ALA Midwinter 2020

2020 Notable Children’s Books Midwinter Discussion List

notables sealEach year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Books committee has been busy reading hundreds of books for young people and has compiled a list of 221 nominated titles which are under consideration for the 2020 Notable Children’s Books list. The 65 titles (noted with an asterisk) that were already discussed at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will not be discussed again, but are included for your reference.

The Notable Children’s Books meetings are open to ALSC members and other ALA Midwinter attendees. The committee looks for 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.

All meetings will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 109-AB. Chairperson Melody Frese and her entire committee welcome your attendance! Please join us!

Here is the meeting schedule:

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 1:30-4:30 p.m.

FICTION (72 Titles)

All of Me. By Chris Baron. Feiwel & Friends. $16.99 (9781250305985)

All the Greys on Greene Street. By Laura Tucker. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Penguin Random House/Viking. $17.99 (9780451479532)

All the Ways Home. By Elsie Chapman. Feiwel & Friends. $16.99 (9781250166791)

*Because of the Rabbit. By Cynthia Lord. Scholastic. $17.99 (9780545914246)

The Best at It. By Maulik Pancholy. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. $16.99 (9780062866417)

Beverly, Right Here. By Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick. $16.99 (9780763694647)

*The Bridge Home. By Padma Venkatraman. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. $16.99 (9781524738112)

Caterpillar Summer. By Gillian McDunn. Bloomsbury. $16.99 (9781681197432)

*Dragon Pearl. By Yoon Ha Lee. Disney/Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. $16.99 (9781368015196)

Each Tiny Spark. By Pablo Cartaya. Penguin Random House/Kokila. $16.99 (9780451479723)

*Eventown. By Corey Ann Haydu. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. $16.99 (9780062689801)

For Black Girls Like Me. By Mariama J. Lockington. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.$16.99 (9780374308049)

The Forgotten Girl. By India Hill Brown. Scholastic. $16.99 (9781338317244)

*Genesis Begins Again. By Alicia D. Williams. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. $17.99 (9781481465809)

*Good Enough. By Jen Petro-Roy. Feiwel & Friends. $16.99 (9781250123510)

*A Good Kind of Trouble. By Lisa Moore Ramée. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. $16.99 (9780062836687)

*How High the Moon. By Karyn Parsons. Hachette/Little, Brown. $16.99 (9780316484008)

Hurricane Season. By Nicole Melleby. Workman/Algonquin. $16.95 (9781616209063)

I Can Make This Promise. By Christine Day. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062871992)

*The Iliad. Adapted by Gareth Hinds. Candlewick. $16.99 (9780763696634)

Indian No More. By Charlene Willing McManis, with Traci Sorrell. Lee & Low / Tu Books. $18.95 (9781620148396)

It Rained Warm Bread: Moishe Moskowitz’s Story of Hope. By Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet. Illustrated by Lea Lyon. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. $16.99 (9781250165725)

Just South of Home. By Karen Strong. Simon & Schuster. $17.99 (9781534419384)

A Kind of Paradise. By Amy Rebecca Tan. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062795410)

Lalani of the Distant Sea. By Erin Entrada Kelly. Illustrated by Lian Cho. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. $16.99 (9780062747273)

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. By Lamar Giles. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. $16.99 (9781328460837)

The Line Tender. By Kate Allen. Penguin Random House/Dutton. $17.99 (9780735231603)

Look Both Ways: a tale told in ten blocks. By Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. $17.99 (9781481438285)

*The Lost Girl. By Anne Ursu. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. $16.99 (9780062275097)

Maybe He Just Likes You. By Barbara Dee. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. $17.99 (9781534432376)

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James. By Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. $16.99 (9780316515535)

*The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly. By Rebecca K.S. Ansari. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. $16.99 (9780062679666)

The Moon Within. By Aida Salazar. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. $17.99 (9781338283372)

My Jasper June. By Laurel Snyder. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. $16.99 (9780062836625)

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich. By Ibi Zoboi. Illustrated by Anthony Piper. Penguin Random House/Dutton. $16.99 (9780399187353)

*New Kid. By Jerry Craft. HarperCollins/Harper. $12.99 (9780062691200)

The Next Great Paulie Fink. By Ali Benjamin. Hachette/Little, Brown. $16.99 (9780316380881)

Nikki on the Line. By Barbara Carroll Roberts. Hachette/Little, Brown. $16.99 (9780316521901)

