March 24, 2008

100 Best Books for Children

Yes it's a terribly boring cover. They jazzed up the paperback a bit. It never goes out on a limb (come on, Johnny Tremain?) but does include an appendix in which she expands on the list of a hundred. The interesting thing here is not the list of tried and true children's books, but Ms. Silvey's encyclopedic knowledge of the history of children's publishing. The anecdotes about how Kevin Henkes chose his publisher, how long Peggy Rathman agonizes over her artwork, and everything about Ursula Nordstrom are what make this worth more than a second glance.