ALA Annual 2017

Notable Children’s Books Nominees – #alaac17

Notable Children's Books sealThe ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

Here is the list of titles which will be discussed at the ALA Annual Meetings in Chicago beginning next week. Enjoy!


Big Cat, little cat. By Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook Press (9781626723719).

Birds Make Nests. By Garland, Michael. Holiday House (9780823436620).

Bob, Not Bob! By Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick. Illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney/Hyperion (9781484723029).

The Book of Mistakes. By Corinna Luyken. Dial Books/Penguin Random House (9780735227927).

Egg. By Kevin Henkes. Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books (9780062408723).

Flowers for Sarajevo. By John McCutcheon. Illus. by Kristy Caldwell. Peachtree Publishers (9781561459438).

The Good for Nothing Button! By Charise Mericle Harper. Disney/Hyperion (9781484726464).

A Greyhound, A Groundhog. By Emily Jenkins. Illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House Children’s Books/ Schwartz and Wade Books (978055398059).

I Just Want To Say Good Night. By Rachel Isadora. Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Random House LLC (9780399173844).

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. By Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Rex, Adam. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray (9780062438898).

Life on Mars. By Jon Agee. Dial Books/Penguin Random House (9780399538520).

Little Fox in the Forest. By Stephanie Graegin. Schwartz & Wade Books (978-0-553-53789-5).

Niko Draws a Feeling. By Bob Raczka. Illus. by Simone Shin. Carolrhoda Books (9781467798433)

A Perfect Day. By Lane Smith. Roaring Brook Press (9781626725362).

Priscilla Gorilla. By Barbara Bottner. Illus. by Michael Emberley. Atheneum Books For Young Readers/ A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book (9781481458979).

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! By Carmen Agra Deedy. Illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Scholastic Press (9780545722889).

The Three Billy Goats Gruff. By Jerry Pinkney. Hachette Book Group/Little, Brown and Company (9780316341578).

Tidy. By Emily Gravett. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (9781481480192).

Tony. By Ed Galing. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press (9781626723085).

Town is by the Sea. By Joanne Schwartz. Illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press (9781554988716).

Triangle. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press (9780763696030).

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. By Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick Press (9780763664329).

Walk with Me. By Jairo Buitrago. Illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi Press (9781554988570).

Wolf in the Snow. By Matthew Cordell. Feiwel & Friends (9781250076366).


Balderdash!  John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. By Michelle Markel. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Chronicle Books (9780811879224).

Becoming Bach. By Tom Leonard. Roaring Brook Publishing/ A Neal Porter Book (9781626722866).

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism. By Marc Aronson and Marina Budos..Henry Holt/Macmillan Publishing (9781250109675).

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. By Walter Dean Myers. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. HarperCollins/ Harper (9780060277093).

Grand Canyon. By Jason Chin. Roaring Brook Press (978-596439504).

The Hidden Life of a Toad. By Doug Wechsler. Charlesbridge (9781580897389).

Isaac The Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. By Mary Losure. Candlewick Press (9780763670634).

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien. By Caroline McAlister. Illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Roaring Brook Press (9781626720923).

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster (9781481468244).

The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano. By Elizabeth Rusch. Illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster (9781481444842).

Over and Under the Pond. By Kate Messner. Illus. by Christopher Silas Neal. Chronicle Books (9781452145426).

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. By Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers (9781419714559).

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. Illus. by Molly Bang. Scholastic/Blue Sky Press (9780545805414).

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. By Gary Golio. Illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb. Millbrook Press (9781467751230).

Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World. By Laurie Lawlor. Holiday House (9780823436750).

Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz. By Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (9780374305710).

Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World By Storm. By Sue Macy. Illus. by Matt Collins. Holiday House (9780823436651).

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. By Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press (9781596439542).

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gough Brothers. By Deborah Heiligman. Godwin Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan (978-0805093391).

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found. By Martin W. Sandler. Candlewick (9780763680336).


Amina’s Voice. By Hena Khan. Salaam Reads/Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (9781481492065).

Armstrong and Charlie. By Steven B. Frank. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (9780544826083).

Ashes to Asheville. By Sarah Dooley. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (9780399165047).

Bronze and Sunflower. By Cao Wenxuan. Illus. by Meilo So. Candlewick Press (9780763688165).

A Crack in the Sea. By H.M. Bouwman. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (9780399545191).

A Face Like Glass. By Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet (9781419724848).

Flying Lessons & Other Stories. By Ellen Oh, editor. Crown Books for Young Readers (9781101934593)

Forever, or a long, long time. By Caela Carter. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers (9780062385680).

Frogkisser! By Garth Nix. Scholastic Press (9781338052084).

Hello, Universe. By Kelly, Erin Entrada. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins (9780062414151).

LOVING VS. VIRGINIA:  A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. By Patricia Hruby Powell. Illus. by Shadra Strickland. Chronicle Books (9781452125909).

Midnight without a Moon. By Linda Williams Jackson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (9780544785106).

The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House (9781101931752).

Noodleheads See the Future. By Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. Illus. by Tedd Arnold. Holiday House (9780823436736).

Princess Cora and the Crocodile. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick Press (9780763648220)

Real Friends. By Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second (9781626727854).

See You In The Cosmos. By Jack Cheng. Dial Books For Young Readers (9780399186370.)

Short. By Holly Goldberg Sloan. Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House (9780399186219).

Sophie Someone. By Hayley Long. Candlewick Press (9780763689957).

Speed of Life. By Carol Weston. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (9781492654490).

Train I Ride. By Paul Mosier. Harper/Harper Collins (9780062455734).

Well, That Was Awkward. By Rachel Vail. Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin (9780670013081).

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. By Megumi Iwasa (Translated by Cathy Hirano). Illus. by Jun Takabatake. Gecko Press (9781927271889).

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. By M.T. Anderson. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. Candlewick Press (9780763659394)


Bravo!  Poems About Amazing Hispanics. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Rafael Lopez. Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company (9780805098761).

One Last Word:  Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance. By Nikki Grimes. Illus. by Cozbi Cabrera (and 12 others). Bloomsbury USA (9781619635548).

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. By Kwame Alexander (with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth). Illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick (9780763680947).

The Notable Children’s Books committee will be meeting Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons, June 24, 25, & 26,  from 1:00 to 4:00, during the ALA Conference in Chicago. The discussions will take place in Room S106b of McCormick Place; these meetings are open to registered conference attendees.


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