Fuse #8

Monday, December 04, 2006

Notable Children's Books of 2006

According to the New York Times, that is.

Here's the list:
I'm not being facetious here. I really want to know if this list is just the best-selling titles of the year. I mean, I know that they are. Is that how they define the term "notable"?

Thanks to Big A little a for the link.


At 9:28 AM , Blogger jimbo said...

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At 10:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are not all bestselling books. (RASH, for example, has never appeared on any bestseller list that I know of.) They are seven books chosen by the NYTBR editors from among the relatively few books that they reviewed during the year. That does not make them the best or most popular books of the year, although I think they all deserve a place in the top 50.

At 10:57 AM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

Which brings up my enduring pet peeve: with all of their literary resources, why the heck can't the editors of the NY Times review children's books every week?

At 6:53 PM , Blogger gail said...

Wow. I stopped reading the NYT Book Review a few years back because I didn't have time. They used to review kids' books every week. Did this stop with the big revamping of the review a while back?

At 10:02 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

The children's section appears every other week during Ordinary Time. But there are long gaps of nothing before and after the spring, fall, and holiday "special" sections.

At 5:28 PM , Blogger Amy Wachspress said...

I stumbled on this blog while searching for contact information for Elizabeth Ward who reviews children's books for the Washington Post. Great blog! Hey I am trying to get the word out about my new children’s fantasy adventure “The Call to Shakabaz,” which teaches young people the fundamental principles of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and Gandhi and is a rollicking good read to boot. This book is exceptionally different because it does not depend on a gory violent battle scene for the climax. Instead it demonstrates a peaceful resolution to conflict. In addition, all the characters in the book are Black. There are very few books for children in this genre with all Black characters. The book will be officially “launched” on January 15, 2007, in honor of Dr. King’s birthday, but copies are already in print and are selling like hotcakes in my little part of the world. Children, parents, teachers, and librarians are reading this book and loving it (Bob Spear at “Heartland Reviews” identified the book as a recommended title for reluctant readers because you can’t put it down). Please help me get the word out! Visit my website at www.wozabooks.com.
PS--the best read aloud that I did with my 14-yr-old in 2006 was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime -- I highly recommend it for young teens


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