Top Titles of 2009
There are plenty of reasons to love a particular book--excellent illustrations, an exciting story, witty wordplay or hilarious humor. And there are just as many opportunities to argue over what makes a book the best. Whether you like your books short or long, silly or serious, there should be something on the list below that catches your eye. If not, just ask your friendly local librarian for a few more suggestions and keep searching until you find something you think is the best.
Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle your Tongue
Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Try out these hilarious tongue twisters for lots of fun!
Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles
Arnosky takes kids up close and personal with such slithery, crawly creatures as snakes, alligators, and turtles.
Chicken Cheeks: (The Beginning of the Ends)
A humongous tower of tushies takes center stage in this ridiculous romp.
Luke on the Loose: A Toon Book
A young boy's fascination with pigeons soon erupts into a full-blown chase around Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge, through a fancy restaurant, and into the sky.
Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song
An introduction to the life and career of the writer and artist Ashley Bryan.
When Miss Breakbone confiscates Junkyard's crucial find, Wheels, Pencil, Spider, and the rest of the Dunderheads plot to teach her a lesson.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.
The Lost Conspiracy
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou--once considered the tribe's oracle--and herself.
A collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems -- from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun.
A Season of Gifts
Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.
The Cuckoo's Haiku: And Other Birding Poems
In spare and graceful words, poet and birder Michael J. Rosen captures the forecasting call of the mysterious cuckoo as well as essential characteristics of more than twenty commonly seen North American birds.
A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? There's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
The story of the Mercury 13; a group of women aviators who proved to be as courageous, intelligent and fit as any man, but who were nonetheless barred from NASA's astronaut program because of their gender.