Notable Children's Books

About the Notable Children's Books
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best of children's books on the Notable Children's Books list.

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Younger Readers

2013 Selection(s)

And Then It’s Spring

By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

A spare, lyrical narrative and delicate woodblock print and pencil illustrations capture the anticipation of spring. Accompanied by a coterie of animals, a boy plants seeds and waits expectantly for them to sprout.

Bear Has a Story to Tell

By Philip C. Stead. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Seasons change but friendship remains as Bear patiently awaits to tell his story in a world created through delicate illustrations and a strong message.

Black Dog

By Levi Pinfold. Illus. by the author. Candlewick/Templar.

Here’s a story that demonstrates that even the smallest family member has the courage to save everyone. Both the illustrations and the text move from scary to comforting with a satisfying ending.

Charley's First Night

By Amy Hest. Illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick.

An adorable puppy is comforted his first night in a new home by a young boy who cares for Charley throughout the long hours. Pastel watercolors infuse the story with warmth and intimacy.

Creepy Carrots!

By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots until he notices they are everywhere and becomes convinced that they’re coming for him! (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)


By Sally Sutton. Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick.

Through a mix of rhyming text, sounds, and onomatopoeia, and large gritty illustrations, children are introduced to what machines do at a construction site

Dogs on Duty

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Walker.

Brave, loyal dogs are hard to resist, especially those trained to serve on difficult military missions. Easy-to-read blocks of text are paired with photos to walk readers through the history of these hero hounds.

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

By Christy Hale. Illus. by the author. Lee & Low.

Poetry combined with images illustrates how children’s play influences the creative process as it pertains to the buildings we inhabit and will inspire readers to dream big.

Extra Yarn

By Mac Barnett . Illus. by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray

A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn.  (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

By Hena Khan. Illus. by Mehrdokht Amini. Chronicle.

A look at Muslim life through the eyes of a child, sharing family experiences; the warm illustrations and cultural details remind us how similar we are.