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What’s Your Favorite Animal? (Carle, Eric and Friends) ©2014 illus. by authors

What’s Your Favorite Animal? (Carle, Eric and Friends) ©2014 illus. by authors


Arnett, Mindee. Avalon. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Feb. 2014. p. 100.

Brown, Marc. In New York. illus. by Marc Brown. Knopf. Mar. 2014. p. 66.

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors. Holt. p. 68.

Cosimano, Elle. Nearly Gone. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Mar. 2014. p. 101.

Dolan, Elys. Weasels. illus. by Elys Dolan. Candlewick. Feb. 2014. p. 70.

Lord, Cynthia. Half a Chance. Scholastic. Feb. 2014. p. 92.

Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina. Scholastic/Blue Sky. Feb. 2014. p. 94.

Reynolds, Jason. When I Was the Greatest. S & S/Atheneum. p. 112.

Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Dutton. Feb. 2014. p. 114.

Waller, Sharon Biggs. A Mad, Wicked Folly. Viking. p. 116.

Walton, Leslye. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Candlewick. Mar. 2014. p. 116.


Burns, Loree Griffin. Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey. photos by Ellen Harasimowicz. Millbrook. Mar. 2014. p. 117.

Gevinson, Tavi, ed. Rookie Yearbook Two. Drawn & Quarterly. p. 124.

Janeczko, Paul B., sel. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems. illus. by Melissa Stewart. Candlewick. Mar. 2014. p. 120.

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. illus. by Christian Robinson. Chronicle. Feb. 2014. p. 127.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. illus. by Mary GrandPré. Knopf. Feb. 2014. p. 122.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook. p. 128.


Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: Heroes & Heroines. Salem Press. p. 62.

Tucker, Spencer C., ed. American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. ABC-CLIO. p. 63.

From the Adult Books 4 Teens blog

HALTER , Paul . Crimson Fog. Locked Room International. (Dec. 11 post)

ASANTE , Mk. Buck: A Memoir . Spiegel & Grau. (Dec. 18 post)

GIRARD , Geoffrey . Cain’s Blood . Touchstone: S & S

(Jan. 8 post)


My So-Called Enemy. New Day Films. p. 50.


Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s in Me. Dreamscape Media. p. 56.

Griffin, Adele. All You Never Wanted. Listening Library/Books on Tape. p. 57.

Lyeson, Leon. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible … on Schindler’s List. Recorded Books. p. 57.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Dreamscape Media. p. 55.

Spencer, Octavia. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. S & S Audio. p. 55

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