Recently I attended an excellent workshop by Judy Freeman called What’s New In Children’s Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program. It includes a workbook with an list of the 150 Best Children’s Books published in 2015. I was excited to see some of the books I featured on the blog on the list. There were several that I started entries about last year; but wasn’t able to polish and publish the posts. Truthfully, some of the posts just have a title and author. Here are 10 books that Judy Freeman loved which I meant to share with you in 2015.
I love what Judy said on how to determine if a book is great. “Did the book leave you Surprised? Startled? Satisfied? Each of these books left me that way.
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Mama Seeton’s Whistle by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated LeUyen Pham
Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Billy’s Booger: A Memoir by William Joyce
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and illustrated Tom Lichtenheld
Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen