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Within each category, the books are arranged by rating, with the most recent reviews first.
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The Arts

****Unlikely Pairs, by Bob Racza
****A Book About Design, by Mark Gonyea
****Under the Spell of the Moon
****Show; Don't Tell! by Josephine Nobisso, illustrated by Eva Montanari
****My Art Class, by Nellie Shepherd
****The Pot That Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel.  Pictures by David Diaz
***See the City, by Matteo Pericoli
***Degas and the Dance, by Susan Goldman Rubin
***Look!  Zoom in on Art, by Gillian Wolfe
***Footnotes, by Frank Augustyn and Shelley Tanaka
**The Yellow House, by Susan Goldman Rubin


****The Wand in the Word, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
****Through the Tempests Dark and Wild, by Sharon Darrow, illustrated by Angela Barrett
****Thura's Diary, by Thura Al-Windawi
****A Life Like Mine
****Helen Keller:  A Determined Life, by Elizabeth MacLeod
****Wilma Unlimited, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz
****Ben Franklin's Almanac, by Candace Fleming
****Open Your Eyes, edited by Jill Davis
****When Marian Sang, by Pamela Munoz Ryan.  Pictures by Brian Selznick
***The Perfect Wizard:  Hans Christian Andersen, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Dennis Nolan
***Mother Teresa, by Demi
***Gargoyles, Girders, and Glass Houses, by Bo Zaunders, illustrated by Roxie Munro
  ***On Writing for Children and Other People, by Julius Lester
***The Voice That Challenged a Nation, by Russell Freedman
***The King and the Castle:  Neuschwanstein, by Peter O. Kruckmann
***Strange Mr. Satie, by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Petra Mathers
***Confucius:  The Golden Rule, by Russell Freedman, illustrated by Frédéric Clément
***Leonardo:  Beautiful Dreamer, by Robert Byrd
***Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  Illustrated by Mary Azarian
***Harvesting Hope, by Kathleen Krull.  Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
***Things Will Never Be the Same, by Tomie dePaola
***Beatrix, by Jeannette Winter
***Talkin' About Bessie, by Nikki Grimes.  Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
***Rabble Rousers, by Cheryl Harness
***To Fly:  The Story of the Wright Brothers, by Wendie Old.  Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
***We Are the Many, by Doreen Rappaport.  Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Wu
***A Library for Juana, by Pat Mora.  Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
***So You Want To Be an Inventor? by Judith St. George.  Illustrated by David Small
***Carver:  A Life in Poems, by Marilyn Nelson
***Across a Dark and Wild Sea, by Don Brown
***Take Command, Captain Farragut! by Peter and Connie Roop
***I Am a Skater, as photographed by Jane Feldman
***Shakespeare, by Peter Chrisp
***Triumph of the Imagination:  The Story of Writer J. K. Rowling, by Lisa A. Chippendale
***J. R. R. Tolkien:  The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings, by Michael Coren
***The Brothers Grimm, by Donald R. Hettinga
***To Be a Princess, by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
***Conversations with J. K. Rowling, by Lindsey Fraser
***The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline, by Don L. Wulffson
**The Making of a Writer, by Joan Lowery Nixon

Folklore and Literature

****The Princess and the White Bear King, retold by Tanya Robyn Batt, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
****Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology
****Wonders and Miracles: A Passover Companion, written and compiled by Eric A. Kimmel
****Journeys With Elijah, by Barbara Diamond Goldin.  Paintings by Jerry Pinkney
****Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
***Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, retold by Philip Pullman
***The Bremen Town Musicians and Other Animal Tales from Grimm, retold by Doris Orgel, illustrated by Bert Kitchen
***Gilgamesh the Hero, by Geraldine McCaughrean
***Tales from Shakespeare, by Tina Packer
***William Shakespeare's Hamlet, retold by Bruce Coville, illustrated by Leonid Gore
***Once Upon a Starry Night, by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit
***Tales from the Odyssey, by Mary Pope Osborne
***Mightier Than the Sword, collected and told by Jane Yolen
***William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, retold by Bruce Coville.  Illustrated by Tim Raglin
***The Wonders of Donal O'Donnell, by Gary Schmidt.  Illustrated by Loren Long
***The Barefoot Book of Knights, by John Matthews
***Behold. . . the Unicorns! by Gail Gibbons


