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Librarians’ Choice 2002—Books for Children

Picture Books

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges

Ruby’s Wish
Shirin Yim Bridges
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.

Nonsense! He Yelled
Roger Eschbacher
Twenty-five unusual boys and one girl describe themselves in short verses.

Zat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail
Chesley McLaren
A scruffy stray cat finds his life changed when he disrupts a Paris fashion show and unwittingly creates a new style that makes him the rage of Paris.

I Stink! by Kate & Jim McMullan

I Stink!
Kate & Jim McMullan
A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.

The Recess Queen
Alexis O’Neill
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.

Hungry Hen
Richard Waring
A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day, knowing that the longer he waits to eat her, the bigger she will be.

The House in the Mail by Rosemary & Tom Wells

The House in the Mail
Rosemary & Tom Wells
In 1927, Emily describes the ordering, arrival, and assembly of a mail-order house for her growing family.

Children’s Fiction

Time Pieces by Virginia Hamilton

Time Pieces: The Book of Times
Virginia Hamilton
Valena, her family, and her dog live in rural Ohio, where she and her cousin Melinda share experiences that include seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to an amazing circus.

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive
Janet Taylor Lisle
As sixth-grader Archie and his six-year-old brother, Oggie, shuttle back and forth between their separated parents’ two homes, Archie tries desperately to take care of Oggie and to pretend that everything is normal.

Junebug in Trouble
Alice Mead
Despite having moved out of the rough housing project where he grew up, ten-year-old Junebug continues to encounter crime, gangs, and violence.

An Ocean Apart, A World Away by Lensey Namioka

An Ocean Apart, A World Away
Lensey Namioka
In 1920s Nanking, China, teenaged Yanyan decides to become a doctor, knowing that the odds are piled overwhelmingly against her. She leaves her family to study at Cornell University where, along with hard work, she finds prejudice and loneliness as well as friendship and a new sense of accomplishment.

The Boy Who Could Fly without a Motor
Theodore Taylor
In 1935, living at a lighthouse near San Francisco, a lonely nine-year-old boy inadvertently summons a magician who teaches him the secret of flying.

The Ransom of Mercy Carter
Caroline B. Cooney
(also on audiocassette)
In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies. The captives are forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed.

Nonfiction

The Skull Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

The Skull Alphabet Book
Jerry Pallotta
j573.76 qP168 2002
Pallotta asks the reader to identify, by learning functions of facial bones and teeth, the skull of an animal for each letter of the alphabet.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
Andrea Davis Pinkney
j782.42165 qF553Zp 2002
The voice of “Scat Cat Monroe” briefly recounts the career of this jazz musician .

The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders
Jack Prelutsky
j811.54 fP924f 2002
These humorous poems span America.

Love to Langston by Tony Medina

Love to Langston
Tony Medina
j811.54 qH8932Zm 2002
A series of poems written from the point of view of the poet Langston Hughes offers an overview of key events and themes in his life.

Becoming Joe Dimaggio
Maria Testa
j811.54 T342b 2002
Moving free verse tells the story of an Italian-American boy growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, with baseball and family.

The Declaration of Independence: The Words That Made America
United States
j973.313 U58Dzu 2002
The text of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by illustrations meant to help explain its meaning.

The Signers by Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
Dennis Brindell Fradin
j973.313 U581Zf 2002
This book profiles each of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, giving historical information about the colonies they represented. The text of the Declaration and its history are included.