Coming of Age
Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine
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).
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).
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).
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).
Horsefly and Honeybee fight when they first meet but soon realize that being friends is much easier. Bright oil on paper illustrations (5-7).
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).
Simple acrylics with slip boxes show life in two homes in this gentle exploration of a child’s life when parents divorce (4-6).
This lively first novel deals with friendship, a quasi- bully, a favorite toy, and a birthday party. Humorous black-and-white illustrations (6-8).
A big sister is impatient for her baby brother to grow and pirouette with her. Gouache illustrations of bear characters in action (4-8).
Hannah’s hands, Sadie and Ratz, help her deal with her frustrations as an older sister. Engaging charcoal illustrations (5-8).
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).
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).
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).
Suds explores not just what it means to be good but also why it matters. Textured black-and-white illustrations (6-9).
The world of John and the other fifth graders is upended when a friend contracts cancer. Evocative pen and watercolor illustrations (6-9).
The fifty-third Nanny in fifty-three weeks works magic with the mischievous Minerva. Witty verse and watercolors (5-8).
Being loved makes the Velveteen Rabbit real, warm, and beautiful. The illustrations bring to life the retelling of this classic book (6-10).