The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
61 Books in 60 Minutes - October 2005

presented to the Illinois Library Association, October 13, 2005
by Betsy Hearne and Timnah Card on behalf of the Center for Children's Books

All books have a 2005 publication year.

Fiction | Picture Books | Non-Fiction


Fiction

Abbott, Hailey. The Bridesmaid. Delacorte Gr. 7-10
As daughters of very successful wedding planners, Abby and Carol have vowed never to get married themselves; then, Carol comes home with fiancé in tow, having turned into Bridezilla extraordinaire.

Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole. Geringer/Harper Collins Gr. 6-9
Thirteen-year-old Ingrid is drawn into a local murder investigation after getting lost in the bad part of town in this well-written mystery with multifaceted characters and a hint of romance.

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts. Harcourt Gr. 3-6
What would you do if you visited your dad's job and found out that he works for a mad scientist bent on taking over the world with an army of whales on stilts wearing laser beams? Ten-year-old Lily's zany adventure will be a favorite of those willing to smirk at series conventions or any reader who's ready to giggle through a book.

Bradley, Alex. 24 Girls in 7 Days. Dutton Gr. 7-12
Jack's overhelpful friends post a wildly successful personal ad soliciting a date for him to take to the prom in this helplessly funny, subtly meaningful, and irresistibly charming account of one boy's intensive education in relationships of all kinds.

Brasheres, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #3: Girls in Pants. Delacorte Gr. 7-12
Tibby, Carmen, Bridget (Bee), and Lena have blustered their way through high-school commencement and stand at the threshold of college with duffels full of second thoughts and mixed emotions. The Pants set will bruise their fingertips on this page-turner.

Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof. Candlewick Gr. 9-12
Behind her distantly cool façade, sixteen-year-old Victoria (a.k.a. Egg) considers herself far superior to all, until the new kid cracks her defenses and awakens her to her true potential.

Clarke, Judith. Kalpana's Dream. Front Street Gr. 7-10
Peculiar Ms. Dallimore has asked her 7B students to write an essay responding to the question "Who Am I?"; the assignment functions to reveal a wealth of unobvious connections to the reader as the teens learn about themselves and, unknowingly, one another.

Cohn, Rachel. Shrimp. Simon Gr. 9-12
CC's narration has all the fresh and individual expression of the first book (Gingerbread, BCCB 4/02), but she has grown and matures further in this volume. CC is a bright young woman with genuine capabilities who nonetheless knows that college is not for her, a position that many teens will understand.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods. Scholastic Gr. 4-6
In this third book in the series, middle-grade New Yorker Gregor and his little sister, Boots, join old and new comrades to travel through a jungle of predatory plants to harvest a cure for a dreadful plague.

Croggon, Allison. The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor. Candlewick Gr. 7-12
In an epic tale (the first in a series) both like and unlike Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, sixteen-year-old Maerad finds that her unique magical powers designate her as the fulfillment of a prophecy.

Daley, Michael J. Space Station Rat. Holiday House Gr. 3-6
Genetically modified for intelligence and trained for espionage, Rat can read, type, use tools, and communicate with humans in a customized sign language; she can also reason and plan, abilities that stand her in good stead when she ends up trapped on a space station and hunted by a fearsome security robot.

Delaney, Joseph. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. Greenwillow Gr. 5-8
This gleefully chilling tale of an apprentice ghost-catcher who accidentally frees a dangerous witch will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard while eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Dickinson, John. The Widow and the King. Fickling Gr. 7-12
In this sequel to The Cup of the World (BCCB 11/04), twelve-year-old Ambrose scrambles across fief and field to escape the ancient sorcerer, Paigan, whose downfall at Ambrose's hands was prophesied ten years before.

Dunkle, Clare. By These Ten Bones. Holt Gr. 7-12
In a tiny Scottish village of peat huts, a man cursed with a terrible secret finds his resolve to withdraw from society challenged by the love of a cheerful rural girl.

Edwards, Michelle. Stinky Stern Forever. Harcourt Gr. 2-4
This fourth installment of the Jackson Friends series (Pa Lia's First Day; Zero Grandparents, BCCB 4/01; The Talent Show) details the untimely death of second-grader Stinky Stern. This short novel is an honest portrayal of young people dealing with the death of a classmate; one that, to further complicate the already confused emotions of the group, one that they maybe didn't like so much.

