Nominated Books

Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

A dog’s nose is 300 times more powerful than a human nose, so it’s no wonder that dogs use their incredibly advanced sense of smell to do some very important jobs. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent explores the various ways specific dogs have put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers to explosive detectors to life-saving allergy detectors . . . and more. This dynamic photo-essay includes first-hand accounts from the people who work closely with these amazing dogs.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.0

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

ISBN# 978-0802736185 (HB)

Spidermania: Friends on the Web

By Alexandra Siy, Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel: Photographer

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823428717 (HB)

Mark of the Thief

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods—magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Scholastic, Inc.

ISBN# 978-0545561556 (PB)

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story

By Cheryl Harness

This history-of-flags picture book focuses on the United States’s revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Albert Whitman & Company

ISBN# 978-0807524701 (HB)


By Gary Blackwood

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Dial Books

ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB)


By Kevin Henkes

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?


2017-2018 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 1.9

Published by Greenwillow Books

ISBN# 978-0062368447 (HB)

Two Friends

By Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.


2017-2018 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.5

Published by Orchard Books

ISBN# 978-0545399968 (HB)

This is the Earth

By Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander, Illustrated by Wendell Minor

This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.


2017-2018 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0060555269 (HB)