In a reading rut? Check out these lists.

I’m always excited when the newest Kid’s Next List at Indiebound crops up. The Spring 2010 List is out now. Take a look. Lots of goodies there, but I’m particularly eager to read Francisco Stork’s newest, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Wendy Mass’s Finally, and Lauren Oliver’s much-buzzed about, Before I Fall.

And if nothing there tickles your fancy, why not peruse the list of titles battling it out in this year’s School Library Journal‘s Battle of the Kids’ Books. A pretty fine list indeed. See:

The Contenders
Charles and Emma
Claudette Colvin
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Fire
The Frog Scientist
The Last Olympian
Lips Touch: Three Times
The Lost Conspiracy Marcelo in the Real World
Marching for Freedom
Peace, Locomotion
A Season of Gifts
The Storm in the Barn
Sweethearts of Rhythm
Tales from Outer Suburbia
When You Reach Me

There is a lot more info on the battle at the website. Here’s the list of judges (and may I say… wow):

The Judges
M. T. Anderson
Christopher Paul Curtis
Nancy Farmer
Candace Fleming
Helen Frost
Shannon Hale
Angela Johnson
Cynthia Kadohata
Julius Lester
Jim Murphy
Walter Dean Myers
Katherine Paterson
Gary Schmidt
Anita Silvey
Megan Whalen Turner

That should keep you reading for a while I should think.

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