Fisher, Catherine. Oracle Prophesies #2: The Sphere of Secrets. Greenwillow Gr. 6-10
Bearer-of-the-god Mirany (from The Oracle Betrayed, BCCB 6/04) struggles to maintain her influence in the city while the god incarnate, the Archon, leaves the city on a quest designed to win peace and prosperity for his people.

Gerstein, Mordicai. The Old Country. Roaring Brook Gr. 4-6
This magical story of a fictitious war in a Europe-like nation succeeds both as a fantasy tale and as an allegory of the trials of the Jews up to and around World War I.

Green, John. Looking for Alaska. Dutton Gr. 9-12
Tired of a featureless life, Miles Halter begins his junior year at Culver Creek in Alabama prepared to seek "the Great Perhaps." And that's what he gets, caught up instantly in a long-running prank war involving his roommate, Chip-always known as "the Colonel" for his military masterminding of mischief-and his close friend, the beautiful and quixotic Alaska.

Greene, Stephanie. Moose and Hildy: Moose's Big Idea. Cavendish Gr. 2-4
A moose, a pig, and a hunter don't normally hang out together in the woods, but in this first installment in the Moose and Hildy series, that odd combination results in laughs, confusion, and increased self-esteem for Moose. This repackaging of a previously published picture-book text as an easy chapter book with new illustrations gives the narrative a chance to shine as never before.

Gross, Philip. Turn to Stone. Dial Gr. 7-12
Homeless, Nick catches the attention of a brilliant living-statue trainer and is whisked away to a shadowy, dangerous world of deception and delusion.

Harper, Charise Mericle. Fashion Kitty. Hyperion Gr. 2-4
This graphic novel describes the genesis of the superhero Fashion Kitty, who, properly outfitted, charges off to "fight for free fashion." This will be absolute catnip for reluctant readers, budding fashion queens, or youngsters just looking for a quick, quirky read.

Hart, J.V. Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth. Geringer/Harper Collins Gr. 6-10
James Matthew, bastard son of an English lord, begins his life of misadventure while studying at Eton before taking command of the Sea Witch, the ship that will sail him into his Peter Pan future.

Hautman, Pete. Invisible Simon. Gr. 7-12
Seventeen-year-old Dougie doesn't think he is troubled, like everyone says-in fact, readers may not guess how unreliable he is at first, so convincing is he in this intimate portrayal of a boy walking the razor-thin wire between sanity and madness.

Hearn, Julie. The Minister's Daughter. Atheneum Gr. 7-12
In the superstitious English countryside of 1645, three young women are caught in the machinations of the Protestant witch hunters, and only a high-speed relay from piskies to fairies to young Charles II can avert tragedy.

Hirsch, Odo. Something's Fishy, Hazel Green. Bloomsbury Gr. 3-5
Hazel Green (from Hazel Green, BCCB 10/03) and her brainiac friend the Yak return to untangle another neighborhood mystery, this one involving a pair of gigantic stolen lobsters and a message in code.

Horowitz, Ruth. Big Surprise in the Bug Tank. Dial Gr. 1-3
In this new outing with the stars of Breakout in the Bug Lab (BCCB 7/01), two brothers wheedle their mother into letting them have an adorable pair of hissing cockroaches-who turn into a family with the threat of ever more cockroaches to come.

Jinks, Catherine. Pagan's Scribe. Candlewick Gr. 7-10
In the fourth and final novel of the Pagan series, the Pope has ordered that the nest of heretics flourishing in the Languedoc region be cleared out, and Archdeacon Pagan summons all his theological background and oratorical skill (as demonstrated in Pagan's Vows, BCCB 11/04) to avert a crusade that must inevitably turn into a bloodbath.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Conrad's Fate. Greenwillow Gr. 7-10
Deep in the English Alps (in a Chrestomancian alternate universe), Conrad is forced at age twelve to become an undercover assassin. Luckily, an emerging local conspiracy leads him to a better understanding of his true fate.

Jubert, Herve. Dance of the Assassins. EOS/HarperCollins Gr. 9-12
A sorceress and a policeman track down the perpetrator(s) of a spate of historically accurate reenactments of famous murders during the tourist season at the Historic Cities theme parks of London and Paris in this rollicking first of a trilogy.

Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. Dutton Gr. 7-10
As if being a dorky freshman weren't enough, Scott learns that his mom is pregnant in this fresh, funny picture of an earnest yet hapless teen with a gift for literary expression.

Machado, Ana Maria. From Another World. Groundwood Gr. 5-7
This well-written mystery/ghost story by Brazilian author Machado, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, is also an unusual exploration of the aftereffects of slavery within a multiethnic society.

Marcantonio, Patricia Santos. Red Ridin' in the Hood: and Other Cuentos. Farrar Gr. 3-6
A Pan-Latino cultural spin enlivens eleven folktales from non-Latino traditions in this dynamic and humorous collection.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. Perseus. Cricket Gr. 5-8
In this deftly crafted retelling of the Greek myth, Perseus wins the boon of self-determination from the web of fate in which the lives of most mortals are trapped.

McKay, Hilary. Permanent Rose. McElderry Gr. 5-9
Rose and her family are brave, humorous, determined, and loving, and this third story of their life is the same.

Nix, Garth. The Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned Wednesday. Scholastic Gr. 5-8
Young Arthur Penhaligon (from Mister Monday, BCCB 1/04, and Grim Tuesday) is whisked away to the Border Seas to confront the third of the Morrow Days, who are powerful rulers of a magical alternate universe (and who correlate to the seven deadly sins).

Perkins, Lynn Rae. Criss Cross. Greenwillow Gr. 5-8
This title remains comfortingly, invitingly accessible even as it explores abstract notions such as the possibilities within us, the possibilities between us, and our openness to both-the underlying theme in this chronicle of a neighborhood's summer, where a set of young teens turn to thoughts of change.

Potter, Ellen. Olivia Kidney and the Exit Academy. Philomel Gr. 7-10
Olivia Kidney (from Olivia Kidney, BCCB 6/03) is summoned to help dead souls cross over via an "Exit Academy" in this gently farcical gothic novel.

Segal, Lore. More Mole Stories. Foster/Farrar 4-7 yrs
Mole (from Why Mole Shouted, BCCB 5/04) returns in four new stories suitable for cozy reading aloud or enjoyable early reading alone.

Shinn, Sharon. The Truth-Teller's Tale. Viking Gr. 7-12
Born in the kingdom from The Safe-Keeper's Secret (BCCB 6/04), twin girls, one of whom is a Truth-Teller and the other a Safe-Keeper, use their gifts to protect the interests of a friend in this richly layered variation on the Cinderella motif.

Spillebeen, Geert. Kipling's Choice. Houghton Gr. 7-10
John Kipling, son of author Rudyard Kipling, charges bravely into battle at Loos, France, in the Great War, and he is mortally injured in his first round of action. As he lies dying, unable to speak or even cry out because of the wounds to his mouth and throat, he drifts in and out of consciousness, replaying scenes from his life that brought him to imminent death at age eighteen.

Spinner, Stephanie. Quicksilver. Knopf Gr. 7-12
As one of thousands of Zeus' illegitimate children, Hermes knows he is lucky to be included in the heavenly host residing on Mount Olympus; however, the gods' continual disregard for the well-being of the mortals whose lives they manipulate begins to irk the easygoing (and pleasurably snarky) celestial courier.

Stahler, David. A Gathering of Shades. HarperTempest Gr. 7-12
Newly relocated to a Vermont backwater, teenaged suburbanite Aidan becomes involved with the community's ghosts and begins to think he can call his own recently deceased father back from the grave.

Stauffacher, Sue. Harry Sue. Knopf Gr. 5-9
Hard-luck survivor Harry Sue decides the best she can do is get tough and pursue a life of crime so she can join her beloved mother in the joint in this unsentimentally funny yet ultimately touching novel.

Vail, Rachel. If We Kiss. HarperCollins Gr. 6-9
When ninth-grader Charlotte finally gets her first kiss, mashed against the brick school wall by Kevin Lazarus, she's so flustered that she can't manage to share the news with her best friend, Tess; when she discovers Tess and Kevin making out at a party, she realizes that this news has become complicated indeed.

Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps. Razorbill Gr. 7-12
Nineteen-year-old Cal is an agent of the Night Watch, a secret New York organization that tracks and hunts down individuals infested with a certain parasite, in this cunning take on the vampire legend topped with heaping helpings of wit and romance.

