Monday, November 05, 2007

Kirkus Children's Book Special--Best of 2007

Arnosky, Jim. Babies in the Bayou.
Babbitt, Natalie. Jack Plank Tells Tales.
Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood (I've reviewed this one.)
Bean, Jonathan. At Night. (I've got this one in the TBR pile).
Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Spiders.
Carroll, Lewis. Jabberwocky. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. (I haven't seen this one. But the description sounds intriguing.)
Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays With Me. (I've reviewed this one.)
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. (I've reviewed this one.)
David, Laurie and Cambria Gordon. The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming.
Donofrio, Beverly. Mary and the Mouse, The Mouse and Mary. (I've read this one, but haven't reviewed it yet.)
Florian, Douglas. Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings.
Freedman, Russell. Who Was First? Discovering the Americas.
Gardner, Lyn. Into the Woods. (I've reviewed this one.)
Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little. (I've reviewed this one.)
Gravett, Emily. Orange Pear Apple Bear. (This one arrived yesterday!)
Harrington, Janice. N. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. (I've read this one, but haven't reviewed it.)
Henkes, Kevin. A Good Day.
Lehman, Barbara. Rainstorm.
Low, William. Old Penn Station.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Pictures From Our Vacation.
Rex, Adam. Pssst!
Root, Phyllis. Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors.
Rosenthal, Marc. Phooey!
Schlitz, Laura Amy. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (Read this one but haven't reviewed it yet)
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories.
Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Sis, Peter. The Wall.
Stein, David Ezra. Leaves.
Thompson, Kate. The New Policeman.
Thompson, Lauren. The Apple Pie That Papa Baked.
Varon, Sara. Robot Dreams.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. Birmingham, 1963.

The Young Adult edition is coming December 1, 2007.

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