year of the Baby.  Illus. by Patrice Barton. Houghton Harcourt

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Homework. Dial

Cody, Matthew. Will in Scarlet. Knopf

Creech, Sharon. The Boy on the Porch. Harper

De Lint, Charles.  The Cats of Tanglewood Forest.  Illus. by Charles Vess. Little, Brown

DiCamillo, Kate.  Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.  Illus. by K. G. Campbell.  Candlewick

Draper, Sharon M. Panic. Atheneum 

Edinger, Monica.  Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad. Illus. by Robert Byrd. Candlewick

Engle, Margarita. The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist. Harcourt

Erskine, Kathryn. Seeing Red. Scholastic

Farrant, Natasha. After Iris: A Novel. Dial

Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster  

Fleming, David . The Saturday Boy. Viking

Frost, Helen.  Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War.  Farrar/Frances Foster

Fusco, Kimberly Newton. Beholding Bee. Knopf

Gaiman, Neil.  Fortunately,  the Milk. Illus. by Skottie Young. Harper

Gantos, Jack.  From Norvelt to Nowhere.   Farrar

Gardner, Sally.  Maggot Moon.  Illus. by Julian Crouch.  Candlewick

Gewirtz, Adina Rishe. Zebra Forest. Candlewick  

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Gingersnap.  Random/Wendy Lamb

Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  Random

Graff, Lisa Colleen. A Tangle of Knots. Penguin

Grimes, Nikki.  Words With Wings.  Boyds Mills/Wordsong

Harrell, Rob. Monster on the Hill. Illus. by the author. Top Shelf

Harrington, Karen.  Sure Signs of Crazy.  Little, Brown

Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller. Illus. by the author.  Greenwillow

Hill, Kirkpatrick.  Bo at Ballard Creek.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Holt

Hopkinson, Deborah. The Great Trouble:  A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel.  Knopf

Jinks, Catherine.  How to Catch a Bogle.  Illus. by Sarah Watts. Harcourt

Kadohata, Cynthia. The Thing About Luck.  Illus. by Julia Kuo. Atheneum

Kurtz, Chris.  The Adventures of a South Pole Pig.  Illus. by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. Harcourt

La Valley, Josanne. The Vine Basket.  Clarion

Lagercrantz, Rose. My Happy Life. Illus. by Eva Eriksson. Gecko

Larson, Kirby. Hattie Ever After. Delacorte  

Lawrence, Caroline.  P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man.   Putnam

Long, Susan Hill.  Whistle in the Dark. Holiday

Macdonald, Maryann.  Odette’s Secrets.  Bloomsbury

MacLachlan, Patricia. White Fur Flying.  Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry

MacLachlan, Patricia.  The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog.  HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen

Marino, Nan.  Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace.  Illus. by John Hendrix.  Roaring Brook

McKay, Hilary. Lulu and the Dog From the Sea. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont.  Albert Whitman

McNeal, Tom.  Far Far Away.  Knopf

Myers, Walter Dean.  Darius & Twig.  Amistad

Parry, Rosanne. Written In Stone. Random

Peck, Richard.  The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail: A Novel.  Illus. by Kelly Murphy. Dial

Perkins, Mitali (Editor).  Open Mic:  Riffs on Life between Cultures in Ten Voices.  Candlewick

Phelan, Matt.    Bluffton: My Summers with Buster. Illus. the by author. Candlewick

Pope, Paul. Battling Boy.  Illus. by the author. First Second

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Sugar.  Little, Brown

Rundell, Katherine.  Rooftoppers.  Illus. by Terry Fan.  Simon & Schuster

Singer, Nicky. Under Shifting Glass. Chronicle  

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Dial

Spinelli, Jerry. Hokey Pokey.  Knopf  

Strasser, Todd. Fallout. Candlewick

Stroud, Jonathan. The Screaming Staircase.  Disney-Hyperion

Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy.  Putnam

Terrill, Cristin.   All Our Yesterdays. Disney/Hyperion

Timberlake, Amy. One Came Home. Illus. by David Homer. Knopf

Urban, Linda. The Center of Everything. Harcourt

Vanderpool, Clare.  Navigating Early.  Delacorte

Vawter, Vince. Paperboy.  Delacorte

Williams-Garcia, Rita. P. S. Be Eleven. HarperCollins/Amistad

Wissinger, Tamera Will.  Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse.  Illus. by Matthew Cordell. Houghton

