The uncorrected version of the 2012 Notables list is now up here
The Notables list is considered a gathering of “the best of the best” of the year:
“”notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.”
I always look to this list to gather books that we’ve recognized stand out …often on their OWN terms, rather than on any of set of particular award criteria. And here are some of our unmedaled favorites…that nonfiction triumvirate of AMELIA LOST, BLIZZARD and BOOTLEG…. My own fav in the “overlooked by medals” category: SWIRL BY SWIRL… and still others not there at all, perhaps because they don’t stand out enough. The Notables list is, still, done by committee. And I can be my own champion, in my own library, for MO WREN.
What are you delighted to see on this list? What do you miss?
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at email@example.com
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