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October 01, 2008



I nominate Steel Drumming at the Apollo by Trish Marx with photos by Ellen Sinisi. This book came out from Lee & Low Books officially on Dec. 31, 2007 but I think it's eligible this year, right? It wasn't included last year.

It follows a group of Schenectady NY kids who follow a dream to compete at the Apollo Theater. I posted a more detailed review here:



I nominate We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson.

Sarah Miller

by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander

Muriel L. Dubois

Women of Granite: 25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know by Janet Buell and the Write Sisters

Order review copies from www.apprenticeshopbooks.com


King George: What was his problem? by Steve Sheinkin


Sea Queens by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt

Jackie Parker

Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg (Author), Christopher Bing (Illustrator)


Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World, by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, www.GreatPeacemakers.com


The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman. (The biography of Mark Twain.) The publisher is HarperCollins.


I nominate Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka.


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

Darcy Pattison

IN DEFIANCE OF HITLER: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry, by Carla McClafferty (FSG)


Whoops I wrote that in the wrong category... what I meant to nominate was Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar

Michael J. Rosen

Happy to nominate OUR FARM: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm (Darby Creek Publishing, 2000). See link for press kit, sample of photographs, spreads:



"Mrs. Riley Bought Five Itchy Aardvarks" and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Science Facts by Brian P. Cleary


I am Scout: the biobraphy of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

KT Horning

"The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary" by Candace Fleming

KT Horning

Oops, sorry about the blank!

"The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West" by Sid Fleischman


Model by Cheryl Diamond

It's a memoir...does that count?

Fuse #8

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers Children by Deborah Ellis

Jen Robinson

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir, by Cylin Busby and John Busby (Bloomsbury, August 1st).

Susan (Chicken Spaghetti)

ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: A Year in an American High School, by Elisha Cooper.

Nan Hoekstra

I nominate One Hundred Young Americans by Michael Franzini


Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd


Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry, by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Philip Lee

YES WE CAN: A BIOGRAPHY OF BARACK OBAMA by Garen Thomas, Feiwel and Friends


Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes
by Ellen Jackson


Model a Memoir by Cheryl Diamond


I loved Generation Green by Linda and Tosh Sivertsen. Everyone should read this, teen or adult!


She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer.

by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander

"At the age of twelve, Laura Bridgman was world famous. She performed on stage and met other celebrities of her time. Politicians, artists, and reformers flocked to see her, and she was loved and admired by children everywhere. Laura was also deaf and blind."


SCIENCE ON THE LOOSE by Helaine Becker (Mapletree)

Philip Lee

YES WE CAN: A BIOGRAPHY OF BARACK OBAMA by Garen Thomas, published by Feiwel and Friends

Jeannine Atkins

Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out by 108 authors and illustrators and the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance (Candlewick Press)

Jennifer, Snapshot

Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Teens, Tweens, and In-Betweens by Marisa Weiss and Isabel Friedman

Dianne Helm

I would like to nominate A Gift of Dreams, a classic American coming-of-age tale. The author shares his challenges of growing up in the 1950's, building model airplanes, and daring to be different. His love of model airplanes eventually brought him international recognition as a member of the National Model Aviation Hall of Fame.


No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin

Luke Santore

"Painting the Wild Frontier," by Susanna Reich (Clarion, 2008), about artist/adventurer George Catlin...a great read.


Gotcha Covered: Everything You Need To Know About Your Period By Lisa McGuinness, Chris Boral

I just bought this for my pre-teen daughter and love all of the information and friendly tone. Makes talking about this stuff a bit easier. :)

Norman Cohen

I nominate "You're Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self" by Claire Mysko. It's a great book designed to help girls who are feeling the "pressure to be perfect," to lighten up, educate themselves and feel great about themselves.


The Way We Work by David Macaulay


"Physics: Why Matter Matters!", concept and illustrated by (Simon) Basher, text by Dan Green


"Physics: Why Matter Matters!", concept and illustrated by (Simon) Basher, text by Dan Green


"Physics: Why Matter Matters!", concept and illustrated by (Simon) Basher, text by Dan Green


I nominate The Pocket Guide to Mischief by Bart King. So funny, so informative... and so readable.


I want to nominate "Independent Dames" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Jennifer Poulter

I would like to nominate Jenny Gibson's "The ABC of Art Skills" is published on the web -http://www.abcyoucandraw.com/ and is aimed at children and young people or just the young at heart!
I can personally vouch for Jenny's skills as an art teacher as I have been teaching myself to draw using her book (see my earliest attempts at perspective on my JacketFlap site - they were done after going through her lessons step by step). The book is based on her experiences teaching art to children for many years in Northside Christian College and later taking course in graphics through TAFE and other colleges.


I second the vote for No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin


I nominate Sedimentary Rock by Rebekah Faulkner. This is one from the Geology Rocks series!


"Seize the Story" by Victoria Hanley, Cottonwood Press. An awesome resource for budding writers!

Karen C.

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee

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