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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.

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2003 Blue Ribbons

The process for selecting the list remains the same every year-a group of contentious and opinionated professionals read the books, endlessly discuss the books, winnow down the list, and occasionally eat cake-yet each time it has its own individual characteristics and result. It's always interesting, for instance, to ponder the patterns or trends suggested by the final array. This year it's nice to see a generous helping of books for younger children as well as older; more surprisingly, the 2003 Blue Ribbons list contains a notably high proportion of upbeat and hopeful books. Is that representative of an overall trend? I don't know, but I can assure you that it's not because we've mellowed any.

Deborah Stevenson, Editor




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