Not If I Can Help It. By Carolyn Mackler. Scholastic. $16.99 (9780545709484)

One Speck of Truth. By Caela Carter. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062672667)

The Other Half of Happy. By Rebecca Balcárcel. Chronicle. $16.99 (9781452169989)

Other Words for Home. By Jasmine Warga. Balzer + Bray. $16.99 (9780062747808)

*Pay Attention, Carter Jones. By Gary D. Schmidt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. $16.99 (9780544790858)

Pie in the Sky. By Remy Lai. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. $21.99 (9781250314093)

A Place to Belong. By Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. $16.99 (9781250196705)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. By Dan Gemeinhart. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. $16.99 (9781250196705)

Right as Rain. By Lindsey Stoddard. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062652942)

Roll With It. By Jamie Sumner. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $17.99 (9781534442559)

Ruby in the Sky. By Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $16.99 (9780374309053)

Running Wild. By Lucy Jane Bledsoe. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson. $17.99 (9780823443635)

*Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. By Carlos Hernandez. Disney/Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. $16.99 (9781368022828)

Searching for Lottie. By Susan Ross. Holiday House. $17.99 (9780823441662)

Some Places More Than Others. By Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. $16.99 (9781681191089)

*Someday We Will Fly. By Rachel DeWoskin. Penguin Random House/Viking. $17.99 (9780670014965)

*Song for a Whale. By Lynne Kelly. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. $16.99 (9781524770235)

*Spy Runner. By Eugene Yelchin. Macmillan/Henry Holt. $17.99 (9781250120816)

Stargazing. By Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. $12.99 (9781250183880)

*Storm Keeper’s Island. By Catherine Doyle. Bloomsbury. $16.99 (9781681199597)

*A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending). By India Desjardins. Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer. Quarto Knows/Frances Lincoln. $14.99 (9781786039774)

The Story that Cannot Be Told. By J. Kasper Kramer. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $17.99 (9781534430686)

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. By Celia C. Pérez. Penguin Random House/Kokila. $16.99 (9780425290439)

*Sweeping Up the Heart. By Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. $16.99 (9780062852540)

This Was Our Pact. By Ryan Andrews. Macmillan/First Second. $21.99 (9781250196958)

*To Night Owl From Dogfish. By Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525553236)

*Trace. By Pat Cummings. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062698841)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. By Kwame Mbalia. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. $16.99 (9781368039932)

Watch Hollow. By Gregory Funaro. Illustrated by Matthew Griffin. HarperCollins/Harper. $16.99 (9780062643452)

Where the Heart Is. By Jo Knowles. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536200034)

White Bird: A Wonder Story. By R.J. Palacio. Penguin Random House/Knopf. $24.99 (9780525645535)

Words on Fire. By Jennifer Nielsen. Scholastic. $17.99 (9781338275476)

The Year We Fell from Space. By Amy Sarig King. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. $16.99 (9781338236361)

Zenobia July. By Lisa Bunker. Penguin Random House/Viking. $17.50 (9780451479402)

NONFICTION (52 Titles)

16 Words: William Carlos Williams & “The Red Wheelbarrow”. By Lisa Rogers. Illustrated by Chuck Groenink. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99 (9781524720162)

1919 The Year That Changed America. By Martin W. Sandler. Bloomsbury. $24.99 (9781681198019)

Accused! The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment. By Larry Dane Brimner. Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek. $18.99 (9781629797755)

Art This Way. By Tamara Shopsin. Illustrated by Jason Fulford. Phaidon. $19.95 (9780714877211)

*Bloom Boom!. By April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. $17.99 (9781481494724)

*Bluest of Blues, The: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs. By Fiona Robinson. Abrams. $17.99 (9781419725517)

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come. By Sue Macy. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. $17.99 (9781481472203)

Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race across America. By Steve Sheinkin. Illustrated by Bijou Karman. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $19.99 (9781626721302)

Carter Reads the Newspaper. By Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Don Tate. Peachtree Publishing Company. $17.95 (9781561459346)

Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World. By David Macaulay. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $24.99 (9781596434776)

Dinosaurs: By the Numbers. By Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $14.99 (9781328850959)

Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer. By Emily Arnold McCully. Candlewick. $19.99 (9780763693565)

*The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World. By Mike Winchell. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. $19.99 (9781250120168)

Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918. By Don Brown. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $18.99 (9780544837409)

Firefighters’ Handbook. By Meghan McCarthy. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. $17.99 (9781534417335)

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany. By Andrew Maraniss. Penguin Random House/Philomel. $17.99 (9780525514633)

Go for the Moon, A Rocket, A Boy, and the First Moon Landing. By Chris Gall. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $19.99 (9781250155795)

*A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park. By Ashley Benham Yazdani. Candlewick. $17.99 (9780763696955)

Groundbreaking Guys: 40 Men Who Became Great by Doing Good. By Stephanie True Peters. Illustrated by Shamel Washington. Hachette/Little, Brown. $16.99 (9780316529419)

Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph That Changed Apartheid. By Adrienne Wright. Page Street Kids. $18.99 (9781624146916)

*Hedy & Her Amazing Invention. By Jan Wahl. Illustrated by Morgana Wallace. Penny Candy Books. $16.95 (9780998799995)

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor. By Laurie Wallmark. Illustrated by Katy Wu. Sterling Children’s Books. $16.95. 9781454926917

Hey, Water!. By Antoinette Portis. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $17.99 (9780823441556)

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Sarah Jacoby. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. $17.99 (9780062393449)

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States for Young People. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese. Beacon Press. $18.95 (9780807049396)

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace. By Ashley Bryan. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. $21.99 (9781534404908)

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. By Kyo Maclear. Illustrated by Julie Marstad. HarperCollins/Harper. $17.99 (9780062447623)

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet. By Curtis Manley. Illustrated by Jessica Lanan. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $18.99 (9781250155337)

*Let’er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion. By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by Gordon C. James. Lerner/Carolrhoda. $18.99 (9781512498080)

Liberty Arrives!: How American’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home. By Robert Byrd. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780735230828)

The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds. By Sy Montgomery. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $24.99 (9780544761131)

Moth. By Isabel Thomas. Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus. Bloomsbury. $18.99 (9781547600205)

*Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset.  By Sarah Glenn Marsh. Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. $17.99 (9781328770011)

Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet. By Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. $17.99 (9781534467781)

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist. By Julie Leung. Illustrated by Chris Sasaki. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99 (9781524771874)

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King and the Speech that Inspired a Nation. By Barry Wittenstein. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $18.99 (9780823443314)

*Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré. By Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrated by Paola Escobar. HarperCollins/Harper. $17.99 (9780062748683)

The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in our Food and Drugs. By Gail Jarrow. Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek $18.99 (9780439165877)

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom. By Teresa Robeson. Illustrated by Rebecca Huang. Sterling Children’s Books. $16.95 (9781454932208)

*A Ray of Light. By Walter Wick. Scholastic. $17.99 (9780439165877)

Reaching for the Moon. By Katherine Johnson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $17.99 (9781534440838)

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou. By Bethany Hegedus. Illustrated by Tonya Engel. Lee & Low. $20.95 (9781620145876)

Samuel Morse, That’s Who! : The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code. By Tracy Nelson Maurer. Illustrated by el primo Ramón. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. $18.99 (9781627791304)

Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest. By Kate Prendergast. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536207989)

Soaring Earth. By Margarita Engle. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $18.99 (9781534429536)

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War. By Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams. $18.99 (9781419736827)

Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution. By Rob Sanders. Illustrated by Jamey Christoph. Penguin Random House/Random. $17.99 (9781524719524)

Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children. By Kath Shackleton. Illustrated by Zane Whittingham. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. $19.99 (9781492688921)

They Called Us Enemy. By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott. Illustrated by Harmony Becker. Top Shelf. $19.99 (9781603094504)

*This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality. By Jo Allen Joyce and Debbie Levy. Bloomsbury. $17.99 (9781681198521)

*Titanosaur. By Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol. Illustrated by Florencia Gigena. Scholastic/Orchard. $18.99 (9781338207392)

Todos Iguales/All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove. By Christy Hale. Lee & Low. $18.95 (9780892394272)

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”. By Deborah Heiligman. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books. $19.99 (9781627795548)

Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti. By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $21.99 (9780823441709)

Wait, What?. By Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman. Illustrated by Isabella Rotman and Luke Howard. Oni Press/Limerence Press. $11.99 (9781620106594)

We Are Displaced. By Malala Yousafzai. Hachette/Little, Brown. $18.99 (9780316523646)

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. Royal Swan Enterprises/Alazar Press. $17.95 (9780997772074)

You are Home: An Ode to the National Parks. By Evan Turk. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $18.99 (9781534432826)

PICTURE BOOKS (87 Titles)

*Another. By Christian Robinson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. $17.99 (9781534421677)

