For immediate release | February 5, 2014

ALSC names 2014 Notable Children’s Books

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2014 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.

The titles include:

Younger Readers

“Ball.” Sullivan, Mary. Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Alphablock.” Franceschelli, Christopher. Illus. by Paskimo. Appleseed/Abrams

“The Bathing Costume, or, the Worst Vacation of My Life.” Moundlic, Charlotte. Illus. by Olivier Tallec. Trans. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Enchanted Lion

“Benjamin Bear in ‘Bright Ideas!’” Coudray, Philippe. Illus. by the author. TOON

“A Big Guy Took My Ball!” Willems, Mo. Illus. by the author. Disney/Hyperion

“Building Our House.” Bean, Jonathan. Illus. by the author. Farrar

“Bully.” Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

“Count the Monkeys.” Barnett, Mac. Illus. by Kevin Cornell. Disney/Hyperion

“The Dark.” Snicket, Lemony. Illus. by Jon Klassen. Little, Brown

“The Day the Crayons Quit.” Daywalt, Drew. Illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel

“Deep in the Sahara.” Cunnane, Kelly. Illus. by Hoda Hadadi. Random/Schwartz & Wade

“Eat Like a Bear.” Sayre, April Pulley. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Holt

“Exclamation Mark.” Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Scholastic

“Flight of the Honey Bee.” Huber, Raymond. Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick

“Flora and the Flamingo.” Idle, Molly. Illus. by the author. Chronicle

“Fraidyzoo.” Heder, Thyra. Illus. by the author. Abrams

“Little Santa.” Agee, Jon. Illus. by the author. Dial

“Locomotive.” Floca, Brian. Illus. by the author. Atheneum

“Lulu and the Dog from the Sea.“ McKay, Hilary. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont. Whitman

“Maria Had a Little Llama/MarÍa tenÍa una Ilamita.” Dominguez, Angela. Illus. by the author. Holt

“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song.” Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Illus. by Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown

“Mitchell Goes Bowling.” Durand, Hallie. Illus. by Tony Fucile. Candlewick

“Moo!” LaRochelle, David. Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Walker

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.” Brown, Peter. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown

“Mr. Wuffles!” Wiesner, David. Illus. by the author. Clarion

“My Father’s Arms Are a Boat.” Lunde, Stein Erik. Illus. by øyvind Torseter. Enchanted Lion

“My Happy Life.” Lagercrantz, Rose. Illus. by Eva Eriksson. Gecko

“Nelson Mandela.” Nelson, Kadir. Illus. by the author. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen

“Niño Wrestles the World.” Morales, Yuyi. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

“Old Mikamba Had a Farm.” Isadora, Rachel. Illus. by the author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen

“On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein.” Berne, Jennifer Illus. by Vladimir Radunsky. Chronicle

“Parrots Over Puerto Rico.” Roth, Susan L. and Trumbore, Cindy. Illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low

“Penny and Her Marble.” Henkes, Kevin. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow

“Robot, Go Bot!” Rau, Dana Meachen. Illus. by Wook Jin Jung. Random

“Take Me Out to the Yakyu.” Meshon, Aaron. Illus. by the author. Atheneum

“Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book.” Savage, Stephen. Illus. by the author. Dial

“Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo.” Brown, Monica. Illus. by Rafael López. Rayo

“The Tortoise & the Hare.” Pinkney, Jerry. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown

“Warning: Do Not Open This Book!” Lehrhaupt, Adam. Illus. by Matthew Forsythe. Simon & Schuster

“The Watermelon Seed.” Pizzoli, Greg. Illus. by the author. Disney/Hyperion

“Xander's Panda Party.” Park, Linda Sue. Illus. by Matt Phelan. Clarion

“The Year of Billy Miller.” Henkes, Kevin. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow

Middle Readers

“The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth.” Jenkins, Steve. Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Barbed Wire Baseball.” Moss, Marissa. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Abrams

“Battle Bunny.” Scieszka, Jon and Barnett, Mac. Illus. by Matthew Myers. Simon & Schuster

“Battling Boy.” Pope, Paul. Illus. by the author. First Second

“Better Nate Than Ever.” Federle, Tim. Simon & Schuster

“Bluffton: My Summers with Buster.” Phelan, Matt. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

“Bo at Ballard Creek.” Hill, Kirkpatrick. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Holt

