I've had a bit of a lull in finding librarians to interview or who have gotten their interviews back, so it seemed a perfect time to do a little recap of their picks in the top five category. For convenience, I've divided by age genre and linked each to Goodreads. Just in time for holiday book buying! Stop back next week for young adult and adult fiction picks!
I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
ELEPHANTS CANNOT DANCE! by Mo Willems Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Elephants Cannot Dance! Piggie tries to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?
CREEPY CARROTS! by Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illus) The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
KEL GILLIGAN'S DAREDEVIL STUNT SHOW by Michael Buckley, Dan Santat (Illus) hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. �The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary
Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illus) Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky illustrates an outrageously funny and boundary-breaking story for fans of Jon Scieszka and David Weisner. Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as A-B-C, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas.
ME...JANE by Patrick McDonnell In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true
OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO by Dr. Seuss In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss's books favorites for years.
IS THERE REALLY A HUMAN RACE? by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illus) Is There Really a Human Race? Is all about relishing the journey and making good choices along the way—because how we live and how we love is how we learn to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.
UNSPOKEN: A STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Henry Cole A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him?
MIDDLE GRADE AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID SERIES by Jeff Kinney Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?
FAKE MUSTACHE by Tom Angelberger Award-winning author Tom Angleberger flexes his comic muscle in this hairy adventure story with twists at every turn.
WARP SPEED by Lisa Yee Fighting against bullying… with Star Trek
DARTH VADER AND SON by Jeffrey Brown Luke Skywalker as a toddler! graphic novel
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai Amazing Poetry and a beautiful story about life after Vietnam
WONDER by R.J. Palacio (x 2) R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all level
ONE FOR THE MURPHYS by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Do happy families really exist?
OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt (x 2) Okay For Now, his latest novel, explores another seemingly improbable alliance, this one between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss.
DUMPLING DAYS by Grace Lin There was no day that dumplings couldn't make better.
OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind, that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope