2002 Notable Children's Books announced

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper


For Immediate Release

January 2002

2002 Notable Children's Books announced

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2002 list of Notable Children's Books.

The list of titles includes fiction and nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children from preschool through age 14.

The books are:

Younger Readers

  • Agee, Jon, "Milo's Hat Trick," published by Michael di Capua/Hyperion Books for Children
  • Alarcón, Francisco X, "Iguanas in the Snow," illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, published by Children's Book Press
  • Barton, Byron, "My Car," published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Booth, Philip, "Crossing," illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, published by Candlewick
  • Crews, Donald, "Inside Freight Train," published by William Morrow/HarperCollins
  • Ehlert, Lois, "Waiting for Wings," published by Harcourt
  • Falconer, Ian, "Olivia Saves the Circus," published by An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum
  • Falwell, Cathryn, "Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond," published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe, "The Hickory Chair," illustrated by Benny Andrews, published by Arthur A.Levine/Scholastic
  • Graham, Bob, "Let's Get A Pup,' Said Kate," published by Candlewick
  • Henkes, Kevin, "Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick," published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann, "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together," illustrated by Michael Emberley, published by Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown
  • Inkpen, Mick, "Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure," published by Red Wagon Books/Harcourt
  • Jenkins, Emily, "Five Creatures," illustrated by Tomek Bogacki, published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Little, Jean, "Emma's Yucky Brother," illustrated by Jennifer Plecas, published by HarperCollins
  • Livingston, Star, "Harley," illustrated by Molly Bang, published by Sea Star
  • Look, Lenore, "Henry's First-Moon Birthday," illustrated by Yumi Heo, published by An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum
  • Lunge-Larsen, Lise, "The Race of the Birkebeiners," illustrated by Mary Azarian, published by Houghton Mifflin
  • Mills, Claudia, "Gus and Grandpa at Basketball," illustrated by Catherine Stock, published by Farrar Straus Giroux
  • McKissack, Patricia C., "Goin' Someplace Special," illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by An Anne Schwartz Book/ Atheneum.
  • Montes, Marisa, "Juan Bobo Goes to Work," illustrated by Joe Cepeda, published by HarperCollins
  • Palatini, Margie, "The Web Files," illustrated by Richard Egielski, published by Hyperion
  • Ryan, Pam Muñoz, "Mice and Beans," illustrated by Joe Cepeda, published by Scholastic
  • Simont, Marc, "The Stray Dog," published by HarperCollins
  • Soto, Gary, "Chato and the Party Animals," illustrated by Susan Guevara, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Steen, Sandra and Susan Steen, "Car Wash," illustrated by G. Brian Karas, published by Putnam.
  • Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel, "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon," illustrated by Janet Stevens, published by Harcourt
  • Willey, Margaret, "Clever Beatrice," illustrated by Heather Solomon, published by Atheneum.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline, "The Other Side," illustrated by E. B. Lewis, published by Putnam

