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 Selection(s)

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

By Doreen Rappaport. Illus. by Matt Tavares. Disney/Hyperion.

Elegant text, direct quotes and big, beautiful illustrations express how Helen Keller's world became larger once she found a way to identify and give voice to her experiences.


Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic

By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. illus. Lerner/Twenty-First Century.

Drawing from official documents, logs, and diaries and illlustrated with plentiful photographs, this well-organized, gripping chronicle records the tragic story, from the original design and construction to the discovery of the ship's remains and motion picture recreations.


In a Glass Grimmly

By Adam Gidwitz. illus. Dutton/Penguin.

Inspired by the tales of Grimm and Andersen, Gidwitz leads Jack and Jill on a quest full of adventure and fantastical creatures. Wit and wisdom packaged as fun.


Island: A Story of the Galápagos

By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Vivid illustrations and brief text explain the evolution of one Galápagos island and its animal inhabitants.  Back matter adds weight to the information and prompts further research


Liar & Spy

By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb.

What's real and what's deception? This subtle story, with unlikely friendships and secrets to be revealed, will intrigue readers and encourage a second reading.


Lulu and the Duck in the Park

By Hilary McKay. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont. Albert Whitman.

Despite her teacher's stern warning, tender-hearted Lulu inadvertantly and unexpectedly adds a new animal to the classroom in a laugh-out-loud transitional story.


May B.

By Caroline Starr Rose. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

In this verse novel, dyslexic May B. is sent to help a couple in a soddy on the Kansas plains. Suddenly, May B. must fend for herself as winter approaches. A girttier story for Little House fans.


The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

By Elizabeth Rusch. illus. Houghton.

Follows the creation and launch of the first two Mars rovers in 2004, their explorations of the Red Planet for the following six years, and the challenges that faced the scientists who built and guided them.


Moonbird : A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

By Phillip M. Hoose. illus. Macmillan/Farrar.

B95, a four-ounce shorebird, is the subject of this fast-paced tale of endurance. (A 2013 Sibert Honor Book and a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)


The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate. Illus. by Patricia Castelao. HarperCollins/Harper.

This unique gorilla’s-eye-view of the world delivers wry humor, deep emotion, and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope, and humanity. (The 2013 Newbery Medal Book)


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