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Posted by Wauwatosa Public Library on April 1, 2008
More than 5,000 new books for children are published every year.How do you know which ones are the good ones?The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a network of more than 4,000 children’s librarians, children’s literature experts and other adults committed to improving library service to children and their families.In addition to choosing the recipients of some of the most prestigious awards for children’s books in the English language, the ALSC publishes the ALA Notable Books for Children List or the best of the best in new children’s books.The Notable Children’s Books List includes a summary of each book and notes major ALA awards the book has won.It is divided into four categories:Younger Readers, Middle Readers, Older Readers, and All Ages.Lightship by Brian Floca, a notable in the Younger Readers category, is also a 2008 Sibert Honor Book.This book’s spare prose and marvelously detailed pictures make this book a good choice for a very young reader looking for nonfiction.Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: America’s Sproutings by Pat Mora is an inventive mix of haiku and brilliant illustrations about 14 foods that originated in the Americas.This delicious book is for Middle Readers.The New Policeman by Kate Thompson is an intriguing fantasy set in Ireland that mixes Irish music with fairy lore.This book for Older Reader asks the contemporary question: Where is all our time going?Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan demonstrates the power of spirituals with kaleidoscopic cut-paper collages that fairly jump off the page.Bryan’s book, a notable for All Ages, is also the 2008 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book.
The Wauwatosa Children’s Librarians compile their own annual list of the best of the best new books for 2008.They will present their choices at the “Annual Review of New Books” held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the Story Room of the Children’s Library.This list of new children’s books includes the major award winners and many ALA Notables.For more information or to register, please call the Children’s Library: 414-471-8486.This program is for Adults only.