The Notable Books in the Language Arts Committee, sponsored by the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, selects thirty titles each year that best exemplify the criteria established for the Notables Award. Books considered for this annual list are works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written for children, grades K-8. The books must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- deal explicitly with language, such as plays on words, word origins, or the history of language;
- demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or style;
- invite child response or participation.
Chen, Chih-Yuan. (2008). Artie and Julie. Alhambra, CA: Heryin.
Choung, Eun-Hee. (2008). Minji’s Salon. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
Cottin, Menena. (2008). The Black Book of Colors. Illustrated by Rosana Faria. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood.
Gravett, Emily. (2008). Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Johnson, Stephen T. (2008). A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Reibstein, Mark. (2008). Wabi Sabi. Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Little Brown.
Rumford, James. (2008). Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. New York: Roaring Brook.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. (2008). One Boy. New York: Roaring Brook.