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What's on Your List?

My post-ALA library-reserve frenzy just now has me thinking...what books are on your list of Books No Self-Respecting Children's Book Author Should Miss? No, wait, that sounds weighty and intimidating. Plus it begs for long lists of the classics we've all read a hundred times. More recent books, I guess I mean. Breathtaking books like WALK TWO MOONS or ultra-fun ones like THE ANYBODIES (which, I grant you, I have a little bias about because the author is a good friend of mine, but I would love it regardless, for its quirkiness and the originality of the voice, plus it takes a couple of pot shots at Little House which absolutely crack me up, especially since I suspect they were at least in part a snarky jab at me and my Little House editor, who also edited the ANYBODIES.)

Books you checked out of the library and liked so much you had to go buy them.

That kind of list. What's on yours?

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Goodness, I can't begin to speak for what other writers must have, but for me, these are books I've bought in hardback after checking them out from the library a million times (or maybe once, but I had to have it):

The LITTLE HOUSE books
THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS
THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS
CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
OLIVE'S OCEAN
A GIRL NAMED DISASTER
BECOMING NAOMI LEON
PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS

Books I should buy in hardcover to replace my falling-apart paperback versions:

the SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS series
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
BALLET SHOES

and so many more . . .

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