The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Best Books of 2001

A list of "Best Books" is sure to be subjective, sure to be incomplete, and sure to be misunderstood. A few ground rules: these are not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing books of the year, nor are they necessarily the books that win awards and medals. The books on this list are the useful but not flashy books; the storytime books, the homework books, the "oh I know just how I'm going to use that book" sort of books. To make this list a title has to be practical, useful, and give the best-bang-for-their-buck.

As of September 2004, no further "Best Books" lists will be created. Instead, check out the Bulletin Blue Ribbons and Rs and Stars (R and R*) for a fairly complete list of the books worth buying for any given year.

Adler, David A. B. Franklin, Printer; illustrated with photographs. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Ahlberg, Allan. The Adventures of Bert; illustrated by Raymond Briggs. Farrar, 2001. (2-5 yrs.)
Altman, Joyce. Lunch at the Zoo: What Zoo Animals Eat and Why; illustrated with photographs. Holt, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Alvarez, Julia. How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay. Knopf, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Anderson, M. T. Handel, Who Knew What He Liked; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick, 2001 (Gr. 4-7)
Arnosky, Jim. Raccoon on His Own; illustrated by author. Putnam, 2001. (2-5 yrs.)
Ashman, Linda. Maxwell's Magic Mix-up; illustrated by Regan Dunnick. Simon, 2001 (5-8 yrs.)
Attenborough, Liz, comp. Poetry by Heart: A Child's Book of Poems to Remember. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 3-7)
Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza. Holiday House, 2002. ( 5-9 yrs.)
Baker, Rosalie F. Ancient Egyptians: Building for Eternal Glory; illustrated with photographs. Oxford, 2001. (Gr. 6-12)
Barner, Bob. Dinosaur Bones; illustrated by author. Chronicle, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850. Houghton, 2001. (Gr. 5-10)
Basking, Nora Raleigh. What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows. Little, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Bateman, Teresa. Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?; illustrated by John O'Brien. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 2-5)
Bateman, Teresa. The Merbaby; illustrated by Patience Brewster. Holiday House, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Bedard, Michael. The Wolf of Gubbio; illustrated by Murray Kimber. Stoddart, 2001. (5-9 yrs.)
Billinghurst, Jane. Growing Up Royal: Life in the Shadow of the British Throne. Annick, 2001. (Gr. 4-9)
Blacklock, Dyan. Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece; illustrated by David Kennett. Walker, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy; illustrated with photographs. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Boursin, Didier. Origami Paper Airplanes; illustrated and with photographs. Firefly, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Pop!: A Book About Bubbles; illustrated with photographs. HarperCollins, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Brallier, Jess. No Sweat Projects: Hairy Science; illustrated by Bob Staake. Planet Dexter, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Brallier, Jess. No Sweat Projects: Thumbs Up Science; illustrated by Bob Staake. Planet Dexter, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Delacorte, 2001. (Gr. 7-12)
Bruchac, Joseph. Skeleton Man. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Bruchac, Joseph, ad. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes; illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey. Dial, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Burningham, John. Hushabye; illustrated by author. Knopf, 2001. (2-5 yrs.)
Burns, Khephra. Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Calmenson, Stephanie. Good for You!: Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; illustrated by Melissa Sweet. HarperCollins, 2001. (1-4 yrs.)
Choldenko, Gennifer. Notes from a Liar and Her Dog. Putnam, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Chorlton, Windsor. Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Cohn, Amy L. Abraham Lincoln; illustrated by David A. Johnson. Scholastic, 2002. (6-9 yrs.)
Cooper, Elisha. Dance!; illustrated by author. Greenwillow, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Coulter, Laurie. Secrets in Stone: All about Maya Hieroglyphs; illustrated and with photographs. Little, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Curlee, Lynn. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; illustrated by Lynn Curlee. Atheneum, 2002. (Gr. 4-7)
Cuyler, Margery. Stop, Drop, and Roll; illustrated by Arthur Howard. Simon, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Davies, Nicola. Bat Loves the Night; illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. Candlewick, 2001. (5-7 yrs.)
