Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 Blue Ribbons

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has just released their 2007 Blue Ribbons list. Their guide to the "best" of 2007.

Fiction
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Little Rat Makes Music by Monika Bang-Campbell
Prom Dates From Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Remembering Mrs. Rossi by Amy Hest
Tamar by Mal Peet
The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

*Interesting how several *big* books are missing isn't it? No mention of Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wednesday Wars, or Elijah of Buxton.

Nonfiction

The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr by Nicolas Debon
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Houdini the Handcuff King by Jason Lutes
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Wall by Peter Sis

Picture Books

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Today and Today by Kobayashi Issa
Pictures From Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins
Bad Bears Go Visiting by Daniel Pinkwater
Bittle Tartle in Say Cheese by Michael Townsend
Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend by Melanie Watt

0 comments:

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

Pageloads Counter

Search Book Blogs Search Engine

My Blog List

Becky's Hosting These Challenges

100 Books Project: Fill in the Gaps

Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP