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2012 NCTE/CLA Notables


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This booklist includes outstanding 2011 titles for K-8 readers chosen as 2012 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts.

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2012 NCTE/CLA Notables

  1. 1. 2012 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Books in the Language ArtsThis list includes outstanding 2011 titles for K-8 readers selected by the NCTE/CLA NotableChildrens Books in the Language Arts Committee. Additional resources for all books have beencollected by librarian, John Schumacher, and can be found on his blog: on the inside Amelia lost : the life and disappearance ofBy Howe, James Amelia EarhartOutspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle By Fleming, Candacelearns about love, loss, and staying true to Traces the life of female aviator Ameliaherself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys Earhart from her childhood to her final flight,a visit from her grandmother, fights with her discusses the extensive search for her and herboyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness missing plane, and includes photographs,from her former best friend. IL:5-8 RL:5 maps, handwritten notes by Amelia, and sidebars. IL:5-8 RL:6.3Balloons over Broadway: the true story of Bluefishthe puppeteer of Macys Parade By Schmatz, PatBy Sweet, Melissa Thirteen-year-old Travis, living in crampedTells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the quarters with his alcoholic grandfather, longsman who first invented the helium balloons for his old life in the country, and struggles inthat have become the trademark of the annual school to hide the fact that he cannot read, butMacys Thanksgiving Day Parade. a persistent teacher and a special girl open hisIL:K-3 RL:5.4 eyes to a new world. IL:YABookspeak!: poems about books BreadcrumbsBy Salas, Laura Purdie By Ursu, AnneBooks are given the opportunity to speak in an Hazel and Jack are best friends until anillustrated collection of humorous poems. accident with a magical mirror and a run-inIL:K-3 RL:2 with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jacks life. IL:3-6 RL:5.5A butterfly is patient The cazuela that the farm maiden stirredBy Aston, Dianna Hutts By Vamos, SamanthaIntroduces young readers to the life cycle, A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aidedcharacteristics, and behaviors of butterflies. by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz conIL:K-3 RL:5 Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text. IL:K-3 RL:2.4The Cheshire Cheese cat: a Dickens of a tale Dead end in NorveltBy Deedy, Carmen Agra By Gantos, JackA community of mice and a cheese-loving cat In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania,form an unlikely alliance at Londons Cheshire twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends theCheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds summer of 1962 grounded for various offensesinspiration and Queen Victoria makes an until he is assigned to help an elderly neighborunexpected appearance. IL:3-6 RL:5.1 with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from
  2. 2. history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses. IL:5-8 RL:6The friendship doll The great wall of Lucy WuBy Larson, Kirby By Shang, Wendy Wan LongFollows the adventures of Miss Kanagawa, a Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star anddoll made to serve as an ambassadors from interior designer Lucy Wu is excited aboutJapan to the United States, as she makes finally having her own bedroom, until shefriends and learns about love during the learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit andtwentieth century. IL:3-6 RL:5.2 Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year. IL:3-6 RL:5.3Heart and soul: the story of America and Hound dog trueAfrican Americans By Urban, LindaBy Nelson, Kadir Mattie, a shy fifth grader, wants to hide out atExamines the history of the United States, her new school by acting as apprentice to herfocusing on events that influenced African- Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan fallsAmericans and how they advanced liberty and apart when she summons the courage to speakjustice in America. IL:3-6 RL:5.8 about what matters most and finds a true friend. IL:3-6 RL:4.3Inside out & back again Lemonade: and other poems squeezed fromBy Lai, Thanhha a single wordThrough a series of poems, a young girl By Raczka, Bobchronicles the life-changing year of 1975, A collection of poems based on a childs day-when she, her mother, and her brothers leave to-day experiences that includes a puzzle at theVietnam and resettle in Alabama. end of each poem. IL:3-6 RL:6.1IL:3-6 RL:4.9Me-- Jane A monster calls : a novelBy McDonnell, Patrick By Ness, PatrickHolding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night toJane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan find a monster outside his bedroom window,books, and dreams of living in Africa and but not the one from the recurring nightmarehelping animals. Includes biographical that began when his mother became ill--aninformation on the prominent zoologist. ancient, wild creature that wants him to faceIL:K-3 RL:3.5 truth and loss. IL:YAOkay for now Over and under the snowBy Schmidt, Gary By Messner, KateFourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many During a cross country ski trip through thechallenges, including an abusive father, a winter woods, adventurers can discover allbrother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious sorts of animals living under the snow.teachers and police officers, and isolation, but IL:K-3 RL:3when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, hedevelops a close relationship with her andfinds a safe place at the local library.IL:5-8 RL:4.6
  3. 3. Pablo Neruda : poet of the people Passing the music downBy Brown, Monica By Sullivan, SarahDescribes the life of Chilean poet Pablo A boy and his family befriend a countryNeruda, covering his childhood, his decision to fiddler, who teaches the boy all about playinguse a pen name and change his name from the old tunes, which the boy promises to helpNeftali, his love of people, and his poetry. keep alive. Inspired by Melvin Wine and JakeIL:K-3 RL:3.5 Krack. IL:K-3 RL:2.7Requiem : poems of the Terezin ghetto The Scorpio RacesBy Janeczko, Paul B Dewey: 811 By Stiefvater, MaggieCollects poems in which Paul B. Janeczko Nineteen-year-old returning champion Seandescribes the experiences of prisoners of the Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, theCzechoslovakian concentration camp Terezin; first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpioand includes illustrations by inmates. IL:YA Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. IL:YAShout! Shout it out! StarsBy Fleming, Denise By Ray, Mary LynMouse invites the readers to shout out what Explores the wonder of stars, whether they arethey know as they review numbers, letters, and in the night sky, on a plant as a promise ofeasy words. IL:K-3 RL:.8 fruit to come, or in ones pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny. IL:K-3 RL:2.1These hands True (--sort of)By Mason, Margaret By Hannigan, KatherineAn African American man tells his grandson For most of her eleven years, Delly has been inabout a time when, despite all the wonderful trouble without knowing why, until her littlethings his hands could do, they could not touch brother, R.B., and a strange, silent new friend,bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on Ferris, help her find a way to be good--andstories of bakery union workers; includes happy--again. IL:3-6 RL:3.8historical note. IL:K-3 RL:2.5Underground Won-Ton: a cat tale told in haikuBy Evans, Shane By Wardlaw, LeeFollows a familys journey toward freedom as A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go homethey travel along the Underground Railroad. with a good family, and settles in with them,IL:K-3 RL:.6 all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name. IL:K-3 RL:3