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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.

1999 Blue Ribbons

To become a Bulletin Blue Ribbon a book must undergo severe trials, including close scrutiny by the committee and competition with other strong works. The titles that remain on the field after this qualitative tournament are awarded the colors of honor. Blue Ribbon books are not a publishing year's worth of books that all libraries should buy and all children should read (although they should), nor is it a list of "best" books. Blue Ribbons are the knighthood of the literary realm, the books that are noble, honest, and true. All in all, it was a good year. Here's to the next one.

Janice M. Del Negro, Editor




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