This website began as a way to recommend 20 classics, in each of four age groups, to get you started.
With more than 9,000 children's books published each year, it's hard to judge the best. Twenty by Jenny will recommend the top picks for you.
Congratulations to Gene Luen Yang, appointed the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature from 2016-2018.
According to the Library of Congress, The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and teh development nad betterment of the lives of young people.
Awarded every two years, Gene Luen Yang is a pioneer in his field and is the first Graphic Novelist to ever be awarded this position. Gene Luen Yang's Platform is "Reading Without Walls."
Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson, named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given "to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers." We liked the way Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito described the far-reaching range of her work: "Jacqueline Woodson is an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer."
Have you seen our author interviews?
2) Katherine Paterson and her longtime editor, Virginia Buckley, discuss Bridge to Terabithia.
3) Katherine Paterson and Virginia Buckley discuss The Day of the Pelican.
4) Kate DiCamillo takes us inside her writing process.
5) Kate DiCamillo discusses The Magician's Elephant.
6) Sharon Creech and her editor, Joanna Cotler, discuss her process on Love that Dog.
7) Sharon Creech and Joanna Cotler discuss The Unfinished Angel.
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