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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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2007 Blue Ribbons

Each year the Blue Ribbons process is familiar yet surprising. This year we struggled with the series issue—what to do with the Harry Potters or Hungry Cities, wherein the final volume concluded a remarkable literary achievement without necessarily being in the top literary rank independently—and decided that we would attempt to address that situation with a culminating series review when we felt the overall achievement warranted. Then we turned our gaze to our sparse field of nonfiction and decided that we’d rather sacrifice list length than standards. What is strong this year are visuals: not only does the fiction list contain three graphic novels, but also nonfiction is dominated by graphic and picture-book narratives. So good news on the state of illustration—let’s hope that the words take up the challenge.

Deborah Stevenson, Editor

Perhaps we’ve become honed by years of conjoined deliberation, but this year all our darlings were included, so we have no dissents.  Previous years’ Blue Ribbons and dissents are viewable via the archive index here.




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