Here it is, just in time for any last minute holiday book shopping for the kids on your list. . . the Best Books of 2008 Blog Round-Up. Thanks to all you wonderful bloggers for submitting reviews of your favorite children's books published in 2008.
The Blue Stone by Jimmy Liao
In her review, 4th grade teacher Angela Bunyi includes an anchor chart, mini-lesson idea, and student writing inspired by Liao's work.
A Visitor for Bear by
Jen Robinson positively gushes about this sweet book, giving it what I would consider the highest possible praise by comparing Mouse and Bear with Anne and Marilla from Anne of Green Gables.
South by Patrick McDonnell
Though it distressed him to have to choose just one favorite book this year, Jeremy played along and made his choice.
Middle Grade Books
Young Adult Books
Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis
In her review, Sherry at Semicolon compares this book to the TV show Roseanne, which may or may not seem like high praise to you, but this book sure does sound funny.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I haven't read this book yet, but it moved to the top of my to-be-read pile after reading the first paragraph of Shelf Elf's gush-fest. I love it when a book makes me press it to my heart and think wistfully about its world for hours!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Several people, myself included, mentioned this as their favorite book of 2008. Both Jen and Tyler from On Our Minds@Scholastic rave about it. Jen Robinson calls it one of the best books she's read, "not just for the year, but ever." Those are strong words for a book lover, but I couldn't agree more. Kelly Fineman expressed many of my own sentiments about this book in her review. I definitely felt like a different person after reading it; I felt as Kelly beautifully says, "as if there's been a palpable shift, and that the world has, in some real way, been altered."
Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish
Sarah at Readers' Rants recommends the sequel to Foundling for "those who like to savor a complex, layered, and fully realized setting."
The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly
Anastasia Suen says, "I wish I had this book when I was teaching 5th grade! What fun!"
The Family Book: Amazing Things to Do Together
And finally, here is Mir's family favorite from among her Kitchen Table Reviews.
Thank you all for your suggestions and reviews. Happy holidays to all, and I wish you all the best in 2009, including a new crop of exciting books to inspire and delight you and the children in your lives!