Thursday, July 1, 2010

Top Choices - List 1

I've been researching titles that have received starred reviews, as well as looking up the usual suspects--those authors that seem to turn up year after year as writers of the best children's literature.
There will be 4 lists total, with an average of 10 - 15 titles per list. This seems pretty daunting, but by the time fall gets here, we might have eliminated some titles for consideration in our children's club and of course, in our Adult Mock Newbery Club. Now that I've got a list of approximately 75 titles, I can go ahead and give you the 1st list.

I'll post a new list every 2-3 mos.

List 1: July 1
List 2: August 1
List 3: October 11
List 4: December 1

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Pinkney

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

Incorrigible Children of Ashton of Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

Now it's time to hear from you. Which of these titles spoke to you?  Or did they?  What titles would you put on the list?


  1. I read ONE CRAZY SUMMER and thought it was fantastic. Much historical fiction sacrifices character for story, but this one grips you with its bravely sad storyline and delicate writing.
    But ASHES sounds great, as does THE DREAMER. Thanks for adding books to my list!

  2. Hi Jessica,

    The Dreamer is really fantastic, as Ryan's books usually are. I'm glad to hear your recommendation of One Crazy Summer--it's on my list to read. Brain Lair (my partner in the club) said that another great book for youth from last year on the subject of the Black Panthers is The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon--I've also read Magoon's book and enjoyed it.