Whyman, Matt. Boy Kills Man. HarperTempest Gr. 7-10
This is a stark and dark picture of the optionless, often literally dead-end lives of Medellín's young boys, growing up in a Colombian city composed of criminals and "everyday citizens who have decided that it's better to accept a bribe than see their loved ones go missing." Books such as Myers' Scorpions (BCCB 7/88) have detailed the tragedy of young American lives defined by violence; this is a sobering reminder that such existences are globally endemic.

Wooding, Chris. Poison. Orchard Gr. 6-10
Poison, a recalcitrant, defiant adolescent aching to see more of the world than her marshland home, gets her opportunity through domestic tragedy when her young sister is kidnapped by the phaerie and a changeling is left in her place.

Zusak Markus. I am the Messenger. Knopf Gr. 9-12
An aimlessly floating teenager is chosen as a messenger by an anonymous source who sends him single playing cards and cryptic information directing missions to intervene in others' lives.

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Picture Books

Alborough, Jez. Tall. Candlewick 2-4 yrs
When little monkey Bobo strolls through his forest home, he's very conscious of his diminutive stature. "Small," he observes with obvious chagrin, and he tries to remedy his condition by standing on a rock. He's "tall" now, at least until a passing lizard stretches itself to full height on hind legs, leaving Bobo comparatively shortened once again.

Anderson, M.T. The Serpent Came to Gloucester. Candlewick Gr. 3-6
Between the summers of 1817 and 1818, sightings of an apparently playful sea serpent were reported along the Massachusetts seaboard. Anderson revisits the event through the memory of an old man, whose recollection takes the form of a ballad shared with his grandson.

Bee, William. Whatever. Candlewick 5-7 yrs
The blob-headed Billy "can be very difficult to please," responding to all his dad's efforts with a placid, " . . . whatever"-until he is eaten by a tiger, and child and parent roles are abruptly reversed. This is a gleefully wicked book (compared to Sendak's more forgiving Pierre) for bedtime or any time that might be improved by a short, sharp, silly shock.

Bergstrom, Gunilla. Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins/Good Night, Alfie Atkins. R & S/Farrar 3-6 yrs
These two imports (translations of Bergström's 1972 Swedish publications) feature the roguish Alfie Atkins, a young mischief maker with a talent for sidestepping parental authority.

Bernasconi, Pablo. Captain Arsenio: Inventions and (Mis)Adventures in Flight. Houghton Gr. 3-5
In 1782, Captain Arsenio decided to build a flying machine, and now the long-lost diary of his attempts has been found and reproduced, complete with project descriptions, flight notes, and inspiring quotations filled with dramatic irony.

Bertrand, Lynne. Granite Baby. Kroupa/Farrar 5-8 yrs
Five giant sisters open a quarry on Umbagog Lake in New Hampshire, where one of the sisters carves a "real live baby" out of pink granite. True to tall-tale form, the sisters perform all kinds of over-the-top feats to quiet the now-screaming baby.

Bryan, Sean. A Boy and His Bunny. Arcade 2-4 yrs
Once you've got a bunny on your head, it pretty much dominates your day, and in the protagonist's case it does so in close-coupled rhyme and happy-go-lucky surrealism.

Cordsen, Carol Foskett. The Milkman. Dutton 4-7 yrs
Replete with friendly '30s style cartoons and rhyming couplets, this picture book takes listeners back to the warm simplicity of a fictionalized bygone era.

Cronin, Doreen. Wiggle. Atheneum 2-4 yrs
In this exuberant picture book from the author of Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (BCCB 9/00), bouncy, galloping meter and a beaglish canine protagonist encourage listeners to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, through the day.

Eriksson, Eva. A Crash Course for Molly. R & S/Farrar 6-8 yrs
Newly independent bicycle rider Molly (of Molly Goes Shopping, BCCB 4/03) is still mastering the subtle art of steering in this demure but affirming presentation of skills mastery.

Funke, Cornelia. Pirate Girl. Chicken House/Scholastic 5-7 yrs
Captured by pirate captain Firebeard and pressed into labor aboard the Horrible Haddock, young Molly is later rescued by the "ferocious crew" of don't-mess-with-me mamas serving under the dreaded pirate queen Barbarous Bertha, who is, of course, Molly's mom.

