MotherReader has good ideas. Ideas like having bloggers post their favorite children’s literary picks of 2007 (so far). I’m game. I’ll play. Sarah Miller already posted hers, after all. So here’s what I think stands out thus far. These are, in my opinion, the top of the top. Please bear in mind, however, that there’s a lot that I haven’t read or reviewed yet. This is just what I’ve seen in 2007 that I think makes for Must Reading. A lot of my 5 star reviews didn’t make the final cut, so do not cry if something you love isn’t listed here.
Coffelt, Nancy. (Little Brown & Co.). Fred Stays With Me!
Freedman, Deborah. (Knopf – Random House imprint). Scribble.
Harrington, Janice. N. (Melanie Kroupa Books – FSG imprint). The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County.
Lee, Suzy. (Kane/Miller). The Zoo.
Levine, Ellen. Illus. Nelson, Kadir. (Scholastic). Henry’s Freedom Box.
Morales, Yuyi. (Roaring Book Press). Little Night.
Newgarden, Mark and Cash, Megan Montague. (Harcourt). Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug.
Thompson, Lauren. Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. (Simon & Schuster). The Apple Pie that Papa Baked. Early Readers
Every single Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Williams that you can get your hands on. (Hyperion)
Kinney, Jeff. (Abrams Books for Young Readers). Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Orr, Wendy. (Henry Holt and Company). Mokie and Bik.
Paros, Jennifer. (Viking). Violet Bing and the Grand House
Pennypacker, Sara. (Hyperion). The Talented Clementine.
Perkins, Mitali. (Charlesbridge). Rickshaw Girl.
Bauer, A.C.E. (Random House). No Castles Here.
Carman, Patrick. (Little Brown & Co.) Atherton: The House of Power.
Clements, Andrew. (Simon & Schuster). No Talking.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. (Scholastic). Elijah of Buxton.
Davies, Jacqueline. (Houghton Mifflin). The Lemonade War.
Gantos, Jack. (FSG). I Am Not Joey Pigza.
Moses, Sheila. (McElderry – S&S). The Baptism.
Park, Linda Sue and others. (Scholastic). Click.
Schmidt, Gary D. (Clarion – Houghton Mifflin). The Wednesday Wars.
Selznick, Brian. (Scholastic). The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Tarshis, Lauren. (Dial). Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree.
Taylor, Laini. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – Penguin imprint). Faeries of Dreamdark:
Urban, Linda. (Harcourt, Inc.). A Crooked Kind of Perfect.
Wilson, N.D. (Random House). Leepike Ridge.
Wolf, Joan M. (Clarion – A Houghton Mifflin imprint). Someone Named Eva. Graphic Novel
Abadzis, Nick. (First Second). Laika.
Tan, Shaun. (Arthur A. Levine – Scholastic, Inc.). The Arrival. Non-Fiction
Bertholf, Bret. (Little Brown and Company). The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music.
McCarthy, Meghan. (Knopf – RH). Strong Man.
Schlitz, Laura Amy. (Candlewick). Good Masters! Fair Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village.
Stauffacher, Sue. (Knopf). Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson.
Lear, Edward. (KCP Poetry – An imprint of Kids Can Press). The Owl and the Pussycat.