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NCTE: Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

For those attending NCTE’s annual convention next week in Philadelphia, please consider attending CLA‘s Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts session on Friday afternoon, 2:30 -5:15 at the Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Salon C, 5th Floor.

We will begin with a presentation of the 2009 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts. It is a superb list and it is always wonderful listening to the current committee members present them.

Then comes my part of the program — managing the roundtable conversations with eight of the honored books’ creators.  Attendees will get to spend time with all of them as they will move from table to table in short shifts (similar to some publisher previews or the speed-dating that happens at BEA).

This year we are thrilled to have the following creators coming:

Jen Bryant for Ringside 1929 and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.

Barry Denenburg for Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered

Philip Dray for Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

Jan Greenberg for Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World

Stephen T. Johnson for A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet

Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson for Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Laura Vaccaro Seeger for One Boy

We end with a raffle of books.

It is a really great session, one I always attended long before I had anything personally to do with it.  Please come!

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The 2009 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

Selected by a seven-member national committee of NCTE’s Children’s Literature Assembly, these thirty titles demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or style; involve word play, word origins, or the history of language; and invite child response or participation.  They will be featured (along with many of their authors and illustrators) at the NCTE and IRA conventions as well as in the publications Journal of Children’s Literature and Language Arts.

Poetry

Bryant, Jen. (2008). Ringside 1925. New York: Alfred A. Knopf/Random House.

Giovanni, Nikki. (2008). Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Greenberg, Jan. (2008). Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World. New York: Abrams.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. (2008). The Blacker the Berry. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins.

Westen, Robert Paul. (2008). Zorgamazoo. New York: Razorbill/Penguin Group.

Historical and Realistic Fiction

Almond, David. (2008). The Savage. Illustrated by Dave McKean. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2008). The Boy Who Dared. New York: Scholastic.

Bauer, Joan. (2008). Peeled. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group.

Nicholls, Sally. (2008). Ways to Live Forever. New York: Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. (2008). Eleven. Wendy Lamb/Random House.

Fantasy/Folklore

Alley, Zoe B. (2008). There’s a Wolf at the Door. Illustrated by R.W. Alley. New York: Roaring Brook/Holtzbrinck.

Berk, Ari. (2008). The Secret History of Giants. Cambridge, MA: Templar Company/Candlewick.

Lowry, Lois. (2008). The Willoughbys. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Morales, Yuyi. (2008). Just in Case. New York: Roaring Brook/Holtzbrinck.

Prineas, Sarah (2008). The Magic Thief. New York: HarperCollins.

Reeve, Philip. (2008). Here Lies Arthur. New York: Scholastic.

Information/Biography

Bryant, Jen. (2008). A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Deneberg, Barry. (2008). Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered. New York: Feiwel and Friends/MacMillan.

Dray, Philip. (2008). Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Nelson, Scott Reynolds, & Aronson, Marc. (2008). Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Prelutsky, Jack. (2008). Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem. New York: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.

Scieszka, Jon. (2008). Knucklehead. New York: Viking/Penguin.

Picture Books

Chen, Chih-Yuan. (2008). Artie and Julie. Alhambra, CA: Heryin.

Choung, Eun-Hee. (2008). Minji’s Salon. New York: Kane/Miller.

Cottin, Menena. (2008). The Black Book of Colors. Illustrated by Rosana Faria. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood.

Gravett, Emily. (2008). Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Johnson, Stephen T. (2008). A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Reibstein, Mark. (2008). Wabi Sabi. Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Little Brown.

Rumford, James. (2008). Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. New York: Roaring Brook/Holtzbrinck.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. (2008). One Boy. New York: Roaring Brook/Holtzbrinck.

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2009 Committee:  Deanna Day, Chair, Monica Edinger Past Chair
Mary Lee Hahn, Janelle Mathis, Jonda McNair, Mary Napoli, Kathy Short, Edward Sullivan

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Notables Session at NCTE

Just a reminder for those at NCTE. Do come to the Notables session on Sunday (Level 1 E03/05 in the Javits Center) . After we present our thirty books you will get to hobnob (well, chat with anyway) nine of the authors and illustrators in rotating round tables (meaning you get ten minutes with each of them). Not to mention, you will walk out with a free notable book in your hand!

Here’s our line-up:

Ann Bausum, author of the Sibert Award Honor Book Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Margarita Engle, author of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.

Helen Frost, author of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book The Braid.

Gail Carson Levine, author of Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly and many other beloved books including the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted.

Cynthia Lord, author of the Newbery Honor Book Rules.

David McLimans, author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.

Christopher Myers, illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, Jazz.

Mark Siegel, illustrator of the Sibert Award Honor Book To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel and editorial director of First Second Books.

Catherine Thimmesh, author of the Sibert Award winner Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon.

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Presentation of the 2007 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

On Sunday November 18th, from 1 to 3:45 pm at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Committee will present the 2007 list of thirty honored books after which attendees will join in round table conversations with committee members and Notable Book authors and illustrators including:

Ann Bausum, author of the Sibert Award Honor Book Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Margarita Engle, author of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.
Helen Frost, author of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book The Braid.
Gail Carson Levine, author of Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly and many other beloved books including the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted.
Cynthia Lord, author of the Newbery Honor Book Rules.
David McLimans, author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.
Christopher Myers, illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, Jazz.
Mark Siegel, illustrator of the Sibert Award Honor Book To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel and editorial director of First Second Books.
Catherine Thimmesh, author of the Sibert Award winner Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon.

A complete list of the 2007 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts can be viewed here.

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