ALSC announces 2008 Notable Children's Books

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ALSC Program Officer

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For Immediate Release,

January 29, 2008

ALSC announces 2008 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2008 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 list follows:

Younger Readers

Agee, Jon. "Nothing." illus. Hyperion.

Bang-Campbell, Monika. "Little Rat Makes Music." Illus. by Molly Bang. Harcourt.

Broach, Elise. "When Dinosaurs Came with Everything." Illus. by David Small. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

Brown, Monica. "My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: La vida de Gabriel García Márquez." Illus. by Raúl Colón. Luna Rising.

Coffelt, Nancy. "Fred Stays with Me!" Illus. by Tricia Tusa. Little, Brown. Cole, Brock. "Good Enough to Eat." illus. Farrar.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. "Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale." Illus. by Michael Austin. Peachtree.

Dillon, Leo and Diane Dillon. "Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose." illus. Harcourt.

Floca, Brian. "Lightship." illus. Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson.

The Global Fund for Children. "Global Babies." illus. Charlesbridge.

Gonzalez, Maya Christina. "My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo." illus. Children's Book Press.

Graham, Bob. "Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty's Little Sister." illus. Candlewick.

Gravett, Emily. "Orange Pear Apple Bear." illus. Simon & Schuster.

Harrington Janice N. "The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County." Illus. by Shelley Jackson. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa.

Henkes, Kevin. "A Good Day." illus. Greenwillow.

"Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry." Ed. by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illus. by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick.

Isadora, Rachel. "Yo, Jo!" illus. Harcourt.

Lunde, Darrin. "Hello, Bumblebee Bat." Illus. by Patricia J. Wynne. Charlesbridge.

McKissack, Patricia C. "The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll." Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Schwartz & Wade.

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

Morales, Yuyi. "Little Night." illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Perkins, Lynne Rae. "Pictures from Our Vacation." illus. Greenwillow.

Pinkney, Jerry. "Little Red Riding Hood." illus. Little, Brown.

Sayre, April Pulley. "Vulture View." Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Holt.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. "Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories." illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Seeger, Laura Vacarro. "First the Egg." illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Thompson, Lauren. "Ballerina Dreams: A True Story." Illus. by James Estrin. Feiwel & Friends.

Wheeler, Lisa. "Jazz Baby." Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt.

Willems, Mo. "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity." illus. Hyperion.

Willems, Mo. "There Is a Bird on Your Head!" illus. Hyperion.

Middle Readers

Bishop, Nic. "Nic Bishop Spiders." illus. Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic.

Dowson, Nick. "Tracks of a Panda." Illus. by Yu Rong. Candlewick.

Giblin, James Cross. "The Many Rides of Paul Revere." Archival Photographs. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

Goscinny, René. "Nicholas and the Gang." Illus. by Jean-Jacques Sempé. Tr. from the French by Anthea Bell. Phaidon.

Hest, Amy. "Remembering Mrs. Rossi." Illus. by Heather Maione. Candlewick.

Judge, Lita. "One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II." illus. Hyperion.

Kobayashi, Issa. "Today and Today." Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

Lehman, Barbara. "Rainstorm." illus. Houghton.

Levine, Ellen. "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad." Illus. by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

Lewin, Ted. "At Gleason's Gym." illus. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

Mora, Pat. "Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que Rico!: Americas' Sproutings." Illus. by Rafael López. Lee & Low.

Park, Linda Sue. "Tap Dancing on the Roof." Illus. by Istvan Banyai. Clarion.

Ray, Deborah Kogan. "Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer." illus. Farrar.

Richter, Jutta. "The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity." Illus. by Rotraut Susanne Berner. Tr. from the German by Anna Brailovsky. Milkweed Editions.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. "The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm." Illus. by Max Grafe. Candlewick.

Selznick, Brian. "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." illus. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

Stewart, Trenton Lee. "The Mysterious Benedict Society." Little, Brown/Megan Tingley.

Varon, Sara. "Robot Dreams." illus. Roaring Brook/First Second.

Older Readers

Alexander, Lloyd. "The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio." Holt.

Alexander, Elizabeth and Marilyn Nelson. "Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color." Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills/Wordsong.

Bausum, Ann. "Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism." illus. National Geographic.

Barakat, Ibtisam. "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood." Farrar/Melanie Kroupa.

Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. "Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life!" illus. Marshall Cavendish.

Burns, Loree Griffin. "Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion." illus. Houghton.

Compestine, Ying Chang. "Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party." Holt.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. "Elijah of Buxton." Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

Engle, Margarita. "The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano." Illus. by Sean Qualls. Holt.

Freedman, Russell. "Who Was First? Discovering the Americas." illus. Clarion.

Gore, Al. "An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming." illus. Viking/Rodale.

Grandits, John. "Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems." Clarion.

Holm, Jennifer. "Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told through Stuff." Illus. by Elicia Castaldi. Simon & Schuster/Ginee Seo.

Krull, Kathleen. "Marie Curie: Giants of Science." Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Viking.

Miyabe, Miyuki. "Brave Story." Tr. from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith. VIZ Media.

Neri. G. "Chess Rumble." Illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson. Lee & Low.

Rowling, J.K. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village." Illus. by Robert Byrd. Candlewick.

Schmidt, Gary. "The Wednesday Wars." Clarion.

Sís, Peter. "The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain." illus. Farrar.

Tan, Shaun. "The Arrival." illus. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic.

Thompson, Kate. "The New Policeman." Greenwillow.

Wells, Rosemary. "Red Moon at Sharpsburg." Viking.

Williams, Marcia. "Chaucer's Canterbury Tales." illus. Candlewick.

Woodson, Jacqueline. "Feathers." Putnam.

Wynne-Jones, Tim. "Rex Zero and the End of the World." Farrar/Melanie Kroupa.

All Ages

Bryan, Ashley. "Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals." illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

Prelutsky, Jack. "Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More."

Illus. by Chris Raschka. Knopf.

Prévert, Jacques. "How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird." Illus. and tr. by Mordicai Gerstein. Roaring Brook.

For the annotated 2008 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 and DVDs/Videos) is also available on the Web site:, click on "Awards & Scholarships" and "Children's Notable Lists."

Members of the 2008 Notable Children's Books Committee are: Caroline Ward, chair, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.; Kay Bowes, Brandywine Hundred Library, Wilmington, Del.; Betty Carter, Coppell, Texas; Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.; Eliza T. Dresang, College of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.; Roxanne Hsu Feldman, The Dalton School, New York, N.Y.; Darwin L. Henderson, College of Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; Barbara Immroth, School of Information, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Kathleen Isaacs, Pasadena, Md.; Carol K. Phillips, East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, N.J.; and Martha M. Walke, Children's Literature New England, Inc., South Strafford, Vt.