Sunday, January 20, 2019

9. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike #4 (J. K. Rowling pseudonym)
listened to on audio - from TPPL
read by Robert Glenister
2018, Sphere
656 pgs.
Adult Mystery
Finished 1/20/2019 (Ashley's 17th birthday)
Goodreads rating:  4.30 -- 43,301 ratings
My rating: 4
Setting:  In and around London, contemporary time

First line/s:  "If only the swans would swim side by side on the dark green lake, this picture might turn out to be the crowning achievement of the wedding photographer's career."

My comments:  I love listening to Robert Glenister read Cormoran Strike.  I can even tell when he uses different accents for different places in England!  This was a l-o-n-g mystery, but quite a bit of it told the story of Robyn's wedding, first anniversary, and all the turmoil and activity surrounding these events, which definitely fit really well into the telling of the story.  We have such an investment in Cormoran and Robyn, and it's always interesting to see where this goes, or might be headed, in each subsequent book.  The mystery is engaging and complicated, very complicated, but it's pretty easy to not get confused.  Every single tiny little detail is examined, discussed, and fits in like a puzzle piece.  A little too long, a few too many minute details repeated, but otherwise a very interesting, thought-provoking mystery.

Goodreads synopsis:  “I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”
          When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
          Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
          And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

8. Toxic by Lydia Kang

read on my iPhone
2018 Entangled Teen
340 pgs.
YA SciFi
Finished 1/19/2019
Goodreads rating:  3.79 - 139 ratings
My rating:  2
Setting:  In the future, on a huge, dying space station called Cyclo, which used to house 1000 people.

First line/s:  "Where is Mother?  Where is she?  Inside my room, my tiny bubble of a room, I pace like the lions in their tiny iron enclosures from Earth's old menageries --- what did the call them in the vids?  Zoological parks?  Mother is never missing at breakfast.  Never."

My comments: This had great potential at its start, but quickly spiraled down into a gobbledygook of scientific terminology and endless boring description,  I absolutely hated 50% of the story and somewhat enjoyed the other 50%.  I thought it would never end, and skimmed a lot of the second half so that I could see how they would (probably) be saved.....

Goodreads synopsis:  Hana isn't supposed to exist. She's grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simple gone - along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she's certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn't ready to die yet. She's never really had a chance to live.
          Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn's sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he's not sure how to save them both.
          As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.

Friday, January 18, 2019

PICTURE BOOK - Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Illustrated by  Rick Allen
2011 Newbery Honor
2010. Houghton Mifflin
HC $16.99
32 pgs.
Goodreads rating:  3.97 - 1853 ratings
My rating:  4
Endpapers:  solid royal purple
Illustrations:  Woodprints?

My comments:  Sophisticated poetry about some of the creatures that creep in the woods at night, illustrated with lovely prints by Rick Allen.


Welcome to the Night

To all of you who crawl and creep,
who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep,
who wake at dusk and throw off sleep;
Welcome to the night.

To you, who make the forest sing,
who dip and dodge on silent wing,
who flutter, hover, clasp, and cling:
Welcome to the night!

Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves;
Welcome to the night.

The night's a sea of dappled dark,
the night's a feast of sound and spark,
the night's a wild, enchanted park.
Welcome to the night!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

PICTURE BOOK - Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers

Illustrated by the authors
2018, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
HC #17.99
40  pgs.
Goodreads rating:  4.23 - 1814 ratings
My rating: 3.5 
Endpapers:  Animal clouds
Illustrations:  Lovely, best part of the book
1st line/s:  "Finn lived by the sea,
and the sea lived by him.
"It's a good day for sailing,"
his grandfather would have said."

My comments:  Lovely illustrations, story is a tiny bit vague, but also quite lovely.  I get stymied by little can a very young boy have a 90-year old grandfather?  Might this perhaps have been his great-grandfather...but then would they have been so close?  Silly questions like that bogged me down.  So a second reading was needed and enjoyed.  I'm still not sure why I didn't like the book as much as I expected I would...

