As a friend wrote recently, "It's the end of the Aughts (or the Oughts, or the Should'ves)" which means it's time for The Best of the Year lists, as well as a few Best of the Decade lists. Not able to get my head around a whole decade, which stretches back to the innocent little year of 2000 (pre-Bush, pre-9/11, pre-Afghanistan, pre-Iraq, pre-Madoff, pre-bailout....), I will offer up only what my sequestered memory can handle - my Favorite Kids Book Covers of 2009, along with a few reasons why:
Oh, boy it hurts to stop with five/six. Here are five Almosts: Going Bovine by Libba Bray (gnome in sunglasses), Moonshot by Brian Floca (floating in space), Perpetual Check by Rich Wallace (optical illusion), The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (pure charm.) And actually, the cover that stopped me in my tracks this year, the one that is most odd-man-out compared with these whimsical favorites, was Remember Little Rock by Paul Robert Walker (the girl in the foreground, yes, but those girls standing behind her, taunting her and screaming....that's just painful to look at.)
Can't wait to see what Carol chose! and to whoever is out there, reading this: We would love to have your opinions of the Year's Best Covers for Kids' Books. Add your opinion in the comments...?