Monday, October 5, 2009

Kids pick TWO Babymouse books for the 2009 Children's Choices List!


What Is the Children's Choices Project?

Each year 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 500 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project of a joint committee supported by IRA and The Children's Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers, but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

Both BABYMOUSE: PUPPY LOVE and BABYMOUSE: MONSTER MASH made the list this year!

Young Readers (Grades 3–4)

Babymouse #8: Puppy Love
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. New York: Random House Children's Books.

Babymouse has had her challenges with pets, but she is certain getting a dog will be different. Pet owners and other readers will laugh themselves silly with her rationalization and side comments about owning a pet. The graphic novel format in this book works well for beginning readers who are in transition to chapter books. The book naturally generates many pet stories, too. (Team 4)

Babymouse #9: Monster Mash
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. New York: Random House Children's Books.

This book, in the popular Babymouse series, takes place prior to and during Halloween. In this episode, Babymouse feels forced to give into some bullies who expect her to do as they tell her—a situation that many children find familiar. The graphic format of this book series is attractive to reluctant readers. It is a good book for discussing bully behavior and alternative ways of problem solving when faced with bad situations. (Team 4)

UPDATE: Here's a PDF of the whole list.

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