Goodreads:  Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it’s a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float.
          Finn’s grandfather is gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He’ll build his own ship and sail out to find this magical place himself!
          And when he arrives, maybe, just maybe, he’ll find something he didn’t know he was looking for.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MOVIE - Bumblebee

PG-13 (1:54)
Wide release 12/21/18
Viewed 1/15/18 at Carlisle 8 with T
IMBd: 7.3/10
RT Critic:  92  Audience:  79  unbelievable, how can this be?
Critic's Consensus:  Bumblebee proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain.
Cag:  I'll give it a 2 ... barely....
Directed by Travis Knight
Paramount Pictures

Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

My comments:  I think of all the mindless crap I've watched with the kids, these Transformers movies are the worst.  And SO violent!

RT/ IMDb Summary  On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

PICTURE BOOK - Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Illustrated by the artist
2017 Caldecott Medal Winner
2016 Little Brown & Company
HC $17.99
40 pgs.
Goodreads rating:  4.16 - 2472 Ratings
My rating:  5 - This is a gorgeous, informative book!
Endpapers:  White grafitti on blue
Illustrations:  Done in the style of Basquiat, the information from the author/illustrator at the back of the book is extremely interesting.

1st line/s:  "Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopsxotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, a little boy dreams of being a famous ARTIST."
This is an illustration from the book
My comments:  This book is a RADIANT book!  It's also extremely interesting.  I saw the movie The Upside last night, and Kevin Hart's character mention Basquiat.  Then, this morning, this book came across my desk.  I was MEANT to read it today, n'est pas?  It was wonderful, and prompts me to look further into his work, as his story and timeline seem similar to my wonderful Keith Haring.....

This is an actual piece of Basquiat's work!
Goodreads:  Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
          Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

PICTURE BOOK - She Persisted: Around the World by Chelsea Clinton

Illustrated by  Alexandra Boiger
2018, Philomel Books
HC $17.99
32 pgs.
Goodreads rating:  4.44 - 806 ratings
My rating:  5 of course, my kind of book!
Endpapers:  solid red
Illustrations:  so perfect for this book of short entries on 13 different women!

1st line/s:  ""It's not always easy being a girl --- anywhere in the world.  It's especially challenging in some places.  There are countries where it's hard for girls to go to school and where women need their husbands' permission to get a passport or even to leave the house.  And all over the world, girls are more likely to be told to bew quiet, to sit down, to have smaller dreams..  Don't listen to those voices.  These thirteen women from actross the world didn't.  They persisted."

My comments:  Chelsea Clinton has done it again, she's chosen thirteen women from around the world to highlight, some well known and others that you may have never heard over, a perfect comination!
Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz  (Mexico) First published argument for a women's right to education
 in the Americas.
Caroline Herschel (Germany) First woman to discover a comet
Kate Sheppard (New Zealand) Women's activist - New Zealand became the 1st country to grant all women the right to vote!
Marie Curie (Poland) scientist
Viola Desmond (Canada) Canadian Civil Rights movement
Mary Verghese (India) founded the first functional rehabilitation center in India
Aisha Rateb (Egypt) fought for women in government
Wangari Maathai (Kenya) Green Belt Movement/Nobel Peace Prize, one of my heroes!
Joanne (J. K.) Rowling (England) extraordinaire!
Sisleide "Sissi" Lima do Amor (Brazil) Queen of Brazilian football
Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) Nobel Peace Prize
Yuan Yuan Tan (China) most famous female ballerina of all time
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, spokesperson

Goodreads:  The companion to She Persisted.
          Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they've been told their dreams didn't matter. They've spoken out, risen up and fought for what's right, even when they've been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven't let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what's possible. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

PICTURE BOOK - Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life
Illustrated by the author
2016 Atheneum Books for Young Readers, A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book
HC $17.99
48 pgs.
Goodreads rating:  4.32- 1561 ratings
My rating:  5 (of course!)
Endpapers:  close up fo the script from purchass and sales in the 1800s
Illustrations:  pen, ink, and watercolor

1st line/s:  "Mrs. Mary Fairchilds
I mourn the passing of
my husband, Cado Fairchilds.
He managed our estate alone.
Eleven Negro slaves,
they carried out the work
that made our estate prosper.
He never hired an overseer."

My comments:  Two free-style verses for each of the eleven slaves, plus an introductory free verse about/from the widowed owner of the eleven slaves - with incredible illustrations for each.  Oh my!

