Previous Editor’s Choice Titles

February 2004

Pagan in Exile

By Catherine Jinks

March 2004

The Various

By Steve Augarde

April 2004

On Sand Island

By Jaqueline Briggs Marti

Illustrated by David A. Johnson

May 2004

Hard Times For Jake Smith

By Aileen Kilgore Henderson

June 2004

The War

By Anais Vaugelade

July 2004

Petals in the Ashes

By Mary Hooper

August 2004


By Kenneth Oppel

September 2004

The Friend

By Sarah Stewart

Illustrated by David Small

October 2004

The End of the Beginning

By Avi

November 2004

The Crow-Girl

By Bodil Bredsdorff

December 2004

The City of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau

January 2005

A Child is A Child

By Brigitte Weninger

Illustrated by Eve Tharlet

February 2005

Zen Shorts

By Jon J. Muth

March 2005

The Truth About Sparrows

By Marian Hale

April 2005

The Quilt Makers Journey

By Jeff Brumbeau

Illustrated by Gail de Marcken

May and June 2005

A Quiet Place

By Douglas Wood

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

July 2005

Mr. George Baker

By Amy Hest

Illustrated by Jon Muth

August 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling

September 2005

Willow Run

By Patricia Reilly Giff

October 2005

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

By Michael Morpurgo

November 2005


By Steve Augarde

December 2005


By Dugald A. Steer

Illustrations by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, and Helen Ward

January and February 2006

Dickens: His work and his world

Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

March 2006

Angel on the square

By Gloria Whelan

April 2006

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By Kate DiCamillo

May 2006

The Valley of Secrets

By Charmian Hussey

June 2006

Septimus Heap: Book One – Magyk

By Angie Sage

July 2006

Four in All

By Nina Payne

Illustrated by Adam Payne

August 2006

Endymion Spring

By Matthew Skelton

September 2006

I had seen castles: A Novel

By Cynthia Rylant

October 2006

Life as we knew it

By Susan Beth Pfeffer

November 2006

The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds

December 2006

Shipwreck Detective

Duncan Cameron and Richard Platt

January 2007

The Supernaturalist

Eoin Colfer

February 2007

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

March 2007


Bernard Waber

April 2007

Way Down Deep

Ruth White

May 2007

The Miner’s Daughter

Gretchen Moran Laskas

June 2007

Once Upon a Picture

Sally Swain

July 2007

Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo

August 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

J.K. Rowling

September 2007


Mathilde Stein

Illustrated by Mies van Hout

October 2007

Ida B…and her plans to Maximize fun, avoid disaster and (Possibly) save the world

Katherine Hannigan

November 2007

The Loud Silence of Francine Green

Karen Cushman

December 2007

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

January 2008


Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

February 2008

At Night

By Jonathan Bean

March 2008

Why War is Never a Good Idea

By Alice Walker

April 2008


By Matthew Van Fleet

May 2008


By Caroline Bingham, Ben Morgan, and Matthew Robertson

June 2008

The Dead and the Gone

By Susan Beth Pfeffer

July 2008

Sand Dollar Summer

By Kimberly K. Jones

August 2008

The Day the World Exploded

By Simon Winchester

September 2008

The Book Book

By Sophie Benini Pietromarchi

October 2008

A Visitor for Bear

Bonny Becker

Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

November 2008


Elise Broach

Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

December 2008

Sucks to be me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)

Kimberly Pauley

January 2009

How to get rich in the California Gold Rush

Todd Olson

Illustrated by Scott Allred

February 2009

The Magic Thief: Book One

Sarah Prineas

Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

March 2009

The Year the swallows came early

Kathyrn Fitzmaurice

April 2009


Barbara Lehman

May 2009

Hounsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

James Howe

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

June 2009


Stephen Michael King

July and August 2009

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

September and October 2009

The Cabinet of wonders

Marie Rutkoski

November and December 2009

Waiting for winter

Sebastian Meschenmoser

January and February 2010

The Carbon Diaries 2010

Saci Lloyd

March and April 2010

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Julie Andrews and Emma Hamilton

May and June 2010

The Story of Cirrus Flux

Matthew Skelton

July and August 2010

Keeping the Moon

Sarah Dessen

September and October 2010

The Black Book of Secrets

F.E. Higgins

November and December 2010


Wendelin Van Draanen

January and February 2011

Toby Alone

Timothee de Fomelle

Illustrated by Francois Place

March and April 2011

William Shakespeare: His Life and Times

Kristin McDermott and Ari Berk

Illustrated by Ian Andrew, Diz Wallis and Eloise Lambert

May and June 2011

Ten Miles Past Normal

Frances O’Roark Dowell

July and August 2011


Ann Aguirre

September and October 2011

The Popularity Papers

Amy Ignatow

November and December 2011

In search of mockingbird

Loretta Ellsworth

January and February 2012

The sandwich Swap

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

March and April 2012


Sarah Weeks

May and June 2012

Above World

Jenn Reese

July and August 2012

A Hero for Wondla

Tony DiTerlizzi

September and October 2012

The Sixty-Eight Rooms

Marianne Malone