June 9th, 2006

dreaming, When Rose Wakes, Christopher Golden

Poetry Friday: Epitaph for a Darling Lady

All her hours were yellow sands,
Blown in foolish whorls and tassels;
Slipping warmly through her hands;
Patted into little castles.

Shiny day on shiny day
Tumble in a rainbow clutter,
As she flipped them all away,
Sent them spinning down the gutter.

Leave for her a red young rose,
Go your way, and save your pity;
She is happy, for she knows
That her dust is very pretty.

-- Epitaph for a Darling Lady by Dorothy Parker
Fringe, contemplative, swing

Booklist: American Children's Books Written in the Last 25 Years

A Fuse #8 Production is working on a Top 25 American Children's Books Written In the Last 25 Years list. (Thanks to Kelly at Big A little a for the link.)

Some of my favorite books were disqualified because they came out more than 25 years ago. For example, I couldn't include The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin because it was published in 1978. Sorry, Ellen. Sorry, Turtle. My classics were eliminated by both the timeline and the nationality requirements. Sorry, Charles*, but you're British; Michael Ende, you're German. (* = See comments on this post.)

I have selected books written by an American between 1981 and 2006 that I have read countless times. I listed my selection from easiest read/youngest audience to most difficult content/oldest audience. Without further ado, here are my picks:

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
The Doll Hospital by James Duffy
The Ghost Wore Gray by Bruce Coville
The Dancing Cats of Applesap by Janet Taylor Lisle
The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy - I can't find a biography/point of origin. Anyone?
The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane