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Shout out For Chicken Spaghetti

Susan Thomsen writes about children’s books at her blog, Chicken Spaghetti, which she named after one of her favorite Southern casseroles. One of my favorite annual posts is her best list: Best Children’s Books of 2009: The Big List of Lists: A roundup of "best of" lists and children’s literature prizes for books published in 2009.

There are so many award lists out there that even I cannot keep up with them. I hope this blog will help you, too. My hats off to you, Susan!

I am avidly waiting for the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 7:30 AM EST in Boston. If you have never been, the excitement in the room is exhilarating. You can feel a collective pulse as everyone in the room holds their breath for each announcement. Then there is the moment of response – either instant cheering or a small group of people who nod their heads quietly while others raise their eyebrows and mouth to their neighbor "Have you even heard of that book?" With so many award winners, you’ll recognize some title. If you can’t be there in person, be sure to follow the podcasts live.


  1. Susan Thomsen says:

    Diane, thank you! This made my morning. I enjoy compiling the list. I’m excited about the ALA awards, too.