Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Notable Children's Books

The New York Times has released its list of notable children's titles for the year. There are eight of them. Eight. Can't they do better than that?

Anyway, among the honored are:
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctrow of Boing Boing fame
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. This is an absolute favorite of the Vroman's staff at the moment.
  • ABC3D, by Marion Bataille. Visually inventive and stylish enough for anybody to enjoy. We wrote about this book in our holiday catalog.
I still wonder at the use of the word "notable" in these lists. After all, weren't Breaking Dawn and Brisingr "notable" books for young readers this year? I think the bookselling and publishing industries would argue they were. Also, the Times needs to get with the, er, times, and start splitting this list into children's and YA. Just a suggestion.

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