Only 4,000 published in a year

Since there are only @4,000 children’s books published each year, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a list of my favorite books of the year…should it? Ever since beginning as a children’s book reviewer in 1994, I’ve had the chance to vote for what I think are the best books of the year. But that was always working from a set list–books that had gotten starred reviews in the particular journal, say. It was still a ton of reading, but other people were voting too, and it never seemed too overwhelming.

This year is going to be different. For the first time, I’ll be publishing (in the International Reading Association’s newsletter Reading Today) my own list, side by side with their other reviewer’s list. It’s hard to even know where to start! Well, actually it’s easy to know where to start–The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is where I’ll start. It’s knowing how to tackle the remaining 3,999+ books that’s daunting.

Do they still teach speed-reading?

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