Gordon, David. The Three Little Rigs. Geringer/Harper Collins 4-6 yrs
When their mama rig informs them it is time they made their own way in the world, the three little rigs build themselves solo garages out of lumber, brick, and steel, only to have their new domiciles crushed by the mean and nasty wrecking ball.

Grey, Mini. Traction Man Is Here. Knopf Gr. 2-4
Action figure Traction Man dons a variety of impressive outfits and fights evil all over the home of his new owner, only to be brought low by the green romper suit and matching bonnet knitted by the boy's granny.

Gritz, Ona. Tangerines and Tea: My Grandparents and Me. Abrams 3-6 yrs
This subtle and well-managed alphabet book boasts simple yet sophisticated rhyming patterns and finely detailed illustrations that capture a sense of childlike wonder and joy in everyday experiences.

Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together. Tingley/Little Gr. 2-3
Another smash duet reading experience in the highly successful series, this book is packed with revisionist endings and humor that tickles the elementary-grade funnybone.

Jenkins, Emily. That New Animal. Foster/Farrar 4-7 yrs
A deceptively simple, plainspoken narrative sympathetically chronicles the upheaval experienced by pooches Marshmallow and FudgeFudge when their humans bring home a baby.

Karas, G. Brian. On Earth. Putnam 5-8 yrs
In simple yet often lyrical prose, the book describes the Earth's orbit, axial rotation, and axial tilt explaining the effects we encounter in consequence; the emphasis on the everyday (and everyyear) adds a homey touch to the cosmic exploration.

Khan, Rukhsana. Silly Chicken. Viking 5-7 yrs
A young Pakistani girl grows jealous of her mother's affection for the family chicken in this original tale graced with bold, thick paintings that capture the essence of rural domesticity.

Kuskin, Karla. Toots the Cat. Holt 6-9 yrs
Nearly a score of elegantly, appealingly feline poems describe some particular cats, especially Toots, a sprightly calico.

Lewis, Paeony. No More Cookies. Chicken House/Scholastic 3-6 yrs
Florence and her monkey doll, Arnold, have cleaned out the cookie tin, and they are now banned from cookie eating for the rest of the week. So not fair! Deception and intrigue ensue, but all efforts fail to pull the wool over Mom's eyes.

Lyons, Mary E. Roy Makes a Car. Atheneum 5-10 yrs
Among the stories collected by Zora Neale Hurston during her tenure with the Federal Writers' Project is a previously unpublished tall tale featuring Roy, a phenomenal Florida mechanic back in the day when a high-performance car could still raise some eyebrows.

Manning, Mick. Yuck! Lincoln 2-5 yrs
Manning takes this text beyond a catalogue of what animals eat and imbues it with an element of thoughtful (if playful) consideration. Granström's earth-toned illustrations feature big-eyed infants caught in the act of devouring the evening's entrée; the enormous gross factor, potential for audience involvement, and large-scale illustrations make this an ideal quick pick for storytime.

Martin, David. We've All Got Bellybuttons. Candlewick 1-4 yrs
A basic call and response sentence-"We have ears and you do, too./ We can pull them. Can you?"-changes to include hands, necks, feet, eyes, mouths, and bellybuttons. After the tickles come the giggles, both on the page and on the storytime floor, as animals from the African savannah demonstrate how they and the listener are the same.

McKissack, Patricia. Precious and the Boo Hag. Schwartz/Atheneum 4-6 yrs
While the rest of the family is at work in the fields, Precious fends off a siege by the Boo Hag, who uses tricks and disguises designed to get herself invited indoors.

O'Malley, Kevin. Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery. Walker Gr. 3-5
Captain Raptor, one of the evolved dinosaurs on the planet Jurassica, flies with his crew to check out a UFO (piloted by aliens who look very much like us) that has landed on one of their moons.

Ormerod, Jan. Lizzie Nonsense: A Story of Pioneer Days. Clarion 4-7 yrs
As a pioneer settler in the Australian bush, young Lizzie eases the solitude of her family's life through the use of her prolific imagination. Watercolors in rich earth tones hit off with deep blues and greens invoke the heat and dust of the bush country.

