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goes to work as an informer for the NYPD, all the
while grappling with his Islamic roots, his loyalties
and sympathies, and inner conflict over ratting on
We Are the Ants. By Shaun David Hutchinson.
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99
Henry’s struggling to come to terms with his
boyfriend’s suicide, his loser brother’s impending
fatherhood, and his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s
while trying to find love and determining if this
world is worth saving from the alien sluggers who
deem him worthy to decide earth’s fate. A 2017
Top 10 Rainbow List selection.
When the Moon Was Ours. By Anna-Marie
McLemore. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $18.99
Lush magic realism is a backdrop for this exploration of sexual identity. Samir and Miel, best
friends as children and now lovers, both carry
their own secrets and guilt. Meanwhile, the four
Bonner sisters plan to sacrifice the teens to control
the magic of the roses that mysteriously grow from
Miel’s wrist. A 2017 Stonewall Honor Book and a
2017 Top 10 Rainbow List selection.
When We Collided. By Emery Lord.
Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781619638457).
Jonah Daniels and Vivi Alexander fall in love
despite his grief at his father’s death and her
struggles with mental illness in this tear- and
swoon-inducing romance. A 2017 Schneider
Family Book Award winner.
Where You’ll Find Me. By Natasha Friend.
Farrar, $16.99 (9780374302306).
After her mother’s recent suicide attempt, Anna
moves in with her father, his new wife, and their
new baby. Meanwhile, her BFF, Dani, has dumped
her for the popular crowd. Anna must learn to
navigate middle-school drama while coping with
her mother’s bipolar disorder and her new family.
Whisper to Me. By Nick Lake. Bloomsbury,
Cassie is trying to explain it all in a letter: about
the heartbreak, the betrayal, the secrecy, and especially about the voice she hears in her head telling
her to do awful things. Will it be enough to win
back the boy she loves?
You Know Me Well. By Nina LaCour and
David Levithan. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99
During Pride Week in San Francisco, Kate and
Mark come together after their respective original plans are derailed, and they begin to navigate
both the week and the world. Their unexpected
friendship deepens as they travel through new experiences, tears and laughter, and a sudden burst
of media fame.
NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS,
This list was compiled by the Notable Children’s
Books Committee of the Association for Library
Service to Children (ALSC). The committee,
comprising librarians from throughout the U.S.,
selected the titles from the several thousand children’s books published during 2016. Included
are books of fiction, information, poetry, and
pictures—all of special interest and value to children through age 14. The winners of the 2017
ALSC Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Batchelder,
Belpré, and Geisel Awards and the Honor Books
for those awards are automatically included on
the list. Notable Children’s Books that were given
2017 Coretta Scott King Awards, Printz Awards,
and Best Fiction for Young Adult designations are
noted below as well.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First
Computer Programmer. By Diane Stanley. Illus.
by Jessie Hartland. Simon & Schuster/Paula
Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481452496).
This engaging biography introduces nineteenth-century scientist Ada Lovelace, who developed the
first algorithm used by the world’s early computers. A 2017 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book.
Ada Twist, Scientist. By Andrea Beaty.
Illus. by David Roberts. Abrams, $17.95
Inquisitive Ada Twist is determined to identify
a mysterious smell. Her mission includes some
not-so-successful science experiments, supportive
parents, and insatiable curiosity.
Before Morning. By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Beth
Krommes. HMH, $17.99 (9780547979175).
Through rhythmic text and scratchboard illustrations, readers follow a family from “the deep
woolen dark” of night into a snowy morning,
where all is made “slow and delightful and white.”
Best Frints in the Whole Universe. By
Antoinette Portis. Illus. by the author. Roaring
Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626721364).
Using their own unique language, space
creatures Yelfred and Omek demonstrate that
friendship troubles are universal.
Counting. By Fleur Star. DK, $14.99
Experience counting in the natural world with
a variety of textures and shapes. Numbers and
words are printed as text and Braille in this early
learning board book.
Coyote Moon. By Maria Gianferrari. Illus. by
Bagram Ibatoulline. Roaring Brook, $17.99
Striving to feed her pups, a coyote hunts in the
moonlight until dawn. This strikingly illustrated
nonfiction offering holds many facts and celebrates this skilled predator.
Fabulous Frogs. By Martin Jenkins. Illus.
by Tim Hopgood. Candlewick, $16.99
Frogs of all sizes and colors, bearing a variety of
unique characteristics, hop through this beautiful
nonfiction picture book.
Go, Otto, Go! By David Milgrim. Illus. by the
author. Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight,
Extremely simple text and humorous, energetic
illustrations bring to life, with surprising emotional complexity, this tale of Otto the robot, who
is building a spaceship to take him home. A 2017
Geisel Honor Book.
Good Night Owl. By Greg Pizzoli. Illus.
by the author. Disney/Hyperion, $16.99
When an unfamiliar noise prevents Owl from
falling asleep, his desperate efforts to find its
source escalate to comedic effect. A 2017 Geisel
The Great Pet Escape. By Victoria
Jamieson. Illus. by the author. Holt, $7.99
The class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary
are on the loose! Second-grade classroom hamster
GW has had enough and sets out to free his two
Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman. Illus. by
Zachariah OHora. Little, Brown, $16.99
When a kite goes astray, an accident and misunderstanding bring together two unlikely friends in
a story about the power of forgiveness.
A Hungry Lion; or, A Dwindling Assortment
of Animals. By Lucy Ruth Cummins.
Illus. by the author. Atheneum, $16.99
Why do a little calico kitten, a brown mouse,
and a floppy-eared bunny disappear? Ask the hungry lion.
The Infamous Ratsos. By Kara LaReau.
Illus. by Matt Myers. Candlewick, $14.99
Trying to follow in their tough father’s footsteps, Louie and Ralphie’s efforts go humorously
awry. A 2017 Geisel Honor Book.
Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol. Illus.
by the author. Roaring Brook, $17.99
In her endeavor to make sweaters for 30 curious
grandchildren, a harried grandmother embarks
on a quest for peace and quiet. A 2017 Caldecott
The Night Gardener. By Terry Fan. Illus.
by Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster, $17.99
A dreary town comes to life through the efforts
of a mysterious nocturnal gardener, whose fantastic topiaries amaze and empower a young boy.
Old Dog Baby Baby. By Julie Fogliano. Illus.
by Chris Raschka. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter,
Simple text and watercolor illustrations capture
the sweet relationship between a crawling baby
and a lovable old dog as they play together on the
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet
Caper. By Mike Twohy. Illus. by the
author. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99
In this playful abecedary, a ball and a dog interrupt a mouse’s nap, triggering an A to Z chase. A
2017 Geisel Honor Book.
Over the Ocean. By Taro Gomi. Illus. by the
author. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452145150).
Depicted through serene watercolor spreads,
a young girl stands on a beach and imagines the
world beyond the ocean. A 2017 Batchelder Honor Book.
A Piece of Home. By Jeri Watts. Illus.
by Hyewon Yum. Candlewick, $16.99
In this compassionate immigration story, Hee
Jun and his family slowly adjust to their new life in
West Virginia after moving from Korea.
Puddle. By Hyewon Yum. Illus. by the author.
Farrar, $16.99 (9780374316952).
A mother and child draw a story of themselves
and their dog walking in the rain. The child