Best Kids Books of the Year

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The following are excerpts from the

most favorable reviews of the year.

Regular reviewers are identified by

initials if they are quoted more than once.


ABC3D, by Marion Bataille (Roaring Brook; all ages). It's hard to reinvent the alphabet, but this innovative feat of paper engineering does exactly that using pop-ups, mirrored images, translucent overlays and much more.

-- Kristi Jemtegaard

The Black Book of Colors, by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faría (Groundwood; ages 5-10). Stunning all-black embossed illustrations translate the world of a blind boy into a series of textures and shapes that illuminate the gently poetic text. -- KJ

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, by Marla Frazee (Harcourt; ages 6-9). James and Eamon's adventures are just the thing to get everyone in the right frame of mind for summer in any season.

-- Elizabeth Ward

A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann (Knopf; ages 3-6). Four kittens have never seen snow. Three are scared silly by the very idea, but the fourth "can't wait." -- EW

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