2013 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

  • And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  • Bear Has a Story to Tell, by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  • Black Dog, by Levi Pinfold; illustrated by the author
  • Charley's First Night, by Amy Hest; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
  • Creepy Carrots!, by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown
  • Demolition, by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
  • Dogs on Duty, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  • Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, by Christy Hale; illustrated by the author
  • Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, by Hena Khan; Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems; illustrated by the author (Knopf)
  • Green, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illustrated by the author
  • Hippopposites, by Janik Coat
  • Infinity and Me, by Kate Hosford; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
  • Just Ducks, by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
  • Let's Go for a Drive!, by Mo Willems; illustrated by the author
  • Machines Go to Work in the City, by William Low; illustrated by the author
  • Magritte's Marvelous Hat: A Picture Book, by Donald B. Johnson; illustrated by the author
  • Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by David Diaz
  • More, by I. C. Springman; illustrated by Brian Lies
  • Nighttime Ninja, by Barbara DaCosta; illustrated by Ed Young
  • Oh, No!, by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann
  • One Cool Friend, by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by David Small
  • One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters, by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Jessica Meserve
  • Penny and Her Doll, by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by the author
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean
  • Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, by Cece Bell; illustrated by the author
  • Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
  • This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen; illustrated by the author
  • This Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers; illustrated by the author
  • Up, Tall and High!, by Ethan Long; illustrated by the author
  • Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksy

Middle Readers

  • Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship, by Russell Freedman
  • The Beetle Book, by Steve Jenkins; illustrated by the author
  • A Black Hole Is Not a Hole, by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano; illustrated by Michael Carroll
  • Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing ALl-Brother Baseball Team, by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Steven Salerno
  • Chuck Close: Face Book, by Chuck Close
  • Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E. B. Lewis
  • Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, by Robert Byrd; illustrated by the author
  • George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!, by Robert Burleigh; illustrated by George Bellows
  • Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Matt Tavares
  • Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic, by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
  • In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz
  • Island: A Story of the Galápagos, by Jason Chin; illustrated by the author
  • Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park, by Hillary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
  • May B, by Caroline Starr Rose
  • The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity, by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, by Phillip M. Hoose
  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Patricia Castelao
  • See You at Harry's, by Jo Knowles
  • Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin
  • Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
  • Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Twelve Kinds of Ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed; illustrations by Barbara McClintock
  • Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, by Henry Cole; illustrated by the author
  • Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
  • Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead, by Rebecca L. Johnson

Older Readers

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust, by Doreen Rappaport
  • Drama, by Raina Telgemier, illustrated by the author
  • A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return, by Zeina Abirached, illustrated by the author
  • Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure, by Jim Murphy and Alison Bank
  • My Family for the War, by Anne C. Voorhoeve; translated by Tammi Reichel
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher
  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, by Sonia Manzano
  • Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
  • Son, by Lois Lowry
  • Son of a Gun, by Anne de Graaf
  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery
  • We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, by Cynthia Y. Levinson

All Ages

  • Little Bird, by Germano Zullo; illustrated by Albertine
  • National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!, edited by J. Patrick Lewis
  • Step Gently Out, by Helen Frost; illustrated by Rick Lieder
  • The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons, by Sid Farrar; illustrated by Ilse Plume
  • Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems, by Kate Coombs; illustrated by Meilo So
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