The top children and young adult books of the year |

The top children and young adult books of the year

Stephen Bedford, compiled by Sandy Ferguson FullerVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily"The First Snow in the Woods" celebrates the onset of winter in the woods.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The young reader demographic may be the trickiest to figure out, but its almost certainly the most rewarding.No other genre in the publishing world quite combines the stylish elements found in picture books as well as those in the young adult sect. Fusing imagination and illustration, the world for kids books and young adults is one that is constantly evolving and reinventing itself.Below youll find our five favorite kids picture books. Well, not ours as a Bookworm collective, but those chosen by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, an employee whose passion, and full-time job, is childrens picture books. Youll also get our top five young adult reads chosen by an amalgamation of staff picks, sales, customer feedback and national reviews.Enjoy these selections, and all they offer. These are aimed at the ages who may remember them forever.

Grandmas Feather Bed by John Denver; illustrated by Christopher CanyonThe fourth book in this popular series, which features the lyrics and music of John Denver is accompanied by award-winning Canyons lively full-color artwork. Dawn Publications, $19.95 hardcover with CD.First snow in the woods by Carl R. Sams II & Jean StoickFor all ages who enjoy the picture book classics, Stranger in the Woods, and Lost in the Woods, this new photographic fantasy celebrates the onset of winter in the woods. Poetic prose coupled with evocative photos brings familiar forest creatures to life. The best offering yet from this talented team. CRS II Photography, Inc. $19.95 hardcover.The Snow Leopard written and illustrated by Jackie MorrisA visual feast gorgeously rendered in watercolor with a memorable story about an elusive snow leopard, an innocent child, and lifes inevitable passages. Frances Lincoln Books/UK $16.95 hardcover.Dog by Matthew Van Fleet, Photographs by Brian StantonNot precisely a picture book instead an interactive multiconcept book, packed full of pettable, pull-tab pooches. Doggone fun for everyone, especially the toddler crowd. Simon and Schuster, $14.99.Bear Feels Sick, by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman.Autumn has come, and Bear feels achy with a stuffed-up nose. Any kid who has suffered from sniffles and sneezes will relate to the big bruin as his friends try to help him. Is laughter the best medicine? Certainly everyone will chuckle at the outcome of this colorful story! McElderry Books, $16.99 hardcover.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieLoosely based on Alexies life, this National Book of the Year winner centers on a teen who tries to breakaway form the reservation and form his identity, hopelessly searching for common ground between two cultures. Little, Brown Young Readers, $16.99.Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterThis sequel packs even more punchy prose and the day-to-day life of an adolescent teenage girl who just happens to be a secret agent. Cammie McGovern is looking for a little romance in her life to balance out the rogue agents, counterintelligence, and global safety. You know, typical girl stuff. Hyperion, $16.99.Eclipse by Stephenie MeyerThe other (read: not named Harry Potter) thrilling series capper of the year finds Bella Swan caught between a string of mysterious killings and her affections for her forbidden vampire lover. Little, Brown Young Readers, $18.99.I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry DoyleFormer Simpsons scribe Doyle turns on the charm, and laughs, in this raucous coming-of-age high school story about a nerdy valedictorian who accidentally professes his love for the foxiest girl in school during his commencement speech. There is truly no age limit on this tale. Ecco, $19.95.The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian SelznickAn audacious, inventive debut that mixes sharp storytelling and even sharper pencil illustrations. Hugo Cabret makes his living anyway he can in the train stations of Paris. Soon enough, Hugos world collides with a bookish young girl and a crotchety old toy maker in this truly original story. Scholastic, $22.99.Stephen Bedford is the general manager of The Bookworm of Edwards. Visit the stores new site at In addition to working at the Bookworm, Sandy Ferguson Fuller is a childrens literature agent, editor, and consultant.

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