2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Titles Unveiled

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Presented below in alphabetical order by publisher are the more than 150 titles featured in this year’s ABC Best Books for Children Catalog.

In addition to titles published in 2013, the catalog features award-winning backlist books.

The 21st edition of the catalog, which is in production now, is scheduled to ship to stores in early October.  The deadline for orders is August 20.

All members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA will automatically receive 250 catalogs with no imprinting. All other ABA member stores will automatically receive 20 catalogs with no imprinting.

An order form for additional copies, either imprinted or plain, is available here.

For further information or to place an order for more than 5,000 copies, ABA members should contact ABC Children’s Group Manager Shannon O’Connor via e-mail or by phone at (800) 637-0037, ext. 7551. A list of the 2013 catalog titles in Excel spreadsheet format is also available to stores upon request.


The 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Title List

Alphablock, Christopher Franceschelli, $16.95, (BB), 9781419709364, Abrams Appleseed

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney, $13.95, (HC), 9781419711329, Amulet Books

I Know A Lot! Stephen Krensky, $6.95, (BB), 9781419709388, Abrams Appleseed

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, Maurice Sendak (illus.), $45.00, (HC), 9781419708268, Abrams

Rosie Revere, Engineer, Andrea Beaty, $16.95, (HC), 9781419708459, Abrams Books for Young Readers

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, Tom Angleberger, $12.95, (POB), 9781419708589, Amulet Books

The Wimpy Kid 2014 Wall Calendar, $13.99, (CAL), 9781419710445, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea, Lisa Martin & Valerie Martin, Kelly Murphy (illus.), $16.95, (HC), 9781616202460, Algonquin Young Readers

If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan, $16.99, (HC), 9781616202514, Algonquin Young Readers

The Time Fetch, Amy Herrick, $16.95, (HC), 9781616202200, Algonquin Young Readers

Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic, Mark Tatulli, $13.99, (HC), 9781449435486, Andrews McMeel Publishing

In Darkness, Nick Lake, $17.99, (HC), 9781599907437, Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton, Matt Phelan, $22.99, (HC), 9780763650797, Candlewick Press

Dinosaur Kisses, David Ezra Stein, $15.99, (HC), 9780763661045, Candlewick Press

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (illus.), $17.99, (HC), 9780763660406, Candlewick Press

How to Train a Train, Jason Carter Eaton, $16.99, (HC), 9780763663070, Candlewick Press

Ike’s Incredible Ink, Brianne Farley, $16.99, (HC), 9780763662967, Candlewick Press

Journey, Aaron Becker, $15.99, (HC), 9780763660536, Candlewick Press

Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner, Julian Crouch (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780763665531, Candlewick Press

More Than This, Patrick Ness, $19.99, (HC), 9780763662585, Candlewick Press

One Gorilla: A Counting Book, Anthony Browne, $16.99, (HC), 9780763663520, Candlewick Press

The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Susann Cokal, $22.99, (HC), 9780763666941, Candlewick Press

The Odyssey, Gillian Cross, Neil Packer (illus.), $19.99, (HC), 9780763647919, Candlewick Press

The Smallest Gift of Christmas, Peter H. Reynolds, $14.00, (HC), 9780763661038, Candlewick Press

This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen, $15.99, (HC), 9780763655990, Candlewick Press

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan Pastis, $14.99, (HC), 9780763660505, Candlewick Press

With a Mighty Hand, Amy Ehrlich, $29.99, (HC), 9780763643959, Candlewick Press

Zebra Forest, Adina Rishe Gewirtz, $15.99, (HC), 9780763660413, Candlewick Press

Carnivores, Aaron Reynolds, $16.99, (HC), 9780811866903, Chronicle Books

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles, E. S. Farber, $15.99, (HC), 9781452108209, Chronicle Books

Ivy and Bean Take the Case: Book 10, Annie Barrows, $14.99, (HC), 9781452106991, Chronicle Books

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, Jennifer Berne, $17.99, (HC), 9780811872355, Chronicle Books

Open This Little Book, Jesse Klausmeier, $16.99, (HC), 9780811867832, Chronicle Books

Steam Train, Dream Train, Sherri Duskey Rinker, $16.99, (HC), 9781452109206, Chronicle Books

The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Colleen Gleason, $17.99, (HC), 9781452110707, Chronicle Books

Vader’s Little Princess, Jeffrey Brown, $14.95, (HC), 9781452118697, Chronicle Books

Cozy Light, Cozy Night, Elisa Kleven, $16.99, (HC), 9781939547026, Creston Books

Lola Goes to Work: a Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog, Marcia Goldman, $16.99, (HC), 9781939547002, Creston Books

A Girl Called Problem, Katie Quirk, $8.00, (TP), 9780802854049, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Thunderstorm, Arthur Geisert, $17.95, (HC), 9781592701339, Enchanted Lion Books / Consortium (dist.)

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, Viviane Schwarz, $13.95, (TP), 9781909263000, Flying Eye Books / Consortium (dist.)

Read Me a Story, Stella, Marie-Louise Gay, $16.95, (HC), 9781554982165, Groundwood Books / PGW (dist.)

Ink (The Paper Gods), Amanda Sun, $9.99, (TP), 9780373210718, Harlequin Teen

The Eternity Cure, Julie Kagawa, $16.99, (HC), 9780373210695, Harlequin Teen

The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa, $9.99, (TP), 9780373210800, Harlequin Teen

The Iron Fey: Volume One, Julie Kagawa, $14.95, (TP), 9780373211388, Harlequin Teen

Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot, Caroline Carlson, $16.99, (HC), 9780062194343, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Brokenhearted, Amelia Kahaney, $17.99, (HC), 9780062230928, HarperCollins Children’s Books

How to Love, Katie Cotugno, $17.99, (HC), 9780062216359, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Paradox of Vertical Flight, Emil Ostrovski, $17.99, (HC), 9780062238528, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (illus.), $4.99, (TP), 9780062094964, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Elvis and the Underdogs, Jenny Lee, Kelly Light (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780062235541, HarperCollins Children's Books

Extra Yarn, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780061953385, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (illus.), $14.99, (HC), 9780062224071, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Grumpy Goat, Brett Helquist, $17.99, (HC), 9780061139536, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Guys Read: Other Worlds, $6.99, (TP), 9780061963797, HarperCollins Children’s Books

In the After, Demitris Lunetta, $17.99, (HC), 9780062105455, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Never Say Die, Will Hobbs, $16.99, (HC), 9780061708787, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis, $17.99, (HC), 9780062198501, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Pulse, Patrick Carman, $17.99, (HC), 9780062085764, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Rush: Book One of The Game, Eve Silver, $17.99, (HC), 9780062192134, HarperCollins Children’s Books

That Is Not a Good Idea! Mo Willems, $17.99, (HC), 9780062203090, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Madman’s Daughter, Megan Shepherd, $17.99, (HC), 9780062128027, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate, $16.99, (HC), 9780061992254, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Silver Dream: An InterWorld Novel, Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, Mallory Reaves, $18.99, (HC), 9780062067968, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Anderson, Bagram Ibatoulline (illus.), $17.99, (HC), 9780062209504, HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Truth of Me, Patricia MacLachlan, $14.99, (HC), 9780061998591, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty, Russell Freedman, $24.95, (HC), 9780823423743, Holiday House

Hunter Moran Saves the Universe, Patricia Reilly Giff, $6.99, (TP), 9780823429172, Holiday House

The Reluctant Dragon 75th Anniversary Edition, Kenneth Graham, $6.95, (TP), 9780823428212, Holiday House

Big Bear’s Big Boat, Eve Bunting, Nancy Carpenter (illus.), $12.99, (HC), 9780618585373, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Crankle Doodle, Tom Angleberger, $16.99, (HC), 9780547818542, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dark Triumph, Robin LaFevers, $17.99, (HC), 9780547628387, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Evan Roskos, $16.99, (HC), 9780547928531, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Mr. Wuffles! David Wiesner, $17.99, (HC), 9780618756612, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Song of the Quarkbeast, Jasper Fforde, $16.99, (HC), 9780547738482, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Candy Smash, Jacqueline Davies, $15.99, (HC), 9780544022089, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1, Jasper Fforde, $7.99, (TP), 9780544104716, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Testing, Joelle Charbonneau, $17.99, (HC), 9780547959108, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Xander’s Panda Party, Linda Sue Park, Matt Phelan (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780547558653, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root, Christopher Pennell, $16.99, (HC), 9780547792637, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, Gary D. Schmidt, David Diaz (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780547612188, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Maya Was Grumpy, Courtney Pippin-Mathur, $16.95, (HC), 9781936261130, Flashlight Press

Too Much Glue! Jason Lefebvre, Zac Retz (illus.), $16.95, (HC), 9781936261277, Flashlight Press

“When Did You See Her Last?” Lemony Snicket, $16.99, (HC), 9780316123051, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Boy Nobody, Allen Zadoff, $18.00, (HC), 9780316199681, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Icons, Margaret Stohl, $18.00, (HC), 9780316205184, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown, $18.00, (HC), 9780316200639, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reality Boy, A.S. King, $18.00, (HC), 9780316222709, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black, $19.00, (HC), 9780316213103, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Dark, Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780316187480, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, Chris Colfer, $18.00, (HC), 9780316201544, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Tortoise & the Hare, Jerry Pinkney, $18.00, (HC), 9780316183567, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Treasure Hunters, James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein with Mark Shulman, $14.99, (HC), 9780316207560, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Unbreakable, Kami Garcia, $18.00, (HC), 9780316210171, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World, Henry Clark, $17.00, (HC), 9780316206662, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, Paolo Bacigalupi, $17.00, (HC), 9780316220781, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Not for Parents: The Real Wonders of the World, Lonely Planet, $19.99, (HC), 9781743217344, Lonely Planet

Not For Parents:  How to be a Dinosaur Hunter, Lonely Planet, $17.99, (HC), 9781743219089, Lonely Planet

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, $18.99, (HC), 9781250030955, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell, $18.99, (HC), 9781250012579, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Battling Boy, Paul Pope, $15.99, (TP), 9781596431454, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

If You Want to See a Whale, Julie Fogliano, Erin Stead (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9781596437319, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo, $17.99, (HC), 9780805094602, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos, $7.99, (TP), 9781250010230, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

From Norvelt to Nowhere, Jack Gantos, $16.99, (HC), 9780374379940, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Building Our House, Jonathan Bean, $17.99, (HC), 9780374380236, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Elephant’s Story, Tracey Campbell Pearson, $17.99, (HC), 9780374399139, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Hello, My Name is Ruby, Philip C. Stead, $16.99, (HC), 9781596438095, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Scarlet, Marissa Meyer, $17.99, (HC), 9780312642969, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

An Otis Christmas, Loren Long, $17.99, (HC), 9780399163951, Penguin Young Readers

Counting By 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan, $16.99, (HC), 9780803738553, Penguin Young Readers

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Byrd, $17.00, (HC), 9780803737495, Penguin Young Readers

Friends, Eric Carle, $17.99, (HC), 9780399165337, Penguin Young Readers

Otis and the Puppy, Loren Long, $17.99, (HC), 9780399254697, Penguin Young Readers

The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (illus.), $17.99, (HC), 9780399255373, Penguin Young Readers

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green, $17.99, (HC), 9780525478812, Penguin Young Readers

The Twistrose Key, Tone Almhjell, $16.99, (HC), 9780803738959, Penguin Young Readers

After Iris, Natasha Farrant, $16.99, (HC), 9780803739826, Penguin Young Readers

The Theory of Everything, Kari Luna, $17.99, (HC), 9780399256264, Penguin Young Readers

Nick & Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith, $12.95, (HC), 9781594746482, Quirk Books

Bluebird, Bob Staake, $17.99, (HC), 9780375870378, Random House Children’s Books

Chomp, Carl Hiaasen, $8.99, (TP), 9780375868276, Random House Children’s Books

Daisy Gets Lost, Chris Raschka, $17.99, (HC), 9780449817414, Random House Children’s Books

Dog Loves Counting, Louise Yates, $17.99, (HC), 9780449813423, Random House Children’s Books

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey, Emily Winfield Martin, $17.99, (HC), 9780449810804, Random House Children’s Books

Every Day, David Levithan, $9.99, (HC), 9780307931894, Random House Children’s Books

Far Far Away, Tom McNeal, $17.99, (HC), 9780375849725, Random House Children’s Books

Gated, Amy Christine Parker, $17.99, (HC), 9780449815977, Random House Children’s Books

Liar & Spy, Rebecca Stead, $6.99, (TP), 9780375850875, Random House Children’s Books

Listening for Lucca, Suzanne LaFleur, $16.99, (HC), 9780385742993, Random House Children’s Books

Loud Awake and Lost, Adele Griffin, $16.99, (HC), 9780385752725, Random House Children’s Books

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780307976819, Random House Children’s Books

Navigating Early, Clare Vanderpool, $16.99, (HC), 9780385742092, Random House Children’s Books

Rocket’s Mighty Words, Tad Hills, $10.99, (BB), 9780385372336, Random House Children’s Books

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff, $16.99, (HC), 9780307977939, Random House Children’s Books

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman, $17.99, (HC), 9780375866562, Random House Children’s Books

Sky Jumpers, Peggy Eddleman, $16.99, (HC), 9780307981271, Random House Children’s Books

Snowflakes Fall, Patricia MacLachlan , Stephen Kellogg (illus.), $17.99, (HC), 9780385376938, Random House Children’s Books

Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9780307978967, Random House Children’s Books

Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson, $19.99, (HC), 9780385743563, Random House Children’s Books

Tandem: The Many Worlds Trilogy, Book I, Anna Jarzab, $17.99, (HC), 9780385742771, Random House Children’s Books

Teardrop, Lauren Kate, $18.99, (HC), 9780385742658, Random House Children’s Books

The Apple Orchard Riddle, Margaret McNamara, G. Brian Karas (illus.), $15.99, (HC), 9780375847448, Random House Children’s Books

The Eye of Minds, James Dashner, $18.99, (HC), 9780385741392, Random House Children’s Books

The Fire Chronicle, John Stephens, $7.99, (TP), 9780375872723, Random House Children’s Books

The Living, Matt de la Pena, $17.99, (HC), 9780385741200, Random House Children’s Books

The Paladin Prophecy, Mark Frost, $17.99, (HC), 9780375870453, Random House Children’s Books

The Waking Dark, Robin Wasserman, $17.99, (HC), 9780375868771, Random House Children’s Books

Twerp, Mark Goldblatt, $16.99, (HC), 9780375971426, Random House Children’s Books

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan, $16.99, (HC), 9780307931900, Random House Children’s Books

Will in Scarlet, Matthew Cody, $16.99, (HC), 9780375868955, Random House Children’s Books

Wonder, R.J. Palacio, $15.99, (HC), 9780375869020, Random House Children’s Books

Betsy’s Day at the Game, Greg Bancroft, $13.95, (TP), 9781938063015, Scarletta Press

Ghost Detectors, Volume 1: Let the Specter-Detecting Begin, Dotti Enderle, $8.95, (TP), 9781938063282, Scarletta Press