Goodreads:  Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
          Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.
          Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as…a lantern.
          You, an object. An object to sell.
          In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold—dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers”, Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about—their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.

7. Accidental Romeo by Nicole Snow

read on my iPhone (free on Kindle Unlimited)
2019, Ice Lips Press
440 pgs.
Adult romance Xrated
Finished 1/13/2019
Goodreads rating:  4.33 - 796 ratings
My rating: 3

First line/s:  "Of course, I'll deliver the cake."

My comments:  Geez, once you start reading some of these romance (or should I say, smutty) stories, it's hard to stop!  I'm not sure where the title comes from, it doesn't seem to go along with the story at all, lol. Whoever wrote the synopsis for Goodreads must have read a different version than I did, too!  It's a very cute story with a bit of tension here and there, the bad guy is such a bad guy and we all know he's a bad guy except for the good guy-his closest friend.  Oh well, no one's perfect!  Love that the female protagonist is a baker and cake decorator.  Hate that the bitchy, horrible sister magically becomes pretty much a different person at the end of the book --which is less than a month later.  I loved her as a bitch.  For the most part, this was fun to read.  Sizzle level: 4

Goodreads synopsis:  Accidentally his. Fun fact: Fate is a four letter word.

A perfect stranger just kissed away the worst day of my life.
Emphasis on perfect.
Hunter Forsythe is so far out of my league I can't even buy tickets.
And now he's insta-date to my stuck up sister's wedding?!

Brace for everything to go hilariously wrong.
But my mysterious new hero is no flipping joke.
Rich as sin. Knockout eyes. A snarlypants single dad. Muscle, muscle everywhere.
Too good for the quiet baker girl no one ever noticed.

Then I find out what – and who – put him up to this insanity.
I'm so mad I could spit nails.
Imagine my surprise when Romeo keeps coming.
Hear my door slamming in his face.
Witness my jaw hanging when he starts wooing me for real.

Dream dates, family dinners, and soul-branding nights.
I'm in full Juliet mode before I see the crack in his world.
The longing. The loss. The secrets. The danger.
Does love even fit in Hunter's jagged heart?
Or is a Shakespearean tragedy in our stars?

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow – a tale of pretend love turned way too real. See the sparks fly when tight wound alpha protector gets a taste of his ultimate Sugar and Spice. Full length romance novel with a Happily Ever After roller coaster!

The Newbery Award

2018 Hello Universe (Erin Entrada Kelly)
Crown, An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Derek Barnes)
Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds)
Piecing Me Together (Renee Watson)

2017 The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Kelly Barnhill)
Freedom Over Me : Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life (Ashley Bryan)
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Adam Godwitz)
Wolf Hollow (Lauren Wolk)

2016 Last Stop on Market Street (Matt dela Pena)
The War That Saved My Life (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley)
Roller Girl (Victoria Jamieson)
Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan)

2015 The Crossover (Kwame Alexander)
El Deafo (Cece Bell)
Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)

2014 Flora & Ulysses:  The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo)
Doll Bones (Holly Black)
The Year of Billy Miller (Devin Henkes)
One Came Home (Amy Timberlake)
Paperboy (Vince Vawter)_

2013 The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
Splendors and Glooms (Laura May Schlitz)
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Steve Steinkin)
Three Times Lucky (Sheila Turnage)

2012 Dead End in Norvelt (Jack Gantos)
Inside Out & Back Again (Thanhha Lai)
Breaking Stalin's Nose (Eugene Yelchin)

2011 Moon over Manifest (Claire Vanderpool)
Turtle in Paradise (Jennifer L. Holm)
Heart of a Samurai (Margi Preus)
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (Joyce Sidman)
One Crazy Summer (Rita Williams-Garcia)

2010 When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead)
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Philip Hoose)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Jacqueline Kelly)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Rodman Philbrick)

2009 The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
The Underneath (Kathi Appelt)
The Surrender Tree: Poems for Cuba's Struggle for Freedom (Margarita Engle)
Savvy (Ingrid Law)
After Tupac & D Foster (Jacqueline Woodson)

2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village (Laura Amy Schlitz)
Elijah of Buxton (Christopher Paul Curtis)
The Wednesday Wars (Gary D. Schmidt)
Feathers (Jacqueline Woodson)

2007 The Higher Power of Lucky (Susan Patron)
Penny from Heaven (Jennifer L. Holm)
Hattie Big Sky (Kirby Larson)
Rules (Cynthia Lord)

2006 Criss Cross (Lyunne Rae Perkins)
Whittington (Alan Armstrong)
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Susan Campbell Bartoletti)
Princess Academy (Shannon Hale)
Show Way (Jacqueline Woodson)

2005 Kira-Kira (Cynthia Kadohata)
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Gennifer Choldenko)
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (Russell Freedman)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Gary D. Schmidt)

2004  The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread (Kate DiCamillo)
Olive's Ocean (Kevin Henkes)
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Jim Murphy)

2003  Crispin:  The Cross of Lead (Avi)
The House of Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
Pictures of Hollis Woods (Patricia Reilly Giff)
Hoot (Carl Hiaasen)
A Corner of the Universe (Ann M. Martin)
Surviving the Applewhites (Stephanie S. Tolan)

2002  A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park)
Everything on a Waffle (Polly Horvath)
Carver, A Life in Poems (Marilyn Nelson)

2001 A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck)
Hope Was Here (Joan Bauer)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Joey Pigza Loses Control (Jack Gantos)
The Wanderer (Sharon Creech)

2000 Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
Getting Near to Baby (Audrey Couloumbis)
Our Only May Amelia (Jennifer L. Holm)
26 Fairmount Ave. (Tomie dePola)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

6. INK: A Love Story on Seventh and Main by Elizabeth Hunter

read on my iPhone
2018 CreateSpace Independent Publishing
288 pgs.
Adult Romance (Sizzle Factor:  2/4)
Finished 1/12/18
Goodreads rating:  4.04 - 2731 ratings
My rating: 3.5
Setting: Contemporary Metlin, CA; central California

First line/s:  "Emmie Elliott lasted three breaths in the old bookshop, her measured exhalations stirring dust motes that danced in the afternoon light streaming from the large display windows that looked over Main Street."

My comments:   It's fun to throw a little romance in once in awhile, this one is sweet, entertaining,  AND it takes place in a bookstore....  The two twenty-something protagonists have great (sizzling?) chemistry, and the premise of having a bookstore and a tattoo parlor share a retail space is quite unusual and hard-to-resist.

Goodreads synopsis:  It’s everything but business as usual.
          Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission: Sell the building that housed her grandmother’s book store and move on with her life.
          But life doesn’t always go according to plan.
          To reopen her grandmother’s book shop, Emmie will need a hook. She’ll need a strategy. She’ll need an… Ox?
          Miles Oxford doesn’t have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He’s a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don’t mix for Ox, but since he doesn’t have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
          She sells ink. He tattoos it. Unusual? Yes. But a book shop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business.
          Just on business.

2019 Books That Have Caught My Attention

Inheritance:  A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (1/15/19)
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks (1/8/19)

The Au Pair by Emma Rous (1/8/19)
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemenheirt (1/8/19)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Caldecott Medal

2018  Wolf in the Snow (Cordell)
Big Cat Little Cat (Cooper)
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Barnes, James)
A Different Pond (Phi/Bui)
Grand Canyon (Chin)

2017  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Steptoe)
Leave Me Alone (Brosgol)
Freedom in Congo Square (Westherford/Christie)
Du is Tak? (Ellis)
They All Saw a Cat (Wenzel)

2016 Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear (Mattick/Blackall)
Trombone Shorty (Andrews/Collier)
Waiting (Henkes)
Voice of Freedom (Weatherford/Holmes)
Last Stop on Market Street (de la Pena/Robinson) WON THE NEWBERY
2015  Adventures of Beekle (Santat)
Nana in the City (Castillo)
Noisy Paint Box (Rosenstock/GrandPre)
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Barnett/Klassen)
Viva Frida (Morales/O'Meara)
The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus (Bryant/Sweet)
This One Summer (Tamaki)

