December 2008

Librarians’ Choice 2008 · Books for Children

Easy Books

cover of A Visitor for Bear A Visitor for Bear
Bonny Becker
Bear�s efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

cover of Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley
Aaron Blabey
Pearl and Charlie are best friends, although they seem to be different in every way.

cover of Oodles of Animals Oodles of Animals
Lois Ehlert
Short, easy to read rhymes reveal what is unique about various animals, from ape to wolf.

cover of The Snow Day The Snow Day
Komako Sakai
A little rabbit enjoys having a day off from kindergarten and spending time with his mother during a snowstorm, but his father's flight home is cancelled until the snow stops falling.

cover of Waking Beauty Waking Beauty
Leah Wilcox
Prince Charming tries all sorts of silly ways to wake Sleeping Beauty before he learns how he is really supposed to wake her up.

Juvenile Fiction

cover of The Underneath The Underneath
Kathi Appelt
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner’s run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

cover of The 100-Year-Old Secret The 100-Year-Old Secret
Tracy Barrett
Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister spending a year in London discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather. Inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives, they receive his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.

cover of Where the Steps Were Where the Steps Were
Andrea Cheng
Verse from the perspectives of five students in Miss D.’s third grade class details the children’s last year together before their inner city school is to be torn down.

cover of Diamond Willow Diamond Willow
Helen Frost
In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs, when she is not at school. Willow wishes she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.

cover of Steel Trapp: The Challenge Steel Trapp: The Challenge
Ridley Pearson
On a two-day train trip to enter his invention in the National Science Competition in Washington, D.C., fourteen-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp, possessor of a remarkable photographic memory, becomes embroiled in an international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists.


cover of Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss
A retelling of a traditional Bengali tale in which a kind and generous Indian barber, pressed by his wife to earn more money, cleverly persuades a ghost to bring him riches. Grades 3-6

cover of The Lincolns: a Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary The Lincolns: a Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
Candace Fleming Swartz and Wade Books
This extraordinary scrapbook history uses photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons to depict the lives of Abraham and Mary—from their disparate childhoods and tumultuous courtship, through the agony of the Civil War, to the loss of three of their children, and finally their own tragic deaths. Perfect for reluctant readers as well as history lovers. Grades 5-6

cover of What to Do About Alice? What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
Barbara Kerley
Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or educating herself in Father’s library or traveling the globe, Alice Roosevelt bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure. Grades 1-4

cover of Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There
Jeff Belanger
A supernatural investigation to look for ghosts in this very famous and very haunted building! As you move forward, you'll hear from past presidents and first ladies, as well as from people who work inside the White House every day. Grades 5-6