“The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List.” Leyson, Leon. Illus. Atheneum

“The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös.” Heiligman, Deborah. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Roaring Brook

“Doll Bones.” Black, Holly. Margaret K. McElderry

“Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives.” Rusch, Elizabeth. Illus. by Tom Uhlman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.” Grabenstein, Chris. Random

“Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.” Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Illus. by Eric-Shabazz Larkin. Readers to Eaters

“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.” DiCamillo, Kate. Illus. by K. G. Campbell. Candlewick

“Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse.” Wissinger, Tamera Will. Illus. by Matthew Cordell. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“The Great American Dust Bowl.” Brown, Don. Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“How to Catch a Bogle.” Jinks, Catherine. Illus. by Sarah Watts. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Knock Knock : My Dad's Dream for Me.” Beaty, Daniel. Illus. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown

“The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist.” Engle, Margarita. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Lincoln's Grave Robbers.” Sheinkin, Steve. Scholastic

“Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.” Cate, Annette LeBlanc. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

“The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius.” Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

“Mister Orange.” Matti, Truus. Illus. by Jenni Desmond. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Enchanted Lion

“Monster on the Hill.” Harrell, Rob. Illus. by the author. Top Shelf

“P. S. Be Eleven.” Williams-Garcia, Rita. HarperCollins/Amistad

“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale.” Tonatiuh, Duncan. Illus. by the author. Abrams

“Rooftoppers.” Rundell, Katherine. Illus. by Terry Fan. Simon & Schuster

“Serafina's Promise: A Novel in Verse.” Burg, Ann E. Scholastic

“Soldier Dog.” Angus, Sam. Feiwel and Friends

“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin.” Bryant, Jen. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Knopf

“Sugar.” Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Little, Brown

“Treasury of Egyptian Mythology.” Napoli, Donna Jo. Illus. by Christina Balit. National Geographic

“The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.” Appelt, Kathi. Atheneum

“The War Within these Walls.” Sax, Aline. Illus. by Caryl Strzelecki. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans

“When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot.” Stringer, Lauren. Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.” Hill, Laban Carrick. illus. by Theodore Taylor III. Roaring Brook

“Words with Wings.” Grimes, Nikki. Boyds Mills/WordSong

Older Readers

“Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty.” Freedman, Russell. illus. Holiday.

“Counting by 7s.” Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Dial

“Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers.” Stone, Tanya Lee. illus. Candlewick

“Darius & Twig.” Myers, Walter Dean. HarperCollins/Amistad

“Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People.” Rubin, Susan Goldman. illus. Abrams

“Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty.” Bolden, Tonya. illus. Abrams

“Etiquette & Espionage.” Carriger, Gail. Little, Brown

“Far Far Away.” McNeal, Tom. Knopf

“Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design.” Kidd, Chip. Illus. by the author. Workman

“The Living.” de la Peña, Matt. Delacorte

“March: Book One.” Lewis, John and Aydin, Andrew. Illus. by Nate Powell. Top Shelf

“Navigating Early.” Vanderpool, Clare. Delacorte

“One Came Home.” Timberlake, Amy. Knopf

“Paperboy.” Vawter, Vince. Delacorte

“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.” Medina, Meg. Candlewick

All Ages

“Journey.” Becker, Aaron. Illus. by the author. Candlewick

“Poems to Learn by Heart.” Kennedy, Caroline. Illus. by Jon J Muth. Disney/Hyperion

For an annotated 2014 list and past Notable Children’s Books lists, visit the ALSC website. More information about all of ALSC's Children's Notable Lists is available at, click on Awards, Grants & Scholarships and Children's Notable Lists.

Members of the 2014 Notable Children's Books Committee are: Wendy Woodfill, Chair, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minn.; Allison Grey, Goleta (Calif.) Public Library; Chrystal Carr Jeter, Willoughby-Eastlake (Ohio) Public Library; Ramona N. Kerby, McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.; Jeanne McDermott, Amagansett (N.Y.) Free Library; Elizabeth Overmyer, Berkeley, Calif.; Bettye L. Smith, DC Public Library, Washington, DC; Jennifer S. Smith, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.; Julie Tomlianovich, Hutchinson, Kan.; Eva Volin, Alameda (Calif.) Free Library; and Larence Wawro, King County Library System, Bellevue, Wash.

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