2004 Notable Books for Children

These books were chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, and other professionals for the Association for Library Service to Children.

Younger Readers

  • Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt)
  • I Face the Wind, by Vicki Cobb; illustrated by Julia Gorton (HarperCollins)
  • Surprising Sharks, by Nicola Davies; illustrated by James Croft (Candlewick)
  • The Racecar Alphabet, by Brian Floca (Atheneum)
  • Diary of a Wombat, by Jackie French; illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Clarion)
  • Little One Step, by Simon James (Candlewick)
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin)
  • How I Became a Pirate, by Melinda Long; illustrated by David Shannon (Harcount, Inc.)
  • Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, by Yuyi Morales (Chronicle Books)
  • My Name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvits; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • One Is a Snail Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book, by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre; illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick)
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, by Mo Willems (Hyperion)

Middle Readers

  • Silent Movie, by Avi; illustrated by C. B. Mordan (Anne Schwartz/Atheneum)
  • Mack Made Movies, by Don Brown (Roaring Brook Press)
  • The Shape Game, by Anthony Browne (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • George Washington's Teeth, by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora; illustrated by Brock Cole (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • Vote!, by Eileen Christelow (Clarion)
  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, by Sharon Creech; illustrated by Chris Raschka (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)
  • Iqbal: A Novel, by Francesco D'Adamo; translated by Ann Leonori (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick)
  • The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau (Random House)
  • Snowed in with Grandmother Silk, by Carol Fenner; illustrated by Amanda Harvey (Dial)
  • Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl, by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by James E. Ransome (Bluesky Press/Scholastic)
  • Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales, selected by Neil Philip; illustrated by Jacqueline Mair (Clarion)
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt)
  • The Man Who Made Time Travel, by Kathryn Lasky; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • Hana's Suitcase: A True Story, by Karen Levine (Albert Whitman)
  • The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins, by Bea Uusma Schyffert; translated by Emi Guner (Chronicle Books)
  • Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)

Older Readers

  • Colibrí, by Ann Cameron (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy, by Ilene Cooper (Dutton Children's Books)
  • Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life, by Candace Fleming (Anne Schwartz/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights, by Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke; translated by Anthea Bell (The Chicken House/Scholastic)
  • Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
  • Keeper of the Night, by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow)
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Champion of the American Spirit, by Betsy Harvey Kraft (Clarion)
  • Mosque, by David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Stop the Train!, by Geraldine McCaughrean (HarperCollins)
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, by Jim Murphy (Clarion)
  • Ruby Electric, by Theresa Nelson (Atheneum)
  • Run, Boy, Run, by Uri Orlev; translated by Hillel Halkin (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Cuba 15, by Nancy Osa (Delacorte Press)
  • East, by Edith Pattou (Harcourt)
  • The River Between Us, by Richard Peck (Dial Books)
  • The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
  • Remember the Lusitania!, by Diana Preston (Walker & Company)
  • Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve (EOS/HarperCollins)
  • Don't Hold Me Back: My Life and Art, by Winfred Rembert (Cricket/Marcato Book)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin Naturalist, Geologist and Thinker, by Peter Sís (Frances Foster/Farrar Straus and Giroux)
  • The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion Books for Children)

All Ages

  • Tell Me a Picture, by Quentin Blake (Millbrook)
  • Roller Coaster, by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Mordicai (Roaring Brook Press)
  • There's a Frog in my Throat! 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me, by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street (Holiday House)
  • Kensuke's Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic)
  • Blues Journey, by Walter Dean Myers (Holiday House)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Original Tale, by Robert Sabuda (Little, Simon)
  • The Hidden Alphabet, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (A Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Pres )

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