****The Milestones Project, photographs by Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel
****String Games, by Richard Darsie
***Let's Sign, by Kelly Ault, illustrated by Leo Landry
***Can You See What I See?  Dream Machine, by Walter Wick
***C D C? by William Steig
***"It Was a Dark and Silly Night..." edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
***Princess Lessons, by Meg Cabot
***Birthdays Around the World, by Mary D. Lankford.  Illustrated by Karen Dugan
***Chickens May Not Cross the Road and Other Crazy (But True) Laws, by Kathi Linz
**Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely:  What Is an Adverb? by Brian P. Cleary.  Illustrated by Brian Gable
**Imagine You're a Fairy, by Meg and Lucy Clibbon


****The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein
****911:  The Book of Help, edited by Michael Cart
****Mayflower 1620:  A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage, by Plimouth Plantation
****George Washington's Teeth, by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora.  Pictures by Brock Cole
***My Librarian Is a Camel, by Margriet Ruurs
***Freeze Frame:  A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics, by Sue Macy
***The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence, by Judith St. George, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
***Stephen Biesty's Castles, written by Meredith Hooper
***Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs:  How They Guard Sheep, by Cat Urbigkit
***Walking the Bible, by Bruce Feiler
***Buildings in Disguise, by Joan Marie Arbogast
***Parthenon, by Lynn Curlee
***If the Walls Could Talk, by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Gary Hovland
***Castles and Forts, by Simon Adams
***Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, by Bruce Koscielniak
***Ms Frizzle's Adventures: Medival Castle, by Joanna Cole.  Illustrated by Bruce Degen
***Climbing Everest, by Audrey Salkeld
***Rome in Spectacular Cross-Section, by Stephen Biesty
***DK Eyewitness Guides:  World War I, by Simon Adams
***DK Eyewitness Guides:  Islam, by Philip Wilkinson
***Capital, by Lynn Curlee
***Don't Know Much About the Kings & Queens of England, by Kenneth C. Davis
***Fireboat, by Maira Kalman
***American Revolution, by Stuart Murray
***33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History, edited by Tonya Bolden
***Black Potatoes, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
***After the Holocaust, by Howard Greenfeld
***1621:  A New Look at Thanksgiving, by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
***Feed the Children First, edited by Mary E. Lyons
**Anne Frank in the World, compiled by the Anne Frank House
**Remember Pearl Harbor, by Thomas B. Allen


****1000 Play Thinks, by Ivan Moskovich
****The Best of Times, by Greg Tang
***Math Potatoes, by Greg Tang, illustrated by Harry Briggs
***If Dogs Were Dinosaurs, by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by James Warhola
***Piece = Part = Portion:  Fractions = Decimals = Percents, by Scott Gifford.  Photos by Shmuel Thaler
***Mathematicians Are People, Too: Volume Two, by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
***Mathematicians Are People, Too, by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
***Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang.  Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
***Millions to Measure, by David M. Schwartz.  Pictures by Steven Kellogg
***Math Appeal, by Greg Tang.  Illustrated by Harry Briggs


****Poetry Speaks to Children, edited by Elise Paschen
****A Kick in the Head, selected by Paul B. Janeszko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
****Corn Chowder:  Poems by James Stevenson
****The Spider and the Fly, by Mary Howitt.  Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
****Casey at the Bat, by Ernest L. Thayer.  Illustrated by C. F. Payne
***Once Upon a Poem
***Song of Creation, by Paul Goble
***If Not for the Cat, haiku by Jack Prelutsky, paintings by Ted Rand
***If the Shoe Fits, by Laura Whipple
***Double Dutch:  A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood, by Veronica Chambers
***F E G:  Ridiculous Poems for Intelligent Children, by Robin Hirsch
***Wham!  It’s a Poetry Jam, by Sara Holbrook


****The Future of the Earth, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, adapted by Robert Burleigh
****Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins
****DK Revealed:  Human Body, by Dr. Sue Davidson and Ben Morgan
***Into the Volcano, by Donna O'Meara
***Poop, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton
***Everything Dolphin, by Marty Crisp
***The Kids' Book of Clouds and Sky, by Frank Staub
***Escape from Earth, by Peter Ackroyd
***Eyes and Ears, by Seymour Simon
***Horse & Pony Breeds, by Sandy Ransford
***Destination:  Space, by Seymour Simon
***Kitchen Science, by Chris Maynard
***DK Guide to the Human Body, by Richard Walker

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