Children's Literature (all forms)

Notable Children’s Books – November 2021 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies 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.

Attend the open 2022 Notable Children’s Books meetings to watch the discussions and learn about the Notable evaluation process. This fall the 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 1:00 PM CST, Thursday, November 18 at 1:15 PM CST, and Friday, November 19 at 1:00 PM CST. Register to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings here.

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Here are the titles which will be discussed.

2022 NCB Fall Discussion List (50 titles total)

Fiction (15 titles)

  1. Amber and Clay. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick, $22.99 (9781536201222).
  2. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids. By Various (Edited by Cynthia
    Leitich Smith). HarperCollins/Heartdrum, $16.99 (9780062869944).
  3. The Beatryce Prophecy. By Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
    Candlewick, $19.99 (9781536213614).
  4. Boy Everywhere. By A.M. Dassu. Lee & Low/Tu Books, $19.95 (9781643791968).
  5. Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls. By Kaela Rivera. HarperCollins, $16.99
    (9780062947550).
  6. Finding Junie Kim. By Ellen Oh. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780062987983).
  7. Healer of the Water Monster. By Brian Young. HarperCollins/Heartdrum, $16.99
    (9780062990402).
  8. The Last Fallen Star. By Graci Kim. Disney/Rick Riordan Presents, $16.99
    (9781368059633).
  9. The Legend of Auntie Po. By Shing Yin Khor. Penguin/Kokila Books, $12.99
    (9780525554882).
  10. Ophie’s Ghosts. By Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $16.99
    (9780062915894).
  11. A Place to Hang the Moon. By Kate Albus. Random House/Margaret Ferguson
    Books, $17.99 (9780823447053).
  12. The Shape of Thunder. By Jasmine Warga. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $16.99
    (9780062956675).
  13. Sunshine. By Marion Dane Bauer. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536214116).
  14. Thanks A Lot, Universe. By Chad Lucas. Abrams, $16.99 (9781419751028).
  15. When the World Was Ours. By Liz Kessler. Aladdin, $18.99 (9781534499652).

    Non-Fiction (15 Titles)
  16. Bad Sister. By Charise Mericle Harper. Illustrated by Rory Lucey. First Second,
    $19.99 (9781250219053).
  17. Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua. By Gloria
    Amescua. Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, $18.99 (9781419740206).
  18. Hear My Voice: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of
    the United States. By Warren Binford. Illus. By Various Artists. Workman, $19.95
    (9781523513482).
  19. Nina: A Story of Nina Simone. By Traci N. Todd. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
    G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $18.99 (9781524737283).
  20. Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi. By Sigal
    Samuel. Illustrated by Vali Mintzi. Levine Querido, $17.99 (9781646140374).
  21. The People Remember. By Ibi Zoboi. Illustrated by Loveis Wise. Balzer +
    Bray/HarperCollins, $19.99 (9781646140374).
  22. Run, Book 1. By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by L. Fury and Nate
    Powell. Abrams, $24.99, (9781419730696).
  23. Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman. By Sharice Davids
    and Nancy K. Mays. Illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. HarperCollins,
    $17.99 (9780062979667).
  24. Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress. By Alicia D. Williams. Illus. By April Harrison. Anne Schwartz Books, $17.99 (9780593123683).
  25. Stamped (For Kids): Antiracism and You. By Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds &
    Ibram X. Kendi. Little Brown, $15.99 (9780316167581).
  26. Survivor Tree. By Marcie Colleen. Illustrated by Aaron Becker. Little Brown, $17.99
    (9780316487672).
  27. This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience and Regrowth. By Sean Rubin. Henry
    Holt, $18.99 (9781250788504).
  28. Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. By Jeff Gottesfeld.
    Illustrated by Matt Tavares. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536201482).
  29. Unbound: The Life & Art of Judith Scott. By Joyce Scott, Brie Spangler, & Melissa Sweet. Illus. By Melissa Sweet. Knopf, $17.99 (9780525648116).
  30. While I Was Away. By Waka T. Brown. HarperCollins/Quill Tree, $16.99
    (9780063017115).

    Picture Books (18 Titles)
  31. Amira’s Picture Day. By Reem Faruqi. Illustrated by Fahmida Azim. Holiday
    House/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9780823440191).
  32. Areli Is a Dreamer. By Areli Morales. Illus. By Luisa Uribe. Random House Studio,
    $17.99 (9781984893994).
  33. Becoming Vanessa. By Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Knopf, $17.99 (9780525582120).
  34. Bodies Are Cool. By Tyler Feder. Penguin Random House/Dial, $17.99
    (9780593112625).
  35. A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day. By
    Leah Henderson. Illus. By Floyd Cooper. Abrams, $18.99 (9781419736308).
  36. Families Can. By Dan Saks. Illus. By Brooke Smart. Rise X Penguin Workshop, $7.99
    (9780593223659).
  37. Finding Home. By Esteli Meza. Orchard Books, $18.99 (9781338648218).
  38. I Sang You Down From the Stars. By Tasha Spillett-Sumner. Illustrated by Michaela
    Goade. Little Brown, $18.99 (9780316493161).
  39. The Lost Package: A Lot Can Happen Between the Post Office and the Destination.
    By Richard Ho. Illus. By Jessica Lanan. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781250231352).
  40. My Tree. By Hope Lim. Illus. By Il Sung Na. Holiday House/Neal Porter, $18.99
    (9780823443383).
  41. Noah’s Seal. By Layne Marlow. Candlewick, $18.99 (9781536218510).
  42. Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race. By Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli. Illus.
    By Isabel Roxas. Rise X Penguin Workshop, $8.99 (9780593519394).
  43. Outside Inside. By LeUyen Pham. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781250798350).
  44. Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner. By Angela Dalton. Illus. By Jestenia Southerland.
    HarperCollins, $17.99 (9780063015746).
  45. A Song of Frutas. By Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Sara Palacios. Atheneum/Simon
    & Schuster, $17.99 (9781534444898).
  46. Sunrise Summer. By Matthew Swanson. Illus. By Robbi Behr. Imprint, $18.99
    (9781250080585).
  47. Watercress. By Andrea Wang. Illus. By Jason Chin. Holiday House/Neal Porter,
    $18.99 (9780823446247).
  48. We Are a Garden: A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America. By Lisa Westberg
    Peters. Illus. By Victoria Tentler-Krylov. Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780593123133).

    Poetry (2 Titles)
  49. The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Love Beneath Our Feet. By David L.
    Harrison. Illus. By Kate Cosgrove. Holiday House, $18.99 (9780823438617).
  50. Hoop Kings 2: New Royalty. By Charles R. Smith Jr. Candlewick, $14.99
    (9781536210354

Alex Bell (she/her), chair, and the entire 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee, are excited to share this opportunity to learn more about critical evaluation of children’s books and listen to their fall discussions; all are welcome. 

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