2012-2013 Volunteer State Book Award Nominees Primary Division Grades K-2 Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog by Jon Agee • Riddles and puns abound in this book about Mr. Putney’s peculiar animal friends. The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch • Henrietta the chicken loves to read so much that she decides to write a book herself, but first no one will publish a book written by a chicken, and then, when she publishes it herself and it gets a terrible review in "The Corn Book," Henrietta is devastated. L M N O Peas by Keith Baker • In this alphabet book, busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist. Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner, Illustrated Michael Emberly • A first-grade girl stubbornly resists her school librarian's efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind. Nubs by Brian Dennis, Kirby Lawson, and Mary Nethery • This true story chronicles the friendship between Marine Major Brian Dennis and Nubs, a pack leader of wild dogs in Iraq who bonded with Dennis, but when Dennis was relocated seventy miles away and could not bring the dog with him, Nubs traveled across the freezing desert to find his human friend. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Illustrated by Dan Hanna • The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise. My Name is not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry, Illustrated by Mike Litwin • From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself. Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Kathryn Mitter • When Tuyet finds out that her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey either. Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz • This book contains photographs and true stories of Rose, Izzy, Frieda, and Lenore, four dogs that perform various jobs on Bedlam Farm. Crow Call by Lois Lowry Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline • Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland. Wonder Horse by Emily Arnold McCully • A fictionalized account of Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters and numbers and to perform in skits around the country, and moved the nation toward a belief in treating animals humanely. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott • At night under a full moon, a child operates a barber shop with a monstrous clientele. Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, Illustrations by Loren Long • In a letter to his daughters, Barack Obama reflects on the traits of thirteen groundbreaking Americans, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackie Robinson, and George Washington, and shares how children embody them. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi • Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero. The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco • Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders." Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka, Illustrations by Peter Reynold • A collection of haiku poetry for boys that features poems about tree-climbing, kite- flying, and other related topics. The Rain School by James Rumford • The children arrive on the first day of school and build a mud structure to be their classroom for the next nine months until the rainy season comes and washes it all away. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein • Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale. Chalk by Bill Thompson • Three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life. Art and Max by David Wiesner • Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.
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