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)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster

This truly universal novel about the friendship of two boys on the edge of manhood addresses issues of identity, friendship, family, and love. (The 2013 Belpré Author Medal Book, a Printz Honor Book, and the Stonewall Award Book)

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust

By Doreen Rappaport. illus. Candlewick.

Faces draw us into history. Filled with abundant photographs and stirring personal accounts, this inspiring, well-researched history reveals and recognizes courageous Jews and righteous Gentiles who fought back during the Holocaust.


By Raina Telgemeier. Illus. by the author. Graphix/Scholastic.

Callie's personal drama on the tech-crew -- unrequited crushes, a first kiss, middle-school cliques -- is a spot-on tribute to teamwork, strong friendships, and individuality.  (A 2013 Stonewall Honor Book)

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return

By Zeina Abirached. Illus. by the author. Lerner/Graphic Universe.

This graphic novel memoir focuses on one night during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) during which the author, her brother, and neighbors huddle in the safest corner of their apartment sharing memories, food, and comfort. (A 2013 Batchelder Honor Book)

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

By Jim Murphy and Alison Blank. illus. Clarion/Houghton.

This meticulously organized and thorough account of the disease tracks its ancient history, its treatments, and the ongoing pursuit of a cure.

My Family for the War

By Anne C. Voorhoeve. Trans. by Tammi Reichel. Dial/Penguin.

When  10-year-old Ziska flees Nazi Germany via a secret kindertransport train, she joins an Orthodox Jewish household in London where she gains a new family for the war. (The 2013 Batchelder Award Book)

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

By Annabel Pitcher. Little, Brown.

A painful, sometimes comic, but ultimately hopeful, story about a family coping with grief, while confronting their own biases against Muslims.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

By Sonia Manzano. Scholastic Press/Scholastic.

In 1969 Spanish Harlem, fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is caught in a whirlwind of events led by the revolutionary Young Lords and learns to value her own culture and history. (A 2013 Belpré Author Honor Book)


By Rachel Hartman. Random.

n Goredd, dragons and humans live in uneasy peace. Hartman pulls Seraphina, a half-human/half-dragon teen musician, into the intrigue at court.  Internally logical, suspenseful with just a hint of romance. (The YALSA 2013 William C. Morris Award Book)


By Lois Lowry. Houghton.

The powerful conclusion of The Giver quartet, Son stands alone as a story of friendship, love, loss, and sacrifice.