Voting for the Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll Has Closed
The die is cast, polls closed, and the day is done.
And the votes? Not so much with the tabulated yet. In the past week I would get close, and then a new classroom of kids would flood me with titles. So I am afraid, my dears, that you will have to wait a couple days while I get these votes in order before I begin the official countdown. I know what the Top 10 are at this point, but everything below that is shifting like some crazy sea.
I can say that there will be surprises on this list. I can say too that each and every one of you will find your beloveds and also at least one title to which you cry, "OH, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD IN THE WORLD WHAT IS THAT DOING THERE?" The finest proof that I have not tampered with your votes is the number of book that made me cringe every time they popped up on the Top 100. There are books there that make my teeth itch, but you voted for them. So there they stay (and, for the record, I will be so discrete that you will never know which books those are).
Classic titles that were published long ago but have been beloved of kids for decades upon decades have been counted. So while Treasure Island wasn’t specifically for kids, if enough people voted for it, it could make the list.
Then there are the series to consider. Some suggested that I do series on a separate list, but what do you consider a series? Are all the Henry Huggins and Ramona books part of a single series? Would you say that any book with a sequel is a series? Wrinkle in Time definitely is one, as are the Narnia, Harry Potter, Little Women, and even Harriet the Spy books. Anne of Green Gables? Part of a series. No, taking away series isn’t something I can do since the term is so loosey goosey. Where do you draw the line?
Now in the case of these series titles, I was not counting them as a whole. My reasoning behind this is that in some cases a series will have a book that is particularly good (Harry Potter #3, perhaps) and another that is weak (Harry Potter #6, perhaps). However, as you can see, that decision makes this a very different kind of list. So here is one possibility. I am counting down the list with series books defined individually. After that list ends, a month later I could release the list of what it would look like if you mushed all the series together into a single title. The thing is, when I combine books in this manner, it gives series titles an innate advantage. That’s why I didn’t do it in the first place.
However it falls out, we will have fun with this. I’ll let you know when the countdown officially starts. Hopefully you’ll see it begin within the week.
Filed under: Uncategorized
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.
SLJ Blog Network