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List of greatest children’s books announced
Posted: 23 April 2007 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The UK’s oldest award for children’s writing, the Carnegie Medal, has selected 10 former winners to mark the 70th anniversary of the award.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6574691.stm

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Posted: 23 April 2007 05:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’d vote for The Owl Service.

I love that book.

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Posted: 23 April 2007 05:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I liked Northern Lights, but am surprised the Narnia lot aren’t on there (at least one of them!)

I used to love those books.

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Posted: 23 April 2007 05:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I haven’t heard of any of them.  Maybe they don’t translate well.

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Posted: 23 April 2007 05:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’d vote for The Borrowers. smile
I’m surprised that none of the Narnia series is there too.

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Posted: 23 April 2007 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Madmouse - 23 April 2007 09:26 PM

I’d vote for The Borrowers. smile
I’m surprised that none of the Narnia series is there too.

I really didn’t like the Narnia books I read…I didn’t read them when I was a youngster though…

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Posted: 23 April 2007 06:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I love the Narnia books. I still re-read them all the time. I especially love Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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Posted: 23 April 2007 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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MadCarlotta - 23 April 2007 10:30 PM

I love the Narnia books. I still re-read them all the time. I especially love Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

That one and the first one (The magician’s nephew I believe) I didn’t like as much as the others. Maybe I was a fussy child. 

I liked The Horse and His Boy, but when I was a kid I adored horses, so that was probably why.

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Posted: 24 April 2007 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I recently bought a copy of Tom’s Midnight Garden to read to my daughter at bedtime, but she’s still a bit young (Roald Dahl is about as much as she can manage), maybe later.

I am very surprised Stig of the Dump isn’t on the list!

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Posted: 24 April 2007 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I thought Narnia was “YA” or Young Adult in the libraries here.  In the US we have the Caldecott winners.  I guess it’s sort of similar.  (Okay, I just did a quick look, and it is in JUVENILE fiction??)

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Posted: 24 April 2007 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I just thought of something else…at the county libraries, there is a “children’s picture book” section.  Which is for children’s books…but not necessarily books that children could read on their own.  They are books that would be read TO kids by parents or teachers or whatever.  Then the Easy Reader section, which is children’s books that children who can read would read alone, or with some help as they learn to read.  Then you get into Juv Fic, which is the chapter books & things.  Are the Carnegie books picture books (that have wonderful illustrations, but wouldn’t actually be read by a child alone) or are they chapter books?  That might explain the difference.  And then YA (young adult) would be more of the Christopher Pike (well, back in my day anyway) and books that are more intense…maybe for highschool students, rather than middle school.

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Posted: 24 April 2007 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in grade school. It was either in second or fifth grade because I skipped third and fourth. Fifth grade makes more sense. Excerpts of it were in our English school book, but the teacher had us read the entire novel as well.

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