Something’s Coming . . . I Don’t Know What It Is But It Is Gonna Be Great!
The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate. I know perfectly well what’s coming. Tomorrow starts off a magnificent run of Best Books lists. Yes, starting December 1st I will begin running the 31 Days, 31 Lists streak. I even have a catchy visual to go with it! Check it out:
You’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the coming month.
The premise behind all this is simple. For each day in December I will run a “Best Of” list of some sort. The reason for this is that I’ve read so many books this year that it seems a shame that I only review roughly one a month. This will be a way of celebrating everything I’ve failed to properly praise. Also, some lists are more useful to folks than others, so why not provide a variety? Here’s the schedule:
December 1 – Board Books
December 2 – Board Book Adaptations
December 3 – Nursery Rhymes
December 4 – Picture Book Readalouds
December 5 – Rhyming Picture Books
December 6 – Alphabet Books
December 7 – Funny Picture Books
December 8 – Calde-Nots
December 9 – Picture Book Reprints
December 10 – Math Picture Books
December 11 – Bilingual Books
December 12 – International Imports
December 13 – Books with a Message
December 14 – Fabulous Photography
December 15 – Fairy Tales / Folktales
December 16 – Oddest Books of the Year
December 17 – Older Picture Books
December 18 – Easy Books
December 19 – Early Chapter Books
December 20 – Graphic Novels
December 21 – Poetry
December 22 – Fictionalized Nonfiction
December 23 – American History
December 24 – Science & Nature Books
December 25 – Transcendent Holiday Titles
December 26 – Unique Biographies
December 27 – Nonfiction Picture Books
December 28 – Nonfiction Chapter Books
December 29 – Novel Reprints
December 30 – Novels
December 31 – Picture Books
Now the caveat. I say I’ve read a lot of books for kids this year. This is not an untrue statement. However, I am no longer on NYPL’s 100 Books committee and I no longer have travel time to devote to books. That means that my knowledge of longer nonfiction and novels is very limited. I will strive to make it clear that those lists are limited only to what I have seen. And, of course, being only one person I can only vouch for what comes my way. There are definitely going to be gaps, but I refuse to include any book I haven’t read personally.
So get ready for an interesting test. How will it go? Will I be able to keep the pace? Will be choices be slapdash crazy?
Stay tuned . . .
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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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