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Best Books of 2011 December 9, 2011

Posted by lizyanoff in Uncategorized.

Here are the lists from our best books presentation on November 30.  Happy Reading!


For Elementary Readers

By Liz Yanoff

For Young Adult Readers (fiction)

By Sherry Guice


 43 Old Cemetery Road series, Books 1-3 (Dying to Meet You, Over My Dead Body, Till Death Do Us Bark) by Kate Klise; Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Frog & Friends; Frog & Friends Party at the Pond by Eve Bunting; Illustrated by Josee Masse

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Raj the Bookstore Tiger by Kathleen Pelley; Illustrated by Paige Keiser

Squish: Super Amoeba & Squish: Brave New Pond by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Willow & Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan-Nelson; Illus by Cyd Moore


Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys

Leverage by Joshua Cohen

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Shine by Lauren Myracle


And for Grades 5 and Up:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

For All Nonfiction Readers

By Helen Stuetzel

For Adult Readers

By Marggie Skinner


Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs by Sandra Markle

Flesh and Blood So Cheap* by Albert Marrin

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh

Wheels of Change by Susan Macy


*Alternate: Around the World: Three Remarkable Journeys by Matt Phelan  (NF – Y or N ?)


Also of note:  Small books by Basher….good info, presented with humor & personality.  Titles include The Periodic Table, The Human Body, Math… and the list is growing.  Fun..


Cain  by Jose Saramago

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Time for Outrage by Stephan Hessel

When She Woke by Hilary Jordan

Don’t forget…..

*January 12, 2012Book discussion of Jennifer Serravallo’s book, Teaching Reading in Small Groups.  Video conference with the author!

*By April 15, 2012Submit student ballots for the Charlotte Award nominees for 2012


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