NAPPA 2003: Books for Ages 9 and Up

By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., Kathleen Krull and Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Nappa Award Winners
From a zany worm's diary to the importance of controlling anger, this year's Gold Award-winning books reflect the rich variety of children's literature. Here are some new gems that will entertain and inform as they instill a joy of reading in your child.

Gold Award Winners

Babar's Museum of Art, by Laurent de Brunhoff, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2003, $16.95. Beloved King Babar, Queen Celeste, and their children and friends explore the kingdom's new art museum. Great paintings we all know adorn the walls. Little Arthur ends up painting his own Jackson Pollock.

How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger, by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis, Free Spirit, 2003, $19.95. This book is perfect for providing children and young teens with the tools they need to handle their anger. It includes useful information on the power of words, tips on taming a temper, problem solving and strategies for dealing with bullies, plus a helpful section for parents and teachers.

The Jumbo Book of Art, by Irene Luxbacher, Kids Can Press, 2003, $14.95. This huge collection of irresistible drawing, painting, sculpting and mixed-media projects is clear and well-designed for hours of fun.

Skye's the Limit!, by Megan Shull, Pleasant Company, 2003, $5.95; Twelve-year-old Skye O'Shea travels 3,000 miles to an adventure camp, where her physical strength and personal courage are tested. A bully taunts her, and the terrain tests her tenacity, but Skye perseveres in this fast-paced, motivational story.

T Is For Toscana, by Gary Kelley, Creative Editions, 2003, $17.95. The text is somberly factual, but the illustrations are works of art - real and serious paintings evocative of everyone's dream of Tuscany.

Volcano: Journey to the Crater's Edge, by Philippe Bourseiller, adapted by Robert Burleigh, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2003, $14.95. This lavish nonfiction book on eruptions all over the world - a hot topic for many young students - is supported by well-written text and glossy photos.

Honors Award Winners

Chief: The Life of Peter J. Ganci, a New York City Firefighter, Chris Ganci; Orchard Books, 2003; $16.95. This touching biography of the Chief of the Fire Department of New York, the highest-ranking official to lose his life on Sept. 11, 2001, is told by his son and accompanied by photographs. It will make every reader more appreciative of firefighters.

A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles, by Patti Kelley Criswell, illustrated by Angela Martini; American Girl, 2003; $9.95; Uses common sense to help girls cope with bullying, jealousy, fights, aggression and other toxic topics.

To see winning books for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2003 Award Winners: Books.

See also: NAPPA 2002 Award Winners: Books