Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Best of 2009

Again, it has been a fantastic year for children and young adult literature. There dozens of worthy books to gift the special boy in your life this holiday season. Here is a look at my favorite boy books from the past year. In most years, I generally find pleasure in discovering for myself books from new or relatively unknown authors. This year, though, you’ll notice mostly A-list authors.

Young Adult
Paper Towns – John Green (Dutton)
Angry Management – Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow)
Leviathon – Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)
The Maze Runner – James Dashner (Delacorte)

Middle Grade
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
The Magicians Elephant – Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
A Season of Gifts – Richard Peck (Dial)
The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion)

Picture Books
Otis – Loren Long (Philomel)
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? – Jane Yolen (Blue Sky Press)
The Curious Garden – Peter Brown (Little, Brown)
Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Space – Judy Schachner (Dutton)