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January 1 & 15, 2015          BOOKLIST

2014 Editors' Choice
Top of the List, 2014
Editors' Choice, 2014
Unpacking a Standard with    Editors' Choice
The Booklist Top of the    List Interview
At Leisure with Joyce    Saricks: Promoting the    Best
He Reads: A Chicago State    of Mind
She Reads: She-Cago
Carte Blanche: The Best    of the Best
Voices in My Head: Sound    Learning
The Back Page: Personal    Reading, 2014


Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?
Great Reads: Christmas    Noir
Great Reads: Musicians    Tell All
Great Reads: Horror    Directors Who Became    Authors
Great Reads: Great Group    Reads, 2014
Celebrate Banned Books    Week With Graphic    Novels
Great Reads: Sports    Without Balls
Great Reads: Stay Inside!
Donna Tartt and Doris    Kearns Goodwin Win    Andrew Carnegie    Medals for Excellence in    Fiction and Nonfiction
Great Listens: Authors    Who Read Themselves
Great Reads: Lost Vegas
Fast Reads: 5 Crime    Novels about Getaway    Drivers

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January 2015

January 2015 Issue
Classroom Star

Common Core Resources

Review Of The Day
Yes Please!
By Amy Poehler, read by Amy Poehler

Sure, you can read the book—and it even has pictures—but how can you resist the chance to hear Poehler tell her own story? Kathleen Turner reading the chapter titles in her trademark smoky voice, Sir Patrick Stewart narrating random haikus with Shakespearian grandiloquence.

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column_voices-in-my-head Voices in My Head: Sound Learning
By Mary Burkey

There’s a seismic shift in how today’s students experience literature. Digital technologies allow kids and teens to enjoy content in a variety of formats, seamlessly transitioning from print on paper, to text on tablet, to audiobooks on cell phones. Educators are embracing the opportunities for engagement that this shift allows, and Common Core Standards include the interpretation of oral information presented in diverse media formats.

He Reads He Reads: Chicago
By David Wright

A Chicago State of Mind

As a West Coast kid with East Coast pretensions, I spent far too long flying over Chicago on the way to someplace else, until a library conference finally drew me into the city’s clasp. Yet through books, I think I’ve always intuited my own version of Chicago as a place that stood in the same relation to America as America does to the world.

she reads She Reads: Chicago
By Kaite Mediatore Stover

For all their clichéd Windy City skirt-tugging, a special breed of women thrives in Chicago. She’s gutsy, resourceful, romantic, articulate, and all with a generous dose of midwestern sass. She takes the sleek sophistication of the East Coast and dolls it up with some glitter. She’s bemused by the beach-paced West Coast and stirs up freshwater waves just because she can. Everyone knows she’s windy, but she’s no blowhard.

Carte Blanche Carte Blanche: The Best of the Best?
By Michael Cart

For many years I’ve been in the habit of devoting my January column to an annotated list of my picks of the best books of the preceding year. Alas, it’s a habit I must break this year because I’m serving as chair of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee, and its rules forbid me from writing about any titles that might be under consideration (I had the same problem in 2006 when I chaired the Printz Award Committee). So what will I write about instead?

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Promoting the Best
By Joyce Saricks

In this issue, Booklist publishes its best-of-the-year lists with Editors’ Choice and Top of the List selections. What a bonanza of great titles for collection development, displays, promoting to readers, and our own unending to-read lists! (And don’t miss the DVD list in Booklist’s Video Review newsletter this month.) Without reservation, these lists make a great resource for readers’ advisors.

column_back-page The Back Page: Best Personal Reading, 2014
By Bill Ott

It’s time again to gather our favorite personal reading from 2014. The line between reading (or listening) for pleasure and for work can be difficult to draw for a Booklist staffer, so we invoke these ground rules: our selections must not be books we reviewed, and they can’t have been released in the past year. This year’s list is notable for a melancholy reason: it includes the final contribution from Gillian Engberg, former Books for Youth editor.

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