Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine
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).
The hardships and dreams of a young British boy foreshadow his great literary achievements. Haunting pen and ink and acrylic illustrations (7-9).
A lyrical account of the life of the world famous French Impressionist Henri Matisse includes vibrant illustrations in his style (6-9).
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).
Emily Dickinson’s life with her constant canine companion, black Newfoundland Carlo, is depicted with soft watercolors (7-10).
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).
Born in 1896, Florence overcame extreme prejudice and became a world-renowned singer. Colorful, bold line drawings (6-9).
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).
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).
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).
The author of the first American Dictionary of the English Language, Webster also wrote spelling, grammar, and reading books. Expressive, humorous illustrations (6-9).
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).
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).
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).
Johnny Appleseed planted good deeds, one apple tree at a time. Expressive watercolor and gouache
The famous suffragette fought tirelessly throughout her life for women’s rights, especially the right to vote. Folk art-style paintings (7-9).
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).
The famous antislavery leader narrates the tale of his early life as a slave. Strong acrylic and oil illustrations (7-9).
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).