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So many Best Lists

I love the end of one year and the beginning of another. Especially the countdowns of the top 10’s and top 100’s. Whether it’s music, TV episodes, or books, these countdowns help us recall our favorites and gain a sense of our entertainment history.

Some classrooms keep track of every book title they read aloud. Students are encouraged to flip through these lists and re-read their favorites. Some students are joining shelfari, librarything, and goodreads so they can track what they’ve read.

One best list I want to make sure you see is Edward T. Sullivan’s picks of best books from independent publishers in 2011. Maybe I will get myself together and pick some of the best series nonfiction titles from last year.

Other interesting lists:

  • Top 5 Books For Backseat Readers (Age 9 And Up) by MICHELE NORRIS (I would rank her honorable mention title Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley higher up, but isn’t that the great part of best lists – disagreeing?)
  • School Library Journals’ 65 choices for the Best Books 2011 are a must have.
  • Kirkus Review editor Vicky Smith’s Best Children’s Books of 2011 and the breakdowns for different types listed on their left.
  • Largehearted Boy has continued his compilations of the “Best Lists” so I don’t have to work so hard. Since it takes me so long to order new books in a school library, I appreciate his historical lists of the best lists of years past. It’s easier to share older lists with students and check off which they’ve read.
  • The Bank Street College of Education has their top 600 books in 6 categories.
  • Chicken Spaghetti uses many of the above resources and adds to the list of lists.
  • The Children’s Book Council of Australia has their picks.
  • The Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books has their 2011 Blue Ribbon choices.
  • Of course, some of the best lists come from ALSC and YALSA. I cannot wait until the ALA  Midwinter meeting in Dallas and the  Youth Media Awards. Maybe someday I can serve on one of those book award committees instead of all the other committees I’m currently serving, Hmmm! The nonfiction award sounds appealing. Which award committees do you wish you could serve?