Davies, Nicola. One Tiny Turtle; illustrated by Jane Chapman. Candlewick, 2001. (4-8 yrs.)
DeVita, James. Blue. Geringer/Harper Collins, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Dewey, Jennifer Owings. Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Dieterlè, Nathalie. I Am the King!; illustrated by author. Orchard, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Diouf, Sylviane A. Bintou's Braids; illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Chronicle, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Duey, Kathleen. The Unicorn's Secret: Moonsilver; illustrated by Omar Rayyan. Aladdin, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Dupre, Kelly. The Raven's Gift: A True Story from Greenland; illustrated by author. Houghton, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Eccles, Mary. By Lizzie. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Edwards, Michelle. Zero Grandparents. Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
English, Karen. Strawberry Moon. Farrar, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Evangelista, Gloria. In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin; illustrated by Shawn Shea. Fulcrum, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Ewald, Wendy, ed. The Best Part of Me: Children Talk about Their Bodies in Pictures and Words; illustrated with photographs. Little, 2001. (Gr. 1-4)
Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind. Farrar, 2001. (Gr. 7-10)
Fleischman, Paul. Seek. Marcato/Cricket, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Fleming, Denise. Pumpkin Eye; illustrated by author. Holt, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Fletcher, Ralph. Uncle Daddy. Holt, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Florian, Douglas. Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs; illustrated by author. Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Flowers, Pam. Alone across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team. Alaska Northwest, 2001. (Gr. 5-12)
Fradin, Dennis Brindell. My Family Shall Be Free!: The Life of Peter Still. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Friedlander, Mark P., Jr. When Objects Talk: Solving a Crime with Science; illustrated with photographs. Lerner, 2001. (Gr. 5-10)
Gammell, Stephen. Ride; illustrated by author. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
George, Kristine O'Connell. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems; illustrated by Kate Kiesler. Clarion, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Gerson, Mary-Joan. Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale. Barefoot, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Gibbons, Gail. Behold…the Unicorns!; illustrated by author. HarperCollins, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Glass, Andrew. Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales; illustrated by author. Doubleday, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Goodall, Jane. The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Goodman, Joan. A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000-Mile Voyage of Vasco da Gama. Mikaya, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Graham, Bob. "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate; illustrated by author. Candlewick, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Green, Jen. You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar Explorer!; illustrated by David Antram. Watts, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Guest, Elissa Haden. Iris and Walter: True Friends; illustrated by Christine Davenier. Gulliver/Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 1-3)
Haas, Jesse. Runaway Radish; illustrated by Margot Apple. Greenwillow, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Haas, Jessie. Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet; illustrated by Margot Apple. Greenwillow, 2002. (5-8 yrs.)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The Girl with 500 Middle Names; illustrated by Janet Hamlin. Simon, 2001. (Gr. 3-4)
Harvey, Amanda. Dog Eared; illustrated by author. Doubleday, 2002. (5-7 yrs.)
