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We’re delighted to announce the 2010 Horn Book Fanfare list, our picks for the best children’s and young adult books of the year.

Picture Books

  • Mirror, written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick)
  • Me and You, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne (Farrar)
  • I Know Here, written by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Matt James (Groundwood)
  • April and Esme, Tooth Fairies, written and illustrated by Bob Graham (Candlewick)
  • The Village Garage, written and illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Ottaviano/Holt)
  • Nini Lost and Found, written and illustrated by Anita Lobel (Knopf)



  • Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Atheneum)
  • Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher (Dial)
  • Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley, by Stephanie Greene (Clarion)
  • Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
  • The Sky Is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson (Dial)
  • Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
  • As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)
  • The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís (Scholastic)
  • Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook)
  • The White Horse Trick, by Kate Thompson (Greenwillow)
  • A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
  • One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins)



  • Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, written and illustrated by Salley Mavor (Houghton)



  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton)
  • Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse (Dutton)



  • They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton)
  • The War to End All Wars: World War I, by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
  • Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca (Porter/Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot [Scientists in the Field], written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton)
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery, written by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)


Read more about each of these excellent titles — plus an interview with honoree Megan Whalen Turner — in the December Notes from the Horn Book, coming next week. Sign up for the newsletter and view Fanfare lists since 1938 on our website.

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Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, assistant editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College.

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