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January 2004

Librarians’ Choice 2003 · Books for Children

Easy Books

the cover of The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide by Linda Ashman

The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide
Linda Ashman
A field guide, written in verse, to thirteen monsters from around the world, including beasts, trolls, and hotots.

Night Cat
Margaret Beames
At first, Oliver the cat is excited about the opportunity to frolic all night outside. After some unexpected adventures in the garden, however, he decides it’s time to return to his cozy cushions indoors.

Diary of a Worm
Doreen Cronin
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good (and some not so good) things about being a worm in this great big world.

the cover of Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
Michael Garland
When the new teacher, Miss Smith, reads from her special storybook, Zack and his classmates are amazed to find that characters in the stories spring to life before their eyes.

There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star
Charise Mericle Harper
In this variation on the traditional folk song “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a feisty woman tries roller skates, a bicycle, and even a rocket to reach a star.

There Was an Ol' Cajun
Deborah Ousley Kadair
In this quirky book set deep in the Bayou, Kadair offers her interpretation of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”

the cover of Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin
The author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? returns with a beautifully illustrated book about ten different endangered animals.

Mary Had A Little Ham
Margie Palatini
Meet Stanley Snoutowski, a young pig who longs to see his name in lights on Broadway.

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book.
April Pulley Sayre
A counting book featuring animals with various number of feet.

When Everyone Wore a Hat
William Steig
In the words of the author; “This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel, and everybody wore a hat.”

Juvenile Fiction

the cover of Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Sharon Creech
With the help of her wise grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

Boxes for Katje
Candace Fleming
In May of 1945, a young Dutch girl receives a care package filled with socks, soap, and chocolate from Rose in Mayfield, Indiana. After Katje sends her new American friend a thank-you note for the package, she begins to receive increasingly larger packages from the residents of Mayfield.

Hitler’s Daughter
Jackie French.
After hearing a fictional tale about Hitler’s daughter, an Australian boy wonders what he would do if someone he loved turned out to be evil.

the cover of Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Greene
Lois Lowry
Second grader Gooney Bird Greene immediately makes an impression in her new school when she starts entertaining her teacher and fellow classmates with fantastic tales that she claims are “absolutely true.”

The Kite Rider
Geraldine McCaughrean
In thirteenth-century China, twelve-year-old Haoyou embarks on a series of amazing adventures when he becomes a kite rider for a traveling circus.

Mount Olympus Basketball
Kevin O’Malley
Despite facing very long odds, the mortals take on the Greek gods (and goddesses) in a fast-paced, action-packed basketball game.

the cover of Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone
Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone’s quiet, humdrum life undergoes a dramatic change when he realizes that he has the power to hear the voices of people he sees in photographs.

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
Jenny Nimmo
In the second volume in Nimmo’s series, Charlie discovers new dimensions to his magical powers when he solves a mystery involving an uncle who vanished in 1916.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Harry and his friends fend off the forces of evil that assail Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Slippery Slope
Lemony Snicket
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire encounter “more than their fair share of slipperiness,” as they travel through the perilous Mortmain Mountains.


the cover of Because I Could Not Stop My Bike by Karen Jo Shapiro

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike, and Other Poems
Karen Jo Shapiro
j811.54 qS5295b 2003
A collection of light-hearted parodies written in the style of such well-known poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, Christina Rosetti, Joyce Kilmer, and William Shakespeare.

Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts
Allan Wolf
j811.54 qW8531b 2003
A former science teacher offers readers a quirky collection of poems about different parts of the body, such as brains, spleens, belly buttons, and arteries.

Cardinal Numbers: An Ohio Counting Book
Marcia Schonberg
j513 S371 2002
A clever counting book that uses Ohio-related people, places, and animals to illustrate number and math concepts.

the cover of Critters, Flitters & Spitters by Rick Sowash

Critters, Flitters & Spitters: 24 Amazing Ohio Animal Tales
Rick Sowash
j591.9771 S731 2003
A variety of stories about native Ohio animals.

Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland’s Adventures With Lewis and Clark
Laurence P. Pringle
j917.8042 L677Zpr 2002
A detailed account of Lewis and Clark’s adventures in the Western United States from the perspective of the dog who accompanied the expedition.

Mack Made Movies
Don Brown
j791.430233 qS4782Zb 2003
A biography of the director whose silent films immortalized such slapstick clowns as the Keystone Kops, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Ben Turpin.

the cover of Mosque by David Macaulay

David Macaulay
j726.2 fM117 2003
Maccaulay takes a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of a mosque in sixteenth century Instanbul

j297.63 qD378 2003
An introduction to Muhammad and the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.

Philadelphia Chickens
Sandra Boynton
j782.140268 B792 2002
A menagerie of singing, dancing animals take the stage for a “too-illogical zoological musical revue.” The book is accompanied by a full-color songbook and a CD of original songs performed by Broadways stars such as Patti Lupone, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Kline.

Sense Pass King: A Story From Cameroon
Katrin Tchana
j398.209671 T249 2002
In this lively folktale, a clever young girl earns the nickname the Sense Pass King when she manages to outwit a jealous king, who attempts to get rid of her.

Uncle Andy’s
James Warhola
j700.92 qW275Zwa 2003
The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol, and the fun that he and his family had on the visit.