Books

Picture books

Children’s Books of the Year | TURNING A SHACK INTO A HOME: Brightening colors help tell a story of hope amid tragedy
by Susan Olasky
Posted 2/13/20, 02:39 pm

WORLD’s Picture Book of the Year is Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler (Nancy Paulsen Books, ages 5-8), a hope-filled, true story of a family that survives and prospers despite tragedy. Adults will appreciate the enormity of the challenges the mother faces. Children will appreciate the simple story and luminous illustrations that show a family facing difficult circumstances with resourcefulness, tenacity, love—and fun.

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Novels

Children’s Books of the Year | BECOMING A GENTLEMAN: How tragedy can produce an honorable young man
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/13/20, 02:19 pm

“This book started with an image: a very formal butler standing on a stoop of a normal suburban house, on the first day of the oldest kid’s sixth-grade year, in the rain,” explained Gary D. Schmidt, author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Clarion Books, ages 10-12). “That whole image was there before anything else, and obviously, the question is: Why is he there?”

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Nonfiction

Children’s Books of the Year | AGAINST THE ODDS: How God planned the steps of a girl with deformed feet
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/13/20, 01:55 pm

“Rebeka traced the shape of her curled feet through the blanket that covered her and her little sister, ­Medatrece. Everybody was asleep and she needed to go to the bathroom. She wanted to go by herself, without bothering anybody, but she was also afraid. Wild dogs roamed the Rwandan countryside after dark and could easily get into her yard.”

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