Children's Book Panel

Michele Landsberg picks:

Ken Setterington picks:

Extra recommendations from Michele:

Picture books...

  • Zoom stories (three titles, available as a set) by Tim Wynne-Jones and Eric Beddowes.

  • A Birthday for Bear by Bonnie Becker, illus. Kady MacDonald Denton.

  • The Seven Sneezes by Olga Cabral.

  • Jan Brett's Snowy Treasury. [four gorgeously illustrated winter stories]

Middle readers...

  • Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof.

  • Canada Counts, a Charles Pachter counting book.

12 plus...

  • The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff.

  • Our Choice - How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis, young readers edition, by Al Gore.

  • The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson.

Extra recommendations from Ken:

Picture books...

  • When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay.

  • You're Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. Kady MacDonald Denton.

  • Farley Follows His Nose by Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank.


  • Hoaxed! Fakes & Mistakes in the World of Science by the editors of Yes Magazine.

  • A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson.


  • Thumb and the Bad Guys by Ken Roberts (for ages 7 to 9).

  • Dunces Anonymous by Kate Jaimet (for ages 9+).

  • Medina Hill by Trilby Kent (for ages 10+).

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Previous Comments (5)

Thanks for the great list and the wonderful, literate recommendations. I was desperately trying to scribble in my notebook at red lights, so was delighted to hear that you would post them.

Dorothy Palmer, December 15, 2009 2:07 AM

What was the name of the story about the talking dog?

Lisa Friars, December 16, 2009 3:57 AM

That's from the Patrick Ness books. The Ask and the Answer is the new one. The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first in the series.

The Next Chapter, December 16, 2009 3:04 PM

Wow! Ken Setterington, thank you SO MUCH for your recommendation of Rukhsana Khan's "Wanting Mor".

I found it at the library for my 13 year old, and decided to take a peek -- I could not put it down. My daughter started reading it yesterday afternoon, and we had to force her to come and eat her meals! She finished it in one very long sitting, too (aside from the forced meals). She is a reluctant reader, so we appreciate this recommendation tremendously!

JM, December 23, 2009 1:32 PM

What was the book about the child Sherlock Holmes?

Victoria Bale, December 28, 2009 11:21 PM
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