The Chart of Fantasy Book Cover Art: Swords are down precipitously! Dark Cover of Nothingness holds its ground. Horses and unicorns retreat. Maps and non-humans are on the rise. (Orbit Books is doing a whole series on cover art trends, from heroine fashion trends to fonts.)
Persnickety Snark has compiled a list of the best 100 YA books. I’ve linked to the #96-100 post. All 100 have been revealed, just poke around in the side bar archives and you’ll find them. They’re worth finding, especially if you don’t know what to hand your 13 yo daughter to read, say, or are looking for reading for yourself. (I couldn’t believe that I’d never heard of, let alone read, The Hero and The Crown and so I finished that off two weeks ago. Wonderful heroine.)
New-to-me book award: the Cybils. Voted on by bloggers who take kid-lit seriously. Everything from easy readers, graphic novels, YA fiction, to poetry.
May your book lists prosper.
edited to add: I think I owe all of these to Abby the Librarian, who has offered to be my virtual librarian. (as the local public librarians don’t like to talk about books)