TIME Magazine has listed their Top 10 Children’s Book of 2009 as part of their “The Top 10 Everything of 2009.” I’m impressed with some of their choices:
Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Guess Again! by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth by Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner
Crow Call by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie! by Judy Cox, illustrated by Joe Mathieu
The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Carson Ellis
The Snow Day by Komako Sakai
A Seed Was Planted by Toulla Palazeti, illustrated by Pamela Barcita
From a single seed being planted, people share shoots of the plant. With friends, neighbors and family members who each take it in turn, plant it and then pass on a shoot to another person. The book uses the refrain of “It grows,” as each person plants their shoot. In the end, the small plants grow and grown until they are trees large enough to climb. The book speaks to the wonder of seeds, the power of sharing and the way that one small idea can lead to transformation.
Author Palazeti keeps the text very simple with only one sentence per page. This makes it ideal for new readers of both English and Spanish. This simplicity of language belies the depth of the story and its gentle and powerful message. Barcita’s illustrations are realistic and very friendly. Readers get to see each sharing of the tree along with a framed image of the newly potted shoot. The different pot styles and settings speak firmly to our differences as well as our commonalities.
Recommended for new readers in either English or Spanish, this book is universal in its message and appeal. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
This book comes in both English and bilingual English/Spanish. I reviewed from an ARC of the bilingual version that I received from the publisher.
YALSA has released the names of the five finalists for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for young adults (ages 12-18).
Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone
Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose
The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming
Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker
Fallen, the first in a four-part series of teen novels, has been picked up by Disney. The novel by Lauren Kate has just been released.
According to the article, angels may just be the next big thing after vampires and werewolves. We will see…