Wednesday 6 March 2013

ALA 2013 Notable Children's Books and Videos

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division within the American Library Association announced its 2013 Notable Children's Books  and Videos on January 28, 2013 at the ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.  For the committee, the term "notable" is used to refer to a book that is...
...worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding.  As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.
The lists for all notables (and their descriptions, as used here) are posted at the ALSC website.  However, I would like to note those Canadian books that made the list, bolding the Canadian author or illustrator or publisher. Congratulations to all of you for creating outstanding work for our children.


2013 Notables Children's Books

Notables for Younger Children
This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press
A tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat, but it fits him just right. And the big fish wants his hat back.

Extra Yarn 
by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray
A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn.

Notables for Older Readers
by Rachel Hartman
Random House
In Goredd, dragons and humans live in uneasy peace. Hartman pulls Seraphina, a half-human/half-dragon teen musician, into the intrigue at court.  Internally logical, suspenseful with just a hint of romance.


2013 Notables Children's Recordings
The Mighty Miss Malone 
Written by Christopher Paul Curtis
Listening Library
8 hrs.
Grades 4 to 7
The hardships and courage of Deza Malone and her family during the Great Depression are read passionately by Bahni Turpin.

One Year in Coal Harbor
Written by Polly Horvath
Listening Library
5.5 hrs.
Grades 4 to 7
With a great deal of wit and charm, Kathleen McInerney voices Primrose Squarp's continuing story in Coal Harbor as she plays matchmaker and supports an effort to stop logging on the town mountain.

2013 Notable Children's Videos
55 Socks 
National Film Board Canada
8 min. DVD, $129, 800-542-2164
During World War II in the dark "winter of hunger" in Holland, women and a girl unravel a beautiful bedspread to make socks to barter for food. Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, this animated, poetic film leaves viewers with hope for a brighter future. 

Big Drive 
National Film Board of Canada
9 min., DVD, $129, 800-542-2164
Squeezed into the back of the family car, four restless sisters find magic in a road trip across the prairie. This exuberant animated film beautifully captures the bond between sisters and the power of the imagination.
Kali the Little Vampire
National Film Board of Canada
9 min., DVD, $129.00, 800-542-2164
Viewers are alternately terrified and deeply moved by the plight of a little vampire who is isolated and lonely, but willing to risk life and limb to save a potential companion. Told in stark black, white and red, this animated short will linger long in memory.

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend 
Weston Woods, 
12 min., DVD, 800-243-5020
Based on Mélanie Watts' book about Scaredy Squirrel's uncertainty about the nature of friendship.

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