Books and Brunch: Children's Fiction


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Books and Brunch: Children's Fiction

  1. 1. Books and Brunch 2010 Outstanding Juvenile Picture Books and Fiction 2009-2010 Jennie Dunn, Children’s Assistant M/RCPL Ontario Branch
  2. 2. Shark vs. Train By: Chris Barton Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0316007627 </li></ul><ul><li>Shark vs. train! Its’ the craziest competition ever, when the terror of the oceans, Shark, takes on the king of the tracks, Train. </li></ul><ul><li>Who will win? </li></ul><ul><li>Find out who triumphs at burping, bowling, Ping-Pong, piano playing, pie eating and more! </li></ul><ul><li>Who will you root for? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Fox and the Hen by: Eric Battut <ul><li>Grade: Kindergarten – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1907152023 </li></ul><ul><li>Crafty Red Fox has taken Henrietta Hen’s beautiful egg. Now Henrietta and her friends must come up with a cunning plan to trick Red Fox into giving the egg back to her. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t ) by: Barbara Bottner Illustrated by: Michael Emberley <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0375846823 </li></ul><ul><li>Miss Brooks, the librarian, loves books. To Missy they are ,”too flowery, too clickety, too furry, etc.” But Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Missy will find a book to love, even if they have to empty the whole library. What story will finally win over this beastly child? One about an ogre, of course! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Back to Bed, Ed! By: Sebastien Braun <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1561455188 </li></ul><ul><li>Ed LOVES going to bed. </li></ul><ul><li>But Ed HATES staying in bed. Night after night he makes his way down the hall – tip, toe, tip, toe, - and climbs in to bed with his mom and dad. “Stay in your own bed, Ed!” they tell him, “You’re a BIG mouse now.” How will Ed overcome his worries so that everyone can get a good night’s sleep? </li></ul>
  6. 6. I’m the Best by: Lucy Cousins <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0763646844 </li></ul><ul><li>Dog, in colorful rainbow plaid pants, thinks he’s the best at everything! He can run faster than mole, dig holes better than goose, and can swim better than donkey. But his friends find out that actually mole is a better digger, goose is a better swimmer, and so on. Dog realizes that he’s not the best at anything. His friends, however, all agree he has the best fluffy ears! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Clever Jack takes the Cake by: Candace Fleming Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas <ul><li>Grade: Kindergarten – Grade 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0375849794 </li></ul><ul><li>What would you do if you were invited to the princess’s tenth birthday party but didn’t have money for a gift? </li></ul><ul><li>Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake. Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. </li></ul><ul><li>What could possibly go wrong? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Boss Baby by: Marla Frazee <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1442401679 </li></ul><ul><li>The boss is here… and he’s a total baby! Calling meetings at all hours of the night, demanding things left and right. Even crying for his made-to-order drinks! The boss baby keeps his two staff members running ragged until they both pass out from exhaustion! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Yucky Worms by: Vivian French Illustrated by: Jessica Ahlberg <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0763644468 </li></ul><ul><li>Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy , yucky worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! </li></ul><ul><li>But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Find out where worms live, how they move, and why gardeners consider them friends in this humorous and informative look at the unappreciated – and fascinating - worm. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dogs by: Emily Gravett <ul><li>Grades: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1416987031 </li></ul><ul><li>Big dogs, small dogs, stripy dogs and spotty dogs. There are so many different kinds of dogs. How can anyone pick one type of dog to love the most? </li></ul><ul><li>Emily Gravett celebrates man’s - and kids’ – best friend in this delightful book with a clever twist. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Moon Bear by: Brenda Guiberson Illustrated by: Ed Young <ul><li>Grade: Grade 1 – Grade 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0805089776 </li></ul><ul><li>Moon bears, or Asiatic black bears, are becoming increasingly rare in the wild. They have distinctive blazes on their chests that resemble the crescent moon. The bears are seldom seen but leave footprints, claw marks, hair and bear nests high in trees. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow one moon bear I the wild as she eats, plays, hibernates and wakes up again in the spring. </li></ul>
