For immediate release | February 28, 2013

ALSC announces 2013 Notable Children’s Books

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2013 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

“And Then It’s Spring.” By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

“Bear Has a Story to Tell.” By Philip C. Stead. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

“Black Dog.” By Levi Pinfold. Illus. by the author. Candlewick/Templar.

“Charley's First Night.” By Amy Hest. Illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick.

“Creepy Carrots!” By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. (2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

“Demolition.” By Sally Sutton. Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick.

“Dogs on Duty.” By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Walker.

“Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building.” By Christy Hale. Illus. by the author. Lee & Low.

“Extra Yarn.” By Mac Barnett . Illus. by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray. (2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

“Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors.” By Hena Khan. Illus. by Mehrdokht Amini. Chronicle.

“Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.” By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray.

“Green.” By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. (2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

“Hippopposites.” By Janik Coat. Appleseed.

“Infinity and Me.” By Kate Hosford. Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska. Lerner/Carolrhoda.

“Just Ducks.” By Nicola Davies. Illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick.

“Let's Go for a Drive!” By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Hyperion. (2013 Geisel Honor Book)

“Machines Go to Work in the City.” By William Low. Illus. by the author. Holt.

“Magritte’s Marvelous Hat : A Picture Book.” By D. B. (Donald B.) Johnson. Illus. by the author. Houghton.

“Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert.” By Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz. Clarion/Houghton. (2013 Belpré Illustrator Medal Book)

“More.” By I. C. Springman. Illus. by Brian Lies. Houghton.

“Nighttime Ninja.” By Barbara DaCosta. Illus. by Ed Young. Little, Brown.

“Oh, No!” By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

“One Cool Friend.” By Toni Buzzeo. Illus. by David Small. Dial/Penguin. (2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

“One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters.” By Lola M. Schaefer. Illus. by Jessica Meserve. Disney/Hyperion.

“Penny and Her Doll.” By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow.

“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.” By Eric Litwin. Illus. by James Dean. HarperCollins. (2013 Geisel Honor Book)

“Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover.” By Cece Bell. Illus. by the author. Candlewick. (2013 Geisel Honor Book)

“Sleep Like a Tiger.” By Mary Logue. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton. (2013 Caldecott Honor Book)

“This Is Not My Hat.” By Jon Klassen. Illus. by the author. Candlewick. (2013 Caldecott Medal Book)

“This Moose Belongs to Me.” By Oliver Jeffers. Illus. by the author. Philomel/Penguin.

“Up, Tall, and High!” By Ethan Long. Illus. by the author. Putnam/Penguin. (2013 Geisel Medal Book)

“Z Is for Moose.” By Kelly Bingham. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow.

Middle Readers

“Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship.” By Russell Freedman. illus. Clarion/Houghton.

“The Beetle Book.” By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author. Houghton.

“A Black Hole Is Not a Hole.” By Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano. Illus. by Michael Carroll. Charlesbridge.

“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.” By Steve Sheinkin. illus. Roaring BrookFlash Point. (2013 Newbery Honor Book, Sibert Medal Book, and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)

“Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team.” By Audrey Vernick. Illus. by Steven Salerno. Clarion/Houghton.

“Chuck Close: Face Book.” By Chuck Close. illus. Abrams.

“Each Kindness.” By Jacqueline Woodson. Illus. by E. B. Lewis. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. (2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book)

“Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.” By Robert Byrd. Illus. by the author. Dial/Penguin. (2013 Sibert Honor Book)

“George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!” By Robert Burleigh. Illus. by George Bellows. Abrams.

“Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller.” By Doreen Rappaport. Illus. by Matt Tavares. Disney/Hyperion.

“Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic.” By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. illus. Lerner/Twenty-First Century.

“In a Glass Grimmly.” By Adam Gidwitz. illus. Dutton/Penguin.

“Island: A Story of the Galápagos.” By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

“Liar & Spy.” By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb.

“Lulu and the Duck in the Park.” By Hilary McKay. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont. Albert Whitman.

“May B.” By Caroline Starr Rose. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

“The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity.” By Elizabeth Rusch. illus. Houghton.

“Moonbird : A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.” By Phillip M. Hoose. illus. Macmillan/Farrar. (2013 Sibert Honor Book and YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)

“The One and Only Ivan.” By Katherine Applegate. Illus. by Patricia Castelao. HarperCollins/Harper. (2013 Newbery Medal Book)

“See You at Harry’s.” By Jo Knowles. Candlewick.

“Splendors and Glooms.” By Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick. (2013 Newbery Honor Book)

“Starry River of the Sky.” By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.

“Three Times Lucky.” By Sheila Turnage. Dial/Penguin. (2013 Newbery Honor Book)

“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster.” By Deborah Hopkinson. illus. Scholastic Press/Scholastic. (2013 Sibert Honor Book and YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)

“Twelve Kinds of Ice.” By Ellen Bryan Obed. Illus. by Barbara McClintock. Houghton.

“Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad.” By Henry Cole. Illus. by the author. Scholastic Press/Scholastic.

“Wonder.” By R. J. Palacio. Knopf.

“Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead.” By Rebecca L. Johnson. illus. Lerner/Millbrook.

Older Readers

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.” By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster. (2013 Belpré Author Medal Book, Printz Honor Book, and Stonewall Award Book)

“Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust.” By Doreen Rappaport. illus. Candlewick.

“Drama.” By Raina Telgemeier. Illus. by the author. Graphix/Scholastic. (2013 Stonewall Honor Book)

“A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return.” By Zeina Abirached. Illus. by the author. Lerner/Graphic Universe. (2013 Batchelder Honor Book)

“Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure.” By Jim Murphy and Alison Blank. illus. Clarion/Houghton.

“My Family for the War.” By Anne C. Voorhoeve. Trans. by Tammi Reichel. Dial/Penguin. (2013 Batchelder Award Book)

“My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.” By Annabel Pitcher. Little, Brown.

“The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.” By Sonia Manzano. Scholastic Press/Scholastic. (2013 Belpré Author Honor Book)

“Seraphina.” By Rachel Hartman. Random. (The YALSA 2013 William C. Morris Award Book)

“Son.” By Lois Lowry. Houghton.

“Son of a Gun.” By Anne de Graaf. Trans. by the author. Eerdmans. (2013 Batchelder Honor Book)

“Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different.” By Karen Blumenthal. illus. Macmillan/Feiwel. (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.

“We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March.” By Cynthia Y. Levinson. illus. Peachtree.

All Ages

“Little Bird.” By Germano Zullo. Illus. by Albertine. Enchanted Lion.

“National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!” Ed. by J. Patrick Lewis. illus. National Geographic.

“Step Gently Out.” By Helen Frost. Illus. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick.

“The Year Comes Round : Haiku through the Seasons.” By Sid Farrar. Illus. by Ilse Plume. Albert Whitman.

“Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems.” By Kate Coombs. Illus. by Meilo So. Chronicle.

For an annotated 2013 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 2013 Notable Children's Books Committee are: Chair Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minn.; Patty Carleton, St. Louis (Mo.) Public Library; Rosemary Chance, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Edith Ching, Shady Grove, Maryland; Mona Kerby, McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.; Jeanne McDermott, Amagansett (N.Y.) Free Library; Maryann H. Owen, Racine (Wis.) Public Library; Linda Perkins, Berkeley, Calif.; Gwen Vanderhage, Denver Public Library; Eva Volin, Alameda (Calif.) Free Library; Stephanie Wilson, Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Elmira, N.Y.


Caroline Jewell

Awards Coordinator

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5839