There is no shortage of "Best" lists at this time of year. In the world of literature for children, librarians have been recommending books to children for well over one hundred years, and children have been just as eager to pass on their favorites. Children make the perfect audience, as they never shy away from a good story.
Children’s Books 2010 [PDF] provides a snapshot of just a few of the outstanding books published this year. Over twenty librarians read several hundred books, often sharing F&Gs and ARCs with the children in their Branch Libraries. Their recommendations range from books to share with toddlers to books that will keep the most sophisticated readers on the edge of their seats.
As usual, the writers and illustrators who create books for children, served up a feast, with stories to tickle a funny-bone, shed light on extraordinary acts of courage, or broaden our horizons. One theme—celebrating the creative process—appears often.
Readers may find some answers to the age old question "What is Art?" in David Weisner’s Art & Max
or Shelley Jackson’s playful Mimi’s Dada Catisfesto
A glimpse in to the world of some extraordinary artists also sheds light on what it takes to create something from what seems like nothing, in Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha
to Laban Carrick Hill’s Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Perseverance and a touch of genius were some of the characteristics shared by Samuel Clemens The Extraordinary Mark Twain
Pablo Neruda The Dreamer
or that “gifted and insightful observer of human behavior” Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz
Chalk by Bill ThomsonEnjoy taking a bite out of this list and share your own favorites. Download Children’s Books 2010 now.