2014 Notable Books – How Did the Committee Do?

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The results are in for the 2014 Notable Children’s Books chosen by the Association For Library Service to Children.  ML and my choices can be viewed at Notable Children’s Books:  ML’s Favorites and Mine.

When I compared ML and my picks with the winners, I was both excited and disappointed.  I admit, we haven’t read all the books which made the list for Younger Readers.  I requested the titles our library owns.  In a future post, I’ll share ML’s opinion on the books we haven’t read.

In the meantime, the book we are most disappointed not on the list, Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.   On a positive note, we are thrilled Warning:  Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe made the list.  A sequel will be available Fall 2014 – Please:  Open This Book.  Three cheers for more monkey mayhem.

Dangerous Books

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It’s Banned Book Week; a week celebrating the Freedom to Read. Be careful! Some picture books are dangerous. You should avoid them at all costs. ML and I tried not to read the books below, but we couldn’t resist.

The Book That Eats People
by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing title says it all. This book eats people. Not just one person, but many people! It’s a hit with the children of North Carolina. In 2012, they voted it North Carolina’s Children Book Award Winner in the picture book category.

In Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, a crocodile is trapped in the wrong book. Only the bravest should open this book. Thankfully, ML and I braved the book. It’s one of the funniest books of the year.

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! narrated by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe warn you in both the title and several pages after to not open the book. But we couldn’t resist learning letting the monkeys out.

Stay Tuned! Tomorrow, I’ll highlight some banned or challenged picture books.