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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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2004 Blue Ribbons

The Blue Ribbon deliberations arrive each year like an old friend with a taste for radical new haircuts--we know her basic nature, but she looks different every time. This year fiction emphasized older works and occasioned much debate (it should be a good year for dissents, which appear on our January website), the nonfiction field narrowed somewhat after several years of abundance, and picture books were an excellent source of early readers as well. Underneath those mutable characteristics, however, is an old friend: a collection of books that moved and delighted us and that should have something to offer to every young reader.

Deborah Stevenson, Editor

Other books we enjoyed but were unable to reconcile and include in the Blue Ribbons list can be found at the Blue Ribbons Dissents page.




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This page was last updated on January 1, 2005.