Monday, December 25, 2006

School Library Journal Best of 2006

SLJ's Best of 2006

Picture Books
Max's Words by Kate Banks
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best
But Excuse Me That Is My Book by Lauren Child
The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child
Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg
How High Can A Dinosaur Count by Valorie Fisher
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod
The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney
Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer
Play, Mozart, Play by Peter Sis
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee
John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson
Benny & Beautiful Baby Delilah by Jean Van Leeuwen
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Dizzy by Jonah Winter
Mommy? by Arthur Yorinks, Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T Anderson
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
Wabi: A Hero's Tale by Joseph Bruchac
Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo*
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
The Braid by Helen Frost
Endgame by Nancy Garden
Saint Iggy by K.L. Going
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Firestorm by David Klass
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look*
The Adventures of Odysseu by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker*
Larklight by Philip Reeve
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
5,000 Miles to Freedom by Judith Bloom and Dennis Brindell Fradin
The Adventures of Marco Polo by Russell Freedman
Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
Up Before Daybreak by Deborah Hopkinson
Isaac Newton by Kathleen Krull
Black Cat Bone: The Life of Blues Legend Robert Johnson (poetry)
Aliens Are Coming! by Meghan McCarthy
The Wand in the Word by Leonard S. Marcus (editor)
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery
Wildfire by Taylor Morrison
The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel
Whatcha Mean, What's A Zine? by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson
Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories by Paul Robert Walker
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
Immersed in Verse by Allan Wolf (poetry)


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