At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre. Penguin Random House/Kokila. $17.99 (9780735230606)

B is for Baby. By Atinuke. Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536201666)

The Balcony. By Melissa Castrillón. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. $17.99 (9781534405882)

Bear is Awake: An Alphabet Story. By Hannah E. Harrison. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780399186660)

*The Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the Fiddle. By David Litchfield. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. $17.99 (9781328595898)

*Because. By Mo Willems. Illustrated by Amber Ren. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion. $17.99 (9781368019019)

*The Bell Rang. By James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book. $17.99 (9781442421134)

Between Us and Abuela. By Mitali Perkins. Illustrated by Sara Palacios. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $17.99 (9780374303730)

A Big Bed for Little Snow. By Grace Lin. Hachette/Little, Brown. $18.99 (9780316478366)

*Bikes for Sale. By Carter Higgins. Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora. Chronicle. $16.99 (9781452159324)

Bird Count. By Susan Edwards Richmond. Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Peachtree Publishing Company. $17.95 (9781561459544)

*Circle. By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Candlewick. $15.99 (9780763696085)

Colors. By Shelley Rotner and Anne Wooodhull. Illustrated by Shelley Rotner. Holiday House. $17.99 (9780823440634)

Daniel’s Good Day. By Micha Archer. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. $16.99 (9780399546723)

The Farmer. By Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99 (9780823441587)

Field Trip to the Moon. By John Hare. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson. $17.99 (9780823442539)

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. By Kevin Noble Maillard. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $18.99 (9781626727465)

*Gittel’s Journey, An Ellis Island Story. By Lesléa Newman. Illustrated by Amy June Bates. Abrams. $17.99 (9781419727474)

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!. By Cori Doerrfeld. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525554233)

Grandpa’s Top Threes. By Wendy Meddour. Illustrated by Daniel Egneus. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536211252)

*Hands Up!. By Breanna J. McDaniel. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525552314)

The Hike. By Alison Farrell. Chronicle. $17.99 (9781452174617)

How to Read a Book. By Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. HarperCollins/Harper. $17.99 (9780062307811)

*How to Two. By David Soman. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525427841)

Hummingbird. By Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Jane Ray. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536205381)

*Inside Outside. By Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui. Candlewick. $18.99 (9781536205978)

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. By Sonia Sotomayor. Illustrated by Rafael López. Penguin Random House/Philomel. $17.99 (9780525514121)

The King of Kindergarten. By Derrick Barnes. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. $17.99 (9781524740740)

The Last Peach. By Gus Gordon. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. $17.99 (9781626723504)

Layla’s Happiness. By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. Illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin. Enchanted Lion Books. $17.95 (9781592702886)

Let’s Scare Bear. By Yuko Katakawa. Holiday House. $17.99 (9780823439539)

*The Little Red Stroller. By Joshua Furst. Illustrated by Katy Wu. Penguin Random House/ Dial. $17.99 (9780735228801)

*Lottie & Walter. By Anna Walker. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. $17.99 (9781328470386)

*Lubna and Pebble. By Wendy Meddour. Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525554165)

*Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca. By Mariana Llanos. Illustrated by Anna López Real. Penny Candy Books. $16.95 (9780998799957)

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh. By Supriya Kelkar. Illustrated by Alea Marley. Sterling Children’s Books. $16.95 (9781454931843)

A Map Into the World. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illustrated by Seo Kim. Lerner/Carolrhoda. $17.99 (9781541538368)

*Maybe Tomorrow?. By Charlotte Agell. Illustrated by Ana Ramírez González. Scholastic. $17.99 (9781338214888)

Mother Goose of Pudding Lane: A Small Tall Tale. By Chris Raschka. Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. Candlewick. $17.99 (9780763675233)

My Footprints. By Bao Phi. Illustrated by Basia Tran. Capstone. $19.99 (9781684460007)

My Grandma and Me. By Mina Javaherbin. Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey. Candlewick. $16.99 (9780763694944)

*My Heart. By Corinna Luyken. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780735227934)

My Papi has a Motorcycle. By Isabel Quintero. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Penguin Random House/Kokila. $17.99 (9780525553410)

My Wild Cat. By Isabelle Simler. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9780802855251)

*The Neighbors. By Einat Tsarfati. Abrams. $16.99 (9781419731686)

A New Home. By Tania de Regil. Candlewick. $16.99 (9781536201932)

The Night is Yours. By Abdul-Razak Zachariah. Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780525552710)

*Nine Months Before a Baby is Born. By Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Jason Chin. Holiday/Neal Porter. $18.99 (9780823441617)

*Not Your Nest!. By Gideon Sterer. Illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780735228276)

Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time. By Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Clarion Books. $17.99 (9781328781338)

Ogilvy. By Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by T.L. McBeth. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books. $17.99 (9781250151766)

*Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks. By Jacky Davis. Illustrated by Giselle Potter. Greenwillow. $17.99 (9780062573100)

One Dark Bird. By Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. $17.99 (9781534404434)

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller. By Kate Read. Peachtree Publishing Company. $16.95 (9781682631317)

*The Panda Problem. By Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Hannah Marks. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780735228504)

Poetree. By Shauna LaVoy Reynolds. Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani. Penguin Random House/Dial. $17.99 (9780399539121)

Pokko and the Drum. By Matthew Forsythe. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. $17.99 (9781481480390)

Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family. By Ibtihaj Muhammad. Illustrated by S. K. Ali and Hatem Aly. Hachette/Little, Brown. $17.99 (9780316519007)

The Quiet Boat Ride, and Other Stories. By Sergio Ruzzier. Chronicle. $14.99 (9781452152899)

The Rabbit and the Motorbike. By Kate Hoefler. Illustrated by Sarah Jacoby. Chronicle. $17.99 (9781452170909)

Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse. By Jane Godwin. Illustrated by Blanca Gómez. Penguin Random House/Dial. $16.99 (9780525553816)

Saturday. By Oge Mora. Hachette/Little, Brown. $18.99 (9780316431279)

*Say Something. By Peter H. Reynolds. Scholastic/Orchard. $17.99 (9780545865036)

*A Scarf for Keiko. By Ann Malaspina. Illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard. Kar-Ben. $17.99 (9781541521643)

*Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival. By Lindsay Moore. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. $17.99 (9780062791283)

*Sea Glass Summer. By Michelle Houts, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick. $16.99 (9780763684433)

Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations. By Kelly Lyons. Illustrated by Keith Mallett. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. $17.99 (9780525516095)

Small in the City. By Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $18.99 (9780823442614)

*Snakes on a Train. By Kathryn Dennis. Feiwel and Friends. $17.99 (9781250304407)

A Stone Sat Still. By Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle. $17.99 (9781452173184)

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home. By Guojing. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99 (9781524771768)

Sulwe. By Lupita Nyong’o. Illustrated by Vashti Harrison. Simon & Schuster. $17.99 (9781534425361)

The Thing about Bees: A Love Story. By Shabazz Larkin. Readers to Eaters. $17.99 (9780998047799)

This Beach is Loud. By Samantha Cotterill. Penguin Random House/Dial. $16.99 (9780525553458)

*UNDERWEAR! By Jenn Harney. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion. $12.99 (9781368027939)

*¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. By Raúl the Third. Colors by Elaine Bay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. $14.99 (9781328557261)

What Is Given from the Heart. By Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by April Harrison. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99 (9780375836152)

When Aidan Became a Brother. By Kyle Lukoff. Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. Lee & Low. $18.95 (9781620148372)

Why?. By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $18.99 (9780823441730)

You Are Light. By Aaron Becker. Candlewick. $15.99 (9781536201154)

POETRY (10 Titles)

Dinosaur Feathers. By Dennis Nolan. Holiday House/Neal Porter. $18.99 (9780823443307)

Dreams From Many Rivers. By Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books. $18.99 (9781627795319)

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage. Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Lee & Low. $19.95 (9781620143117)

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. By Laura Purdie Salas. Illustrated by Mercè López. Lerner/Millbrook Press. $19.99 (9781512498097)

*Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse. By Susannah Buhrman-Deever. Illustrated by Bert Kitchen. Candlewick. $18.99 (9780763695330)

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog, and Other How-To Poems. By Paul B. Janeczko. Illustrated by Richard Jones. Candlewick. $17.99 (9780763681685)

*The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Bonnier/little bee. $18.99 (9781499804119)

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Edited by Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Marlena Myles. Lerner/Millbrook Press. $19.99 (9781541523630)

*Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. $15.99 (9781492677246)

*The Undefeated. By Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. $17.99 (9781328780966)

Melody Frese, Chair
Notable Children’s Books committee


This post addresses the ALSC Core Competency of Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials


For a complete list of the Notable Children’s Recordings to be discussed at Midwinter 2020, click here.

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