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BCC Picture Book List for 9 years old and older

P. Keig
The list author says: "Older children enjoy picture books, too! These books are so delightful, challenging, readable, and some even important that parents and children will enjoy them deeply. Talk about the characters, their problems, and the ideas in these books. Enjoy!

How we made the list: We took our church mission statement and found children's books to match, but each book must also have strong illustrations, style, and be a "magnet" for children. Our mission statement includes: "welcoming all God's children, celebrating the transforming power of God ... peace, social justice, personal empowerment, spiritual growth ... openness to share beliefs, doubts, struggles, growth, in the context of mutual respect...Our purpose is to reach out taking the risk of opening ourselves to the possiblity of making the stranger a friend." BCC (Brea Congregational Church)

See also our lists for 4 to 8 year old children, and book report books for 9 year old children and up.""
Hey, Little Ant
Hey, Little Ant
"Conversation between a kid who is about to step on an ant and the ant. It isn't easy to see things from someone else's point of view, or to negotiate when the power is on the other side.  Music and lyrics included.  Fiction"
Ron's Big Mission
Ron's Big Mission
"Based on a true story, set in pre-civil-rights America.  You just have to read this one."
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
"When is the best time to do things Who is the most important one?  What is the right thing to do?  Fiction"
Minou
Minou
"A cat, in Paris, learns to take care of herself.  Stunning watercolors of familiar landmarks of Paris add to the enjoyment of a thoughtful, moving story."
The Wolves Are Back
The Wolves Are Back
"This is a beautiful non-fiction picture book on the ecology of Yellowstone National Park."
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
""Alia fears that the library—along with the thirty thousand books within it—will be destroyed forever.”  What did she do?  Non-fiction presented as a picture book."
People
People
"A world tour of the people and their ways of life, told in a few words and many, many finely detailed ink and water color illustrations.  Non-fiction."
My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River
My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River
"You can read a poem plucked from any page to have things to think about, but you could also sit down and read all the poems straight through and have a lot more to think about.  Delicious.  (Poems in English and Spanish)"
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)
"Irresistable!  How does it work?  My way is to read this aloud to my child several times.  Then I ask, I don't tell how it worked.  What's the ingredient that makes it work?  Personal transformation, all God's children"
Teammates
Teammates
"This is a retelling of a famous incident in the early days of the integration of major league baseball."
Say Something
Say Something
"This deals with an experience every child has had.  Every child.  It's relevant.  It's powerful.  It's thought provoking."
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (Caldecott Honor Book)
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (Caldecott Honor Book)
"No only do they type, they unionize."
Encounter (Voyager Books)
Encounter (Voyager Books)
"This is a retelling of ColumbusÂ’ arrival on Hispanola from the point of view of the American Indians who lived there.  ItÂ’s provocative.  Historical fiction, picture book."
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
"This classic introduces some fundamental ideas about social responsibility, extinction, and ecology."
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss)
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss)
"Escalation is a concept every young person can understand.  This picture book may take a bit of explanation from an adult, but the themes it introduces are timeless and powerful."
Praying With Our Feet / Out of print
Praying With Our Feet / Out of print
"Based on real events, these folks are "walking with the God of peace.""
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
"A father and son visit the Viet Nam Memorial.  Contemporary realistic fiction"
God's Dream
God's Dream
"Very simple text (useful also with younger children) with big ideas."
Show Way
Show Way
"A quilt with secret meanings, from the slave days of our country.  Newberry Honor Book"
Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu
Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu
"Strong women characters, martial arts, philosophy.  You don't have to overpower him, just show that he has no power over you."
The Arrival
The Arrival
"Wordless, meaningFUL.  The immigrant experience."
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
"Joyous, celebration mood, declaration of personal empowerment and personal responsibility."
Desiderata: Words for Life
Desiderata: Words for Life
"Beautiful"