Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2011 Memorable Reads: Children's/YA Nonfiction

2011 was a fine year for children's nonfiction. These three books were quite exceptional, yet I had no trouble picking my gold pick!

Bronze: Bootleg

Bootleg is an eye-opening and engaging account of the wild and crazy days of the Prohibition Era and its effects on American society. Blumenthal is a gifted author of children's/YA nonfiction, and this is no exception.

Silver: Can We Save the Tiger?

Can We Save the Tiger? is extraordinary; the black-and-white illustrations are striking and unforgettable; while the subject matter (endangered animals) is quite grave, successful achievements show that all hope is not lost for endangered species.

Gold: Amelia Lost

I'm seeing Amelia Lost pop up on several Mock Newbery lists; I'd be thrilled if Candace Fleming wins the Medal. This is an eye-opening and revealing book about Earhart; it's captivating reading, as are Fleming's other works, and shows Earhart's faults, which probably caused her demise, as well as her accomplishments, quite clearly.

We're in the final countdown to the ALA Youth Media awards announcements! Next Monday will reveal all.

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