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My Not-Best List

22 Dec

It’s been a particularly busy year for me – I bought a house in April, adopted a dog in August and in addition to working full-time, being an 2014 Emerging Leader for ALA and working with other committees as well.  That being said, I didn’t get the chance to read as much as I did last year.  So rather than doing a “best” list, since I didn’t get the chance to read as many books as I wanted to, I’m going to make the “My Favorites of the Year” List instead.  These may not be the best books written during 2014, but they were some of my favorites to read.

Picture Books


Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg


Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Ninja by Arree Chung

Ninja by Arree Chung

Young Elementary Age

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak


The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Middle Grade

A Snicker of Magic by  Natalie Lloyd

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Young Adult


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


“Ten Best Sentences”

28 Mar

The American Scholar posted their list of the 10 Best Sentences ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Charles Dickens and while all are very interesting and debatably the best, I would love to see a similar list for children’s literature.  What would be on it?

Most likely something from Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown, C.S. Lewis and maybe others especially from the Newbery list, but what about those books that slide through the “best” list?  What about those books that make you pause and think because the words and rhythm and imagery is so amazing you just have to stop and think?  A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is one such book.  Lloyd uses beautiful language to create an amazing story to read.

“The way he said her name made my heart cramp. In all my years of word collecting, I’ve learned this to be a tried and true fact: I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you know your name is safe in another person’s mouth. When you know they’ll never shout it out like a cuss word, but say it or whisper it like a once-upon-a-time.” – A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd

Who (or what sentences) do you think would make the list?


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