Cindy & Lynn's Best Books of 2010

cimg79181Cindy: We attended our state school library conference (Michigan Association for Media in Education) this week. Lynn and I presented our annual list of our favorite books of the year. We provided two hour-long booktalk presentations to over 150 school librarians. One session was devoted to fiction and the other featured nonfiction, graphic novels and picture books for secondary school students. The hardest part of doing these presentations is narrowing our choices to a number that we can talk about and still stay on schedule. We had a 13-page handout of annotated favorites but could only talk about a fraction of them. In addition to sharing our favorite books we get to connect with colleagues and hear what their current literary challenges are…censorship, curricular needs, lit circle title suggestions, etc. It is always fun to provide readers advisory to librarians in addition to our students. Another benefit of time away from home and work is the opportunity to scheme with Lynn. We have lots of new plans for the blog coming up…I just need to get reading!

cimg7915Lynn: Yes!  Schemes abound so stay tuned.  The conference was really fun and Cindy is right about the hardest part being the need to pick which books we could talk about.  A side benefit is that we started to think seriously about what books might be in our Top Ten lists for the end of the year.  Do you have a favorite already?  Let us know!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Angela says:

    I always look forward to your top ten lists! I have two books that are right at the top of my favorites for the year – SHIP BREAKER and BLACK HOLE SUN. It’s been a good year for science fiction (I’m really hoping SHIP BREAKER wins the National Book Award – I’ve read 3 of the nominees now and SHIP BREAKER is still my favorite)

  2.' Susan T. says:

    I hope you’ll print your best books of the year here on the blog!

    I have many favorites this year. One is THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA, which made me and my 11 year old laugh and laugh. It makes an awesome read-aloud.

  3.' Laura W says:

    Thanks for taking the time to come and share at MAME 🙂 I always look forward to your session and the great books you share with us!

  4.' Anoni Mousse says:

    Yay, Angela!

  5. Can’t wait to see your list! Smile, by Raina Telgemeier, has been on our elementary school’s top list. I can’t keep copies in the library!

    What impresses me is how a wide range of audience connects to Raina’s experiences. Today a 5th grade boy was talking about how he read it in one sitting, how he was so surprised to find out it was an autobiographical story, and really liked it. Hooray!

  6.' Ed Spicer says:

    While it may or may not make your final list, I am putting in a plea that you not forget to consider ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke. This slim paperback (is there a hardcover version) is filled with great, unique stories that deal with culture and class in such a gentle, yet sophisticated way. For very young students just entering the chapter book world, Anna Hibiscus is one of the very best of the year and on my top ten list.

    • Ed – I loved this book too and we will be writing a post about it soon. I think it is a really remarkable book – so warm and funny while handling some really complex issues with great skill – all the while being completely age-appropriate! – Lynn

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