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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2013 Winner(s)

2013 Selection(s)

Oh, No!
By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

With exuberant rhythmic phrases and jungle colored illustrations, five animals are disturbed by a grinning tiger and fall into a hole, one by one. This suspenseful cumulative tale is an engaging read-aloud.


One Cool Friend
By Toni Buzzeo. Illus. by David Small. Dial/Penguin

Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale of Father, Elliot, and a highly improbable pet (or two).  (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)


One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters
By Lola M. Schaefer. Illus. by Jessica Meserve. Disney/Hyperion.

Spencer undergoes a remarkable transformation from a wild and raucous boy to a gentle big brother in a joyful, tender story sweetly illustrated for “big brothers and sisters.”


Penny and Her Doll
By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow.

Softly rendered illustrations in this beginning reader reveal Penny's determination to find the perfect name for her doll.


Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover
By Cece Bell. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.

Rabbit and Robot disagree about everything on Rabbit’s “To Do” list at their sleepover, including Robot’s insistence for pizza toppings of nuts, bolts, and screws. And everything comes to a halt when Robot’s batteries run low. (A 2013 Geisel Honor Book)


Sleep Like a Tiger
By Mary Logue. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton.

Parents coax their young child to bed in a whimsical bedtime story with universal appeal.  (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)


This Is Not My Hat
By Oliver Jeffers. Illus. by the author. Philomel/Penguin.

Wilfred thinks he owns a moose, but the moose has other ideas. This offbeat tale is humorously illustrated using an incongruous mix of stick figures and painterly landscapes.


This Is Not My Hat
By Jon Klassen. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat, but it fits him just right. And the big fish wants his hat back. (The 2013 Caldecott Medal Book)


Up, Tall, and High!
By Ethan Long. Illus. by the author. Putnam/Penguin.

A bevy of birds performs a play in three acts, while teaching the concepts of up, tall, and high. Children will delight in reading additional words hidden beneath thick flaps. (The 2013 Geisel Medal Book)


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