Zia, Farhana. The Garden of My Imaan. Peachtree

PICTURE BOOKS               

Agee, Jon. Little Santa.  Illus. by the author. Dial

Barnett, Mac and Cornell, Kevin. Count the Monkeys.  Illus. by the authors.  Disney Hyperion

Bean, Jonathan. Building Our House. Illus. by the author.  Farrar  

Bean, Jonathan. Big Snow.  Illus. by the author. Farrar

Beaty, Daniel. Knock Knock : My Dad’s Dream for Me.  Illus. by Bryan Collier. Little Brown

Becker, Aaron  Journey. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

Berger, Samantha. Crankenstein.  Illus. by Dan Santat. Little, Brown

Blechman, Nicholas. Night Light.  Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Orchard

Boyd, Lizi. Inside Outside.  Illus. by the author. Chronicle

Brown, Peter.   Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown

Browne, Anthony. One Gorilla : A Counting Book. Illus. by the author. Candlewick  

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.   Light In the Darkness : A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret.  Illus. by James E. Ransome. Disney/Jump at the Sun Books

Collins, Suzanne. Year of the Jungle.  Illus. by James Proimos. Scholastic

Cooper, Elisha. Train.  Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Orchard

Coudray, Philippe. Benjamin Bear in “Bright Ideas!”: a Toon book.  Illus. by the author. TOON

Cunnane, Kelly.  Deep in the Sahara. Illus. by Hoda Hadadi. Random/Schwartz & Wade

Daywalt, Drew.  The Day the Crayons Quit.  Illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel

De Sève, Randall. Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball. Illus. by Paul Schmid. Dial

Deneux, Xavier. Opposites. Illus. by the author. Chronicle/Handprint

Durand, Hallie.  Mitchell Goes Bowling.  Illus. by Tony Fucile. Candlewick

Egan, Tim.  Dodsworth in Tokyo.  Illus. by the author. Houghton

Elliot, David.  Henry’s Map.  Illus. by the author. Philomel

Evert, Lori. The Christmas Wish.  Illus. by Per Breiehagen. Random

Fleischman, Paul. The Matchbox Diary.  Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick  

Fleming, Candace. Papa’s Mechanical Fish. Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson

Fogliano, Julie.  If You Want to See a Whale. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Folgueira, Rodrigo.  Ribbit!  Illus. by Poly Bernatene. Knopf

Franceschelli, Christopher. Alphablock.  Illus. by the author. Appleseed

Golan, Avirama. Little Naomi, Little Chick. Illus. by Raaya Karas. Eerdmans

Graham, Bob.   The Silver Button. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

Gravett, Emily.  Again! Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster  

Grey, Mini. Toys in Space. Illus. by the author. Knopf

Haas, Jessie. Bramble and Maggie:  Give and Take.  Illus. by Alison Friend. Candlewick

Hanson, Warren.  It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! Illus. by Tricia Tusa. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane

Harrington, Janice N. Busy-Busy Little Chick.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney. Farrar

Hassett, Ann and Hassett, John. Come Back, Ben.  Illus. by the authors. Holiday

Heder, Thyra.  Fraidyzoo.  Illus. by the author. Abrams

Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow

Hest, Amy. When Charley Met Grampa.  Illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick

Holub, Joan. Little Red Writing.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Chronicle

Jenkins, Emily. Water in the Park: A Book about Water and the Times of the Day. Illus. by Stephanie Graegin.  Random/Schwartz & Wade

Jiang, Ji-Li.   Red Kite, Blue Kite.  Illus. by Greg Ruth. Disney/Hyperion

Johnston, Tony.  The Cat with Seven Names.  Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Charlesbridge

Klausmeier, Jesse. Open This Little Book. Illus. by Suzy Lee. Chronicle

LaRochelle, David. Moo!  Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Walker

Leathers, Philippa.  The Black Rabbit.  Illus. by the author. Candlewick

Lehrhaupt, Adam. Warning: Do Not Open this Book!  Illus. by Matthew Forsythe. Simon & Schuster

Look, Lenore.  Brush of the Gods.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Random/Schwartz & Wade

Lunde, Stein Erik.  My Father’s Arms Are a Boat. Illus. by Oyvind Torseter.  Enchanted Lion

