Monday, November 05, 2007

Publisher Weekly's Best of 2007

Publisher Weekly's Best of 2007 list was published November 5th 2007.

Children's Picture Books:

  • Nothing by Jon Agee
  • At Night by Jonathan Bean
  • Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
  • 1 2 3: A Child's First Counting Book by Alison Jay
  • Tuttle's Red Barn: The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm by Richard Michelson
  • Dog and Bear: Two Friends Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems

Children's Fiction
  • The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron
  • Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
  • Bone by Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston
  • Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Bullyville by Francine Prose
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of A Tree by Lauren Tarshis
  • The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
  • Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White

Children's Nonfiction
  • Living Color by Steve Jenkins
  • The Wall by Peter Sis

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