High, Linda Oatman. Under New York; illustrated by Robert Rayevsky. Holiday House, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Hobbs, Valerie. Tender. Foster/Farrar, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together; illustrated by Anna Divito. Little, 2001. (Gr. 2-3)
Holub, Joan. Why Do Cats Meow?; illustrated by Anna Divito. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 1-3)
Holub, Joan. Why Do Dogs Bark?; illustrated by Anna Divito. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 1-3)
Honey, Elizabeth. Fiddleback. Knopf, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Hooper, Meredith. Who Built the Pyramid?; illustrated by Robin Heighway-Bury. Candlewick, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. Hoofbeats, Claws & Rippled Fins: Creature Poems. HarperCollins, 2002. (Gr. 3-6)
Hopkinson, Deborah. Fannie in the Kitchen; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Horowitz, Ruth. Breakout at the Bug Lab; illustrated by Joan Holub. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 1-3)
Hovey, Kate, ad. Arachne Speaks; illustrated by Blair Drawson. McElderry, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Howard, Arthur. Hoodwinked; illustrated by author. Harcourt, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Celebrating Ramadan; illustrated with photographs. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Hutchins, Hazel. One Dark Night; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. Viking, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Ibbotson, Eva. Dial-a-Ghost; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Dutton, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Jackson, Donna M. Twin Tales: The Magic and Mystery of Multiple Birth; illustrated with photographs. Little, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Janeczko, Paul B., comp. A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems; illustrated by Chris Raschka. Candlewick, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Jemison, Mae. Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Kentley, Eric. Story of the Titanic; illustrated by Steve Noon and with photographs. DK, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Kirk, Daniel. Bus Stop, Bus Go!; illustrated by author. Putnam, 2001. (5-7 yrs.)
Koss, Amy Goldman. Stranger in Dadland. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Kramer, Stephen. Hidden Worlds: Looking through a Scientist's Microscope; illustrated with photographs. Houghton, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Krensky, Stephen. Shooting for the Moon: The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley; illustrated by Bernie Fuchs. Farrar, 2001. (7-10 yrs.)
Kurlansky, Mark. The Cod's Tale; illustrated by S. D. Schindler. Putnam, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Landau, Elaine. Smokejumpers; illustrated with photographs. Millbrook, 2002. (Gr. 3-5)
Lauber, Patricia. What You Never Knew about Tubs, Toilets, and Showers; llustrated John Manders. Simon, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Laurence, Daniel. Captain and Matey Set Sail; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 1-3)
Lawrence, Iain. Lord of the Nutcracker Men. Delacorte, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Lerner, Carol. On the Wing: American Birds in Migration; illustrated by author. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Let's Count the Raindrops; illustrated by Fumi Kosaka. Viking, 2001. (2-5 yrs.)
Levine, Gail Carson. The Two Princesses of Bamarre. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Lillegard, Dee. Hello School!: A Classroom Full of Poems; illustrated by Don Carter. Knopf, 2001. (3-5 yrs.)
Little, Jean. Emma's Yucky Brother; illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 1-2)
Livingstone, Star. Harley; illustrated by Molly Bang. SeaStar, 2001. (Gr. 2-3)
Loewen, Nancy. Four to the Pole: The American Women's Expedition to Antarctica, 1992-93; illustrated with photographs. Linnet, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere; illustrated by Christopher Bing. Handprint, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Loomis, Christine. Astro Bunnies; illustrated by Ora Eitan. Putnam, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Lovell, Patty. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon; illustrated by David Catrow. Putnam, 2001.
Lunge-Larsen, Lise. The Race of the Birkebeiners; illustrated by Mary Azarian. Houghton, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Lupton, Hugh, ad. The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud; illustrated by Sophie Fatus. Barefoot, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Lyons, Mary E., comp. Feed the Children First: Irish Memories of the Great Hunger; illustrated with photographs. Atheneum, 2002. (Gr. 4-8)
MacDonald, Margaret Read, ad. Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale; illustrated by Julie Paschkis. August House, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
MacDonald, Margaret Read, ad. Mabela the Clever; illustrated by Tim Coffey. Whitman, 2001. (3-7 yrs.)
