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2011 Notable Children's Recordings

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's recordings.

Karen Cushman. Alchemy and Meggy Swann
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths. Read by Katherine Kellgren.
Mark Haddon. Boom!
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Jack Londond. The Call of the Wild
Read by Jeff Daniels.
Cantilena: Night Songs from Around the World
Vocals by Patrice O'Neill.
Chicken Little
Read by Walter Mayes.
Sara Pennypacker. Clementine: Friend of the Week
With her kitten, Moisturizer, missing and having fought with her best friend, Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine finds it hard to do her best as her classmate's Friend of the Week. Read by Jessica Almasy.
Anthony Horowitz. Crocodile Tears
When Alex discovers the full plans of Desmond McCain that would create and epic disaster and kill millions, he is forced to seek the protection of M16. Alex finds himself manipulated in a deadly game that could destroy an entire East African country. Read by Simon Prebble.
Peter Brown. The Curious Garden
Read by Katherine Kellgren. Music by David Mansfield.
Barbara Kerley. The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
Read by Jonathan Pryce.
Coleen Salley. Epossumondas Plays Possom
Forgetting his mother's warnings, Epossumondas goes into the swamp alone then must pretend to be dead time and again as he hears frightening sounds and fears they are being made by the dreaded loup garou. Read by Cynthia Darlow.
Laurie Halse Anderson. Forge
The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzon's past threaten to shackle him again. Surrounded by the fires of ignorance, mistrust, and greed, Curzon can't risk sharing his deadly secrets with anyone... Read by Tim Cain.
Walter Dean Myers. Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices
Read by Walter Dean Myers.
Wendell Minor. If You Were a Penguin
Read by Antonia Bath.
Justin Roberts. Jungle Gym
Performed by Justin Roberts.
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder. The King and the Thrush: Tales of Goodness and Greed
Performed by Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder.
Kate DiCamillo. The Magician's Elephant
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her. Read by Juliet Stevenson.
Kathryn Erskine. Mockingbird
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure from the deaths of her mother and brother, by working on a project with her father. Read by Jayne Rogers.
Flannery Brothers. The New Explorers Club
Performed by the Flannery Brothers.
Rita Williams-Garcia. One Crazy Summer
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson.
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. Ranky Tanky
Performed by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem.
Rob Scotton. Splat the Cat
Read by John Keating.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti. They Called Themselves the KKK
Read by Dion Graham.
Adam Rex. The True Meaning of Smeckday
Read by Gahni Turpin.
Kimberly Willis Holt. The Water Seeker
Set during the U.S. period of westward expansion, chronicles the story of Amos Kincaid, a young man burdened with the same talent as his father, a dowser, or one with the ability to find water buried deep underground. Initially keeping his gift a secret for fear of overwhelming responsibility and pressure, Amos soon must face his fate of being a dowser when he encounters several hardships while crossing the Oregon Trail. Read by Will Patton.
Barbara Kerley. What do Do about Alice?
Read by Katherine Kellgren.