ALSC - Great Early Elementary Reads

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2011-2012 School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The books included were published between 2009 and 2011. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.
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This particular collection only includes some of the notable books of ALSC’s Great Elementary Reads list.


Lincoln and His Boys (2009)

Written by Rosemary Wells

Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

A warm, moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln told through the eyes of his children and captured in exquisite full-color illustrations.

Historians claim him as one of America’s most revered presidents. But to his rambunctious sons, Abraham Lincoln was above all a playful and loving father. Here is Lincoln as seen by two of his boys: Willie, thrilled to be on his first train trip when Lincoln was deciding to run for president; Willie and Tad barging into Cabinet meetings to lift Lincoln’s spirits in the early days of the Civil War, Tad accompanying him to Richmond just after the South’s defeat. With the war raging and the Union under siege, we see history unfolding through Willie’s eyes and then through Tad’s -- and we see Lincoln rising above his own inborn sadness and personal tragedy through his devotion to his sons.

With evocative and engaging illustrations by P.J. Lynch, Rosemary Wells offers a carefully researched biography that gives us a Lincoln not frozen in time but accessible and utterly real. This book is recommended for children ages 8 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Random House LLC.

Patrick James (P. J.) Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in the 1980s.

Lynch has won many awards including the  Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (1995) by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea (1997) by Amy Hest. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has been made into a movie in 2007.

In recent years, Lynch  has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps. In 2006, he completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has recently designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

Lynch has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.



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