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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine

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Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World Cover Image
By Tracey Fern, Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374305161
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 22nd, 2012

A paleontologist’s dream comes true when he makes an extraordinary discovery: the skeleton of one of the largest land carnivores. Zany, expressive illustrations. Bibliography and author’s note (6-9).


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A Boy Called Dickens Cover Image
By Deborah Hopkinson, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867323
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 10th, 2012

The hardships and dreams of a young British boy foreshadow his great literary achievements. Haunting pen and ink and acrylic illustrations (7-9).


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Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803737587
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Published: Dial Books - November 8th, 2012

A lyrical account of the life of the world famous French Impressionist Henri Matisse includes vibrant illustrations in his style (6-9).


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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold Cover Image
By Deloris Jordan, Barry Root (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442412699
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - May 1st, 2012

The mother of the great basketball star offers a glimpse into his childhood and the values leading to his success. Expressive watercolor and gouache illustrations (4-7).


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Emily and Carlo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580892742
Availability: Special Order
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2012

Emily Dickinson’s life with her constant canine companion, black Newfoundland Carlo, is depicted with soft watercolors (7-10).


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The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547238661
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 9th, 2012

Charles Ives wrote his music relating to the sounds all around him, but it was rarely played in public until after his death. Sensitive illustrations (5-8).


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Harlem's Little Blackbird Cover Image
By Renee Watson, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869730
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

Born in 1896, Florence overcame extreme prejudice and became a world-renowned singer. Colorful, bold line drawings (6-9).


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Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller Cover Image
By Doreen Rappaport, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780786808908
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2012

Helen’s life emerged from blind/deaf isolation to great wisdom and renown on the world stage through the teaching and support of her teacher Annie Sullivan. Warm watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations (6-10).


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Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette
By Shana Corey, Hadley Hooper (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545342780
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2012

Celebrating their 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts began as the idea of the adventurous Juliette Gordon Low and grew to be an organization with millions of members nationwide. Warm mixed-media illustrations (5-8).


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Looking at Lincoln Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399240393
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 5th, 2012

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln kept his notes in his hat? Or that he had a dog named Fido? Whimsical gouache illustrations (6-8).


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Noah Webster and His Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547390550
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 23rd, 2012

The author of the first American Dictionary of the English Language, Webster also wrote spelling, grammar, and reading books. Expressive, humorous illustrations (6-9).


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A Picture Book of Sam Houston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823423699
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2012

The first president of the Republic of Texas defended his beloved future state in battle and words, inspiring many with his tenacious courage. Realistic digital art (6-8).


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A President from Hawai'i Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763652302
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

Lokahi, kokua, ‘ohana and other Hawaiian values influenced Barack Obama as he grew up in the Aloha state. In rhyming text with direct quotes by the president. Photographs and oil and collage illustrations (6-9).


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Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World Cover Image
By Laurie Lawlor, Laura Beingessner (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823423705
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2012

Her passion for the natural world and skill in observing it led this pioneering environmentalist to challenge the chemical industry. Delicate tempura and ink illustrations. Meticulously researched and sourced (7-9).


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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061455155
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Johnny Appleseed planted good deeds, one apple tree at a time. Expressive watercolor and gouache
illustrations (5-7).


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Susan B. Anthony Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823419531
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2012

The famous suffragette fought tirelessly throughout her life for women’s rights, especially the right to vote. Folk art-style paintings (7-9).


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Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Gene Barretta (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805091083
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 17th, 2012

Without Edison, who gave us the telegraph, the light bulb, cement, alkaline batteries, and much more, we would be in the dark. Watercolor illustrations (6-8).


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Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416959038
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 3rd, 2012

The famous antislavery leader narrates the tale of his early life as a slave. Strong acrylic and oil illustrations (7-9).

 

 


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Write On, Mercy!: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590788226
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - March 1st, 2012

The Revolutionary War-era author overcame obstacles and paved the road for future generations of women writers. Gouache illustrations. Timeline, bibliography, web sites (6-8).