ALSC announces 2007 Notable Children's Books

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Office

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2007

ALSC announces 2007 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2007 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 of all ages (through age 14).

The list follows:

Younger Readers

Armstrong, Jennifer. “Once upon a Banana.” Illus. by David Small. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman.

Bachelet, Gilles. “My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World.” illus. Abrams.

Bateman, Teresa. “Keeper of Soles.” Illus. by Yayo. Holiday.

Beaumont, Karen. “Move Over, Rover!” Illus. by Jane Dyer. Harcourt.

Chaconas, Dori. “Cork & Fuzz: Short and Tall.” Illus. by Lisa McCue. Viking

Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. “Best Best Friends.” illus. Harcourt.

Crews, Nina. “Below.” illus. Holt.

Diakité, Penda. “I Lost My Tooth in Africa.” Illus. by Baba Wagué Diakité. Scholastic.

DiCamillo, Kate. “Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride.” Illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick.

Gravett, Emily. “Wolves.” illus. Simon & Schuster.

Grey, Mini. “The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon.” illus. Knopf.

Henkes, Kevin. “Lilly's Big Day.” illus. Greenwillow.

Hills, Tad. “Duck & Goose.” illus. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Hopkinson, Deborah. “Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building.” Illus. by James E. Ransome. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Howe, James. “Houndsley and Catina.” Illus. by Marie-Louise Gay. Candlewick.

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. “Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways.” illus. Candlewick.

Look, Lenore. “Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding.” Illus. by Yumi Heo. Simon & Schuster/Anne Schwartz.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. “Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale.” Illus. by Alik Arzoumanian. Marshall Cavendish.

MacLachlan, Patricia and Charest, Emily MacLachlan. “Once I Ate a Pie.” Illus. by Katy Schneider. HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler.

McClintock, Barbara. “Adèle & Simon.” illus. Farrar/Frances Foster.

McLimans, David. “Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.” illus. Walker.

Montes, Marisa. “Los Gatos Black on Halloween.” Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Holt.

Newman, Jeff. “Hippo! No, Rhino!” illus. Little, Brown.

Pinkney, Jerry. “The Little Red Hen.” illus. Dial.

Portis, Antoinette. “Not a Box.” illus. HarperCollins.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. “Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites.” illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Shannon, David. “Good Boy, Fergus!” illus. Scholastic/Blue Sky.

Sierra, Judy. “Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie.” Illus. by Edward Koren. Knopf.

Watt, Mélanie. “Scaredy Squirrel.” illus. Kids Can.

Wheeler, Lisa. “Mammoths on the Move.” Illus. by Kurt Cyrus. Harcourt.

Winter, Jonah. “Dizzy.” Illus. by Sean Qualls. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.

Middle Readers

Bardoe, Cheryl. “Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas.” Illus. by Jos. A. Smith. Abrams.

Barrows, Annie. “Ivy and Bean.” Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle.

Brown, Susan Taylor. “Hugging the Rock.” Tricycle.

Demi. “Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius.” illus. Lee & Low.

DiCamillo, Kate. “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick.

Faller, Régis. “The Adventures of Polo.” illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Goodman, Susan E. “All in Just One Cookie.” Illus. by Timothy Bush. Greenwillow.

Hatkoff, Isabella and others. “Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.” Illus. by Peter Greste. Scholastic

Henderson, Kathy. “Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War.” Illus. by Jane Ray. Candlewick.

Jenkins, Emily. “Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic.” Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Kuklin, Susan. “Families.” illus. Hyperion.

Kurlansky, Mark. “The Story of Salt.” Illus. by S.D. Schindler. Putnam.

Lin, Grace. “The Year of the Dog.” Little, Brown.

Look, Lenore. “Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything.” Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

Lord, Cynthia. “Rules.” Scholastic.

Marrin, Albert. “Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People.” Illus. by C.B. Mordan. Dutton.

McCarthy, Meghan. “Aliens Are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast.” illus. Knopf.

Montgomery, Sy. “Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea.” Photos by Nic Bishop. Houghton.

Myers, Walter Dean. “Jazz.” Illus. by Christopher Myers. Holiday.

Patron, Susan. “The Higher Power of Lucky.” Illus. by Matt Phelan. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

Pennypacker, Sara. “Clementine.” Illus. by Marla Frazee. Hyperion.

Raczka, Bob. “Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves.” illus. Lerner/Millbrook.

