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List, that is.

The Horn Book Best of 2011 list posted today.

This means that all of our pre Jan 1 lists are out: BCCB and Booklist should release their lists right around the New Year (so much for a winter break!)

Here’s how it all shakes out:

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By Popular Demand

You asked for it, and you have been heard! When we posted our initial list oh so long ago, you clamored for this title! And then you asked for it again when Karyn posted her comparison of the PW, SLJ, and Kirkus best lists. And now here it is.

Only here I am, and I’m still mulling over exactly what I think of it. Like Imaginary Girls, it’s a book that, for me, would absolutely require a reread for committee purposes. I spent so much time worrying over Gabriel and restraining myself from reading the last page that reviews promised me would answer all my questions that, well, I would need another read to really digest it properly. It’s a novel with a lot of threads, and I’d be taking anther look at it to make sure that I really appreciated all of those threads…if I were actually serving on Printz. For our purposes here, and in the interest of getting through that Contendas list, well, I’ll give you what I’ve got. [Read more…]

Excitement!

We are thrilled at the nomination of Someday My Printz Will Come for the Edublogs 2011 Best New Blog category! If you haven’t already checked out all of the nominees, please do so–we are in amazing company, and many of my daily reads are there. I feel a bit verklempt. Thank you, readers, who keep us honest and engage in conversation. We couldn’t do it without you!

Big shoutouts to fellow SLJ bloggers: Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production) in the Best Individual Blogs category; Angela Carstensen/Adult Books 4 Teens in the Best Library/Librarian Blog category; and Joyce Valenza (Neverending Search) in BOTH categories and Lifetime Achievement!

If I missed anyone over here, let me know. Now, click through and start reading all those other blogs, and come back later today for Sarah on Where Things Come Back.

Stop Playing Games with My Heart (More Best Lists)

This week brought us not one but two great lists!

On Monday, Kirkus Reviews posted the Best Teen Books of 2011, and it was FULL of surprises. Surprises in the whoops, I missed that book entirely category, so color me chagrined (I imagine it a sort of blush color, to suit the physical manifestation of the emotion).

I’m consoling myself with the repeated mantra of “Best and Printz are not the same.” They’re not mutually exclusive, but the overlap can be slim depending on how best is defined and given that the Printz Award goes to one book and an honor goes to no more than four books; whereas we can have hundreds of books defined as best in a list (although usually not more than 100 on any single list).

And then, on Thursday, we finally got the full School Library Journal list! Which was happily less full of surprises.

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