Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Used with permission of Kevin Henkes and Greenwillow Books.
Each year, a seven-member committee selected by the Children’s Literature Assembly, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, identifies 30 exemplary works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written for children, grades K-8. To be selected as a Notable Book in the Language Arts, books must meet one or more of the following criteria:
1) deal explicitly with language, such as plays on words, word origins, or the history of language;2) demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or style; and3) invite child response or participation. In addition, books are to have an appealing format, be of enduring quality, and meet generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre in which they are written.
2010 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
Florian, Douglas. (2009). Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Heard, Georgia. (2009). Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Hoberman, Mary Ann and Winston, Linda. (2009). The Tree that Time Built. Illustrated by Barbara Fortin. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Hughes, Langston. (2009). My People. Illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Myers, Walter Dean. (2009). Looking Like Me. Illustrated by Chris Myers. New York: Egmont.
Nelson, Marilyn. (2009). Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Penguin.
Ruddell, Deborah. (2009). A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Sidman, Joyce. (2009). Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
HISTORICAL AND REALISTIC FICTION
Baskin, Nora Raleigh. (2009). Anything but Typical. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Carmichael, Clay. (2009). Wild Things. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Davis, Tanita S. (2009). Mare’s War. New York: Random House.
Grimes, Nikki. (2009). Rich, A Dyamonde Daniel Book. Illustrated by Christie, R. G. New York: Penguin.
O’Conner, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: FSG.
Stead, Rebecca. (2009). When You Reach Me. New York: Random House.
Stoffels, Karlijn. (2009). Heartsinger. New York: Scholastic.
FANTASY / FOLKLORE
Compestine, Ying Chang. (2009). A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts. New York: Henry Holt.
Grace, Lin. (2009). Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. New York: Little, Brown.
Pinkney, Jerry. (2009). The Lion and the Mouse. New York: Little Brown.
INFORMATION / BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Bryan, Ashley. (2009). Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song. Photographs by Bill McGinness. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Osborne, Linda Barrett. (2009). Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War through Reconstruction. New York: Abrams.
Russell, Ching Yeung. (2009). Tofu Quilt. New York: Lee and Low.
Sandler, Martin W. (2009). The Dust Bowl through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster. New York: Walker.
Sturm, James, Arnold, Andrew, and Frederick-Frost, Alexis. (2009). Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics. New York: First Second.
Black, Michael Ian. (2009). Chicken Cheeks. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Chin, Jason. (2009). Redwoods. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Coffelt, Nancy. (2009). Big, Bigger, Biggest! New York: Henry Holt.
Feldman, Eve B. (2009). Billy and Milly, Short and Silly! Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning. New York: Penguin.
Gerstein, Mordicai. (2009). A Book. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Mora, Pat. (2009). Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros. Illustrated by Raphael Lopez. New York: HarperCollins.
Patricelli, Leslie. (2009). Higher! Higher! New York: Candlewick.
NCBLA 2010 Committee (left to right): Quinn White, Kathy Short, April Bedford, Janelle Mathis-Chair, Jonda McNair, Mary Lee Hahn (not pictured: Mary Napoli, Deanna Day-Past Chair)...and the 30 2010 books!