Coming of Age

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

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The Best Bike Ride Ever Cover Image
By James Proimos, Johanna Wright (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803738508
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Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

Join Bonnie as her imagination takes her to wonderful places during her first time on a bike. Rich acrylic paintings in a pastel palette (4-8).

 


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Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl Cover Image
By Jessie Haas, Alison Friend (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763649555
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 27th, 2012

An early chapter book explores the relationship of a horse with attitude and a girl who figures out how to handle him. Vivid watercolor illustrations (7–10).

 


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Garmann's Secret Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802854001
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - December 16th, 2011

Garmann befriends Hannah’s twin, Johanna, and together the friends explore the woods, learning about themselves and the world. Inventive mixed- media collages (6-10).

 


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Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake Cover Image
By Kate Klise, Kate Klise (Illustrator), M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805093131
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 3rd, 2012

Larry the Lamb gains insights into his eccentric Grammy when a storm hits and she stays to help. Gentle acrylic illustrations convey the warmth of the family (5-9).

 


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Horsefly and Honeybee Cover Image
By Randy Cecil, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780805093001
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 27th, 2012

Horsefly and Honeybee fight when they first meet but soon realize that being friends is much easier. Bright oil on paper illustrations (5-7).

 


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Kindred Souls Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060522971
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 7th, 2012

This elegiac story of Grandpa’s eighty-eighth summer reveals the devotion of a boy and a dog as the family rebuilds the sod house of Grandpa’s youth (7-10).

 


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Living with Mom and Living with Dad Cover Image
By Melanie Walsh, Melanie Walsh (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763658694
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 12th, 2012

Simple acrylics with slip boxes show life in two homes in this gentle exploration of a child’s life when parents divorce (4-6).

 


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Morgan and the Dune Racer Cover Image
By Ted Staunton, Bill Slavin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780887809651
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Published: Formac Publishing Company Limited - August 9th, 2011

This lively first novel deals with friendship, a quasi- bully, a favorite toy, and a birthday party. Humorous black-and-white illustrations (6-8).

 


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Peter Is Just a Baby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802853844
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - November 11th, 2011

A big sister is impatient for her baby brother to grow and pirouette with her. Gouache illustrations of bear characters in action (4-8).

 


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Sadie and Ratz Cover Image
By Sonya Hartnett, Ann James (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763653156
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 27th, 2012

Hannah’s hands, Sadie and Ratz, help her deal with her frustrations as an older sister. Engaging charcoal illustrations (5-8).

 


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The Scariest Thing of All Cover Image
By Debi Gliori, Debi Gliori (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802723918
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Published: Walker Childrens - June 5th, 2012

Pip, the smallest rabbit, has a long, long list of things that scare her. When he has to confront a big fear, he learns a bigger lesson. Watercolor and ink illustrations (4-7).

 


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A Song for My Sister Cover Image
By Lesley Simpson, Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781582464275
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 26th, 2012

Waaaa! seems to be the only sound Mira’s new baby sister can make, until a sister song reaches her ears. Lovely illustrations support the lyrical language (5-9).

 


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Tallulah's Solo Cover Image
By Marilyn Singer, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547330044
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Published: Clarion Books - May 1st, 2012

Tallulah’s little brother follows in her footsteps and takes ballet. Will she still get a starring role in the recital? Creative, humorous watercolor illustrations (5-9).

 


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Third Grade Angels Cover Image
By Jerry Spinelli, Jennifer Bell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545387729
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 1st, 2012

Suds explores not just what it means to be good but also why it matters. Textured black-and-white illustrations (6-9).

   


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Toppling Cover Image
By Sally Murphy, Rhian Nest James (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763659219
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

The world of John and the other fifth graders is upended when a friend contracts cancer. Evocative pen and watercolor illustrations (6-9).

 


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The Unruly Queen Cover Image
By E. S. Redmond, E. S. Redmond (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763634452
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 28th, 2012

The fifty-third Nanny in fifty-three weeks works magic with the mischievous Minerva. Witty verse and watercolors (5-8).

 


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The Velveteen Rabbit Cover Image
By Komako Sakai (Created by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592701285
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 20th, 2012

Being loved makes the Velveteen Rabbit real, warm, and beautiful. The illustrations bring to life the retelling of this classic book (6-10).