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'Tis the season! Give a great book. And share your favorite titles!

It's the time of year when many of us are considering wading into that sea of humanity known as the mall and maxing out our credit cards on holiday gifts. It's also the time of year when many children's librarian's thoughts turn to the Caldecott and Newbery awards, which will be announced on Monday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 am at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
Combine both of these activities, and you have... the 2010 "Best" lists! We've gathered here many of the available lists, from School Library Journal to the Huffington Post, so that you can plan your book-buying activities and make your award-winner predictions from the comfort of your own home. What do YOU think are the best picture books of 2010? What the "experts" have chosen may not be the same titles that really knocked the socks off your storytime crew or demonstrated print awareness at its finest. So please share! What do you love? What do your kids love? Which titles best reinforced early literacy skills learning? Personally, I LOVE Children Make Terrible Pets and Pete the Cat (which I think is a perfect demonstration of several early literacy skills).
Do you have any lists to add to this...list?
School Library Journal Best Picture Books
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books
Huffington Post Best Picture Books
Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books
Reading Rockets Books as Gifts Buying Guide
Early Word Kids: Best Books to Give to Kids...Even Those You Don't Know Very Well



For a number of years now  I have combined about 8 of the year's end Best lists. I'm waiting for Bulleten for the Center of Children's Books, Hornbook Fanfare and Booklist Online -- as well as the all important ALA awards before I'll have a comprehensive list of the best 240-300 books of the year. I do picture books, children's and teen, including nonfiction. Whatever shows up. I try to read at lest half of them, and that is always tough to do unless I have been reading widely all year. The interesting thing to me about this is that each journal or listmaker has some titles that are expected and some that are unique to it.  And becasue there are so many readers and so many reasons for likeing or using a book it is fun to see the variety.

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