The following is a list of heavily stared books for 2009. Elizabeth Bluemle over at Shelftalker has already done something similar. What I’ve added is groupings based on who they will share shelf space with, in our library. Apologies to those very worthy Young Adult books, they are left out in the cold for the purposes of this post. (Although if you don't happen to be an elementary student may I recommend you run off and read Marcleo in the Real World as quickly as possible) Many, many thanks to Kathy Baxter for sharing her nifty starry spread-sheet with me. I could never have collected all this info on my own.
I think we shall work our way to the top.
Quite a bit of non-fiction here
A BIT OF BIOGRAPHY:
OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE:
MISSION CONTROL, THIS IS APOLLO: THE STORY OF THE FIRST VOYAGES TO THE MOON by Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl. Illustrated by Alan Bean.
PHARAOH’S BOAT by David Weitzman.
A SAVAGE THUNDER: ANTIETAM AND THE BLOODY ROAD TO FREEDOM by Jim Murphy.
A FOOT IN THE MOUTH: POEMS TO SPEAK, SING, AND SHOUT by Paul B. Janeczko, illus. by Chris Raschka.
A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK: A FOREST OF POEMS. Deborah Ruddell. Illustrated by Joan Rankin.
ORANGUTAN TONGS: POEMS TO TANGLE YOUR TONGUE by Jon Agee.
YUMMY writen and ill by Lucy Cousins
TSUNAMI! by Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young.
LITTLE CHICK by Amy Hest. Illustrated by Anita Jeram.
THE DUNDERHEADS by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by David Roberts.
DINOTRUX by Chris Gall.
HIGHER! HIGHER! by Leslie Patricelli.
BIRDS. Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
BUBBLE TROUBLE by Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar.
CHICKEN LITTLE by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley.
ROBOT ZOT by Jon Sciezcka. Ill by David Shannon.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin.
THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka.
HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud.
THE LOST CONSPIRACY by Francis Hardinge.
THE STORM IN THE BARN written and ills. by Matt Phelan
THE SMALL ADVENTURES OF POPEYE AND ELVIS by Barbara O'Connor
CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS' LEAP OF FAITH by Deborah Holt Heiligman.
ALL THE WORLD by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Marla Frazee.
THE SNOW DAY by Komako Sakai.
THE LION & THE MOUSE by Jerry Pinkney.
THUNDER-BOOMER! by Shutta Crum. Illustrated by Carol Thompson.
RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS: A YEAR IN COLORS by Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
BUTTON UP! by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Petra Mathers.
HOOK by Ed Young.
A SEASON OF GIFTS by Richard Peck.
THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly.
MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 by Brian Floca.