The CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) has just released its "best of 2006" list. You can read the list here.
CCBC CHOICES 2007
New (c2006) Books for Children and Young Adults Recommended by the
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
School of Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Selected by Kathleen T. Horning, Merri V. Lindgren,
Hollis Rudiger, and Megan Schliesman
CCBC Choices is the CCBC’s annual best-of-the-year list. The final CCBC Choice 2007 publication will include annotations and recommended ages for all of the books on the chosen, as well as an author/title/subject index, and a commentary on the publishing year. CCBC Choices 2007 will be available at the CCBC after March 3, 2007. (See the back page for information on obtaining CCBC Choices 2007.)
The CCBC is a noncirculating library for adults of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The CCBC is also supported by an annual contract with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning.
CCBC Choices 2007 will be available after March 3. Copies will be available at the CCBC at no cost. For information on how to have a copy sent to you, go to www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/choices.asp
Members of the Friends of the CCBC: you will automatically receive a copy by mail at that time as a membership benefit. To join the Friends of the CCBC, Inc., write to the CCBC requesting a Friends membership flyer, or print out a membership form from the CCBC website at www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/friends.htm
The publication of CCBC Choices is underwritten by the Friends of the CCBC.
Unlike other 'best' lists, the CCBC has been broken down into unique categories: "The Natural World", "Seasons and Celebrations", "Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature", "Historical People, Places, and Events", "Biography and Autobiography", "Contemporary People, Places, and Events", "Issues in Today’s World", "Understanding Oneself and Others", "The Arts", "Poetry", "Concept Books", "Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers", "Picture Books for School-Aged Children", "Books for Beginning and Newly Independent Readers", "Fiction for Children", and "Fiction for Young Adults."
Titles you'll recognize on the list: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson (as if the book needed another honor or decoration), American Born Chinese by Gene Yang, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, along with some of my other favorites of the year: Rash by Pete Hautman, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, King Dork by Frank Portman, Last Days by Scott Westerfeld, Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos.