Tuesday, May 07, 2013

2013 CLA/NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

2013 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

The charge of the seven-member national committee is to select thirty titles each year that best exemplify the criteria established for the Notables Award. Books considered for this annual list are works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written for children, grades K-8. The books must meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • deal explicitly with language, such as plays on words, word origins, or the history of language;
  • demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or style;
  • invite child response or participation. In addition, books are to:
  • have an appealing format;
  • be of enduring quality;
  • meet generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre in which they are written.

43 Cemetery Road: the Phantom of the Post Office, by Kate Klise, illustrated by Sarah Klise, published by Houghton Mifflin.

A Leaf Can Be, by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija, published by Lerner.

and then it's spring, by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead, published by Macmillan.

Bear has a Story to Tell, by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead, published by Macmillan.

Book of Animal Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, published by National Geographic.

Cat Tale, by Michael Hall, published by HarperCollins.

Chopsticks, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon, published by Disney/Hyperion.

Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, published by Penguin.

Encyclopedia of Me, by Karen Rivers, published by Scholastic.
Endangered, by Eliot Schrefer, published by Scholastic. 
Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: False Apology Poems, by Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published by HarperCollins. 

Hades, Lord of the Dead, by George O'Connor, published by Macmillan.

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, by Louise Borden, published by Houghton Mifflin.

House Held Up by Trees, by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick. 

I Have the Right to be a Child, by Alain Serres, illustrated by Aurelia Fronty, published by Groundwood.

I Lay My Stitches Down, by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood, published by Eerdmans.

Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine, published by Penguin.

Moonbird, by Phillip Hoose, published by Macmillan.

No Crystal Stair, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by Lerner. 

Obstinate Pen, by Frank Dormer, published by Macmillan.

Sadie and Ratz, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Ann James, published by Candlewick.

See You at Harry's, by Jo Knowles, published by Candlewick.

Snakes, by Nic Bishop, published by Scholastic. 

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins.

Unbeelievables, by Douglas Florian, published by Simon & Schuster. 

Unspoken, by Henry Cole, published by Scholastic.
Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky, by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School, illustrated by S.D. Nelson, published by Abrams.

Water Sings Blue, by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So, published by Chronicle.

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, published by Random House.

Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, published by HarperCollins.

Tracy Smiles, Chair; Donalyn Miller, Patricia Bandre, Yoo Kyung Sung, Barbara Ward, Shanetia Clark, and Jean Schroeder.


  1. I'm so excited I can hardly stand myself:>) I've been waiting to share this news--glad it's public now. Thanks, Mary Lee!

  2. Oooh, and congratulations to all the authors/illustrators on the list. So fun to see some kidlitosphere friends, like Kate Coombs and Douglas Florian:>)

  3. Congrats to Laura, Kate, and Douglas! Very exciting! I love books about Raoul Wallenberg -- will have to look that one up.

  4. Wow-a wonderful list, & congratulations to everyone who made the list. Thanks for sharing, Mary Lee.

  5. How awesome a task it must be to be asked to identify books that must fulfill this: to be of enduring quality....and what an awesome list! Thank you for sharing, Mary Lee!

  6. Yay! Not only am I thrilled to be on this list with the likes of Laura and Douglas, but I also need to buy more books. Clearly. Some favorites here already, though, like Z Is for Moose and Book of Animal Poetry.

  7. Congratulations to so many wonderful authors but especially my poetry friends: Laura and Kate, J. Pat! Also to a very favorite poet, Douglas Florian and acquaintance, Gail Carson Levine, who was impressed that my students new the William Carlos Williams poem "This is Just to Say" which her then unpublished book was based on. She said she had never met elementary kids who knew the poem, much less could recite it! My hope is to have some of these fabulous poets as authors at my "old" school! Looking forward to seeing many of you at NCTE in Boston. Janet F.

  8. Wow, what a fabulous list. Congrats to all those whom I know and all those I don't. A great accomplishment. Time to buy more books!


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