Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2013

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Publisher’s Weekly has selected their picks for the top 50 books for children and teens this year.  Here are the books that made that list:


Battle Bunny 15799165

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers

Bluebird by Bob Staake

Fog Island The Dark If You Want to See a Whale

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild 17165875

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Rosie's Magic Horse This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

Rosie’s Magic Horse by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake

This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome

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The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

The Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos



Better Nate Than Ever Boxers & Saints Boxed Set 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

16292250 Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah Dirk, #1) 

The Case of Team Spirit by John Allison

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Doll Bones Eleanor & Park Far Far Away

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock From Norvelt to Nowhere

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by KG Campbell

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos

Ghost Hawk The Golden Day Hostage Three

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

How to Catch a Bogle (Bogle #1) The Infinite Moment of Us The Kingdom of Little Wounds

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks, illustrated by Sarah Watts

Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

The Lucy Variations Maggot Moon Midwinter Blood

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

P.S. Be Eleven Picture Me Gone Reality Boy

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Reality Boy by AS King

Rose Under Fire Sex & Violence The Thing About Luck

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo

The Truth of Me The War within These Walls

The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax

Whistle in the Dark Winger

Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill Long

Winger by Andrew Smith



Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Locomotive My Brother's Book

Locomotive by Brian Floca

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak

Nelson Mandela Parrots Over Puerto Rico Poems to Learn by Heart

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cathy Trumbore

Poems to Learn by Heart edited by Caroline Kennedy

"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy Relish: My Life in the Kitchen 14758733

The President Has Been Shot! by James L. Swanson

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger

Review: Snowcial by Chelsea Prince


Snowcial: An Antarctic Social Network Story by Chelsea Prince, photography by Keoki Flagg and Robert Pittman

This nonfiction book follows the journey of a family to visit the Antarctic Peninsula.  They travel aboard an icebreaker ship that has an ice breaking hull but sails only in warmer temperatures.  Along the way, the children in the family, Anna and Rory explore the ship.  They watch the different birds that follow the ship and find out information on their habitat and how they survive out at sea.  Soon they are seeing icebergs, glaciers and lots of snow and ice.  They also get to visit places where penguins and seals live.  They even spot some killer whales hunting in the ocean.  A mix of science and exploration, this book invites readers along on a journey to an icy world that is full of life.

Price sets just the right tone with her book.  She writes with a merry voice, one that invites children reading the book to learn right alongside her and her characters.  Throughout the book there is a sense of adventure and a strong tie to information and science.  This is a book that teaches in an easy and welcoming way.

While Price sets the tone, the incredible photography from Flagg and Pittman truly capture the setting.  Their close ups of wounded penguins, hunted seals, and the activity of a penguin colony truly allow readers to see Antarctica up close.  Their photography is visually beautiful but also a way to learn more about this incredible place.

Brilliant science nonfiction, join the journey to Antarctica with this gorgeous book.  Appropriate for ages 7-9.

Reviewed from copy received from Chelsea Print and Publishing.