Saturday, April 11, 2009

Every season is award season, apparently

The shortlist for the E.B. White "Some Book!" Best Read-Aloud Award has just been announced. Since one of my favorite early readers and staff pick, Houndsley and Catina by James Howe and Marcia Gay, is a past winner, I'm really interested to see what wins this year. The nominees -- which for the first time are up for online vote by Association of Booksellers for Children members rather than a committee -- are:

Picture books:
- A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Candlewick)
- Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss (HarperCollins)
- One by Kathryn Otoshi (KO Kids Books)
- Too Many Toys by David Shannon (Scholastic)

Chapter books:
- The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (HarperCollins)
- Masterpiece by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Holt)
- The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, illustrated by Victor Rivas (Penguin)

I certainly have my favorites, but I'm not telling! What do you think should win? Are there titles you're surprised didn't make the cut? What works in your home/school during your read-aloud time?

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