Manceau, Edouard. Windblown.  Illus. by the author. Owlkids

McClure, Nikki.  How to Be a Cat. Illus. by the author.  Abrams Appleseed

Meshon, Aaron. Take Me Out to the Yakyu. Illus. by the author.  Atheneum

Miller, Pat Zietlow.  Sophie’s Squash.   Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf.  Random/Schwartz & Wade

Moore, Eva.  Lucky Ducklings.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Scholastic/Orchard

Morales, Yuyi.  Niño Wrestles the World. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Ohmura, Tomoko.  The Long, Long Line.  Illus. by the author.  Owlkids

Park, Linda Sue. Xander’s Panda Party. Illus. by Matt Phelan. Houghton

Pett, Mark.  The Boy and the Airplane.  Illus. by the authorSimon & Schuster

Polacco, Patricia.  The Blessing Cup. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman

Raschka, Christopher.  Everyone Can Learn To Ride a Bicycle. Illus. by the author. Random/Schwartz & Wade

Rau, Dana Meachen. Robot, Go Bot!  Illus. by Wook Jin Jung. Random

Reid, Barbara.  Picture a Tree.  Illus. by the author. Albert Whitman

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Exclamation Mark. Iillus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Scholastic

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Tony Baloney:  School Rules.  Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic

Savage, Stephen. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book.  Illus. by the author. Dial

Say, Allen. The Favorite Daughter.  Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine

Schneider, Josh.  The Meanest Birthday Girl.  Illus. by the author. Clarion

Scieszka, Jon and Barnett, Mac. Battle Bunny. Illus. by Matthew Myers.  Simon & Schuster

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Bully.  Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Shea, Bob.  Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.  Illus. by the author. Disney/Hyperion

Sheth, Kashmira.  Tiger in My Soup. Illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Peachtree

Shulevitz, Uri.   Dusk. Illus. by the author. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson

Snicket, Lemony.  The Dark.  Illus. by Jon Klassen. Little, Brown

Staake, Bob.  Bluebird.  Illus. by the author.  Random/Schwartz & Wade

Stephens, Helen.  How to Hide a Lion.  Illus. by the author. Holt

Teague, Mark.  The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf. Illus. by the author.  Scholastic/Orchard

Thomson, Bill.  Fossil.  Illus. by the author. Amazon/Two Lions

Thong, Roseanne Greenfield.  Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes. Illus. by John Parra. Chronicle  

Tuck, Pamela M.  As Fast as Words Could Fly.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.  Lee & Low

Van Lieshout, Maria.  Flight 1-2-3. Illus. by the author. Chronicle  

Wheeler, Lisa. The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses. Illus. by Zachariah OHora. Atheneum

Wiesner, David. Mr. Wuffles! Illus. by the author. Clarion

Willems, Mo. That Is Not a Good Idea! Illus. by the author.   Balzer + Bray

Woodson, Jacqueline.  This is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration.  Illus. by James Ransome.  Penguin/Nancy Paulsen

Yum, Hyewon.  This is Our House.  Illus. by the author. Foster/Farrar

Zoboli, Giovanna.  I Wish I Had…  Illus. by Simona Mulazzani.  Eerdmans


Arndt, Ingo. Best Foot Forward: Exploring Feet, Flippers, and Claws. Illus. by the author.  Holiday

Brown, Don.  Henry and the Cannons:  An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution.  Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook

Bunting, Eve.  The Cart That Carried Martin. Illus. by Don Tate.  Charlesbridge

Coy, John.  Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. Illus. by Joe Morse.  Carolrhoda

Guiberson, Brenda Z. Frog Song.  Illus. by Gennady Spirin.  Holt

Guiberson, Brenda Z.   The Greatest Dinosaur Ever.            Illus. by Gennady Spirin. Holt

Harris, Robie H.  What’s In There?:  All About Before You Were Born.  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westscott. Candlewick

Heiligman, Deborah. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdí¶s.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  Roaring Brook

Hopkins, H. Joseph. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever.  Illus. by Jill McElmurry. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane

Huber, Raymond. Flight of the Honey Bee.  Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick

Isadora, Rachel.  Old Mikamba Had a Farm. Illus. by the author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen

Markle, Sandra.  Bats: Biggest! Littlest! Illus. by Scott J. Altenbach.  Boyds Mills

Markle, Sandra.  The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration. Illus. by Mia Posada. Millbrook  

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. Illus. by Eric-Shabazz Larkin.  Readers to Eaters

