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Finding Good Children's Books

Over at What Do We Do All Day?, you'll find an excellent post about ways to locate good books for children. The blog kindly includes a nod to Chicken Spaghetti's love of book lists. So, yeah! Let's break out a couple of new kid-book lists that popped up recently.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, for kids 12-18 (via Bartography)

Charlotte Zolotow Award books, honoring writing for picture books

Edgar Award finalists, mysteries (books for grown-ups, too)

NAACP Image Award nominees for literature, featuring books in a number of categories, including ones for children and teens

APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards

Amelia Bloomer Project, feminist literature

Rainbow List, GLTBQ books

American Indian Youth Literature Awards, "created to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians, Alaska Natives, Canadian First Nations and Native Hawaiians"


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Yeah! More lists! In answer to your comment about Harry Potter, the short answer is I want the boys to read them independently. I hadn't thought about the audio books, I understand they are wonderful -- perhaps after they read them, we can listen to them...

Jr. started reading them independently after we began listening to the first audiobook in the car at the beginning of 6th grade; the series makes the ride to school go so fast! Jr. (now in 7th) is older than Kiddo, though. Y'all have plenty of time! Wonderful books.

We have the Cybils awards to look forward to on Valentine's Day. Always a lot of good suggestions there.

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