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Thursday December 31, 2009

At the end of the year I always like to read the “Top 10” lists that pop up in magazines, newspapers and on websites. I’m particularly interested in the “Best Children’s Books”, so I thought I’d take a crack at my own list and highlight some of my favorite children’s books of 2009. Here are a few that stood out for me:

Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problems by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex – This book is a wonderful combination of informative reporting and wacky storytelling. Plus Adam’s illustrations are amazing. I’ll buy all his books!

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown – This is on several top 10 lists and for good reason. It’s beautifully illustrated and the story is timely. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this win a Caldecott honor. 

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo – Another classic from Kate. Her words are magical.

Moonshot by Brian Floca – This book blows me away! It brought me right back to the days of early space exploration. Informative, fascinating and gorgeous.

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee – What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said? It’s EVERYWHERE! But the story and art go perfectly together and the message is so simple and heartwarming. It deserves all the attention it’s getting.

Let’s Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile – This is my friend Tony’s first children’s book and it’s hilarious! If you haven’t seen it, you owe yourself the pleasure. Brilliant!

The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – When I first saw this book I literally gasped as I turned the pages. This is a truly stunning book and a favorite for the Caldecott medal.

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan – My friend Matt has received several starred reviews for this graphic novel. It’s simply beautiful. I love the sparse use of color, the historic setting and the pacing of the story. This could win some awards, too.

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan – I love all of Shaun’s books and this is another classic.

Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by David Shannon – Funny and energetic. 

I know this is just a partial list of the books that came out this year and I’m sure I’m leaving out some terrific titles. 2009 was a strong year for picture books. Here’s to an equally  great 2010!