Pinkney, Jerry. The Tortoise & the Hare.  Illus. by the author.  Little, Brown,

Sayre, April Pulley. Eat Like a Bear. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Holt

Skead, Robert.  Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Carolrhoda

Smith, Charles R. Jr.  Brick by Brick.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Amistad

Stockdale, Susan. Stripes of All Types.  Illus. by the author.  Peachtree  

Stringer, Lauren.  When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot.  Illus. by the author. Harcourt

Weitekamp, Margaret A. and DeVorkin, David H.  Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery.  Illus. by Diane Kidd. Abrams


Kennedy, Caroline.  Poems to Learn by Heart.  Illus. by Jon J Muth. Disney/Hyperion

Lewis, J. Patrick.  When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders. Illus. by Jim Burke.  Chronicle

Prelutsky, Jack.  Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems.  Illus. by Carin Berger.  Greenwillow

Worth, Valeri.  Pug and Other Animal Poems.  Illus. by Steve Jenkins.  Farrar/Margaret Ferguson

Yolen, Jane and Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.  Grumbles From the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist: Poems.  Illus. by Matt Mahurin.  Boyds Mills/Wordsong

NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY                     

Anderson, Tanya.  Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg. Lerner/Twenty-First Century

Berne, Jennifer.  On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein.  Illus. by Vladimir Radunsky. Chronicle  

Brown, Monica.  Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo. Illus. by Rafael Lí³pez.  Rayo

Bryant, Jen.  A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Knopf

Cheng, Andrea. Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet. Illus. by the author. Lee & Low  

Freedman, Russell.  Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candlemaker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty. Holiday  

Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra.  The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius.  Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Leyson, Leon.  The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible… on Schindler’s List.  Atheneum

Markel, Michelle.  Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

McCarthy, Meghan.  Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton.  Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster   

Nelson, Kadir.  Nelson Mandela. Illus. by the author. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen

Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People. Abrams

Tavares, Matt.  Becoming Babe Ruth. Illus. by the author. Candlewick  

Winter, Jonah. You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! Illus. by Terry Widener.  Random/Schwartz & Wade


Adkins, Jan. What If You Met a Cowboy?  Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook

Adler, David A.  Things That Float and Things That Don’t. Illus. by Anna Raff.  Holiday

Bolden, Tonya.  Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty. Abrams

Brown, Don.  The Great American Dust Bowl.  Illus. by the author. Houghton

Cate, Annette Leblanc. Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.  Illus. by the author. Candlewick

Duffy, Chris (Editor).  Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists. First Second

Floca, Brian.  Locomotive.  Illus. by the author.  Atheneum

Fradin, Judith Bloom and Fradin, Dennis B. The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.  Walker  

Hill, Laban Carrick.   When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.  Illus. by Theodore Taylor III.  Roaring Brook

Jenkins, Steve.  The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest–and Most Surprising–Animals on Earth.  Illus. by the author. Houghton

Kidd, Chip.  Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Illus. by the author.  Workman

Krull, Kathleen and Hewitt, Kathryn. Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought). Illus. by Kathryn Hewitt. Houghton

Lewis, John and Aydin, Andrew.  March: Book One.  Illus. by Nate Powell. Top Shelf

Losure, Mary.  Wild Boy:  The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron.  Illus. by Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick

Marcus, Leonard S.  Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing.  Farrar/Frances Foster

McClafferty, Carla Killough.  Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment.  Carolrhoda

Moss, Marissa.  Barbed Wire Baseball. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu.  Abrams  

Napoli, Donna Jo. Treasury of Egyptian Mythology. Illus. by Christina Built. National Geographic

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown

Rosenstock, Barb. Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library.  Illus. by John O’Brien.  Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek

Roth, Susan L. and Trumbore, Cindy.  Parrots Over Puerto Rico.  Illus. by Susan L. Roth.  Lee & Low

Rusch, Elizabeth. Eruption!:  Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives.  Illus. by Tom Uhlman. Houghton

Sheinkin, Steve.  Lincoln‘s Grave Robbers. Scholastic  

Stone, Tanya Lee.  Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers.  Candlewick  

Thimmesh, Catherine.  Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?  Houghton


You might also be interested in looking at the Notable Children’s Recordings discussion list which was posted on Monday and the Notable Children’s Videos discussion list which was posted yesterday.

One comment

  1. Andrew Franks

    I’ve just found my reading list for the summer holidays!

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