Friday, September 15, 2006

Top 5 Books of 2006

What are your top 5 books for 2006?

And yes, that means books published in 2006.

MotherReader wants to know. Post your list at your blog, then let MotherReader know by posting at this link.

Categories: (c'mon, we're librarians and book people, if we do lists there have to be categories!)

Picture Books
Younger Elementary
Older Elementary
Middle School
High School

Maximum: Five in each category. People's lists are appearing in blogs and on comments at MotherReader's site.

Post by September 20; she's then going to pull it all together into one long list.

(sigh of pleasure... I love lists!)

People who look left towards my sidebar know I have a running list of my 2006 favorites. It's not as up to date as it should be.

Going by the MR categories, my current top list (and yes, I know that means I'm both behind in reviews and/or in updating my sidebar):

High School:
a brief chapter in my impossible life by Dana Reinhardt
King Dork by Frank Portman
The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Middle School:
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (OK, there is nothing inappropriate in here for Middle School, but I think it's a better fit for High School, but it didn't fit on my list!)
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

The following ones are areas that I don't read much in, hence not as many titles.

Upper Elementary:
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm
Hugging The Rock by Susan Taylor Brown

Younger Elementary:
Babymouse: Rock Star by Jennifer Holm

Picture Books:
Learning To Fly by Sebastian Meschenmoser
One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book by Doris K. Gayzagian
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Again, the short lists reflects my not reading as much new books in those areas. I'll go and think and come back and revise, if necessary.


MotherReader said...

Thanks for putting them together. I had incorporated your early selections in the Master List, but I'll add these as well.

And, yeah, One White Wishing Stone makes it on the list!

Little Willow said...

I feel like I am the only person who didn't like King Dork.

Melissa Rabey said...

I've got King Dork sitting in my to-be-read pile, and I'm waiting to get Nick and Norah. I feel so behind on my reading . . .

For new picture books, I really loved Dear Fish by Chris Gall: it's a great combination of text and pictures.