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)

See You at Harry’s

By Jo Knowles. Candlewick

Fern's family life revolves around her family's restaurant and upbeat-three-year-old Charlie until tragedy strikes.  A surprisingly funny book about a family coming together as they grieve.


Splendors and Glooms

By Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick.

Lizzie Rose, Parsefall, and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex good-versus-evil tale set in Dickensian England. (A 2013 Newbery Honor Book)


Splendors and Glooms

By Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick.

Lizzie Rose, Parsefall, and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex good-versus-evil tale set in Dickensian England. (A 2013 Newbery Honor Book)


Starry River of the Sky

By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.

Rendi, a runaway, finds work at a small inn. A mysterious guest shares mystical stories, helping Rendi discover truths about himself and the world. Lovely Chinese-style illustrations make the complete package.


Three Times Lucky

By Sheila Turnage. Dial/Penguin.

Rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery and adventure as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother. (A 2013 Newbery Honor Book)


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

By Deborah Hopkinson. illus. Scholastic Press/Scholastic.

This story of the ill-fated ship is told in compelling detail, offering a gripping account through the voices of survivors. (A 2013 Sibert Honor Book and a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)


Twelve Kinds of Ice

By Ellen Bryan Obed. Illus. by Barbara McClintock. Houghton.

In a nostalgic look back to childhood winters with her close-knit family and neighbors, Obed describes the pleasures of playing and skating on the ice.


Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

By Henry Cole. Illus. by the author. Scholastic Press/Scholastic.

In a wordless, yet eloquent, picture book, a courageous farmgirl secretly provides food to a runaway slave. Evocative, monochromatic pencil drawings capture the story's drama.


Wonder

By R. J. Palacio. Knopf.

Born with facial deformities, August chooses to attend "regular" school for the first time.  Told from many perspectives, this is a powerful novel about friendship and acceptance.


Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead

By Rebecca L. Johnson. illus. Lerner/Millbrook.

Illustrated with amazing photographs, this shivery introduction to some of the fungi, parasites and viruses that invade bugs, mammals and sometimes humans, examines how they control the hosts' behavior to ensure their own survival.


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