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



The children of a Polish Jewish family who survived World War II tell the story of how they were saved— and who saved them. Historical photos and warm illustrations. This is a special order item only. To purchase, call Bank Street Bookstore, (212) 678-1654 (7-9).


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Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600604102
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Published: Lee & Low Books - March 1st, 2012

The spunk and talent of Florence Mills, an early 20th century black entertainer, is expressed in vibrant text and watercolors. Author’s note included (6–9).


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Ellen's Broom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399250033
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

Discovering the history behind a family broom inspires Ellen to celebrate the past and create a new tradition. Linoleum block print illustrations (6-10).


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Flood Warning (Orca Echoes) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Pearce, Leanne Franson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781459800687
Availability: Special Order
Published: Orca Book Publishers - May 1st, 2012

In Canada in 1948 when the Fraser River floods his community, Tom acts with ingenuity to rescue his family’s cows. Expressive pencil and watercolor illustrations (7-9).


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The Forgiveness Garden Cover Image
By Lauren Thompson, Christy Hale (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780312625993
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 30th, 2012

A girl refuses to get revenge after being hurt by an enemy villager and wants to make a forgiveness garden instead. Soft mixed-media illustrations (5-8).


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Heroes of the Surf Cover Image
By Elisa Carbone, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780670063123
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2012

Sailing on the Pliny in 1882, two young boys make friends and experience a dramatic sea rescue. Based on a true story. Textured illustrations that capture details of the era (7-10).


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Laundry Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547241968
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Published: Clarion Books - April 17th, 2012

An immigrant shoeshine boy seeks the owner of a brilliant red cloth. Digital pencil, watercolor, and pastel illustrations (6-9).


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Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter Cover Image
By Dianne Ochiltree, Kathleen Kemly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590787212
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Calkins Creek - September 1st, 2012

In the early 1800s, Molly Williams joins a crew of firefighters in this remarkable adventure. Watercolor illustrations. Rich back matter (6-10).

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The Secret Chicken Society Cover Image
By Judy Cox, Amanda Haley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823423729
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2012

When Daniel’s family takes on the five “hens” his third grade class raised, they all learn a lot about the trouble involved in caring for chickens. Amusing black-and-white illustrations (7-10).


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When Grandmama Sings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780688175634
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Published: HarperCollins - January 3rd, 2012

An eight-year-old African American girl accompanies her grandmother on a singing tour in the segregated South. Realistic watercolors capture the feeling of the era (5-8).