Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. A number of Canadian titles made this year’s list.
I Want My Hat Back
Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press | 978-0-7636-5598-3
After losing his hat, Bear politely and patiently questions his fellow forest dwellers as to the whereabouts of his “red pointy hat.” This title was a 2012 Geisel Honor Book.
Written by Maxine Trottier
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Groundwood Books | 978-0-88899-975-7).
This unique story about a group of migrant workers – Mennonites – is told through the eyes of young Anna, who reflects upon their peripatetic life and the hardships it creates.
No Ordinary Day
Written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books | 978-1-554498-134-2
Valli, a resourceful homeless nine-year-old, learns she has leprosy. An encounter with a kind doctor gives her the chance to heal and find a home. Illuminates harsh realities in contemporary India.
Queen of Hearts
Written by Martha Brooks
Farrar Straus Giroux | 978-0-374-34229-6 / Published in Canada by Groundwood Books | 978-0-88899-828-6
In 1941 Manitoba, Marie-Claire, tells the moving story of her coming-of-age as a 16-year–old in a tuberculosis sanitorium.
Stones For My Father
Written by Trilby Kent
Tundra Books of Northern New York | Published in Canada by Tundra Books | 978-1-77049-252-3
In evocative prose, Kent creates a compelling survival story of young Corlie Roux, a Boer girl in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War at the turn of the last century.
For a complete list of the 2012 Notable Children’s Books, click here.