ALA Virtual Conference 2020

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List, Summer 2020

Be a part of history! Join the Notable Children’s Books meetings from the comfort and privacy of your home or office. The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is taking their public discussions to you!

This committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without an in-person Annual Conference, the committee will host their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in. Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on their discussion lists as they search for materials that meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about some children’s books that have been published in the first half of 2020; it is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process.

Two meetings to be held on Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday July 2 at 1:00 pm Central time.. Registration information can be found here:

Below you’ll find the Notable Children’s Books discussion list:


  • Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte.  Scholastic Press
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. Illus. by Kat Leyh.  First Second.
  • Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.  Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan.  Scholastic Press
  • Wink: Surviving Middle School with One Eye Open by Rob Harrell. Illus. by Rob Harrell.  Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Go with the Flow by Karen Schneemann & Lily Williams.  First Second/Roaring Brook Press
  • Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus.  Abrams/Amulet Books
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. Illus. by Mirelle Ortega.  Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
  • The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman.  Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros.  Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins


  • Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from West Germany by Kristen Fulton. Illus. by Torben Kuhlmann.  Chronicle Books
  • No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan by Jeff Gottesfeld. Illus. by Shiella Witanto.  Creston Books
  • When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed. Illus. by Victoria Jamieson.  Penguin Random House/Dial Books
  • On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne. Illus. by Becca Stadtlander.  Chronicle Books


  • Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.  Roaring Brook Press
  • The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Miguel Ordóñez.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Random House.
  • I Believe I Can by Grace Byers. Illus. by Keturah A. Bobo.  Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
  • Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor. Illus. by Corey R. Tabor.  Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

Sada Mozer, chair of the Notable Children’s Books committee, invites you to stop by to learn more about critical evaluation of children’s books and to listen to discussions about some of the best children’s books published this year.

This morning, the ALSC Blog listed the discussion list of possible Notable Children’s Recordings and information about how to register to observe those meetings.

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials

One comment

  1. Terry Jacobsen

    Thank you for this opportunity. I am looking forward to listening in . As a former member of our state picture book selection committee (Illinois Monarch), I’m always interested in hearing opinions and comments.

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