Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Favorite books of 2009

There were many great books for children and young adults in 2009, and the various ALA awards committees are busily making their final decisions.

In the meantime, here are my favorite books of the year, linked to their reviews: 

Young Adult Fiction
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Juvenile Fiction
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Picture Book (for older readers)
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

Picture Book (for young readers), Easy Fiction
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Non-Fiction (for older readers)
Truce by Jim Murphy

Other favorites (in no particular order):
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino, Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy, Always by Allison McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre, All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, Faith by the Global Fund for Children, My Sister, Alicia May by Nancy Tupper Ling, Spoon by Amy Krause Rosenthal, Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House by Menno Metselaar, The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming, The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer, Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, Scat by Carl Hiaasen, and If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States by David J. Smith.

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