Archive for February 6, 2013


Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, selects the best children’s books. Here is the selected list for Middle Readers, grades 3-5, ages 8-10:

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship Bear Has a Story to Tell The Beetle Book

Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, illustrated by Michael Carroll

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the Worlds’ Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno

Chuck Close: Face Book Each Kindness Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! by Robert Burleigh

Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares

Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic In A Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm #2) Island: A Story of the Galápagos

Iceberg Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

Liar & Spy Lulu and the Duck in the Park May B.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose

The One and Only Ivan See You at Harry's Splendors and Glooms

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Starry River of the Sky Three Times Lucky Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Twelve Kinds of Ice Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Wonder Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson

One of my favorite title lists each year is the Quick Picks list that selects book specifically to get reluctant teen readers actually reading.  Therefore these are books that are really those that are sure to get picked up off the shelves.  The 2013 list has 65 titles and three series.  The first books listed below are the top ten picks and then the rest of the list follows:

TOP TEN

Beneath a Meth Moon I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) The Night She Disappeared The Pregnancy Project

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer

Ten  This is Not a Test Unchained

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summer

Unchained by L. B. Tillit

I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam, #1) VIETNAM #2: SHARPSHOOTER Free-Fire Zone (Vietnam, #3)

Vietnam #1: I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch

Vietnam #3: Free-Fire Zone by Chris Lynch

 

FICTION QUICK PICKS

All my friends are still dead Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1) Bad Boy Cardboard

All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Bad Boy by Dream Jordan

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

 The Catch (Travel Team) Croak (Croak, #1) Darth Vader and Son

Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind by Brent Crawford

The Catch by Rick Jasper

Croak by Gina Damico

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Dawn Patrol Dead to You Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, #1) The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #7)

Dawn Patrol by Jeff Ross

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

The Final Four Forced Out Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

Forced Out by Gene Fehler

Girl of Nighmares by Kendare Blake

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Guilty High Heat The Hunt (The Hunt, #1) The Island of Thieves

Guilty by Norah McClintock

High Heat by Andrew Karre

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Island of Thieves by John Lacey

742757 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl A Midsummer's Nightmare Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)

Johnny Delgado: Private Detective by Kevin Brooks

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

My Sister's Stalker No Safety In Numbers Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)

My Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

Olympians: Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O’Connor

Out of Control The Haunting of Apartment 101 (The Paranormalists, #1) Power Hitter The Prospect

Out of Control by Rick Jasper

The Paranormalist series by Megan Atwood

Power Hitter by M. G. Higgins

The Prospect by Jason Glaser

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) The Raft Red Heart Tattoo Revived

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen

Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel

Revived by Cat Patrick

Shallow Grave Social Suicide (Deadly Cool, #2) Something Like Normal Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)

Shallow Grave by Alex Van Tol

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Starters by Lissa Price

Survive Tap Out This Is Not a Drill Tilt

Survive by Alex Morel

Tap Out by Eric Devine

This Is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Waiting Way to Go Zom-B (Zom-B, #1)

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

Way to Go by Tom Ryan

Zom-B by Darren Shan

Zombies Hate Stuff

Zombies Hate Stuff by Greg Stones

 

NONFICTION QUICK PICKS

Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens National Geographic Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight Into the Final Frontier Awkward Family Pet Photos

Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens by Kelly Milner Halls

Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight to the Final Frontier by Amy Briggs

Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Diary of a Creepy-Ass Doll Fail Harder: Ridiculous Illustrations of Epic Fails

Diary of a Creepy-Ass Doll by Stacey Leigh Brooks

Fail Harder: Ridiculous Illustrations of Epic Fails by failblog.org

Halo: The Essential Visual Guide I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats

Halo: The Essential Visual Guide by Jeremy Patenaude

I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

Juvenile In Justice K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice My Friend Dahmer

Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

K Is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice by Jory John and Avery Monsen

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Photobombed!: Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad The Science of Soldiers Seeing Red

Photobombed!: Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad by Beverly Jenkins

The Science of Soldiers by Lucia Raatma

Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas For You The Ultimate Survival Manual (Outdoor Life): Urban Adventure - Wilderness Survival - Disaster Preparedness Weird but True: Stupid Criminals: 100 Brainless Baddies Busted, Plus Wacky Facts

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails and Makeup Ideas for You by Ann Shoket

The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive by Rich Johnson

Weird But True! Stupid Criminals: 150 Brainless Baddies Busted, plus Wacky Facts by National Geographic

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by Ben Nimtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn

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