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This list was compiled by the Notable Children’s Books Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children. Librarians throughout the U.S. helped to select the titles from the several thousand children’s books published during 2007. Included are books of fiction, information, poetry, and pictures—all of special interest and value to children through age 14. The winners of the 2008 ALSC Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Batchelder, and Geisel Awards and the Honor Books for those awards are automatically included on the list. Notable children’s books that were also given 2008 Coretta Scott King Awards, Schneider Family Book Awards, Pura Belpré Awards, and Best Books for Young Adults designations are noted below, as well.
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll. By Patricia C. McKissack. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99 (9780375837593).
All Nella wants for Christmas is a Baby Betty doll, a nearly impossible wish for a Depression-era child. But when her dream comes true, despite her sisters’ predictions, she finds it is more fun to share.
Ballerina Dreams: A True Story. By Lauren Thompson. Illus. by James Estrin. Feiwel and Friends, $16.95 (9780312370299).
This heartwarming photo-essay describes five young girls with muscle disorders whose year of ballet class culminates in a recital with tutus, makeup, ballet shoes, and tiaras.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. By Janice N. Harrington. Illus. by Shelley Jackson. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $16 (9780374312510).
This fast-moving, quick-talking “Chicken-Chasing Queen,” a high-spirited girl on her grandma’s farm, comes to understand and respect Miss Hen when she discovers this prize chicken’s well-guarded secret!
Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister. By Bob Graham. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763630782).
Rambunctious Humpty, along with his parents Dominic and Dorothy, amaze audiences as the high-flying, acrobatic Tumbling Dumpties, but it is his quiet and shy sister who rescues him after that famous fall.
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories. By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $12.95 (9781596430532)
In three easy-to-read stories, a playful dachshund and a multicolored stuffed bear discover the ironies and humor of friendship familiar to the very young.
First the Egg. By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $14.95 (9781596432727).
Simple words and paintings create a jewel-like package that introduces the age-old chicken-and-egg riddle for the youngest reader. A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2008 Geisel Honor Book.
Fred Stays with Me! By Nancy Coffelt. Illus. by Tricia Tusa. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316882699)
Fred the dog accompanies his young mistress to her mom’s and dad’s houses, wreaking havoc at both places. “Fred can’t stay here,” say the parents, but his young owner replies emphatically, “Fred stays with me!”
Global Babies. By Maya Ajmera. illus. Charlesbridge, $6.95 (9781580891745).
“Babies everywhere are beautiful, special, and loved” is the simple message of this board book done in conjunction with the Global Fund for Children and illustrated with 17 photos of babies from around the world.
A Good Day. By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow, $16.99 (9780061140181).
At first it seems to be a bad day for bird, dog, fox, and squirrel, but then the tide turns, and it’s a good day for everyone, including a little girl.
Good Enough to Eat. By Brock Cole. Illus. by the author. Farrar, $16 (9780374327378)
When the villagers sacrifice a scruffy street girl to a terrible ogre, she must use all her considerable wits not only to survive but also to emerge a winner.
Hello, Bumblebee Bat. By Darrin Lunde. Illus. by Patricia J. Wynne. Charlesbridge, $15.95 (9781570913747).
Straightforward text pops out of a sparse background allowing this little mammal to describe its habitat and characteristics in an intriguing and accessible way. A 2008 Geisel Honor Book.
Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry. Ed. by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illlus. by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick, $21.99 (9780763631413).
More than 60 short poems in English, collected from around the globe, appear in four copiously illustrated sections that represent the central interests of young children: me, my house, outside, and bedtime.
Jazz Baby. By Lisa Wheeler. Illus. by Gregory Christie. Harcourt, $16 (9780152025229).
Bebop rhyme and repeated stanzas provide just the right rhythm for young readers in this nostalgic celebration of dancing, singing, and playing music. A 2008 Geisel Honor Book.
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Hyperion, $16.99 (9781423102991)
Masterful photo collages take Trixie and her daddy through their Brooklyn neighborhood to the preschool class, where Trixie discovers that her beloved Knuffle Bunny is not “so one-of-a-kind anymore.” A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book.
Lightship. By Brian Floca. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson, $16.99 (9781416924364).
Simple, stately prose, perfectly complemented by luminous watercolors, introduces the lightship Ambrose and its crew and cat. A 2008 Sibert Honor Book and the 2007 Booklist Top of the List winner for youth picture book.
Little Night. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $16.95 (9781596430884).
Little Night is summoned by Mother Sky to perform all the familiar routines that children everywhere experience, and like these children, Little Night responds with mischievous hiding games throughout the earth and sky. (A Spanish version of this book is also available.)
Little Rat Makes Music. By Monika Bang-Campbell. Illus. by Molly Bang. Harcourt, $15 (9780152053055).
Little Rat loves playing the violin but hates to practice. Her hard work with Kitty culminates in their recital duet.
Little Red Riding Hood. By Jerry Pinkney. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316013550)
Lush pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, featuring a Red Riding Hood of color, a wily wolf, and a resourceful woodcutter, bring a unique perspective to this traditional tale.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween. By Marisa Montes. Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Holt, $16.95 (0-8050-7429-5).
Rhyming text describes spooky monsters of many types gathering for a ball. The 2008 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Book and a 2008 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. By Carmen Agra Deedy. Illus. by Michael Austin. Peachtree, $16.95 (9781561453993)
With the help of Abuela’s shocking advice, Martina interviews a cast of unlikely suitors to find her true love in a lively and humorous retelling of a classic folktale. A 2008 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.
Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose. By Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon. Illus. by the authors. Harcourt, $17 (9780152056766).
A series of animal and human characters, many with masks, illustrates 24 traditional rhymes that leap off the pages in this mathematical pageant for toddlers.
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. By Maya Christina Gonzalez. Illus. by the author. Children’s Book Press, $16.95 (9780892392216).
Young Maya’s journey from sand-covered surroundings to a world overflowing with rich violet and pink hues offers a visual feast of vibrant colors and magic realism. A 2008 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book.
My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: La vida de Gabriel García Márquez. By Monica Brown. Illus. by Raúl Colón. Luna Rising, $15.95 (9780873589086).
Evocative, tropical illustrations pull the eye into Márquez’s imaginative world, introducing children to the early life of the celebrated Colombian author. A 2008 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book.
Nothing. By Jon Agee. Illus. by the author. Hyperion, $16.99 (9780786836949).
When Suzie, the rich customer, asks the shopkeeper, “What’s for sale?” his response is, “Nothing.” “Good,” says Suzie, “I’ll pay you $300 for it.” And so the mad rush to purchase nothing begins.
Orange Pear Apple Bear. By Emily Gravett. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster, $12.99 (9781416939993).
Combining the four words in the title, this early concept book about shape, color, and sequence introduces language play as well as punctuation in soft-hued watercolor illustrations.
Pictures from Our Vacation. By Lynne Rae Perkins. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow, $16.99 (9780060850975).
Sketchbook and camera in hand, a young girl assembles a visual mosaic of what starts as an all-too-familiar disappointing family vacation to Dad’s childhood home but ends as a fun-filled romp with relatives.
There Is a Bird on Your Head! By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Hyperion, $8.99 (9781423106869).
Elephant Gerald learns that there is something worse than having a bird on your head—having two birds on your head. Trying to help her friend, the always-playful Piggie ends up with a problem of her own. The 2008 Geisel Award Book.
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything. By Elise Broach. Illus. by David Small. Atheneum, $16.99 (9780689869228).
Errands are no longer boring when a little boy finds that a free gift comes with every purchase—a dinosaur! The dilemma comes when he brings his dinosaurs home.
Vulture View. By April Pulley Sayre. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Holt, $16.95 (9780805075571).
Rhyming lyrical text and dramatic, textured collages introduce a day in the life of turkey vultures. A 2008 Geisel Honor Book.
Yo, Jo! By Rachel Isadora. Illus. by the author. Harcourt, $16 (9780152057831).
Bright collage illustrations show a young, lively boy greeting his friends in urban colloquial language while reserving more traditional English for his grandfather.
At Gleason’s Gym. By Ted Lewin. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.95 (9781596432314).
Lewin captures the sights and sounds of the busy, noisy Brooklyn gym—four rings of boxing and wrestling action and famous worldwide—where nine-year-old Sugar Boy Younan trains for the National Silver Gloves championship.
The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Max Grafe. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763627300).
A soldier makes a terrible bargain with the devil and must survive seven years as an outcast in order to gain wealth, hope, and love.
The Cat; or, How I Lost Eternity. By Jutta Richter. Illus. by Rotraut Susanne Berner. Tr. by Anna Brailovsky. Milkweed, $14 (9781571316769).
In this timeless fable, willful young Christine attempts to understand the nature of true learning and friendship. A 2008 Batchelder Honor Book.
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer. By Deborah Kogan Ray. Illus. by the author. Farrar, $17 (9780374318383).
Follow John Wesley Powell and his team through the Grand Canyon, as they collectively map the route and compile scientific data, while Powell follows his personal dream of becoming a naturalist.
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. By Ellen Levine. Illus. by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780439777339).
Henry “Box” Brown’s ingenious design to ship himself in a box from slavery to freedom is portrayed in luminous illustrations. A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret. By Brian Selznick. Illus. by the author. Scholastic, $22.99 (9780439813785).
Suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads tell the story of young Hugo, an orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. The 2008 Caldecott Medal Book and a 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
The Many Rides of Paul Revere. By James Cross Giblin. illus. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780439572903).
Going far beyond Longfellow’s poem, this presents Paul Revere as artist, statesman, revolutionary, entrepreneur, family man, and more, with archival illustrations. An interesting addendum compares the poem to the true events.
The Mysterious Benedict Society. By Trenton Lee Stewart. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley, $16.99 (9780316057776).
Four gifted orphans selected by their benefactor, Mr. Benedict, set out on a dangerous mission to save the world from a scientist bent on domination through mind control.
Nic Bishop Spiders. By Nic Bishop. Illus. by the author. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780439877565).
More than a dozen types of spiders are presented through vibrant, dramatic up-close photos and a compelling, knowledgeable text. A 2008 Sibert Honor Book.
Nicholas and the Gang. By René Goscinny. Illus. by Jean-Jacques Sempé. Tr. by Anthea Bell. Phaidon, $19.95 (9780714847887).
Energetic text and jaunty pen-and-ink artwork combine to describe the escapades of a schoolboy and his classmates in an all-boys school. A 2008 Batchelder Honor Book.
One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II. By Lita Judge. illus. Hyperion, $15.99 (9781423100089).
After World War II, the narrator’s family sent a package to a needy German friend, beginning the project described in these 14 poems, which sent shoes and clothes, coats and canned food to European survivors.
Rainstorm. By Barbara Lehman. Illus.by the author. Houghton, $16 (9780618756391).
It’s a rainy day when a bored young boy finds a key that opens a trunk with a ladder in it. He climbs down, and his amazing adventure begins.
Remembering Mrs. Rossi. By Amy Hest. Illus. by Heather Maione. Candlewick, $14.99 (9780763621636).
Third grade is a tough time to lose a mother. As the seasons come and go, interactions with her sometimes clueless but loving father and her mother’s sixth-grade students help Annie deal with her grief.
Robot Dreams. By Sara Varon. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.95 (9781596431089).
In this wordless graphic novel, a rusty robot, abandoned on a beach, dreams of rescue, while its former companion, a dog, tries various means to save it, with an outcome that surprises both. A 2008 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Tap Dancing on the Roof. By Linda Sue Park. Illus. by Istvan Banyai. Clarion, $16 (9780618234837).
A collection of 28 whimsical Sijo poems, accompanied by equally playful and often surprising illustrations, introduces readers and would-be poets to this traditional Korean form.
Today and Today. By Issa Kobayashi. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780439590785).
Karas creates a serene pictorial arc for a selection of Kobayashi’s haiku poems, which progress through a single year of loss and rebirth.
Tracks of a Panda. By Nick Dowson. Illus. by Yu Rong. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763631468).
This introduction to the species follows a panda baby and its mother as the two find food, change location, and avoid danger. Beautifully illustrated in the Chinese style with brush and ink paintings.
Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico! Americas’ Sproutings. By Pat Mora. Illus. by Rafael López. Lee & Low, $16.95 (9781584302711).
