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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.

1996 Blue Ribbons

The 1996 Bulletin Blue Ribbons List spans a broad range of genres and age groups, from picture-book biography to young-adult poetry, from middle-grade fantasy to primary-grade readers. This is nothing if not an eclectic bunch of books--which basically reflects the eclectic bunch of reviewers we have here at the Bulletin. Oddly enough, without planning or forethought, we have nearly the same number of titles in each of our three categories: fourteen fiction titles, thirteen nonfiction titles, and twelve picture books. (If you count Avi's books as one two-volume title, the numbers are even closer.) The criteria for inclusion is stringent but clear--whatever is still on the table at the end of weeks of vehement discussion, debate and dissection gets a Blue Ribbon. If you buy everything on it for your collection you've pretty much covered the outstanding titles for 1996. Such hubris.

Janice Del Negro, Editor




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