Monster Needs A Costume, Paul Czajak, $16.95, (HC), 9781938063091, Scarletta Press

Better to Wish: Family Tree, Book I, Ann M. Martin, $16.99, (HC), 9780545359429, Scholastic 

Exclamation Mark, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld (illus.), $17.99, (HC), 9780545436793, Scholastic 

Fly Guy and the Frankenfly, Tedd Arnold, $6.99, (POB), 9780545493284, Scholastic 

Gorgeous, Paul Rudnick, $18.99, (HC), 9780545464895, Scholastic 

Hold Fast, Blue Balliett, $17.99, (HC), 9780545299886, Scholastic 

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? Jane Yolen, $16.99, (HC), 9780545143158, Scholastic 

Spirit Animals, Brandon Mull, $12.99, (HC), 9780545522557, Scholastic 

Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Jeffrey Brown, $12.99, (HC), 9780545505178, Scholastic

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Color Edition, Dav Pilkey, $9.99, (POB), 9780545499088, Scholastic 

The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook, Shaun Tan, $19.99, (HC), 9780545465137, Scholastic

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, Mark Teague, $16.99, (HC), 9780439915014, Scholastic

Wolf Princess, Cathryn Constable, $16.99, (HC), 9780545528399, Scholastic

Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins, $17.99, (HC), 9780545425162, Scholastic

Battle Bunny, Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett, Matthew Myers (illus.), $14.99, (HC), 9781442446731, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Ghost Hawk, Susan Cooper, $16.99, (HC), 9781442481411, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Let the Sky Fall, Shannon Messenger, $17.99, (HC), 9781442450417, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, Octavia Spencer, $16.99, (HC), 9781442476813, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Critter Club: Amy and the Missing Puppy, Callie Barkley, Marsha Riti (illus.), $4.99, (TP), 9781442457690, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Lord of Opium, Nancy Farmer, $17.99, (HC), 9781442482548, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Warning: Do Not Open This Book, Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe, $16.99, (HC), 9781442435827, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Goblin Secrets, William Alexander, $6.99, (TP), 9781442427273, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rooftoppers, Katherine Rundell, $16.99, (HC), 9781442490581, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Grandma Loves You! Helen Foster James, $14.99, (HC), 9781585368365, Sleeping Bear Press

Memoirs of a Hamster, Devin Scillian, Tim Bowers (illus.), $15.99, (HC), 9781585368310, Sleeping Bear Press

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou, Rhonda Gowler Greene, $15.95, (HC), 9781585367962, Sleeping Bear Press

Ozzie and the Art Contest, Dana Sullivan, $15.99, (HC), 9781585368204, Sleeping Bear Press

Isabella, Star of the Story, Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin (illus.), $16.99, (HC), 9781402279362, Sourcebooks

Snatchabook, Helen & Thomas Docherty, $16.99, (HC), 9781402290824 , Sourcebooks

Yes, Let’s, Galen Goodwin Longstreth, Maris Wicks (illus.), $15.95, (HC), 9781933718873, Tanglewood Press

Breaking Point, Kristen Simmons, $17.99, (HC), 9780765329592, Tor 

Solstice, P.J. Hoover, $17.99, (HC), 9780765334695, Tor 

The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson, $17.99, (HC), 9780765320322, Tor

My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever! Rebecca Otowa, $14.95, (HC), 9784805312162, Tuttle

Francis and Eddie, Brad Herzog, Zachary Pullen (illus.), $17.95, (HC), 9780984991921, Why Not Books

A Little Bit of Oomph! Barney Saltzberg, $13.95, (HC), 9780761177449, Workman Publishing Company

Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs, Sandra Boynton, $16.95, (POB), 9780761171768, Workman Publishing Company

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, Chip Kidd, $17.95, (HC), 9780761172192, Workman Publishing Company

Zeke the Frog Plush, Sandra Boynton, $12.95, Plush, 9780761178354, Workman Publishing Company