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.
As I read books this year, I’ll post when I think a book is a Newbery contender. I already knew Pax by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen was a contender before I started it. It’s getting lots of buzz from those that love children’s literature. I’m often skeptical children will like the books adults are talking about. In this case, I’m wrong. I haven’t read any of it with ML; but I know she’s going to love it. The only person I know who will love it more is her animal-crazy friend SJ.
SJ’s family participated in our Mock Newbery last year. I feel certain they will again this year. Who else wants to join the fun?