2014 BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARDS

Nonfiction Winner

 

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

(for grades 7 and up)

 

 

Nonfiction Honor Books

 

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins

 

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

 

 

Picture Book Winner

 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

 

 

Picture Book Honor Books

 

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

 

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2014

Picture Books

 

Aylesworth, Jim          My Grandfather’s Clock

 

Barton, Byron             My Bus

 

Beebe, Katy                Brother Hugo and the Bear

 

Blackall, Sophie          The Baby Tree

 

Browne, Anthony       What If…?

 

Cole, Henry                 Big Bug

 

Cox, Lynne                 Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

 

Dolan, Elys                 Weasels

 

Frazee, Marla              The Farmer and the Clown

 

Gay, Marie-Louise      Any Questions?

 

Jeffers, Oliver             Once Upon an Alphabet

 

MacLachlan, Patricia  The Iridescence of Birds

 

Morales, Yuyi             Viva Frida

 

Soman, David             Three Bears in a Boat

 

Tan, Shaun                  Rules of Summer

 

 

Fiction

 

Alexander, Kwame     The Crossover

 

Auxier, Jonathan         The Night Gardener

 

Bell, Cece                    El Deafo

 

Ehrlich, Esther            Nest

 

Foxlee, Karen              Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

 

Lagercrantz, Rose       My Heart is Laughing

 

Martin, Ann M.           Rain Reign

 

Oppel, Kenneth           The Boundless

 

Pinkney, Andrea D.    The Red Pencil

 

Preus, Margi                West of the Moon

 

Rundell, Katherine      Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

 

Telgemeier, Raina       Sisters

 

Wiles, Deborah           Revolution

 

 

Nonfiction

 

Bryant, Jen                  The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

 

Ehlert, Lois                 The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

 

Fleischman, Paul         Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

 

Janeczko, Paul B.        Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

 

Jarrow, Gail                 Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

 

Jenkins, Steve             Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World

 

Johnson, Angela          All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

 

Neri, G.                       Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

 

Powell, Patricia H.      Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

 

Roy, Katherine            Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s

Farallon Islands

 

Russell-Brown, Katheryn       Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

 

Sheinkin, Steve           The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

(for grade 7 and up)

 

Sidman, Joyce             Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

 

Sis, Peter                     The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Sisson, Stephanie R.   Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

 

Tonatiuh, Duncan       Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for

Desegregation

 

Woodson, Jacqueline  Brown Girl Dreaming

BOOKLIST 2014 EDITORS’ CHOICE

Nonfiction for Middle Readers

 

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins

 

Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns

 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

 

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis

 

 

Nonfiction for Young Readers

 

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

 

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko

 

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan

 

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

 

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

 

 

Fiction for Middle Readers

 

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

 

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

 

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

 

Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata

 

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

 

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

 

The Promise by Nicola Davies

 

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

 

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

 

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

 

 

Fiction for Young Readers

 

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

 

Blizzard by John Rocco

 

Blue on Blue by Dianne White

 

Hermelin the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey

 

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

 

One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl

 

Picnic by John Burningham

 

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris

 

When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

This is a wonderful list of children’s books that we know you will enjoy reading with your little one.  The votes are in, and Goodreads readers have selected the following list of 100 books.

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG! BY RICHARD BYRNE

As Bella takes her dog for a walk across the pages, he disappears into the crack (the gutter) down the middle of the book.   As others come along to offer her some assistance, they also disappear in the same way.  The reader is then called upon to save the day by shaking and wiggling and shaking the book some more to let everybody out. The story ends with a cute note to the reader to tell the book not to be so naughty next time.

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 3-6

THE IRON TRIAL BY HOLLY BLACK & CASSANDRA CLARE

“FIRE wants to BURN.  WATER wants to FLOW.  AIR wants to RISE.  EARTH wants to BIND.  CHAOS wants to DEVOUR.”  Warned about the dangers of magic his whole life by his father, Callum Hunt does everything possible to fail the Iron Trial so he doesn’t have to attend the Magisterium, a school to teach youth with magical talents.  Callum is utterly confounded when Master Rufus chooses him as an apprentice despite having the lowest score.  Is magic really as evil as his father would have him believe?  The first in a new series by two bestselling authors ends with a delightful twist leaving readers filled with questions and begging for next title.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 4-7

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

This biographical picture book introduces elementary age readers to one of America’s most beloved figures.  More than just a president, Jefferson held many and varied interests from gardening, to art and music.  The book outlines his interests and accomplishments without glossing over the fact that he was also a flawed man.  A perfect introduction to one of our greatest presidents appropriate for young readers and a great book for reading aloud.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 6 – 10

Stories to Scare Your Socks Off As Recommended by School Library Journal

For Younger Readers

 

Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer (for preschool – grade 1)

What If…? by Anthony Browne       (for preschool – grade 2)

When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris                  (for preschool – grade 2)

Some Things Are Scary by Florence Parry Heide          (for preschool – grade 2)

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold      (for preschool – grade 3)

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (for preschool – grade 2)

Bedtime Monsters by Josh Sneider   (for preschool – 1)

The Dark by Lemony Snickett (for preschool – grade 2)

 

For Middle Grade Readers

 

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kathy Barnhill        (for grades 4 – 7)

Doll Bones by Holly Black      (for grades 4 – 8)

Infestation by Timothy Bradley                  (for grades 5 – 8)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman                   (for grades 3 – 6)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz                   (for grades 4 – 7)

Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman      (for grades 4 – 7)

The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves (for grades 4 – 7)

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz           (for grades 5 – 8)

Home Sweet Horror by James Preller                  (for grades 3 – 5)

Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters

(for grades 3 – 6)

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

Stubby was a stray Boston bull terrier who became the mascot for the Army’s 102nd Infantry division.  His Master, J Robert Conroy, smuggled him to the front lines of battle in WWI France. This is the story of how Stubby helped the soldiers in the trenches by warning of gas attacks and sniffing out the enemy.  Wounded in battle, he later cheered injured soldiers in the Army hospitals and assisted in finding wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Once, Stubby even captured a German soldier!  A true story of one of America’s bravest dogs, filled with period photographs and artifacts, Stubby the War Dog is sure to delight fans of history and animal-lovers alike.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 and up.

THE DAY I LOST MY SUPERPOWERS BY MICHAËL ESCOFFIER

“The day I discovered I could fly, I knew that I was special.”  So begins a tale of a young
superheroine and the development of her superhuman strengths.  With each one she
discovers, a variety of exhilarating achievements and troubling setbacks occur. All of it leads
the masked hero to wonder “if my parents could tell – if they knew about my superpowers.”
The answer is revealed one day when her powers short-circuit, and Mom must step in
to save the day.  While the sparse text relates the girl’s impressions, the masterfully simple
illustrations reveal a more ordinary reality.  Pair this title with Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
and David Soman for a storytime of every day superheroes.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston Gannon

Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a liking to you, there isn’t much you can do about it.  So when a lemur starts following the young boy in this story, he knows there isn’t much he can do about it, but he tries anyway.

He tries ignoring the lemur, hiding in a tall tree, riding his bike as fast as he can to get away, but that doesn’t work, AND the lemur is joined by his lemur friends—so now the boy has a whole passel of lemurs following him around.  He tries being upfront and honest and telling them to leave, but alas that doesn’t work either.

The boy had no choice but to continue trying to get away—he bought a ticket on a fast train, drifted across a lake in a boat, took to the skies in a hot air balloon, traveled across a scorching desert, climbed the highest mountain in a blizzard—but all that running got the boy was lost.  And alone.  But as he looked around, he started to see some familiar faces who guided him back home, realizing that lemurs aren’t so bad after all, and maybe they could be friends, because as everyone knows. . .

Once a lemur takes a liking to you, there is not much that can be done about it.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-1st grade.

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden

Coretta Scott King award winner Tonya Bolden investigates the story of Sarah Rector, a Cherokee freedman’s daughter, who became the richest girl in America due to the discovery of oil on land she owned as part of the land allotment she received in the breaking up of the Oklahoma Indian Territories.  Sarah’s wealth put her in great danger from those who would profit off her land. Newspapers reported that Miss Rector was missing and may have been done in for her fortune. Those stories set off an alarm leading to the search for Sarah Rector.

Bolden uses primary source materials to investigate what really happened to Sarah Rector and shows that a little bit of investigative research can help you solve history’s mysteries.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

 

DOG VS. CAT BY CHRIS GALL

One day, Mr. and Mrs. Button visit animal shelters to pick out a pet—unfortunately, they visit different shelters.  Mr. Button brings home a friendly-looking dog, while Mrs. Button brings home a smart-looking cat.  Since they live in a rather small house, Dog and Cat must share a room.

Dog and Cat do NOT get along.  They are TOTAL opposites.  Dog is sloppy while Cat is a neat freak.  Dog likes to keep in constant touch with all his friends and Cat likes to play games all night long.  And then, there was the litter box issue, which started a battle of epic proportions—each trying to get the upper hand over the other—that resulted in separation and time out for both, which did give them time to think about how much each missed the other one.   Upon release from their confinement, Dog and Cat find themselves united in trying to deal with the new TERRIFYING creature Mr. and Mrs. Button brought home.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-2nd grade.

THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND BY DAN SANTAT

On an island far away, imaginary creatures are created and impatiently wait to be dreamed of by a real child.  Once imagined, the friends meet up for a lifetime of fun.  However, after watching all the other creatures be whisked off to their happy-ever-after, one particular imaginary friend gets tired of waiting.  Taking the initiative, he sets out to find his perfect match and special name – Beekle.  This richly illustrated title is sure to start great discussions about best friends, real and imaginary.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for ages 3 -6.

2014 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry List

J 979.1004 Fl              Flood, Nancy Bo.  Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navaho Rodeo

J 811.54 Ge                 Gerber, Carole.  Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

J 811.54 Hu                 Hughes, Langston.  Lullaby (for a Black Mother)

J 821.008 Po               Kennedy, Caroline, ed.  Poems to Learn by Heart

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick. Face Bug

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

J 811.54 Pr                  Prelutsky, Jack.  Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Sidman, Joyce.  What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents

J 808.1 Po                   Vardell, Sylvia & Janet Wong, eds.  The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School: Poems for the School Year with Connections for the Common Core

J 808.81 Wh                Wheeler, Lisa.  The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

J 811.54 Wo                Worth, Valerie.  Pug and Other Animal Poems

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane & Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane.  Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book

GO! GO! GO! STOP! BY CHARISE MERICLE HARPER

One word and some enthusiasm can be a powerful combination.  Little Green’s shout of “Go!” wakes up the construction equipment from their nap and prompts them back to work building a new bridge.  However, his repeated encouragement leads to a bit of chaos.  Thankfully, newcomer Little Red’s “Stop!” provides the break everyone needs to regroup.  Can Little Red and Little Green work together to get the bridge building back on track?  Perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a group, this engaging title begs to be followed by a game of Red Light – Green Light.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for ages 2-5.

WEASELS BY ELYS DOLAN

With a reputation for being clever, quick and cunning, no one should be surprised to discover that weasels spend their days plotting world domination. However, just as their plans for supremacy are about to come to fruition, the lights black out.  The weasels scramble to locate the source of their troubles.  A tale told as much through the conversation bubbles and illustrations as the text, readers with sharp eyes will detect the problem ahead of its resolution. 

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 1 – 4.

FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES BY KATE DICAMILLO

Holy bagumba!  This year’s Newbery Medal winner is an action-packed tale featuring a host of quirky characters and filled with graphics and comic-style layouts.  Using knowledge gleamed from a comic book, Flora Belle Buckman, a natural-born cynic, revives a squirrel that had been sucked up by her neighbor’s super-suction, multi-terrain vacuum cleaner only to discover that the incident has provided the squirrel with super powers.  Surprises keep coming as she meets her neighbor’s unique grandnephew, discovers her mother is Ulysses’ archenemy, and realizes hope and love are also formidable super powers.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 3 – 6.

2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books

For the “most distinguished American picture book for children”

 WINNER:

 “Locomotive” illustrated and written by Brian Floca

 

 HONOR BOOKS:

 “Journey” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

 

“Flora and the Flamingo” written and illustrated by Molly Idle

 

“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner

2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner and Honor Books

For an African-American author and illustrator

 

WINNERS:

 Author Award:  “P.S. Be Eleven” written by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Illustrator Award:  “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me”  illustrated by Brian Collier

            Written by Daniel Beaty

 

 

HONOR BOOKS:

 Author:  “Words with Wings” written by Nikki Grimes

 

Illustrator:  “Nelson Mandela” illustrated by Kadir Nelson

            Written by Kadir Nelson

Noteworthy & New

Celebrate African-American History Month

The Public Libraries of Saginaw is proud to be offering a number of free programs and book selections for the enjoyment of the entire Saginaw Community in celebration of African-American History Month. Click here for a printable copy of our programs and booklists.

Your Book, Your Community

This year, the Public Libraries of Saginaw wants you to tell us about your favorite book. We’re calling this event Your Book, Your Community and we want to hear your voice. Throughout the winter and early spring, the Public Libraries of Saginaw will be offering all community members the chance to share what book changed their life and why. Children, tweens, teens, and adults . . . individuals and families . . . all members of our community . . . we want to hear from you! Tell us about your favorite book at these locations!

Butman Fish Library: Wednesday, February 4 from
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Dow Event Center – Ice Blast: Friday, February 13 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hoyt Library: Tuesday, February 17 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Zauel Library: Monday, February 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wickes Library: Monday, March 30 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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