Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels

Booklist has the 2009 Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth up.  A great list for libraries who may have rows of manga series but don’t quite know what to get in the latest graphic novels.

I’m very happy to see Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan on the list.  I’ve reviewed it.  Any other favorites?

My People

My People by Langston Hughes, photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Langston Hughes’ powerful and simple poem is brilliantly accompanied by Charles R. Smith’s transcendent photographs.  Each photograph illustrates the beauty, depth and soul of being an African-American today.  From close ups of lined hands to the joy of a baby’s giggle, the photographs span ages.  The photographs are clear, purposefully done and gripping.

Highly recommended, this book belongs in every public library.  It is a joy to read the powerful poem and have it illustrated with such skill.  Appropriate for all ages.

Children's Choice Book Awards

The Children’s Book Council has announced the finalists for the 2009 Children’s Choice Book Awards.  Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week in May (May 11-17).

Here are the finalists:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:

The Donut Chef by Bob Staake

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Sort It Out! by Barbara Mariconda, illustrated by Sherry Rogers

Those Darn Squirrels  by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

Babymouse: Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

One Million Things by Peter Chrisp 

Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams 

Underwear: What We Wear Under There by Ruth Freeman Swain

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illustrated by Cyd Moore 

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

100 Most Dangerous Things On the Planet by Anna Claybourne

Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion by Ben Boos

Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

Teen Choice Book Award

Airhead by Meg Cabot

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Paper Towns by John Green


Author of the Year

Jeff Kinney

Stephenie Meyer

Christopher Paolini

James Patterson

Rick Riordan

Illustrator of the Year

Laura Cornell

Robin Preiss Glasser

Mo Willems

David Shannon

John J Muth