Macy, Sue. Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley; illustrated with photographs. National Geographic, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Mak, Kam. My Chinatown: One Year in Poems; illustrated by author. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Marrin, Albert. George Washington & the Founding of a Nation. Dutton, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish; illustrated by Beth Krommes. Houghton, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
McClafferty, Carla. The Head Bone's Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky…X-Ray. Farrar, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
McKenna, Colleen O'Shaughnessy. Third Grade Stinks!; illustrated by Stephanie Ro. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Meade, Holly. A Place to Sleep; illustrated by author. Cavendish, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Medina, Tony. Love to Langston; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Lee & Low, 2002. (Gr. 4-8)
Milich, Zoran. The City ABC Book; illustrated with photographs by Zoran Milich. Kids Can, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Moeri, Louise. The Devil in Ol' Rosie. Atheneum, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Moore, Cathy. The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft; illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young. Carolrhoda, 2002. (Gr. 1-3)
Morris, Gerald. Parsifal's Page. Houghton, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Moss, Marissa. Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel; illustrated by C. F. Payne. Harcourt, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Murphy, Wendy. Spare Parts: From Peg Legs to Gene Splices; illustrated with photographs. Twenty-First Century Books, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Myers, Christopher. Fly!; illustrated by author. Hyperion, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Myers, Walter Dean. The Greatest: Muhammad Ali; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Nace, Don. Bowling for Beginners: Simple Steps to Strikes & Spares; illustrated with photographs. Sterling, 2001. (Gr. 4-12)
Nathan, Amy. Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II; illustrated with photographs. National Geographic, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Nix, Garth. Lirael. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 7-12)
O'Brien, Patrick. The Great Ships; illustrated by author. Walker, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Olaleye, Isaac. Bikes for Rent!; illustrated by Chris Demarest. Orchard, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Orenstein, Ronald. New Animal Discoveries; illustrated with photographs. Millbrook, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Ormerod, Jan. Miss Mouse Takes Off; illustrated by author. HarperCollins, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Parker, Nancy Winslow. Land Ho!: Fifty Glorious Years in the Age of Exploration with 12 Important Explorers. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Paulsen, Gary. Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Delacorte, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Pinkwater, Daniel. Fat Camp Commandos; illustrated by Andy Rash. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Proimos, James. The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton; illustrated by author. Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Rand, Gloria. Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea; illustrated by Ted Rand. North-South, 2001. (5-9 yrs.)
Rhynes, Martha. I, Too, Sing America: The Story of Langston Hughes; illustrated with photographs. Morgan Reynolds, 2002. (Gr. 6-10)
Rice, David. Crazy Loco. Dial, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Rivers, Karen. Waiting to Dive. Orca, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Robbins, Ken. Thunder on the Plains: The Story of the American Buffalo; illustrated with photographs. Atheneum, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Robinson, Sharon. Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Rochelle, Belinda, comp. Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Rodda, Emily. Rowan and the Travelers. Greenwillow, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Rogasky, Barbara, comp. Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems; illustrated with photographs. Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Romanek, Trudee. The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings; illustrated by Pat Cupples. Kids Can, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Russell, Joan Plummer. Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partner; illustrated with photographs. Boyds Mills, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Salisbury, Graham. Lord of the Deep. Delacorte, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Sayre, April Pulley. Dig Wait Listen: A Desert Toad's Tale; illustrated by Barbara Bash. Greenwillow, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Schaefer, Lola M. This Is the Rain; illustrated by Jane Wattenberg. Greenwillow, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Schmidt, Gary D. Straw into Gold. Clarion, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Schmidt, Gary. Mara's Stories: Glimmers in the Darkness. Holt, 2001. (Gr. 7-10)
Scieszka, Jon. Baloney (Henry P.); illustrated by Lane Smith. Viking, 2001. (Gr. 2-4)
Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike; illustrated by David Shannon. Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2002. (3-5 yrs.)
Sierra, Judy. Monster Goose; illustrated by Jack E. Davis. Gulliver/Harcourt, 2001. (Gr. 2-5)
Simon, Seymour. Seymour Simon's Book of Trains; illustrated with photographs. HarperCollins, 2002. (4-8 yrs.)
Sleator, William. Marco's Millions. Dutton, 2001. (Gr. 5-)
Smith, Charles R., Jr. Loki & Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend; illustrated with photographs. Dutton, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Somers, Kevin. Meaner than Meanest; illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. Hyperion, 2001. (4-8 yrs.)
Soto, Gary. If the Shoe Fits; illustrated by Terry Widener. Putnam, 2002. (6-9 yrs.)
St. George, Judith. John & Abigail Adams: An American Love Story; illustrated with photographs. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Stanley, Diane. The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Steen, Sandra. Car Wash; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Putnam, 2001. (3-7 yrs.)
Steig, Jeanne, ad. A Gift from Zeus: Sixteen Favorite Myths; illustrated by William Steig. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 7-10)
Street, Michael. Lucky 13: Solitaire Games for Kids; illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. SeaStar, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Swanson, Diane. Nibbling on Einstein's Brain: The Good, the Bad, & the Bogus in Science. Annick, 2001. (Gr. 5-9)
Tarpley, Natasha Anastasia. Bippity Bop Barbershop; illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Little, 2002. (3-6 yrs.)
Taylor, Alastair. Swollobog; illustrated by author. Houghton, 2001. ( 5-8 yrs.)
Tingle, Rebecca. The Edge on the Sword. Putnam, 2001. (Gr. 6-10)
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. Knopf, 2001. (Gr. 6-9)
Van Laan, Nancy. Teeny Tiny Tingly Tales; illustrated by Victoria Chess. Atheneum, 2001. (4-7 yrs.)
Van Leeuwen, Jean. Sorry; illustrated by Brad Sneed. Fogelman, 2001. (6-10 yrs.)
Vande Velde, Vivian. The Rumplestiltskin Problem. Houghton, 2000. (Gr. 5-8)
Vanderwarker, Peter. The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City; illustrated with photographs. Little, 2001. (Gr. 4-8)
Waring, Richard. Hungry Hen; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. HarperCollins, 2002. (3-6 yrs.)
Warner, Sally. How to Be a Real Person (In Just One Day). Knopf, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Warren, Andrea. Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps; illustrated with photographs. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Wells, Rosemary. Felix Feels Better; illustrated by author. Candlewick, 2001. (3-5 yrs.)
White, Carolyn. The Adventure of Louey and Frank; illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Whitman, Sylvia. What's Cooking?: The History of American Food; illustrated with photographs. Lerner, 2001. (5-8 yrs.)
Wilson, Jacqueline. Bad Girls; illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Delacorte, 2001. (Gr. 4-6)
Winter, Jonah. Béisbol!: Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends; illustrated by author. Lee & Low, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Winter, Jonah. Frida; illustrated by Ana Juan. Levine/Scholastic, 2002. (Gr. 3-6)
Withrow, Sarah. Box Girl. Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Wittlinger, Ellen. Razzle. Simon, 2001. (Gr. 7-10)
Wood, Ted. Bear Dogs: Canines with a Mission; illustrated with photographs. Walker, 2001. (Gr. 3-6)
Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side; illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2001. (6-9 yrs.)
Wooldridge, Connie. When Esther Morris Headed West; illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. Holiday House, 2001. (Gr. 3-5)
Yeatts, Tabatha. Forensics: Solving the Crime; illustrated with photographs. Oliver, 2001. (Gr. 5-10)
Zaunders, Bo. Feathers, Flaps, & Flops: Fabulous Early Fliers; illustrated by Roxie Munro. Dutton, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Zeinert, Karen. Those Extraordinary Women of World War I; illustrated with photographs. Millbrook, 2001. (Gr. 5-8)
Zemach, Margot. Some from the Moon, Some from the Sun: Poems and Songs for Everyone. Farrar, 2001. (3-6 yrs.)
Zinnen, Linda. The Truth about Rats, Rules, and Seventh Grade. HarperCollins, 2001. (Gr. 4-7)
Zucker, N. F. Benno's Bear. Dutton, 2001. (Gr. 5-7)
Zusak, Markus. Fighting Ruben Wolfe. Levine/Scholastic, 2001. (Gr. 7-10)