The year 2005 was a wonderful year of reading, so it was hard to narrow down the list to the 20 or so books that you'll find on the right. Most of them I mentioned during the year on the blog; you'll notice that not all were published during the last twelve months. In fact, Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man goes back to 1963.
The three that I hadn't yet talked about are Anastasia Suen's Raise the Roof!, a jolly picture book (illustrated by Elwood H. Smith) about house-building, which would be good for preschoolers and beginning readers; the late Barbara Knutson's Love and Roast Chicken, a trickster tale from South America, starring a guinea pig; and Mordicai Gerstein's story The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, about the amazing time Philippe Petit strung a tight-rope between the two sky-high World Trade Center buildings and walked across it.
So, I made the short list, which isn't that short, and my son cast the vote for the three top winners: Knuffle Bunny, Hiawyn Orem's adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Caves: Mysteries Beneath Our Feet.
Happy New Year, everyone, and onward to 2006!