Fifty Favorites from 2010

With the caveat that there are many highly touted books that I haven’t seen, here are fifty of my favorites from 2010:

  1. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
  2. April and Esme Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham
  3. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins
  4. Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca
  5. Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu
  6. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  7. City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
  8. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
  9. Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  10. Countdown by Deborah Wiles
  11. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
  12. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis
  13. The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Suzy) by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
  14. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
  15. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
  16. Frozen Secrets by Sally M. Walker
  17. The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone
  18. Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
  19. Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio
  20. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutch
  21. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  22. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  23. Keeper by Kathi Appelt
  24. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  25. Mirror by Jeannie Baker
  26. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  27. Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties by Lesley M.M. Blume, illustrated by David Foote
  28. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  29. Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath
  30. The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
  31. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  32. A Pocketful of Posies by Salley Mavor
  33. The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
  34. The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
  35. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  36. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
  37. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead
  38. Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
  39. Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman
  40. Spork by Isabelle Aresenault
  41. Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
  42. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  43. There’s Going to be a Baby by John Burningham, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
  44. They Called Themselves the K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  45. Trash by Andy Mulligan
  46. The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli
  47. The War to End All Wars by Russell Freeman
  48. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  49. Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
  50. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon
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8 responses to “Fifty Favorites from 2010

  1. Anna Hibiscus! Yes! One of my favorites.

  2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is DEFINITELY one of my top books of 2010.

  3. Great list — thank you!! I always respect your recs.

    Thanks too for calling out Bunny Days — I felt it didn’t really get enough love. (My other underdiscussed fave this year was An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank, by Anne Marie Alphin.) And you’ve reminded me of a bunch of books I meant to read and missed — gonna put a hold on that Charles Schultz book RIGHT NOW.

    But I must say the snow falling across this screen is unnerving me. I keep thinking I’m having eyeball floaters.

  4. Sorry about the snow, Marjorie. I believe it will be gone tomorrow. (It is one of my few and indeed feeble attempts at holiday decorating:)

    And see, I missed completely the Alphin book. That is the problem with these lists, as soon as you make it there are books you missed completely and others you forgot until someone reminds you.

  5. I kid about the snow. It is festive. I am just Grinchy and hung over and possessed of crap eyesight.

    Happy New Year, and thanks for your wonderful blog.

  6. Debbie

    Monica,
    We, at LitLife, love your 50-favorites book list, and posted a link to it on the LitLife Facebook page referencing you as the author. Check it out at: LitLife: Linking Literacy Leaders. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and wisdom! (Please feel free to add your comments to our link.)
    Debbie

  7. Marjorie, thanks! (But the snow still falls — not sure when it will stop as is true in real life, actually.)

    Debbie, thanks for linking this post!

  8. We overlap on about half. Do you have any hesitations about MIRROR by Baker? I’d love to hear from you about this book. Email me if you have a minute.

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