Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Notable Children's Books

One of my favorite parts of going to the ALA conference last summer (which was ALL so GREAT)  was getting to hear several of the discussion sessions of the 2011 Notable Children's Books committee.  This committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),
" identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "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."
It is the only award committee where anyone can go in a watch the discussion.  You can't talk, which was really hard because I had lots to say about the books they were talking about.  I was excited to see the list today of which books they ended up picking.  Some of my favorites are on the list, The Dreamer, One Crazy Summer,  Mockingbird and Countdown.  If I runaway and hitchhike my way to New Orleans this summer I am defiantly going to watch the committee again!  If you are going I would really recommend it!


  1. Have you read "Moon Over Manifest" yet? If not I think you will really like it. I would like to know what a younger person thinks about it.