Fresh off the ALSC blog comes the news that the official 2013 Notables list of nominated titles is out!
It certainly looks like a list that would engender great discussion! It also, especially in the nonfiction, seems like a brilliant encapsulation of this year's best books.
There were a few omissions that surprised me a bit. Several established authors had books out this year that I figured were a pretty good bet for the final Notables list, so it's interesting to note that Applewhites at Wit's End, by Stephanie S. Tolan; Will Sparrow's Road, by Karen Cushman; The Great Unexpected, by Sharon Creech; and The Wild Book, by Margarita Engle, all missed the preliminary cut. It's also worth mentioning that this year's National Book Award winner, William Alexander's Goblin Secrets, also didn't make the longlist.
I always enjoy the Notables list, which by nature is able to include a more varied overview of the best children's books of the year than the Newbery and its associated Honors are. I can't wait to see what makes the final list!