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2015 GGs: Children's Book Finalists

Created by kileyturner
tagged: children's, illustration, awards, GGs
Ten authors and illustrators are GG finalists this year: check them out! (The first five are for writing, while the latter five are for illustration.)

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Young Man With Camera

by Emil Sher, photographs by David Wyman
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: bullying, homelessness & poverty, art & architecture

A picture is worth a thousand words -- and with a unique photographic format, a stunning original voice, and a provocative portrayal of bullying, YOUNG MAN WITH CAMERA is a book to get people talking.

 

T-- is used to getting grief. He gets it from his mom, who blames herself for his accident years earlier. He gets it from Mr. Lam, who suspects every …

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Bug in a Vacuum

by Mélanie Watt
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: insects, spiders, etc., emotions & feelings, survival stories

A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room ... where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance -- the five stages of grief -- as i …

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Are You Seeing Me?

by Darren Groth
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: siblings, self-esteem & self-reliance, disabilities & special needs

Twins Justine and Perry have left their home in Australia and embarked on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.
It's been a year since their dad lost his battle with cancer and Justine became the sole caregiver for her autistic brother, Perry. Now Perry has been accepted into an assisted-living residence in their hometown, Brisbane …

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The Good Little Book

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Marion Arbona
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: books & libraries, imagination & play, friendship

While banished to a dusty study one day "to think things over", a boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great reluctance begins to read. As the afternoon passes, the story nabs him and carries him away. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal companion, accompanying him everywhere ... until, one day, the book is lost. Will this bad lit …

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We Are All Made of Molecules

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: bullying, blended families, general (see also headings under family)

Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but "ungifted" socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed "It" girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. "The Brady Bunch" it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, …

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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, parents

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and re …

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Audrey (cow)

by Dan Bar-el
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: cows, survival stories, friendship

Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot's War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans ali …

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Jack, the King of Ashes

by Andy Jones, illustrated by Darka Erdelji
edition: Hardcover
also available: Audiobook Paperback
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: adaptations, humorous stories

Award-winning storyteller Andy Jones and illustrator Darka Erdelji are back, with Jack, the King of Ashes Ð another riotously funny Jack tale. This time Jack spends all his time hove off in the coal box. Then one day he shakes off those ashes and sets out on an adventure that includes sneaky robbers, a "famous missing princess with reward attached …