Fourteen haiku celebrate foods that are native to North, Central, and South America. Vibrant illustrations energize the poems, while informational sidebars invite further inquiry.
The Arrival. By Shaun Tan. Illus by the author. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $19.99 (9780439895293).
A man leaves his family, travels to a new world, and slowly assimilates into its strange new culture. In this riveting graphic novel, sepia-toned illustrations wordlessly reveal the loneliness and isolation of the immigrant experience. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults and a 2008 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. By John Grandits. Clarion, $15 (9780618568604).
Thirty-three poems, often insightful and always original, reveal the topsy-turvy feelings of 15-year-old Jessie.
Brave Story. By Miyuki Miyabe. Tr. by Alexander O. Smith. VIZ, paper, $9.99 (9781571316769).
Wataru’s chaotic life leads him to enter the video-game-infused world of Vision to alter his fate. The wisdom and power he gains on his journey enable him to embrace the transformed reality to which he returns. The 2008 Batchelder Award Book.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. By Marcia Williams. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763631970).
The nine bawdy tales of Chaucer’s Canterbury pilgrims are tamed and retold in modern English and in graphic-novel format, with bits of the original language included in the borders, decorated in the manner of medieval manuscripts.
Chess Rumble. By G. Neri. Illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781584302797).
Marcus, a troubled 11-year-old battling his own anger, gains coping skills after learning to play chess with a neighborhood master. This novel-in-verse, written in street vernacular, is illustrated in striking black-and-gray acrylics.
Elijah of Buxton. By Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780439023443).
In 1860, Elijah, the first free-born child in Buxton, a Canadian community of escaped slaves, transforms from a “fra-gile” 11-year-old boy into a courageous hero. A 2008 Newbery Honor Book and the 2007 Top of the List winner for youth fiction.
Feathers. By Jacqueline Woodson. Putnam, $15.99 (9780399239892).
A new boy’s arrival in a sixth-grade classroom helps Frannie recognize the barriers that separate people, and the importance of hope as a bridge. A 2008 Newbery Honor Book.
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $18.99 (9780761453369).
Lyrical free-verse poems constitute the heart of this well-rounded biographical work that chronicles artist Frida Kahlo’s life. A 2008 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio. By Lloyd Alexander. Holt, $17.95 (9780805083330).
Set in an imaginary land reminiscent of that of the Arabian nights, this follows Carlo Chuchio and his companions as they seek an elusive treasure and discover that “the journey is the treasure.”
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Robert Byrd. Candlewick, $19.99 (9780763615789).
Thirteenth-century England springs to life in 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor. The 2008 Newbery Medal Book.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J. K. Rowling. Scholastic/Arthur Levine, $34.99 (9780545010221).
In this seventh and final volume about Harry Potter, the battle of the young hero and his companions against dark evil comes to an edge-of-the-seat, swashbuckling conclusion. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. By Al Gore. illus. Viking, $23 (9780670062713)
Gore’s movie-tie-in book, rewritten for children, uses the original’s argument and most of the illustrations to introduce the issue, show symptoms, describe effects, and suggest things to do about the most important issue of our times.
Marie Curie: Giants of Science. By Kathleen Krull. Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Viking, $15.99 (9780670058945).
Curie broke scientific ground discovering radium, from which both she and her husband died. Krull’s conversational narrative brings a giant among scientists and her work to life.
Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told through Stuff. By Jennifer Holm. Illus. by Elicia Castaldi. Atheneum, $12.99 (9780689852817).
Ginny Davis chronicles the ups and downs of her seventh-grade year in a colorful collage of newspaper clippings, report cards, school assignments, notes to self, and more.
Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. By Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills/Wordsong, $17.95 (9781590784563).
Through 24 sonnets, two Connecticut poets imagine the voices of selected “Little Misses of Color” to tell the courageous story of Prudence Crandall, who opened her nineteenth-century academy to young African American women.
Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism. By Ann Bausum. illus. National Geographic, $21.95 (9781426301377).
Covering the period from 1858 to 2007 in her time line, Bausum focuses on a group of early-twentieth-century investigative reporters, working for Mclure magazine, who exposed city government corruption, Standard Oil irregularities, and meatpacking scandals.
The New Policeman. By Kate Thompson. Greenwillow, $16.99 (9780061174278).
Hoping to buy a bit of time for his mother’s birthday, J. J. Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into the land of fairies. Through music and his own wits, he navigates both worlds to try to correct the imbalance. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Sean Qualls. Holt, $16.95 (9780805077063).
This collection of haunting poems, using multiple voices, illuminates the daily terror and hypocrisy of the slave system. After witnessing young Manzano’s harsh punishments for reading and writing, readers will marvel at his enduring strength and persistence to attain freedom. The 2008 Pura Belpré Author Award Book.
Red Moon at Sharpsburg. By Rosemary Wells. Viking, $16.99 (9780670036387).
The bloodiness of the Civil War (the red moon) and the complex issues of divided loyalties are seen through the eyes of India Moody, coming of age in Virginia and determined, despite all, to become a scientist.
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. By Ying Chang Compestine. Holt, $16.95 (9780805082074).
In this coming-of-age story, Ling narrates the terrible changes suffered by her family and neighborhood during the Cultural Revolution in China. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Rex Zero and the End of the World. By Tim Wynne-Jones. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $16 (978037433467).
When 10-year-old Rex’s family moves to Ottawa in 1962, he finds new friends outside his immediate neighborhood, comes to grips with living during the cold war, and discovers the mystery of a missing panther.
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. By Ibtisam Barakat. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $16 (9780374357337).
On the fortieth anniversary of the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, Ibtisam Barakat writes a compelling memoir of her young childhood that shows the value and beauty of ordinary life.
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. By Loree Griffin Burnes. illus. Houghton, $18 (9780618581313).
An introduction to the science of ocean motion describing the work of Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer, who tracks the distribution of trash, such as sneakers and bathtub toys spilled at sea, through the Pacific Ocean.
The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain. By Peter Sís. Illus. by the author. Farrar/Frances Foster, $18 (9780374347017).
In his deeply felt memoir set in mid-twentieth-century Prague, Sís contrasts the constrictive walls of the Communist state with his personal quest for artistic freedom. The 2008 Sibert Medal Book, a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2008 Best Book for Young Adults, a 2008 Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and the 2007 Top of the List winner for youth nonfiction.
The Wednesday Wars. By Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion, $16 (9780618724833).
Seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood is convinced his teacher hates him. Through their Wednesday-afternoon Shakespeare sessions, she helps him cope with events both wildly funny and deadly serious. A 2008 Newbery Honor Book and a 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Who Was First? Discovering the Americas. illus. By Russell Freedman. Clarion, $19 (9780618663910).
A treasure hunt backward in time reveals the multiplicity of cultures and peoples who lived in and contributed to America long before the fateful trip of Columbus in 1492.
Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More. By Jack Prelutsky. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375837005).
Bright, gestural watercolors and 17 poems capture the experiences and feelings of young athletes as they participate with varying success in a variety of sports, including karate, baseball, swimming, and running.
How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird. By Jacques Prevert. Illus. and tr. by Mordicai Gerstein. Roaring Brook, $14.95 (9781596432154).
How does one paint a bird? A young boy uses imagination and color to create a surreal interpretation of this complex French poem.
Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals. By Ashley Bryan. Illus. by the author. Atheneum, $16.99 (9780689847325).
Vibrant cut-paper collages illustrate inspiring spirituals: “This Little Light of Mine,” “Oh When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” An artist’s note explains their historical context and significance. The 2008 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book.
Notable Children’s Books, 2008, committee members: Caroline Ward, chair, The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CN); Kay Bowes, Brandywine Hundred Library, Wilmington (DE); Betty Carter, Coppell (TX); Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma (WA); Eliza T. Dresang, College of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee; Roxanne Hsu Feldman, The Dalton School, New York (NY); Darwin L. Henderson, College of Education, University of Cincinnati (OH); Barbara Immroth, School of Information, University of Texas, Austin; Kathleen Isaacs, Pasadena (MD); Carol K. Phillips, East Brunswick (NJ) Public Library; Martha M. Walke, Children’s Literature New England, South Strafford (VT). Ilene Cooper, consultant, Booklist, Chicago (IL).
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