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>The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, headed by the formidably (forbiddingly?) intelligent Deborah Stevenson, has released its best-of-the-year list, Bulletin Blue Ribbons. It’s a good list, but the inclusion of William Bee’s Whatever does cause me to recall Dame Nellie Melba’s remark about upstart soprano Frances Alda: “In my day, she might have been considered good enough for the chorus.”

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. fusenumber8 says:

    >Ah, but can you deny that The New York Times Book Review gave “Whatever” a review that could not be called anything but absolutely superb. Then again, NYT disliked “Show Way” so who are they to judge?

  2. Anonymous says:

    >The shocking omission from the Bulletin list is Criss Cross, even more shocking than Fanfare’s omission of That New Animal.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >Oh pish posh applesauce. There are no shocking omissions or inclusions. At the best books lists point of intersection between list maker and book maker, it’s not about the books, it’s about the list maker’s insatiable cries of look at me, look what I like, look what I deem best, I get the last word now. The books are lost entirely. I remember reading someone once who said did Brahm’s really write that piece to be sandwiched in between a Bach and Mozart? He made it to be listened to on its own. Yeah yeah yeah, you gotta live in the world.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >Don’t you think this is sort of a weird place to hang out for those people who don’t like awards and lists and starred reviews and such?

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Why? Are you only interested in one point of view? Besides, Roger is a man of great uncommon good sense and heart and you must share him.

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