2012 Finalists for the Children's Choice Book Awards - Part 1 of 2
The nominees for the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards were released last week. Past winners include Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!, and Catching Fire.
Bailey. Written and illustrated by Harry Bliss. Scholastic, 2011.
Harry Bliss visited my school library three years ago. His illustrations make kids laugh time and time again. I could spend hours looking at his illustrations for A Fine, Fine School.
Dot. Written and illustrated by Patricia Intriago. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011.
Dots here, dots there, you can see dots everywhere! Some are loud, and some are quiet. Some are happy, and some are sad. Some dots even taste yummy, while others taste bad. Graphic designer Patricia Intriago sets bold, circular shapes against a stark white background to emphasize opposite dot relationships.
Nothing unusual ever happened on the Tuckers farm. Until the day that peacock showed up...
When a glamorous visitor lands unexpectedly in their midst and begins attracting customers, three hardworking hens protest:
How come we do all the hard work and he gets all the attention?
To keep the peace, the wise old hound dog suggests a swap. The hens and the peacock soon find out that others jobs aren t always as easy as they seem.
Zombie in Love. By Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell. Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?
Bad Kitty survived her time with Unkie M - barely. Now she's back, and there's a big surprise waiting for her...
What is it? Kitty thinks it could be a dog - the neighbor cats think its a cat. But we all know that it's really a BABY!
You don't often see a character interview her creator. Awesome!
Download Bad Kitty activity sheets.
Head over to Bad Kitty's website to play "The Stack Up Game."
A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems. By Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech. Albert Whitman, 2011.
My teacher's pretty slick, Has a hundred teaching tricks. Even in the bathroom stalls, She hangs poetry on the walls, And while I'm there all alone I can't help but read a poem. From "Gross" and "Flushophobic" to "There's a Sock in the Toilet," these poems will have kids laughing all the way to "The Bathroom Dance!"
. Written and illustrated by Dan Santat. Arthur A. Levine, 2011.
Wow! Dan Santat posted a free 276 page PDF that documents the seven years he worked on Sidekicks. Thanks, Dan!