I watched the ALA podcast yesterday with pounding heart and much enthusiasm. I rejoice for the winners. . .but mourn those books I loved that didn’t get any blue ribbons.
Since I have been buried in my writing this past 18 months or so, I am, regrettably, behind on my reading. But there are a few books that I have kept thinking about long after closing the back cover and I believe books that make me think are blue ribbon books. I’m thinking particularly of Karen Cushman’s Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Barbara O’Connor’s The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, Mary Nethery’s The Famous Nini: The Mostly True Story of a Plain White Cat that Became a Star (wonderful meshing of text and art!), and David Patneaude’s Epitaph Road.
Let’s pretend we’re the queens and kings of the children’s/YA lit world: what books did you love that deserve blue ribbons?