Monday, January 26, 2009

Favourite children's books of 2008

OK, someone asked. I deliver. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel

  • Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri

  • The Crow by Alison Paul

  • The Boy Sherlock Holmes series by Shane Peacock

  • First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  • How Underwear Got Under There by Kathy Shaskan

  • Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

  • Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodhart

  • The Feathered Cloak by Sean Dixon

  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

  • Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson (I went in steeling myself but it turned out OK...)

  • Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

  • Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  • Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

  • Who's Hiding? by Satoru Onishi

  • All 3 volumes (thus far) in the Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer

  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

  • Medusa Jones by Ross Collins (I love that it works with both boys and girls once you show the illustrations, esp. the one where Medusa gets a haircut. That'll get their attention!)

  • One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway (*insert teaching opportunity here!!!*)

  • To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda by Deborah Kogan Ray

  • Uncle Andys by James Warhola

  • The Diamond Of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

  • The Unwritten Girl by James Bow

  • Ducks Don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek

  • Fartiste by Kathleen Krull

  • Madam President by Lane Smith

  • Mazes Around the World by Mary D. Lankford

  • Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel

  • Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

  • Wild Ride: A Graphic Guide Adventure by Liam O'Donnell

  • Bookweird by Paul Glennon

  • The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer (trippy)

  • Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

  • One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge

  • Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by Patricia Storace

  • The Witch's Children by Ursula Jones

Disclaimer: this list is more comprehensive than this list, but without summaries. Deal.

Also, I have not hyperlinked anywhere ( or others) because (yes, it's true) I'm lazy. Count your lucky stars you got a bullet-point list. Also, unless Amazon adds me to the payroll, I'm disinclined to be so helpful...

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