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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All Ages

2013 Selection(s)

Little Bird

By Germano Zullo. Illus. by Albertine. Enchanted Lion.

The expressive, simple illustrations wordlessly show how a man’s kindness is repaid by a grateful bird; a graphic depiction of “It’s the little things that count.”

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

Ed. by J. Patrick Lewis. illus. National Geographic.

In a collection for all ages, Lewis pairs poems by classic and modern poets with breathtaking photos from the National Geographic archives that capture the amazing diversity of the animal world.

Step Gently Out

By Helen Frost. Illus. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick.

Frost's poem, paired with Lieder's luminous photographs, invite readers to examine insects' lives as they soar through the air or somersault across a blade of grass.

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems

By Kate Coombs. Illus. by Meilo So. Chronicle.

Twenty-three poems illustrated in loosely-flowing watercolors include ʺsongsʺ in praise of the ocean and the life within. A memorable sea excursion.

The Year Comes Round : Haiku through the Seasons

By Sid Farrar. Illus. by Ilse Plume. Albert Whitman

A cycle of seasons is vividly described and lushly illustrated in this collection of haiku.

Older Readers

2013 Selection(s)

Son of a Gun

By Anne de Graaf. Trans. by the author. Eerdmans.

Told through the eyes of a young sister and brother caught up in the Liberian Civil War, this story depicts the lives of child soldiers. (A 2013 Batchelder Honor Book)

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

By Karen Blumenthal. illus. Macmillan/Feiwel

From birth, early adoption, and early education through his failures and successes, this even-handed biography presents the enigmatic innovator in all his complexity for readers who have never known a world without computers.  (A 2013 YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)

Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

By Sy Montgomery. illus. Houghton.

Using interviews, blueprints, and accessible narrative, the author explains the workings of the autistic brain while introducing the life of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman famous for her animal rights advocacy.

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

By Cynthia Y. Levinson. illus. Peachtree.

Four children, who risked their lives in the momentous march, provide their personal accounts of that historic event. Beautifully designed and illustrated with archival photographs.