Palatini, Margie. Three Silly Billies. Simon 6-10 yrs
Three billy goats, Red Riding Hood, Jack, and the Three Bears start a car pool-complete with water-to get enough cash to pay the troll who guards the bridge in this rib-nudging picture book.

Pham, LeUyen. Big Sister, Little Sister. Hyperion 5-8 yrs
Concise but crammed with personality, this picture book acknowledges the differences between sisters with wry humor and celebratory wit.

Pichon, Liz. The Very Ugly Bug. Tiger Tales 4-7 yrs
The very ugly bug stands waaaay out in any crowd-but her ugliness proves to be her salvation from ending up as a (very startled) bird's dinner.

Priceman, Marjorie. Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. Schwartz/Atheneum 4-8 yrs
With its imaginative reconstruction of the flight and the riot of circus colors, this rendition of the Montgolfier brothers' historic balloon launch (with its basket full of barnyard passengers) promises to be the one to rivet young listeners.

Richardson, Justin, and Peter Parnell. And Tango Makes Three. Simon 5-8 yrs
A few years ago in Central Park Zoo, a pair of male chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, pair-bonded; when another penguin couple had an extra fertilized egg, the keeper gave it to Roy and Silo to incubate, and the result was a chick named Tango, who happily grew up with Roy and Silo as parents. Richardson and Parnell turn this event into a sweet but not sappy story.

Rodman, Mary Ann. My Best Friend. Viking 5-7 yrs
Six-year-old Lily sees seven-year-old Tamika at the pool every Wednesday and has decided that the older girl would make a great best friend; in the end, Keesha, a different Wednesday pool-goer, surfaces, and the promise of best-friendship burns brightly for Lily after all.

Rosen, Michael. Michael Rosen's Sad Book. Candlewick 6-9 yrs
This unusual book addresses a significant emotional phenomenon with a moving combination of sincerity and simplicity.

Rosoff, Meg. Meet Wild Boars. Holt 4-6 yrs
Boris, Morris, Horace, and Doris are wild boars, and as such they cannot be trusted to observe the niceties of society. The litany of piggish offenses is a thrillingly shoutable catalog of horridnesses.

Sayre, April. Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust. Greenwillow 4-8 yrs
The humble dust mote steps (well, floats) into the spotlight, claiming its well deserved fifteen minutes of fame as the stuff that fires the imagination.

Scotton, Rob. Russell the Sheep. HarperCollins 4-6 yrs
Russell can't sleep. What's a sheep to do? Why, count sheep, of course, and when he's counted all his flock including himself, he finally . . . drops . . . off.

Shannon, George. White is for Blueberry. Greenwillow 3-6 yrs
This picture book of bold illustrations in strongly contrasting colors encourages viewers to think differently about the colors they associate with the objects around them, reminding us that leaves are red in the fall and blueberries are white until they ripen.

Willans, Tom. Wait!: I Want to Tell You a Story. Simon 4-6 yrs
This lively cycle story tracks the antics of a frog and a shark, a lizard and a snake, and a fly and a spider as a desperate muskrat tells story after story to keep from being devoured by a tiger.

Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!/The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! Hyperion 2-4 yrs
In a marketing economy where brand loyalty starts early, these two "Smidgeon of Pigeon" board books will introduce preschoolers to the frustrated feathered one and his chief obsessions.

Willems, Mo. Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Hyperion 3-6 yrs
Small and cuddly, Leonardo is a terrible monster. Determined to finally scare the tuna salad out of someone, he searches for the most scareable boy in the world, only to find that, in the end, Leonardo makes a better friend than frightener.

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Non-Fiction

Armstrong, Jennifer. Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War. Atheneum Gr. 6-10
Just how candid are the well-known pictures Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner took of the Civil War? What images are missing, and why? What did these photos mean to the torn country itself? All this and more is addressed in this thought-provoking work.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow. Scholastic Gr. 8-12
Drawn by Hitler's promises of a better, stronger Germany, the young men and women of the Hitlerjugend, or Hitler Youth, played an extraordinary role in the machinations of the National Socialist Party during the Third Reich. The story is at times horrific; however, consideration of multiple perspectives allows readers to examine the organization from inside and out.

Benchley, Peter. Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks & the Sea. Delacorte Gr. 4-8
Cool stories of near-misses with menacing jaws full of serrated choppers are jumbled together in an organizational free-for-all permeated with the author's strong sense of humor.

