Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sunday New York Times Book Review

Sunday New York Times Book Review 

Children's Book List 

I know that I am a couple of days late with this but we have gotten 3 feet of snow in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and there have been power outages, etc... Well, I am back on online again;;))) Thanks for your patience..::)))

Here is the list of NY Times Children's books:

My students loved number 10 on this list. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Mark Teague. I can't keep it in my library and that is a good thing!!!!!!!!!!!

I am looking forward to Mo Willems new book "I am Going Home." His books are absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! I went to see him a few years ago when he was one of the featured children's book authors for the "Black, White, and Read All Over Series!" The audience both young and old were enthralled by him. He brought several students up to the stage and he gave everyone pencils and paper and taught us all how to draw a penguin. This was in celebration of his children's book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." What a treat! A great time was had by all!

OK... Back to the list!!!!!!!!!


1 THE LION AND THE MOUSE, by Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A fable of reciprocal kindness, redrawn. (Ages 4 to 8) 13
2 I AM GOING!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. (Hyperion, $8.99.) Gerald and Piggie, contrary pals, work out their comings and goings. (Ages 4 to 8) 1
3 ALL THE WORLD, by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) A day in the life of a multicultural family. (Ages 4 to 8) 2
4 AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST VALENTINE, by Herman Parish. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $16.99.) Hearts abound, on sleeves, cards and French fries. (Ages 4 to 8) 1
5 WADDLE!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals in motion, with color. (Ages 4 to 8) 20
6 THE CURIOUS GARDEN, written and illustrated by Peter Brown. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A boy named Liam nurtures a straggly garden to vivid fruition. (Ages 4 to 8) 21
7 RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS, by Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.) The seasons, in colors. (Ages 4 to 8) 2
8 NUBS, by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A wild dog in Iraq makes a friend for life when a Marine takes him in. (Ages 4 to 8) 13
9 OTIS, written and illustrated by Loren Long. (Philomel, $17.99.) A frisky tractor finds friendship with a calf. (Ages 4 to 8) 12
10 HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I LOVE YOU?, by Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Mark Teague. (Blue Sky/Scholastic, $16.99.) Parents love their dinosaurs no matter what. (Ages 4 to 8)

 Number four on the Chapter Books list is Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Mary-Jane Knight and designed by Philip Chidlow is very popular. The students are always asking for me to purchase additional copies because it is so popular.

This Week
Weeks on List
1THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up)73
2CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) The protagonist of "The Hunger Games" returns. (Ages 12 and up)22
3FALLEN, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $17.99.) Thwarted love among misfits at a boarding school in Savannah, Ga. (Ages 12 and up)8
4PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (THE ULTIMATE GUIDE), written by Mary-Jane Knight. Designed by Philip Chidlow.. (Disney-Hyperion, $12.99.) Gods, beasts and tips for children with one immortal parent, based on the series by Rick Riordan. (Ages 10 and up)2
5WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead. (Wendy Lamb, $15.99.) A sixth-grade girl in New York City begins receiving mysterious notes. (Ages 9 to 12)11
6WITCH AND WIZARD, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) One of each, brother and sister, flex their newfound powers. (Ages 12 and up)7
7BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A secret wrapped in a Southern Gothic novel. (Ages 12 and up)8
8THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE, by Jacqueline Kelly. (Holt, $16.99.) A girl indulges her penchant for observing nature. (Ages 12 and up)2
9SHIVER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) Love among the lupine. (Ages 12 and up)27
10HUSH, HUSH, by Becca Fitzpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Love among immortals. (Ages 14 and up)11

Number four on the Paperback books list includes Three Cups of Tea: The Young Readers Addition. This book is such a beautiful book and an easy read. My students love the pictures and the colors. They were very excited when I bought the book for them from the American Library Association Midwinter conference. I am sure that my students are going to want me to purchase Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus. This new book by Miley Cyrus is quite popular and a hit with students from all races!

This Week
Weeks on List
1THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. Excerpt (Ages 14 and up)125
2L.A. CANDY, by Lauren Conrad. (HarperCollins, $9.99.) Excitement in TV land. (Ages 14 and up)4
3THIRST NO. 2: PHANTOM, EVIL THIRST, CREATURES OF FOREVER, by Christopher Pike. (Simon Pulse, $9.99.) A girl struggles with her dreamed-of transition from undead to mortal. (Ages 14 and up)4
4THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin, $8.99.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12)54
5THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown, $8.99.) A young boy leaves his reservation for an all-white school. (Ages 12 and up)43
6DARK VISIONS, by L. J. Smith. (Simon & Schuster, $9.99.) A school for psychic teens. (Ages 14 and up)21
7THIRST NO. 1, by Christopher Pike. (Simon Pulse, $9.99.) A reissue of "The Last Vampire" (1994), "Black Blood" (1994) and "Red Dice" (1995). (Ages 14 and up)26
8MILES TO GO, by Miley Cyrus. (Disney-Hyperion, $12.99.) A star’s life, so far. (Ages 9 to 12)3
9THE UNDERNEATH, written by Kathi Appelt. Illustrated by David Small.. (Simon & Schuster, $7.99.) In a tough neighborhood, a dog and a cat form a family. (Ages 9 to 12)2
10GRACELING, by Kristin Cashore. (Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99.) A girl endowed with special talents is also celebrated as a warrior. (Ages 14 and up)18

Here are the Series books. We have many of them in our library. They are some of the most popular books in our library.

This Week
Weeks on List
1PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover and paper) Battling mythological monsters. (Ages 9 to 12)134
2THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown, hardcover and paper) Vampires and werewolves in school. (Ages 12 and up)130
3DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Abrams, hardcover only) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12)55
4HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. (St. Martin’s, hardcover and paper) Vampires in school. (Ages 14 and up)75
5MAGIC TREE HOUSE, by Mary Pope Osborne. Illustrated by Sal Murdocca. (Stepping Stone/Random House, hardcover and paper) Winged children try to save the world. (Ages 6 to 9)217
6RANGER’S APPRENTICE, by John Flanagan. (Philomel, hardcover and paper) A boy warrior battles evil. (Ages 9 to 12)37
7PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, by Sara Shepard. (HarperTeen, hardcover and paper) Four girls less perfect than they seem. (Ages 14 and up)13
8VAMPIRE DIARIES, by L. J. Smith. (HarperTeen, hardcover and paper) Vampires in school, with a love triangle. (Ages 12 and up)40
9THE IMMORTALS, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s Griffin, hardcover and paper) Love and angst of the supernatural variety. (Ages 14 and up)11
10THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, hardcover and paper) A world of demons and warriors. (Ages 14 and up)

Stay warm... have fun and Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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