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SLJ’s Top 100 Chapter Books 2012

16 Mar

This is the Top 100 list that was published by School Library Journal in 2012, by Betsy Bird. This is the list of books that we are to choose from for our final projects for the History of Youth Literature class that I’m taking this semester. Books I’ve read are marked with an asterisk (*), favorites are marked with a heart (♥) at the end. I’ve written about some of them on this blog before, and I’ll have more to link to after April is over. 🙂

*#1 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952) ♥
*#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) ♥
*#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) ♥
*#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
*#5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) ♥
*#6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)
*#7 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967) ♥
*#8 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)
*#9 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978) ♥♥♥
*#10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)
*#11 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009)
*#12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) ♥
*#13 The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1997) ♥♥♥
*#14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938) ♥
*#15 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
*#16 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)
*#17 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)
*#18 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (1964)
*#19 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)
#20 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000)
*#21 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)
*#22 The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973) ♥
*#23 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1989)
*#24 Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1968)
#25 The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)
*#26 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926) ♥
*#27 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1935)
*#28 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)
*#29 The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (2005) ♥
*#30 Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988) ♥
*#31 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
#32 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (1976)
#33 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (1971)
*#34 Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1961)
*#35 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (1972)
*#36 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)
#37 The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2007)
*#38 Frindle by Andrew Clements (1996) ♥
*#39 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2007) ♥
*#40 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1990)
*#41 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)
#42 Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1957)
*#43 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1980) ♥
#44 Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (2011)
*#45 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1960)
*#46 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990)
*#47 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868) ♥
*#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999)
*#49 My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948) ♥♥♥
*#50 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)
*#51 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003) ♥
*#52 Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (1940) ♥
#53 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)
*#54 Half Magic by Edward Eager (1954)
#55 All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (1951)
*#56 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905) ♥
#57 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962)
#58 Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (1930)
*#59 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (2006)
*#60 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)
*#61 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
#62 Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (2006)
*#63 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978) ♥
#64 The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois (1947)
*#65 Wonder by R.J. Palacio (2012) ♥♥
*#66 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (2009)
#67 A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (1998)
*#68 The High King by Lloyd Alexander (1968)
*#69 The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (2006) ♥
*#70 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (1994)
#71 Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (2005)
#72 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009)
#73 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (1972)
*#74 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)
#75 The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)
#76 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (2007)
*#77 My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (1959)
#78 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)
*#79 The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1967)
#80 The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
*#81 The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)
#82 The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)
#83 Ozma of Oz by Frank L. Baum (1907)
*#84 The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940)
*#85 Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1997) ♥
#86 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911)
*#87 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (2010)
*#88 The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982)
*#89 The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (1967)
#90 The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston (1954)
#91 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1950)
*#92 Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (2001) ♥
*#93 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001) ♥♥
*#94 Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary (1977)
*#95 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943)
*#96 The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (1954) ♥
#97 The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton (1962)
*#98 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2000) ♥
*#99 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (1942)
#100 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)

Last day of school!

15 May

Japanese lesson for the day: お疲れ様でした (otsukare sama deshita)

It means “thanks for your hard work,” or literally something along the lines of “you must be tired” (I’m not entirely making that last one up–“tired” is 疲れた or tsukareta).

It’s what Japanese people say to each other at the end of the work day, or when they complete a big project. I loved saying this at the end of the day when I worked in Japan (and when I worked for a Japanese company in the States). It was so nice to have that acknowledgement of the work you did that day. For me, it was a nice separation of work and home, but I’m sure that wasn’t the case for most of my Japanese coworkers.

Still, this is how I feel right now. I’m in the last 15 minutes or so of my first semester into my MLIS (although I was pretty much done with my last assignment by the end of the weekend), and I’ve been telling myself otsukare at the end of every big project I’ve done so far. I still have work, and freelance work, and I have stuff scheduled in for pretty much every day of my break between semesters, but I am definitely ready for a break from school. I may even get some reading done! 😀

A quick note for A to Z: Thanks for all of your comments and congrats on the reflections post! I’m already preparing for next year! 

Falling in Love with the Library

11 Apr

Here’s a break from the A to Z Challenge with a link to a video I’ve been meaning to share since I saw it last week:

Falling in Love with the Library (Clicking on the link will take you to the first video in the  playlist that will autoplay all five videos plus the trailer.)

This video series from Tsinghua University Library won first place in the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) International Marketing Awards. It’s in Mandarin so I understood some of it, but I definitely needed the subtitles for the technical terms and signs. Some parts might be a little confusing if you don’t speak Chinese, but they aren’t that important to understand completely.