Announcing the Top 100 Picture Books Poll!
I admit that I am a bit in awe of my readers. Though it comes down to abject pandering, I am fairly certain that you guys are smarter than I am. That you have better taste. Better style. Better joie de vivre.
So I am officially announcing a big poll. The poll to beat all polls that have come before. Announcing . . .
The Top 100 Picture Books of All Time Poll
To clarify everything right off the bat, I’m talking about picture books that Americans are familiar with (which is to say, oh ye librarians of other nations, anything that has been published here at some point). So what I want to know is, what do you feel are the best picture books of all time?
Here are the rules:
Vote for your top ten picture books of all time (not just this year or last year) by 11:59 Eastern on March 31, 2009. This will NOT include early readers (like Green Eggs and Ham or My Friend is Sad). I know, I know. It hurts me too. But the line has to be drawn somewhere. If you like, I’ll make a separate Best Early Readers of All Time poll someday. That day is not today.
List these books in your order of preference. So your #1 picture book would be the one you feel is the most important, and so on. I will be giving your first choice 10 points, your second choice 9 points, and so on.
Submit these books to me at Fusenumber8@gmail.com. Write "Picture Book Poll" in the subject line. I’d rather you didn’t leave your votes in my comment feature on this site since it’s finicky and difficult to use (plus I want everyone’s votes to be a surprise).
If you like, you can submit a justification for each title. At the beginning of April I will tally up the totals and I will pull from the submitted pieces why one reader or another liked a particular book (naming the reader, of course). That way we’ll be able to hear from a whole mess of people why they love one book or another. I will then count down from 100 to 1 the top choices of what folks feel the best picture books of all time are.
Full credit to the Top 100 Comic Book Runs poll over at Comics Should Be Good for giving me the idea. Vote early or late in the month, howsoever you choose. I’m mighty excited.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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