The 2003 Best, Notable & Recommended. (Best of the Best)

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Recommended resources for children were compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and for young adults by the Young Adult Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the American Library Association.

Notable Children's Books

Younger Readers

7 X 9 = Trouble! Claudia Mills. G. Brian Karas, ill. Farrar. 0-374-36746-9.

Alphabet under construction. Denis Fleming. Holt. 0-8050-6848-1.

Bear snores on. Karma Wilson. Jane Chapman, ill. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 0-689-83187-0.

Duck on a bike. David Shannon. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 0-439-05023-5.

Frida. Jonah Winter. Ana Juan, ill. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 0-590-20320-7.

Get well, good knight. Shelley Moore Thomas. Jennifer Plecas, ill. Dutton. 0-525-46914-1.

Gooney Bird Greene. Lois Lowry. Middy Thomas, ill. Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine. 0-618-23848-4.

Gossie & Gertie. Olivier Dunrea. Houghton. 0-618-17676-4.

Head, body, legs: A story from Liberia. Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret Lippert. Julie Paschkis, ill. Holt. 0-8050-6570-9.

Henrietta and the golden eggs. Hanna Johansen. Kathi Bhend, ill. John Barrett, trans. David R. Godine. 1-56792-210-4.

Hondo & Fabian. Peter McCarty. Henry Holt. 0-8050-6352-8.

I stink! Kate McMullan. Jim McMullan, ill. HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler. 0-06-029849-9.

Madlenka's dog. Peter Sis. Illus. Farrar/Frances Foster. 0-374-34699-2.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Candace Fleming. G. Brian Karas, ill. Atheneum. 0-689-83152-8.

My friend rabbit. Eric Rohmann. Millbrook/Roaring Brook. 0-7613-1535-7.

Rap a tap tap: Here's Bojangles--Think of that! Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 0-590-47883-4.

"Slowly, slowly, slowly," said the sloth. Eric Carle. Putnam/ Philomel. 0-399-23954-5.

What Charlie heard. Mordecai Gerstein. Farrar/Frances Foster. 0-374-38292-1.

Middle Readers

Becoming Joe DiMaggio. Maria Testa. Scott Hunt, ill. Candlewick. 0-7636-1537-4.

Confucius: The golden rule. Russell Freedman. Frederic Clement, ill. Scholastic. 0-439-13957-0.

Coraline. Neil Gaiman. Dave McKean, ill. HarperCollins. 0-380-97778-8.

A corner of the universe. Ann Martin. Scholastic. 0-439-38880-5.

Degas and the dance: The painter and the petits rats, perfecting their art. Susan Goldman Rubin. Harry N. Abrams. 0-8109-0567-1.

Ella Fitzgerald: The tale of a vocal virtuosa. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Brian Pinkney, ill. Hyperion/Jump at the Sun. 0-7868-0568-4.

Fossil fish found alive: Discovering the coelacanth. Sally Walker. Carolrhoda. 1-57505-536-8.

Georgie Lee. Sharon Phillips Denslow. Lynn Rae Perkins, ill. Greenwillow. 0-688-17940-1.

Inventing the future: A photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. Marfe Ferguson Delano. National Geographic. 0-7922-6721-4.

Journey to the river sea. Eva Ibbotson. Kevin Hawkes, ill. Penguin Putnam/Dutton. 0-525-46739-4.

My Chinatown: One year in poems. Kam Mak. HarperCollins. 0-06-029190-7.

Once upon a marigold. Jean Ferris. Harcourt. 0-15-216791-9.

Pictures of Hollis Woods. Patricia Reilly Giff. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 0-385-32655-6.

The pot that Juan built. Nancy Andrews-Goebel. David Diaz, ill. Lee & Low. 1-58430-038-8.

Ruby Holler. Sharon Creech. HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler. 0-06-027732-7.

Saffy's angel. Hilary McKay. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 0-689-84933-8.

Saladin: Noble prince of Islam. Diane Stanley. HarperCollins. 0-688-17135-4.

The signers: The 56 stories behind the Declaration of Independence. Dennis Brindell Fradin. Michael McCurdy, ill. Walker. 0-8027-8849-1.

Stand tall. Joan Bauer. Putnam. 0-399-23473-X.

Surviving the Applewhites. Stephanie Tolan. HarperCollins. 0-06-623603-7. …