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Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what we believe to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth. See the Blue Ribbon Archive for other lists from 1990 through the present. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source.

2000 Blue Ribbons

In the symbolism of heraldry, azure blue signifies sincerity. Among the Druids, blue was the symbol of truth; among the medieval Christians, blue was an emblem of immortality. In the United States--at county fairs, in spelling bees, in competitive events--the blue ribbon is the coveted prize, the symbol of the first place winner, the designation of an accomplishment not contained by regular parameters. When discussing possible titles for The Bulletin Blue Ribbons list, our reviewers loyally present their favorites, while at the same time they sincerely attempt to understand one another's reservations and criticisms. We look for those titles that we believe will stand the tests of time, young readers, and changing literary fashions. The rigors of our discussions leave us tired and satisfied*, and in possession of a list of Blue Ribbon titles we are proud to present to our readers.

*If we're not satisfied, we write a Blue Ribbon Dissent for the January webpage.

Janice M. Del Negro, Editor





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