Bower, Tamara. How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt. Atheneum Gr. 3-6
This brief but stately and energetic tale chronicles how Queen Serpot and her Amazons fought their Egyptian and Assyrian attackers to a draw. When the leaders met to settle matters, a "great love" entered into them, and they joined forces to conquer India.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Forces Make Things Move. HarperCollins 4-8 yrs
With clarity of language and logic of development, this book leads listeners and older independent primary readers through the principles of force, friction, and gravity that keep their world in predictable motion.

Carlson, Lori Marie. Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States. Holt Gr. 7 up
Ten years after the publication of Carlson's landmark Cool Salsa (BCCB 9/94), she returns to the bilingual and multicultural world for more rich poetic material to make up nearly forty pieces, some newly published here.

Chambers, Veronica. Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa. Dial 6-8 yrs
The charismatic chanteuse who helped mold the character of salsa music on the world stage is the recipient of this reverent homage in enthusiastic prose and Caribbean colors.

Climo, Shirley. Monkey Business. Holt Gr. 3-6
Fourteen fables and folktales featuring monkey characters, including popular tales such as "So Say the Little Monkeys," and traditional favorites like "The Stone Monkey" from China, are gathered in this illustrated collection, the tales categorized by global region of origin/collection (Africa and Madagascar, the Americas, and Asia).

Cowley, Joy. Chameleon, Chameleon. Scholastic Gr. 1-3
The Blue Ribbon-winning duo of Cowley and Bishop (see Red-Eyed Tree Frog, BCCB 3/99) returns to their format of gleaming photographs and vigorous phrases to chronicle the slow progress of a chameleon from one tree to another in search of food.

Deem, James M. Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii. Houghton Gr. 5-8
This is an impressively thorough overview of the disastrous event itself (visited in grim detail) as well as archaeological practices at the sites over time, tourists' experiences of the sites, and the evidence scientists use to reconstruct the deadly timeline of the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Farrell, Jeanette. Invisible Allies: Microbes that Shape Our Lives. Farrar Gr. 7-10
In this companion to her excellent Invisible Enemies (BCCB 6/98), the author provides a counterpoint to the horror stories of microbial destruction with a discussion of the necessity and even enjoyable benefits of microbial activity within such pursuits as cooking and recycling.

Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord. Walker Gr. 3-6
Fradin has packaged information into an account that's just as informative but far more exciting than the standard Revolutionary War fare. Day's deep-toned watercolors, textured with fine black hatching, perfectly complement the text, invigorating with energized realism even those scenes often frozen in reverent tableaux.

Frank, Mitch. Understanding the Holy Land. Viking Gr. 6-10
Employing the same question/answer format he used to advantage in Understanding September 11th (BCCB 11/02), Frank intrepidly approaches the Gordian knot that is Israeli-Palestinian relations. Given the fresh impetus for negotiations following the death of Yasser Arafat, readers obviously will need more current sources to keep abreast of developments. One could only wish that so able a commentator as Frank would offer continuous updates.

Giblin, James. Good Brother, Bad Brother. Clarion Gr. 7-12
Giblin explores the lives of the two brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth as they take different directions down the acting trail, converge occasionally in professional and family capacity, and find their conflicting political views driving them apart even before John's assassination of the president changed his brother's life forever.

Hawass, Zahi. Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King. National Geographic Gr. 4-8
The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities provides another seductive tour of an archeological mystery perfectly gauged for the grade-school set.

Jackson, Donna M. ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room. Houghton Gr. 4-7
The state-of-the-art emergency vet clinic at Colorado State University takes center stage in this detailed scrapbook of the exciting and inviting casework being performed by dedicated veterinary staff.

Janeczko, Paul. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms. Candlewick Gr. 4-7
This volume provides a guide to nearly thirty aspects or kinds of poetic form, each illustrated by a poem or two and decorated with many subtle visual hints.

Jenkins, Steve. I See a Kookaburra! Houghton 4-8 yrs
The well-known creators of 2004 Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (BCCB 3/03) team up once again to bring young audiences a survey of the wonders of the natural world, presented in a seek-and-find format of collaged habitats accompanied by succinct explanations.

