Monday, January 07, 2008

Booklist Editor's Choice: Books for Youth 2007

You'll need to consult the journal (in print or online) for detailed information on the books--including descriptions and age and grade recommendations--but here is list stripped down.

Shaun Tan's The Arrival
Jenny Downham's Before I Die
Margo Rabb's Cures For Heartbreak
Elizabeth Knox's Dreamquake
Christopher Paul Curtis' Elijah of Buxton * (also Top of the List selection)
Renee Rosen's Every Crooked Pot
Mary Hoffman's The Falconer's Knot
Carmen Bernier-Grand's Frida: Viva la Vida!
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Nancy Farmer's Land of the Silver Apples
Sarah Miller's Miss Spitfire
Roland Smith's Peak
Ursula K. Le Guin's Powers
Rosemary Wells' Red Moon At Sharpsburg
Mike Carey's Re-Gifters
Nick Hornby's Slam
Mal Peet's Tamar
Ibtisam Barakat's Tasting the Sky
C.A. Schmidt's Useful Fools
Peter Sis' The Wall* (Top of the List selection)
Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars
Walter Dean Myers' What They Found: Love On 145th Street
Geraldine McCaughrean's The White Darkness
Russell Freedman's Who Was First?
Stephanie Hemphill's Your Own Sylvia

Valerie Worth's Animal Poems
Ted Lewin's At Gleason's Gym
F.E. Higgins' The Black Book of Secrets
Jacqueline Wilson's Candyfloss
Lynne Jonell's Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Laura Amy Schiltz's Good Masters! Sweet Ladies
Natalie Babbit's Jack Plank Tells Tales
Steve Jenkins' Living Color
Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society
Sneed Collard's Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials
Katherine Kirkpatrick's Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter.
Ruth White's Way Down Deep

Lauren Thompson's The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
Janice N. Harrington's The Chicken Chasing queen of Lamar County
Ilene Cooper's The Golden Rule
Kevin Henkes' A Good Day
Libby Gleeson's Half A World Away
Ellen Levine's Henry's Freedom Box
Jane Yolen's Here's A Little Poem
Brian Floca's Lightship * (Top of the List selection)
Rosemary Wells' Max Counts His Chickens
Anita Lobel's Nini Here and There
Chris Smith's One City, Two Brothers.
Nan Gregory's Pink
Hazel Hutchins' A Second is a Hiccup
Meghan McCarthy's Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas
Emily Jenkins' What Happens on Wednesdays
David M. Schwartz's Where In the Wild

1 comments:

DJ 10:38 PM  

What a helpful list! (Was just reading your "Most Decorated of 2006" post, another great resource.)

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