It WAS hard to choose only 10.
I could have picked the books of 10 visiting authors from all those years ago (oh the memories): Jean Craighead George, Cynthia Rylant, Moredcai Gerstein, Ron Hirschi, J. Patrick Lewis, Robert D. San Souci, Seymour Simon...
But here's what I wound up with -- 2 poetry, 3 nonfiction and 5 picture books. Remember, it was really hard to pick only 10!!
Funny poetry that wasn't Shel Silverstein!
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand
by Kalli Dakos
Fresh metaphors. Her polliwogs are "Chubby commas..." So perfect!
by Kristine O'Connell George
Picture books have never been the same...
by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
A concise history of the Eastern U.S. that shows the interconnectedness of times and peoples.
by George Ella Lyon
Wordless picture book. How humans change a place over time. Hmm. Just realized it's the opposite of Lyon's book -- hers goes back in history, this one goes forward in time. Hmm...
by Jeannie Baker
Fun for questioning, predicting, and studying the intricate illustrations.
by Mem Fox
All the small moments of life should be celebrated.
by Byrd Baylor
Thanks to Percy, this book enjoyed a resurgence of popularity this year.
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Was there a time before The Magic School Bus? (And looky there -- it's autographed by both Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen! Wonders never cease!)
by Joanna Cole
Mary Pope Osborne has opened many windows and doors for children. The more diverse my classes become, the more I need this book every year. So that we can learn to understand each other and empathize with each other. (btw -- Ramadan begins the 11th/12th of August this year and will continue until September 9th/10th)
by Mary Pope Osborne