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December 2005

Librarians’ Choice 2005 · Books for Children

Easy Books

cover of Snip Snap!: What’s That? Snip Snap!: What’s That?
Mara Bergman
Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the green alligator who is creeping up the stairs. And then…they decide they&38217;ve had enough! A great read-aloud.

cover of The Best Time To Read The Best Time To Read
Debbie Bertram
A boy who has just learned to read tries to find someone in his family who will listen to him read aloud.

cover of Shanghai Messenger Shanghai Messenger
Andrea Cheng
In graceful free-verse poems, Cheng (a Cincinnati writer) describes eleven-year-old Xiao Mei’sit trip from Ohio to Shanghai to visit her extended family.

cover of The Three Silly Billies The Three Silly Billies
Margie Palatini
Three billy goats, unable to cross a bridge because they don’t have enough money for the toll, form a car pool with The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (minus his beanstalk).

cover of Little Engine That Could Little Engine That Could
Watty Piper
Local artist Loren Long brings to life the classic story of the Little Blue Engine, who although not very big, tries to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

cover of Little Pea Little Pea
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

cover of Spicy Hot Colors=Colores Picantes Spicy Hot Colors=Colores Picantes
Sherry Shahan
Shahan introduces young readers to colors in Spanish and English by interweaving images and dance moves.

cover of Superhero Superhero
Marc Tauss
Maleek and his robot Marvyn travel into the past to find trees and plants to restore the cityparks and playgrounds that mysteriously disappeared.

cover of Timothy Tugbottom Says No! Timothy Tugbottom Says No!
Anne Tyler
Timothy Tugbottom likes his old pants, his old crib, his old bedtime story, and his old breakfast. And then one day, he realizes that new things, including sleepovers, can be good too.

cover of Wait! I Want To Tell You A Story Wait! I Want To Tell You A Story
Tom Willans
A clever muskrat manages to outwit a hungry tiger with the promise of a story.

Juvenile Fiction

cover of Lace Dowry Lace Dowry
Andrea Cheng
In Hungary in 1933, a twelve-year-old from Budapest befriends the Halas village family of lacemakers hired to stitch her dowry.

cover of Clarice Bean Spells Trouble Clarice Bean Spells Trouble
Lauren Child
Clarice Bean, aspiring actress and author, unsuccessfully tries to avoid getting into trouble as she attempts to help a friend in need by following the rules of the fictional, “exceptionordinarily” spy, Ruby Redfort.

cover of The Liberation of Gabriel King The Liberation of Gabriel King
K. L. Going
In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, find that it’s a lot easier to confront your fears when you have a good friend standing loyally beside you.

cover of Flush Flush
Carl Hiaasen
After their father is thrown in jail for sinking a casino boat, it’s up to Noah Underwood and his younger sister to gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino has been emptying sewage into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

cover of The Mzungu Boy The Mzungu Boy
Meja Mwangi
For Kariuki, life in his small Kenyan village is one great adventure. It gets even more interesting when he meets Nigel, an English boy who is visiting his grandfather. Kariuki befriends Nigel even though the rest of the villager is afraid of “the mzungu boy” (westerner).


cover of Joe Louis: America’s Fighter Joe Louis: America’s Fighter
David A. Adler
A beautifully illustrated biography of the legendary African American boxing champion.

cover of The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret And H.A. Rey
Louise Borden
Local author Louise Borden recounts the amazing tale of the Reys’ 1940 flight from Paris on bicycles just before the Nazis stormed the city.

cover of The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence
Judith St. George
Did you know that “the Declaration of Independence has had more homes than a traveling circus”? St. George (So, You Want to be President?) offers a lively chronology of the travels of the Declaration of Independence as it made its way to its current home, the National Archives. Local artist Will Hillenbrand provides the charming illustrations.

cover of The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Edwards tells the story of Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat in a 𔄬This Is the House That Jack Built” narrative.

cover of Rosa Rosa
Nikki Giovanni
Lyrical text and striking illustrations combine “for a powerful portrayal of a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.”

cover of You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World
Barbara Kerley
From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving parents and kids share their lives.

cover of The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino
Dan Shaughnessy
Did the 1920 sale of Babe Ruth by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees forever change the game? Dan Shaughnessy and local artist C.F. Payne explain the history behind the infamous “Curse of the Bambino.”

cover of Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson
Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
Neither the starched lords of the British Admiralty nor the snooty London Fire Brigade were ready for his strange and wonderful inventions of Captain John Ericsson. However, wonderful opportunities awaited Captain Ericsson on the other side of the Atlantic, where people had a taste for dreamers.