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)


By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh approach to the multiple meanings of “green” in this highly original concept book.  (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)


By Janik Coat. Appleseed.

A hippo demonstrates a clever variety of opposites in this oversized board book designed to amuse and instruct the youngest readers.

Infinity and Me

By Kate Hosford. Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska. Lerner/Carolrhoda.

Children will relate to Uma's experience of feeling small as she considers the universe and her place in it. Idiosyncratic illustrations contrast with the warm relationship between Uma and her grandmother. Finally, infinity in terms Uma can understand.

Just Ducks

By Nicola Davies. Illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick.

A young girl observes mallard ducks as they eat, swim, and dive. Appealing watercolors draw readers into the informative but gentle narrative.

Let's Go for a Drive!

By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Hyperion.

Good friends Elephant and Piggie’s best plans in preparing to take a drive go awry when they realize they have no car. (A 2013 Geisel Honor Book)

Machines Go to Work in the City

By William Low. Illus. by the author. Holt.

Elegant illustrations portray a variety of gritty, urban machines in all their burly glory as they work under, through, and above the city.

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat : A Picture Book

By D. B. (Donald B.) Johnson. Illus. by the author. Houghton.

An imaginatively-constructed picture book captures the essence of creativity and play while also introducing the paintings of the unique artist, René Magritte.

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

By Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz. Clarion/Houghton.

This illustrated biography of the first African-heritage saint of the Américas captures both historical fact and legend. (The 2013 Belpre Illustrator Medal Book)


By I. C. Springman. Illus. by Brian Lies. Houghton.

Illustrations stunningly juxtaposed against a simple story show what happens when Magpie’s greed leads to trouble.

Nighttime Ninja

By Barbara DaCosta. Illus. by Ed Young. Little, Brown.

A ninja stealthily goes about his mission until his mother catches him and puts him to bed. A dark palette of cut paper and mixed-media illustrations intensify the story's intrigue.