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Suggestions encouraged for 2012 Notable Children’s Books list

The 2012 Notable Children’s Books Committee invites ALSC members to suggest titles for consideration for our annual list of notable children’s books.

Notable is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, the term “notable” includes books for all age levels (through age 14) of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome
creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry, folklore, and picture books that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

The evaluation criteria to be used are:

1. Literary quality
2. Originality of text and illustration
3. Clarity and style of language
4. Excellence of illustration
5. Excellence of design and format
6. Clarity of organization and accuracy of information
7. Subject matter of interest and value to children
8. The likelihood of acceptance by children.

The list will be voted on during the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Dallas, TX, in January, 2012.  Only books first published in the US in the 2011 publishing year will be considered.

Send suggestions to  Be sure to include the appropriate bibliographic information and your reasons.

For more information about this list visit the ALSC website. Click on “Awards and Grants” in the left-hand navigation bar, then click on “Children’s Notable Lists,” and finally “Notable Children’s Books.”

Thank you.

Kathy Isaacs
Chair, ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee

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