Notable Children's Books
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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)