2001 Blue Ribbons
Ah, Blue Ribbons time again. What you don’t see is the consideration, pleading, advocacy, rigor, and passion of the collective process that, after weeks of deliberation, produce this list. What you do see is a list of books that have withstood the process, proving themselves resistant to the passing of time, the honing of critical faculties, and the diversity of opinion among our meeting members. These are tough books. We hope you enjoy them; we certainly have.
Deborah Stevenson, Editor
(Other books we enjoyed and remain unreconciled to the exclusion thereof are discussed at the Blue Ribbon dissents here.
Cheery Bert will charm preschoolers as he triumphs over a sequence of odd but suspenseful travails.
Burleigh's rhythmic verse gives voice to young Miles Davis on a quest for Charlie Parker in New York, while Los' urban views offer their own visual urban music.
Cooper's supple brushstrokes dance across the pages in this energetic and immediate account of a dance company's preparation and performance.
Now an adult, Louis affectionately recalls his beloved grandmother and his efforts to find the note she'd left for him to find after her death.
Homey, detailed watercolors make individuals out of parents, kid, and dogs in this irresistible account of a family's trip--well, two trips--to an animal shelter.
This offbeat tour of the Big Apple focuses on the action under street-level, with Rayevsky's ingenious split perspectives emphasizing the contrast between the worlds above and below.
There's a delicate yet lunatic charm in this quirky look at a family of two adults, one child, and two cats, which will cause youngsters to reexamine their own family patterns.
Simple but clever verse and atmospheric astronomical illustrations will make these lagomorphic space travelers a laptime and bedtime hit.
A stringent yet lyrical text and hand-colored scratchboards with fluid lines do justice to this flood tale from Venezuela.
A succinct text and imaginative mixed-media illustrations evoke all the fantastical, mechanical, sonorous delight of a drive-through car wash.
This is a droll and affectionate paean to a dog whose relentless voracity gets her into trouble.
An overdose of chocolate blimpies makes guinea-pig Felix into one of the most woebegone (and appealing) personified guinea pigs in picture-book history.
Luminous and deftly textured mixed-media art enhances this pithily descriptive tale of a clever heroine.
Twelve-year-old multimillionaire genius Artemis is determined to trick the well-defended fairies out of their gold in this fantasy that's more James Bond than J. R. R. Tolkien.
Haas' smooth-gaited text and Apple's expressive pencil illustrations make this light-hearted saga of a wayward pony into a classic of the genre.
Lonely orphan Oliver is all that stands between the loathesome Snodde-Brittles and their inheritance, but he's found unexpected allies in a family of benevolent ghosts.
Austin is a football hero and all-around popular guy with a beautiful girlfriend--so why is life starting to seem so meaningless?
When Sade and her brother flee Nigeria for Britain after their mother's shooting, that's only the beginning of their political and personal troubles.
When Mikey's stepfather, a deep-sea fishing guide, needs to choose between the truth about a client's catch and the needs of his family, Mikey is forced to consider his own ethics.
In this expansion of Rumpelstiltskin, two boys join forces to seek the exiled queen in the hope that she can provide an answer to the king's riddle.
This prequel to Taylor's Logan family saga chronicles the early life of the family patriarch, Paul-Edward, as he struggles with his biracial identity in the post-Reconstruction South.
A half-dozen short revisionings of the Rumpelstitskin tale shine with imagination and understated humor.
In this poignant story of bereavement, Jade is haunted and ruled by the ghost of her beloved friend, Vicky—or is it just Jade's guilt?
In unforced free verse, LaVaughn details the pride and price of her academic self-betterment and her secret hopes for romance with an old friend.
When a Russian offensive devastates his German unit, teenaged Erich assumes the identity of a Russian solder in a charade that may destroy him or may save him.
Bober's brilliantly organized chronicle brings into sharp relief the differing perceptions of England and the colonies, and she emphasizes the inseparability of the human drama from the political.
Lobel's lush, Blakean watercolors effectively frame Cunningham's lyrical celebrations of the Nativity from the attendant animals' points of view.
Florian's gallery of portrait-and-poem pairs is both visually and verbally inventive in the service of those oft-overlooked critters, reptiles and amphibians.
Fradin's careful research enhances the moving story of Peter Still, who struggled for years to free himself and his wife and children from slavery and to reunite with the free Stills in the North.
Greenberg and Jordan dig beneath the ubiquitous Van Gogh factoids to create a sympathetic and emotional portrait of the troubled and rebellious artist.
These shapely and illustrative poems have to be seen to be believed--and appreciated.
This quirky but effective overview of one species' effect on global practices and economy is seasoned with Schindler's humorous yet delicate watercolors.
Martin's spare yet poetic text tells of the struggles of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition, marooned in the ice and succored by the resourcefulness of the Inupiat expedition members.
This eloquent, accessible series of poems offers a rich and compelling portrait of George Washington Carver that effectively conveys his genius and his commitment.
Through a focused, concrete text and compelling art, Rappaport and Collier make King an accessible and sympathetic figure to young audiences.
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