2014 Locomotive (Floca)
Journey (Becker)
Flora and the Flamingo (Idle)
Mr. Wuffles! (Wiesner)

2013 This is Not My Hat (Klassen)
Creepy Carrots! (Reynolds/Brown)
Extra Yarn (Barnett/Klassen)
Green (Seeger)
One Cool Friend (Buzzeo/Small)
Sleep Like a Tiger (Logue/Zagarenski)

2012 A Ball for Daisy (Raschka)
Me...Jane (McDonnell)
Blackout (Rocco)
Grandpa Green (Smith)

2011 A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Stead P/Stead E)
Dave the Potter (Hill/Collier)
Interrupting Chicken (Stein)

2010 Lion & the Mouse (Pinkney)
HonorsAll the World (Scanlon/Frazee)
Red Sings from Treetops (Sidman/Zagarenski)

2009 The House in the Night (Swanson/Krommes)
How I learned Geography (Shulevitz)
A River of Words:  The Story of William Carlos Williams (Bryant/Sweet)
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (Frazee)

2008 The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Selznick)
Henry's Freedom Box (Levine/Nelson)
First the Egg (Seeger)
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Willems)
The Wall:  Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Sis)

2007  Flotsam (Wiesner)
Gone Wild (McLimans)
Moses: When Harriet 'Tubman Lead Her People to Freedom (Weatherford/Nelson)

2006 The Hello, Goodbye Window (Juster/Raschka)
Rosa (Giovanni/Collier)
Zen Shorts (Muth)
Song of the Water Boatman (Sidman/Prange)
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air Balloon Ride (Priceman)

2005 Kitten's First Full Moon  (Henkes)
The Red Book (Lehman)
Coming Home Soon (Woodson/Lewis)
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Willems)

2004  The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers (Gersstein)
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (Chodos-Irvine)
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Willems)
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (Jenkins)

2003 My Friend Rabbit (Rhomann)
The Spider and the Fly (Howitt/DiTerlizzi)
Hondo & Fabian (McCarty)
Noah's Ark (Pinkney)

2002  The Three Pigs (Wiesner)
Martin's Big Words (Rappaport/Collier)
The Stray Dog (Simont)
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (Kerley/Selznik)

2001 So You Want to be President? (St. George/Small)
Casey at the Bat (Thayer/Bing)
Olivia (Falconer)
Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows That Type (Cronin/Lewin)

2000 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Taback)
A Child's Calendar (Updike/Human)
Sector 7 (Wiesner)
The Ugly Duckling (Pinkney)
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry (Bang)

1999 Snowflake Bentley (Martin/Azarian)
No, David! (Shannon)
Snow (Shulevitz)
Tibet Through the Red Box (Sis)
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince & His Orchestra

1998 Rapunzel (Zelinsky)
The Gardener (Stewart/Small)
Harlem: a Poem (Myers W/Myers C)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ()Taback)

1997 Golem (Wisniewski)
Hush! A Thai Lullaby (Ho/Meade)
The Graphic Alphabet (Pelletier)
The Paperboy (Pilkey)
Starry Messenger (Sis)

1996 Officer Buckle and Gloria (Rathmann)
Alphabet City (Johnson)
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Moss/Priceman)
The Fairhful Friend (San Souci/Pinkney)
Tops & Bottoms (Stevens)

1995 Smoky Night (Bunting/Diaz)
John Henry (Lester/Pinkney)
Swamp Angel (Isaacs/Zelinsky)
Time Flies (Rohmann)

1994 Grandfather's Journey (Say)
Peppe the Lamplighter (Bartone, Lewin)
In the Small, Small Pond (Fleming)
Owen (Henkes)
You! Yes? (Raschka)
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest (McDermott)

1993 Mirette on the High Wire (McCully)
Seven Blind Mice (Young)
Working Cotton (Williams/Bayard)
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Scieszka/Smith)

1992  Tuesday (Wiesner)
Tar Beach (Ringgold)

1991 Black and White (Macaulay)
Puss in Boots (Perrault/Marcellino)
"More More More, " Said the Baby (Williams)

1990  Lon Po Po (Young)
Bill Peet: An Autobiography (Peet)
Color Zoo (Ehlert)
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale fromt he American South (San Souci/Pinkney)
Hershel and the Hanukkah Gobllin (Kimmel)