I don't dare say this list is complete. As soon as I do, I'm sure to read ten great books that would reshuffle everything. But as of September 27, 2008, these are my favorites of the year...so far.
I've read 42 picture books this year. My top four are:
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett***
No, That's Wrong! by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu***
Help Me, Mr. Mutt by Janet and Susan Stevens
The Story of Growl by Judy Horacek
I've read around 140 novels--a handful of easy readers, and half and half middle grade fiction and teen--my top fourteen are:
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer***
Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones***
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt***
Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry***
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson***
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Paper Towns by John Green
Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell.***
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes by Peggy Gifford***
No Cream Puffs by Karen Day
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Found: The Missing Book 1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
This is the hardest list for me. Because I'd like to have one each for all sorts of genres and audiences.
I've pathetically read 7 poetry books this year.
My top pick (so far) should probably be Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford. But if I'm being honest, my true favorite is for a younger audience: Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex.
I've read ten nonfiction books this year.
My top pick so far is TROUBLE BEGINS AT 8 by Sid Fleischman. (Ignore the one star rating, that person has some serious issues.) The book is a biography of Mark Twain.
I've read under ten graphic novels.
My top pick is Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale.***
Dewey limits us to ten (note to self: read fine print) and so the *** reflect the top ten status.
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