I learned from the Kids Lit blog that the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year awards are now available. According to the Book Sense site, "Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate the books that they most enjoyed handselling to their customers throughout the year for inclusion in the monthly Book Sense Picks. The books on each list represent a combined national and local staff pick selection of booksellers' favorites from more than 1,200 independent bookstores with Book Sense." I like this list because it's focused on what the independent booksellers, people who love books, want to share with others.
I was particularly pleased to see that one of my favorite books, Cornelia Funke's Inkspell, won this year's Children's Literature Award. I think that it's a wonderful book, filled with characters who love books dropped into an exciting and engaging, somewhat dark, story. You should read it if you haven't already (but read the initial book in the series, Inkheart, first). I was also pleased to note one of my book-loving niece's favorite books, Flush, on the honor list, along with one of my young friend Charlie's favorites, Diary of a Spider.
Here is the complete list of Children's Book Winners:
Children's Literature Winner: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House/Scholastic)
Children's Literature Honor Books:
- A Dog's Life : The Autobiography Of A Stray by Ann M. Martin (Scholastic)
- Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) by Christopher Paolini (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
- Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf Books for Young Readers);
- The Penderwicks : A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Children's Illustrated Winner: Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press)
Children's Illustrated Honor Books:
- Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Harry Bliss (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt Children's Books)
- Leonardo, the Terrible Monsterby Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
- Seen Art? By Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking Juvenile/Penguin USA)
Check out the Book Sense article yourself, to see the winners in other categories. I am planning to read the adult fiction winner, Elizabeth Kostova's book The Historian, soon. So many books, so little time...