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Notable Children’s Books Discussions – November 2022

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.

This year the 2023 Notable Children’s Books committee will be meeting on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 and Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022. Each session will begin at 1:00 PM (Central Time) and will be approximately four hours long. Register to watch the online discussions here.

Here is the list of titles which will be discussed:

Picture Books 

Alone Like Me by Rebecca Evans. Anne Schwartz Books / Random House 

Also by E.B. Goodale. Clarion Books / HarperCollins 

Berry Song by Michaela Goade. Little, Brown 

Brown Is Warm, Black Is Bright by Sarah L. Thomson. Illustrated by Keith Mallett. Little, Brown 

Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings by Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Chronicle Books 

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Neal Porter Books / Holiday House 

Everything in Its Place: A Story of Books and Belonging by Pauline David-Sax. Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. Doubleday Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House 

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown 

Francis Discovers Possible by Ashlee Latimer. Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani. Abrams 

How to Say Hello to a Worm: A First Guide to the Outside by Kari Percival. Rise x Penguin Workshop 

Kitty by Rebecca Jordan-Glum. Roaring Brook Press 

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise. Christy Ottaviano Books / Little, Brown 

Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers by Lina AlHathloul and Uma Mishra-Newbery. Illustrated by Rebecca Green. mineditionUS 

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang. Illustrated by Hyewon Yum. Neal Porter Books / Holiday House 

Music Is a Rainbow by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown 

My Parents Won’t Stop Talking by Emma Hunsinger and Tillie Walden. Roaring Brook Press 

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border by Stephen Briseño. Illustrated by Magdalena Mora. Random House Studio 

Not Enough Lollipops by Megan Maynor. Illustrated by Micah Player. Knopf / Penguin Random House 

Poopsie Gets Lost by Hannah E. Harrison. Dial / Penguin Random House 

Sal Boat: A Boat by Sal by Thyra Heder. Abrams 

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House 


Answers in the Pages by David Levithan. Knopf / Penguin Random House 

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor. Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins

The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. Knopf / Penguin Random House 

Caprice by Coe Booth. Scholastic 

The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali. HarperCollins 

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander. Little, Brown

A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser. Clarion Books / HarperCollins 

The Flamingo by Guojing. Random House Studio 

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson. Little, Brown 

In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington. Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos. Atheneum / Simon & Schuster 

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller. Random House 

Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case. Margaret Ferguson Books / Holiday House 

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee. Random House 

The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart. Henry Holt / Macmillan 

Odder by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan 

The Patron Thief of Bread by Lindsay Eagar. Candlewick 

The Road to After by Rebekah Lowell. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House

The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Scholastic Press 

Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis. Roaring Brook Press 

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas. HarperAlley / HarperCollins 

Thirst by Varsha Bajaj. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House 

Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins

Tumble by Celia C. Perez. Kokila / Penguin Random House 

Violet and Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins

Yonder by Ali Standish. Harper / HarperCollins 

Zia Erases the World by Bree Barton. Viking / Penguin Random House 


American Murderer: The Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow. Calkins Creek

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. Knopf / Random House 

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy. Illustrated by Janelle Washington. Roaring Brook 

H Is for Harlem by Dinah Johnson. Illustrated by April Harrison. Christy Ottaviano Books / Little, Brown 

How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner. Illustrated by John Gurche. Charlesbridge 

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker. Illustrated by Devon Holzwarth. Dial / Penguin Random House 

Mushroom Rain by Laura K. Zimmerman. Illustrated by Jamie Green. Sleeping Bear Press

My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood. Candlewick Studio 

Out of the Shadows: How Lotte Reiniger Made the First Animated Fairytale Movie by Fiona Robinson. Abrams 

The Overground Railroad (The Young Adult Adaptation): The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor. Abrams 

Seeking Freedom: The Untold Story of Fortress Monroe and the Ending of Slavery in America by Selene Castrovilla. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Calkins Creek 

Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild by Joshua David Stein. Illustrated by Dominique Ramsey. Rise x Penguin Workshop 

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel. Illustrated by Susan Gal. Scholastic Press

Wait–and See by Helen Frost. Illustrated by Rick Lieder. Candlewick 

Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic by Kelly Krull. Millbrook Press 

The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner by Marissa Moss. Abrams 

Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country by Kelly Yang. Illustrated by multiple contributors. Dial / Penguin Random House 

Yoshi and the Ocean: A Sea Turtle’s Incredible Journey Home by Lindsay Moore. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins 


Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek. Illustrated by Richard Jones. Candlewick

Madeline Tyner, chair, and the entire 2023 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 December discussions. All are welcome. 

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