Jurmain, Suzanne. The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. Houghton Gr. 4-6
In 1832, a Connecticut boarding school owner and headmistress sent all her white students away and convened an entirely new set of black students. This rapidly paced nonfiction treatment of the events fictionalized in Rinaldi's The Education of Mary (BCCB 1/01) is a captivating read.

Krull, Kathleen. Giants of Science: Leonardo da Vinci. Viking Gr. 5-8
Krull inaugurates a new Giants of Science series, and if this volume is a reliable indicator, readers can expect it to combine the depth of a standard-length children's biography with the gossipy details that make her Lives of . . . titles (Lives of Extraordinary Women, BCCB 9/00, etc.) so popular.

Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. The Blue Jean Book: The Story behind the Seams. Annick Gr. 5-8
This readable and engaging treatise on the history and cultural relevance of blue jeans acknowledges that the evolution of our favorite casual pants (particularly in the last thirty years) is inextricably tied to sweatshop suffering. Not only an excellent recommendation for historical or cultural assignments, this survey is also a sure bet for booktalks and reluctant readers.

Nelson, Marilyn. Fortune's Bones. Front Street Gr. 9 up
After the death of Fortune, a slave who died in Connecticut in 1798, his master, Dr. Porter, took his bones for anatomical reference, and his skeleton was passed down through generations. This collection of poems offers vivid immediacy and thought-provoking interrogation of a multitude of concepts such as viewpoint, ownership, self, and freedom.

Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till. Houghton Gr. 9 up
In the form of a heroic crown of sonnets, an elaborate interlinked series of fifteen poems, Nelson offers here a poetic memorial for Emmett Till, the young African-American teenager lynched in Mississippi for supposedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. It's a fantastic technical feat, but it's also a moving elegy.

Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. Viking Gr. 9-12
Separating John Lennon the man from John Lennon the myth is a daunting enterprise, but Partridge manages to accomplish the task with considerable honesty in this engrossing biography of an edgy and enigmatic figure.

Sidman, Joyce. Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems. Houghton Gr. 4-7
In this collection of eleven poems of pond life, featured denizens range from ducks to duckweed to dragonflies, their experiences celebrated and interrogated through delicately exuberant soundplay and generously scattered imagery.

Sierra, Judy. The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters. Candlewick Gr. 3-5
This light-hearted compendium of the monstrously predatory assigns each subject a Gruesomeness Rating of one to five ("frightening" to "fatal), gives a brief description of the beast, and offers survival tips to readers.

Sierra, Judy. Schoolyard Rhymes. Knopf Gr. 2-4
A joyous collection of rhythmic chants and songs suitable for playground amusement brings together rhymes both familiar and new.

Sills, Leslie. From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls' Clothing in America. Holiday House Gr. 5-8
Adopting a scrapbook style, this photograph- and painting-jammed book offers a compelling (and inclusive) cultural history of the evolution of girls' fashions.

Silverman, Erica. Sholom's Treasure. Farrar Gr. 2-4
With the humor and compassion for which the subject was himself known, this picture book describes how a Hebrew school's clown and prize pupil in his native Russia later became turn-of-the-century author Sholom Aleichem.

Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook. HarperCollins Gr. 3-6
This posthumous work from the eminent poet offers over forty poems that spin feats of phonemic inversion to make the Reverend Spooner een with grenvy, resulting in a deliciously sustained theme.

Singer, Marilyn. Central Heating: Poems About Fire and Warmth. Knopf Gr. 5-9
Nineteen poems discuss flames literal and figurative, useful and destructive, with quietly controlled language that underscores immediacy of image with sound.

Turner, Pamela. Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes. Houghton Gr. 3-6
This latest entry in the estimable Scientists in the Field series (see Osborne's Project Ultra Swan, BCCB 12/02, Montgomery's The Tarantula Scientist, BCCB 4/04) focuses on the people who provide veterinary care to the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda under the auspices of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

Walker, Sally M. Secrets of a Civil War Submarine. Carolrhoda Gr. 5-8
As she did in her outstanding Fossil Fish Found Alive (BCCB 4/02), Walker again takes up an offbeat topic and transforms it into a first-rate tale of scientific and scholarly sleuthing. Besides reveling in the pure pleasure of a well-told shipwreck tale, readers will expand their appreciation of the many sciences and skills required to retrieve and restore fragments of our past.

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