Tuesday, December 1, 2009

End of the decade

Well, you know the end of this nameless decade (the "aughts"? The "oh-ohs"?) is approaching fast when you start seeing "Best ____ of the decade" lists.

BABYMOUSE: QUEEN OF THE WORLD just showed up on one librarian/mom blogger's Top-25 list:

Read it again, mom!

Best Chapter Books of the Decade

As promised, here is my list of the 25 best chapter books of 2000 - 2009. Warning: This is my list, you or your children may not like all of these books! Please read the descriptions and other reviews before you dive in. Middle grade books are more diverse and can contain scenes that would bother sensitive readers. With that said, ENJOY! And be sure to add your own favorites to the Comments section.

1. Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm, 2005.
2. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, 2000.
3. Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles, Book 1) by Paul Stewart, 2004.
4. Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Raji Codell, 2005.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, 2007
6. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth Barshaw, 2007
7. Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan, 2009
8. Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper, 2005.
9. The field guide (Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1) by Tony DiTerlizzi, 2003
10. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, 2001.
11. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, 2002.
12. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 2008.
13. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, 2005.
14. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, 2003.
15. Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) by Erin Hunter, 2003.
16. Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton, Book 1) by Geronimo Stilton, 2004.
17. Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) by Jim Benton, 2004
18. Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage, 2005.
19. Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson) by Kate DiCamillo, 2005
20. No more dead dogs by Gordon Korman, 2000.
21. Ruby Lu, brave and true by Lenore Look, 2004.
22. Savvy by Ingrid Law, 2008.
23. Seer of Shadows by Avi, 2008.
24. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, 2001.
25. When you reach me by Rebecca Stead, 2009.

Thanks! (And I'm ashamed to say that I've only read three-and-a-half of these books. But that's what happens when you're busy making the books!)


Ruth McNally Barshaw said...

Read mine! ;)
But seriously, thanks for listing this list. I hadn't seen it.
(I'm a fan of Babymouse, and I booktalk it in graphic novel workshops) Keep at it!

Library Lady said...

Ok, I'm slow and just saw your post - thank you for sharing it! Our family loves Babymouse and I recommend it all the time to kids in the library! Keep on writing! :)