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December 2007

Librarians’ Choice 2007 · Books for Children

Easy Books

cover of Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa
Niki Daly
In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, set in Ghana, a young girl fails to heed Granny’s warning about the dangers of talking to strangers.

cover of Chicky Chicky Chook Chook Chicky Chicky Chook Chook
Cathy MacLennan
Chicks, kitties, and bees play in the morning, but get sleepy in the afternoon heat. Their nap is interrupted by a storm that leaves them all icky and soggy. How will they get dry?

cover of I’d Really Like to Eat a Child I’d Really Like to Eat a Child
Sylviane Donnio
A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He’s tired of bananas; today he’d like to eat a child.

cover of Orange Pear Apple Bear Orange Pear Apple Bear
Emily Gravett
Explore concepts of color, shape, and food using only four simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.

cover of Four Feet, Two Sandals Four Feet, Two Sandals
Karen Lynn Williams
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.

Juvenile Fiction

cover of Home of the Brave
Katherine Applegate
Kek, an African refugee, confronted by many strange things at his aunt and uncle’s Minneapolis home and his fifth grade classroom, longs for his missing mother. But the young boy finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

cover of The Castle Corona The Castle Corona
Sharon Creech
Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.

cover of Dreamquest: Tales of Slumberia Dreamquest: Tales of Slumberia
Brent Hartinger
Trapped between her squabbling parents, eleven-year-old Julie is plagued by terrible dreams. And then one night, she wakes up inside the studio where her dreams are produced. Now she has the chance to find (and stop!) the people who are responsible for her scary dreams.

cover of Greetings from Planet Earth Greetings from Planet Earth
Barbara Kerley
In 1977, as twelve-year-old Theo struggles with a science class project on space exploration, questions emerge about why his father never returned from Vietnam and why Theo’s mother has been keeping secrets for many years.

cover of The Lemonade Club The Lemonade Club
Patricia Polacco
When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments and support from friends, they get better. Based on a true story.

Nonfiction

cover of Jabberwocky Jabberwocky
Lewis Carroll
With exuberant, high-energy illustrations, Christopher Myers delivers a creative reinterpretation of Carroll�s beloved poem as a face-off on the basketball court.

cover of Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More
Cris Peterson
Cows are amazing creatures, transforming feed such as hay and corn into dairy products such as milk, cheese, ice cream, and butter. We follow Clarabelle, a four-footed factory, through her day on a Wisconsin dairy farm.

cover of Wired Wired
Anastasia Suen
In rhythmic text, Anastasia Suen breaks down the complex subject of electricity into its essential parts. Paul Carrick’s three-dimensional illustrations help shed light on the subject.

cover of Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson
Sue Stauffacher
A biography of Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to ever compete in what is now known as the U.S. Open and the Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, England.

cover of Nathan of Yesteryear and Michael of Today Nathan of Yesteryear and Michael of Today
Brian Heinz
This book compares the boyhood life of Michael, who lives today, with that of his great-great-grandfather Nathan, who lived in the 1880s.