BCCB-1996 Blue Ribbons
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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 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.

1991 Blue Ribbons

The best books? No-but this is a list of 1991 books that the editors of the Bulletin found challenging, intriguing, involving, exciting to read, and exciting to write about. While many titles on the Blue Ribbons list are there by virtue of amic able three-way agreement, others found their way by determined-and singular-advocacy. (No deals, of course, were struck.) Some of the books, such as Anthea Sieveking's What Color?, have a place in every playpen. Others, such as William Taylor' s Agnes the Sheep, are eccentric and offbeat: just the sort of thing for people who love just that sort of thing. Quentin Blake's All Join In screams to be read aloud, while others, such as Barbara Dana's Young Joan, need qui et and privacy. Tomie dePaola's Bonjour, Mr. Satie invites a host of curricular possibilities; others, such as Lynn Hall's Flying Changes, are perfect afterschool specials. Although no attempt was made to construct a balanced list (alas, only one book of poetry) there is a span of genres, tastes, quirks, and passions. It's dicey to extrapolate "trends" from a selective list of forty-odd books (out of four thousand published ), but a look at the books gives solid evidence for the latest vogue word, "multiculturalism." African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Hispanic-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Koreans, Japanese and Japanese-Americans can all see themselves reflected here. New visions of history-Genghis Khan to Captain Cook to the Wright Brothers to World War II-are scrutinized. The contemporary picture-from a teen beauty queen to a homeless boy-is not ignored. These books convey a variety and depth of experience through the detail of particular lives and individual visions. They share one of multiculturalism's finest goals, inviting young people to take a wider look around. --Roger Sutton, Executive Editor

Picture Books

Fiction and Folklore


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