Middle Readers

  • Allen, Thomas B., "Remember Pearl Harbor: American and Japanese Survivors Tell Their Stories," published by National Geographic.
  • Anderson, M.T., "Handel: Who Knew What He Liked," illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, published by Candlewick
  • Blumberg, Rhoda, "Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy," published by HarperCollins
  • Bruchac, Joseph, "Skeleton Man," published by HarperCollins
  • Carbone, Elisa, "Storm Warriors," published by Knopf
  • Christensen, Bonnie, "Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People," published by Knopf.
  • Creech, Sharon, "Love That Dog," published by Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins
  • Curlee, Lynn, "Brooklyn Bridge," published by Atheneum
  • Freedman, Russell, "In the Days of the Vaqueros: America's First True Cowboys," published by Clarion
  • Goodall, Jane, "The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours," published by A Byron Preiss Book/Scholastic
  • Fritz, Jean, "Leonardo's Horse," illustrated by Hudson Talbott, published by Putnam
  • Gauthier, Gail, "The Hero of Ticonderoga," published by Putnam.
  • Gündisch, Karin, "How I Became an American," translated by James Skofield, published by Cricket Books
  • Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane, "Celebrating Ramadan," illustrated by Lawrence Migdale, published by Holiday House
  • Haas, Jessie, "Runaway Radish," illustrated by Margot Apple, published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Horvath, Polly, "Everything on a Waffle," published by Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Huck, Charlotte, "The Black Bull of Norroway: A Scottish Tale," illustrated by Anita Lobel, published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Hurst, Carol Otis, "Rocks in His Head," illustrated by James Stevenson, published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • Kerley, Barbara, "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer," illustrated by Brian Selznick, published by Scholastic
  • King-Smith, Dick, "Lady Lollipop," illustrated by Jill Barton, published by Candlewick
  • Kramer, Stephen, "Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope," photographs by Dennis Kunkel, published by Houghton Mifflin
  • Kurlansky, Mark, "The Cod's Tale," illustrated by S.D. Schindler, published by Putnam.
  • Macy, Sue, "Bull's Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley," published by National Geographic
  • Martin, Jacqueline, "The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish," illustrated by Beth Krommes, published by Houghton Mifflin.
  • McDonald, Megan, "Judy Moody Gets Famous!" illustrated by Peter Reynolds, published by Candlewick
  • Morgenstern, Susie, "A Book of Coupons," translated by Gill Rosner, illustrated by Serge Bloch, published by Penguin Putnam/Viking
  • Park, Linda Sue, "A Single Shard," published by Clarion.
  • Rumford, James, "Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354," published by Houghton Mifflin
  • Ryan, Pam Muñoz, "Esperanza Rising," published by Scholastic
  • Shreve, Susan, "Blister," published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic
  • Wiles, Deborah, "Love, Ruby Lavender," published by Gulliver Books/Harcourt
  • Yin, "Coolies," illustrated by Chris Soentpiet, published by Philomel
  • Zoehfeld, Kathleen, "Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young: Uncovering the Mystery of Dinosaur Families," illustrated by Paul Carrick and Bruce Shillinglaw, published by Clarion

Older Readers

  • Alexander, Lloyd, "The Gawgon and the Boy," published by Dutton
  • Almond, David, "Heaven Eyes," published by Delacorte Press
  • Bartoletti, Susan Campbell, "Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850," published by Houghton Mifflin
  • Crossley-Holland, Kevin, "The Seeing Stone," published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic
  • Cummings, Priscilla, "A Face First," published by Dutton
  • Dash, Joan, "The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller," published by Scholastic
  • Dickinson, Peter, "The Ropemaker," published by Delacorte
  • Fleischman, Paul, "Seek," published by Cricket Books
  • Greenberg, Jan (editor), "Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art," published by Abrams
  • Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan, "Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist," published by Delacorte
  • Hesse, Karen, "Witness," published by Scholastic
  • Hoose, Phillip, "We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History," published by Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Jiménez, Francisco, "Breaking Through," published by Houghton Mifflin
  • Lawlor, Laurie, "Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit," published by Holiday House
  • Mosher, Richard, "Zazoo," published by Clarion
  • Myers, Walter Dean, "The Greatest: Muhammad Ali," published by Scholastic
  • Na, An, "A Step from Heaven," published by Front Street
  • Naidoo, Beverley, "The Other Side of Truth," published by HarperCollins
  • Nelson, Marilyn, "Carver: A Life in Poems," published by Front Street
  • Nicholson, William, "Slaves of the Mastery," published by Hyperion
  • Rochelle, Belinda (editor), "Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art," published by Amistad/HarperCollins
  • Taylor, Mildred, "The Land," published by Phyllis Fogelman/Penguin Putnam
  • Warren, Andrea, "Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps," published by HarperCollins
  • Wolff, Virginia Euwer, "True Believer," published by Atheneum

All Ages

  • Janeczko, Paul (editor), "A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems," illustrated by Chris Raschka, published by Candlewick
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," illustrated by Christopher Bing, published by Handprint Books.
  • Rappaport, Doreen, "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," illustrated by Bryan Collier, published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion
  • Wiesner, David, "The Three Pigs," published by Clarion.
  • Williams, Vera B., "Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart," published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins

For the annotated 2002 list and past Notable Children's Book lists, please visit the
ALSC Web site. More information about Notable Children's Books is available

Members of the 2002 Notable Children's Books Committee are: Toni A. Bernardi, chair, San Francisco Public Library; Rita Auerbach; East Patchogue, NY; Revital Balas, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York; Elizabeth Guldseth, Montgomery County (Md.) Dept. of Public Libraries; Walter Minkel,
School Library Journal, New York; Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library; Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library; Penny Peck, San Leandro (Calif.) Public Library; Marion Hanes Rutsch, Our Lady of Lourdes School Library, Bethesda, Md.; Maria Salvadore, Washington, D.C.; Maureen White, University of Houston at Clear Lake School Library; and Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minn.