  12. 12. My Garden by: Kevin Henkes <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061715174 </li></ul><ul><li>The girl in this book grows a garden as big as her imagination. In her garden she grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, seashells and a jelly bean bush. </li></ul><ul><li>How does your garden grow? </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Extraordinary Mark Twain (according to Susy) by: Barbara Kerley Illustrated by: Edwin Fotheringham <ul><li>Grade: Grade 2 – Grade 6 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0545125086 </li></ul><ul><li>According to Susy, people were just plain wrong about her papa. They thought they knew Mark Twain – after all he was a world famous author. Thousands of people had read his books and attended his lectures. Some of them even considered themselves Mark Twain experts. But they didn’t really know him. And so in secret, 13 year old Susy wrote her own biography of Mark Twain, - because she was determined to set the record straight! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Henry in Love by: Peter McCarty <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061142888 </li></ul><ul><li>Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker. Then there is Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel! </li></ul><ul><li>This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Wonder Horse The True Story of the Worlds’ Smartest Horse by: Emily Arnold McCully <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0805087932 </li></ul><ul><li>Jim was no ordinary horse! Although he was born weak and homely, he soon showed surprising signs on intelligence. His owner, Bill “Doc” Key, was no ordinary man. Born a slave, Doc became a veterinarian and successful businessman in the late 1800’s. Doc believed that animals should be treated with kindness and patience. Seeing Jim’s potential, Doc began teaching him to recognize letters, colors and even some math. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Todd’s TV by: James Proimos <ul><li>Grades: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061709852 </li></ul><ul><li>In this book you’ll meet Todd, Todd’s parents and Todd’s TV. </li></ul><ul><li>Todd’s parents are always busy. But Todd’s TV isn’t busy. It just sits there. So one day, Todd’s TV decides to lend a helping hand. This is the heartwarming story of that day, and what happened afterward. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – but most of all, you’ll be giving you TV a break. It probably needs it! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Bandit’s Surprise by: Karen Rostoker-Gruber Illustrated by: Vincent Nguyen <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0761456230 </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ll be back soon , with a surprise!” Michelle tells Bandit. What could it be? A new toy? New blanket? Tasty minced clams? It’s a new kitten named Mitzy. Mitzy eats his food, drinks his water, and even uses his litter box. Bandit can tolerate all that, but nobody plays with Fuzzy Mouse! Bandit takes off only to find that he soon needs the help of the new kitten. Maybe she’s not so bad after all. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Trucker by: Barbara Samuels <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0374378042 </li></ul><ul><li>Leo loves trucks! Dump trucks, garbage trucks, pickup trucks ,cement trucks, moving vans, tow trucks, fire trucks… He can name a billion of them! </li></ul><ul><li>Every day Leo-the-trucker plays with his trucks and asks Mama to read his favorite truck book over and over and over – until she’s had enough of trucks! It’s time for something new. Something that does NOT go VROOM! Mama has an idea. But she and Leo are both in for a big surprise! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Don’t Spill the Beans! By: Ian Schoenherr <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061724572 </li></ul><ul><li>Bear has a secret. Something special is going on, but nobody knows what it is except Bear. But Bear can’t “bear” it and he ends up spilling the beans and tells Elephant, and Toucan, too. Soon everyone in the book knows the secret, except you! Bear and his friend all end up spilling the beans and telling their special secret at the end. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Oh, Daddy! By: Bob Shea <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 1 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061730801 </li></ul><ul><li>He may be little, but he’s as smart as two-eight year-olds. He’s so smart, he even has to show his dad how to do things. From getting dressed to eating lunch to hugging, the child has to show his dad how these need to be done. Each silly situation shows the dad doing things wrong, and the child patiently showing his father how to get dressed, eat his carrots, even how to give a hug. </li></ul>
  21. 21. A Beach Tail by: Karen Lynn Williams Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1590787120 </li></ul><ul><li>Gregory and his father are spending a day at the beach. When Greg finds a stick he draws Sandy a sand lion. His father tells him, “Don’t go in the water and don’t leave Sandy.” Greg does as his father says, but manages to travel a long way down the beach as Sandy’s tail grows and grows. Fortunately, he is able to follow his lions’ tail all the way back to his father. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Chalk by: Bill Thomson <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 4 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0761455264 </li></ul><ul><li>One rainy day, three raincoat-clad children head to the playground and find a bag of chalk. When one girl draws the sun, something amazing happens: clouds break and a sunny blue sky appears. The second child draws butterflies, which fly away and disappear. But when a boy draws a dinosaur, things get almost too exciting! Luckily, A solution is close at hand. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Insect Detective by: Steve Voake Illustrated by: Charlotte Voake <ul><li>Grade: Kindergarten – Grade 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0763644475 </li></ul><ul><li>Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things. Wasps are building their nests, ants are collecting food and dragonflies are readying to hunt. But it’s not always so easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures. Become an insect detective and find out just what the insects around you are up to! </li></ul>
  24. 24. City Dog, Country Frog by: Mo Willems Illustrated by: Jon Muth <ul><li>Grade: Preschool – Grade 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1423103004 </li></ul><ul><li>In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do”, Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. By winter, things change for the friends. When it’s spring again, friendship blooms again, a little differently this time. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Here Comes the Garbage Barge by: Jonah Winter Illustrated by: Red Nose Studio <ul><li>Grade: Kindergarten – Grade 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0375852183 </li></ul><ul><li>Garbage, garbage and more garbage! What do you do with over 3,000 tons of garbage? You load it up on a barge and take it to North Carolina, of course! Based on a true story in 1987, a New York town tries to find someone to take all their garbage. After traveling to North Carolina, New Orleans, Mexico, Belize, Florida and back to New York this garbage barge made quite a stink! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by: Meg Wiviott Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon <ul><li>Grade: Grades 2 – 5 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0822599753 </li></ul><ul><li>Benno was the neighborhood’s favorite cat. During the week, he napped in a sunny corner of Mitzi Stein’s dress shop, and begged for scraps from Moshe the butcher. He spent Shabbat evenings with Sophie Adler’s family in apartment 3B. </li></ul><ul><li>But one night the Nazis came to Berlin. Windows were shattered, books were burned and Benno’s Jewish friends disappeared. Life would never be the same. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Cosmic by: Frank Cottrell Boyce <ul><li>Grade: Grade 4 – Grade 7 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0061836831 </li></ul><ul><li>Liam has always felt like he’s stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he’s 12 years old but he looks like he’s 30. Sometimes it’s not so bad, but mostly it’s frustrating, a kid being trapped in an adult world. Liam decides to flip tings around and con his way into the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for kids and Liam is the adult chaperone. </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Night Fairy by: Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by: Angela Barrett <ul><li>Grade: Grade 1 – Grade 4 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0763636746 </li></ul><ul><li>What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and couldn’t fly? Flory, a young fairy is about to find out. What she finds si that the world is very, very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. </li></ul>
  29. 29. One Crazy Summer by: Rita Williams-Garcia <ul><li>Grade: Grade 4 – Grade 7 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-0060760885 </li></ul><ul><li>Eleven year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters. Even though her father and Big Ma are sending the girls Oakland, CA to spend the summer with their mom, who really doesn’t even want them there. Caught up in the era of the Black Panthers, Black Pride and riots, Delphine and her sisters are having one crazy summer! </li></ul>
  30. 30. It’s a Book by: Lane Smith <ul><li>Grade: Grade 3 – Grade 5 </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN-13: 978-1596436060 </li></ul><ul><li>A mouse, a jackass and a monkey are the characters in this off the wall book. Computers and gaming are all that jackass knows. He is truly fascinated by the book that monkey is trying to read. He is trying to figure out how it works by asking one annoying question after another. Will he ever figure it out? </li></ul>