Rubin, Susan Goldman and Weissberger, Ela. “The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin.” illus. Holiday.

“She's All That! Poems about Girls.” Ed. by Belinda Hollyer. Illus. by Susan Hellard. Kingfisher.

Sidman, Joyce. “Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow.” Illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton.

Siegel, Siena Cherson. “To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel.” Illus. by Mark Siegel. Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson.

Singh, Vandana. “Younguncle Comes to Town.” Illus. by B.M. Kamath. Viking.

Thimmesh, Catherine. “Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon.” illus. Houghton.

Tingle, Tim. “Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom.” Illus. by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. Cinco Puntos.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.” Illus. by Kadir Nelson. Hyperion/Jump at the Sun.

Older Readers

Avi. “Crispin: At the Edge of the World.” Hyperion.

Bausum, Ann. “Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.” illus. National Geographic.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure. “The Killer’s Tears.” Tr. by Y. Maudet. Delacorte.

Budhos, Marina. “Ask Me No Questions.” Simon & Schuster/Ginee Seo.

Coombs, Kate. “The Runaway Princess.” Farrar.

Cottrell Boyce, Frank. “Framed.” HarperCollins.

DeMari, Silvana. “The Last Dragon.” Tr. by Shaun Whiteside. Hyperion/Miramax.

Ellis, Sarah. “Odd Man Out.” Groundwood.

Fleischman, Sid. “Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini.” illus. Greenwillow.

Fradin, Judith Bloom and Fradin, Dennis Brindell. “Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy.” illus. Clarion.

Freedman, Russell. “The Adventures of Marco Polo.” Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.

Freedman, Russell. “Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” illus. Holiday.

Holm, Jennifer L. “Penny from Heaven.” Random.

Hopkinson, Deborah. “Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America.” illus. Scholastic Nonfiction.

Krull, Kathleen. “Isaac Newton.” Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Viking.

Krull, Kathleen. “Sigmund Freud.” Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Viking.

Larson, Kirby. “Hattie Big Sky.” Delacorte.

Lowry, Lois. “Gossamer.” Houghton/Walter Lorraine.

Lupica, Mike. “Heat.” Philomel.

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. “The Pull of the Ocean.” Trans. by Y. Maudet. Delacorte.

Paulsen, Gary. “The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Famous Marshal in the West.” Random/Wendy Lamb.

Pearsall, Shelley. “All of the Above: A Novel.” Illus. by Javaka Steptoe. Little, Brown.

Pratchett, Terry. “Wintersmith.” HarperTempest.

Reeve, Philip. “Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space.” Illus. by David Wyatt. Bloomsbury.

Roy, Jennifer. “Yellow Star.” Marshall Cavendish.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. “Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter.” illus. Abrams.

Salisbury, Graham. “House of the Red Fish.” Random/Wendy Lamb.

Todd, Mark and Watson, Esther Pearl. “Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics.” illus. Houghton/Graphia.

Walker, Paul Robert. “Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories.” illus. National Geographic.

Winthrop, Elizabeth. “Counting on Grace.” Random/Wendy Lamb.

All Ages

Campoy, F. Isabel and Ada, Alma Flor. “Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection.” Illus. by Felipe Dávalos and others. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

Harris, Robie H. “It's Not the Stork!: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends.” Illus. by Michael Emberley. Candlewick.

McKissack, Patricia C. “Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters.” Illus. by André Carrilho. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Oberman, Sheldon. “Solomon and the Ant and Other Jewish Folktales.” Boyds Mills.

Wiesner, David. “Flotsam.” illus. Clarion.

For the annotated 2007 list and past Notable Children’s Books lists, please visit the ALSC Web site. More information about all of ALSC’s Children’s Notable Lists (Books, Recordings, DVDs/Videos and Software) is also available on the Web site:, click on “Awards & Scholarships” and “Children’s Notable Lists.”

Members of the 2007 Notable Children’s Books Committee are: Rita Auerbach, chair, New York; Meaghan M. Battle, Troy (Mich.) Public Library; Kay Bowes, Brandywine Hundred Library, Wilmington, Del.; Sharon Deeds, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Ga.; Caitlin E. Dixon, Schoenbar Middle School, Ketchikan, Alaska; Christina H. Dorr, Alton Darby Elementary School, Hilliard, Ohio; Carol Goldman, Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library; Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Carol K. Phillips, East Brunswick (N.J.) Public Library; Vicky Smith, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine; and Lisa Von Drasek, Bank Street College of Education, New York.