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Waking Brain Cells turns 11 years old today!

I am honored to have been writing things for you all to read for so many years, even more honored that people continue to read what I write, that publishers continue to work with me, and that teachers, librarians and parents take time out of their busy day to find out about new and beloved books. 

Thank you so much for spending time with me and for caring what people read.  That is what is worth celebrating.

Britain’s Top Loved Books

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Winnie the Pooh tops the list of Britain’s best loved children’s books.  Here is the entire list and you can check out more information on the Telegraph website. You will note the entire list if dominated by classic reads rather than more modern titles.  Don’t expect to see Harry Potter on the list!

1.  Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

2.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

3.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

4.  The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

5.  The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

6.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

7.  Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

8.  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

9.  The BFG by Roald Dahl

10.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Newbery Medal

Honor Books

Doll Bones by Holly Black (Hurrah!!!!!)

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (Yes!)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Wonderful surprise!!)

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

WINNER

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Wonderful!)

Honor Books

Journey by Aaron Becker (Great!)

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle (Wonderful!)

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Hurrah!)

WINNER

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Perfection!)

Honors the author and illustrator for beginning reader book:

Honor Books

Ball by Mary Sullivan

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems (not a surprise, this is HIS award)

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes (Lovely!)

WINNER

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (Wow!)

Outstanding video production for children:

WINNER

Bink & Gollie: Two for One

Author and illustrator of the most distinguished informational books for children.

Honor Books

A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Wonderful!)

Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Great!)

The Mad Potter by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

WINNER

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (Hurrah!)

2015 lecture:

Brian Selznick (Incredible pick)

Best audiobook for children or young adults.

Honor Books

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (Bet it’s an amazing audio book!)

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Hurrah!)

Matilda by Roald Dahl (a nice little surprise)

WINNER

Scowler by Daniel Kraus 

Honor Books

The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle (Yes!)

The Living by Matt De La Pena

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh (Lovely!)

WINNER

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina 

 

(I’ve got some reading to do!)

 

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