Monday, May 4, 2009

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results

Here's an intriguing question: What are your Top 10 picture books of all time?

Earlier this spring, one of my favorite bloggers (Fuse #8 over at School Library Journal) asked her readers to send in their top 10 picture books. She compiled the results in a painstaking, weighted process (a person's #1 choice got more points than their #2, etc.), compiled a readers-choice Top 100 Picture Books list, and she's been doling out the results in highly entertaining posts over the last month or so.

Well, we've hit the Top 10, and if you've missed the series so far, now is the time to join in! Over the next two weeks, Fuse #8 will be posting about each of the Top 10 winners, counting up to the coveted #1 postition. Today was #10: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.

I made my guesses last week, and I'm already wrong! Here are the books I thought would win the Top 10 spots (in no particular order). In my defense, I voted *before* Ferdinand was posted, and he turned out to be #11. Still, had I known, I probably wouldn't have predicted Knuffle Bunny. My predictions:

Of course, this list of predictions (while I love all those books) is much different than the original list of my favorites that I sent in at the beginning of the process:
  1. When the Sun Rose by Barbara Helen Berger (a sleeper, but my all-time favorite...here's my review)
  2. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (here's my review...it made #67 on the Fuse #8 Top 100)
  3. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (my review)
  4. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (came in #19 on the Fuse #8 Top 100)
  5. Many Moons by James Thurber (my review)
  6. The Wall by Peter Sis (my review)
  7. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop Chris Raschka (my review)
  8. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (my review)
  9. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (came in #14 on the Fuse #8 Top 100)
  10. Imogene's Antlers by David Small
For me, any list of favorites is so subjective and changeable. I'd probably give you a slightly different list every day, depending on my mood.

How about you? What would make your Top 10? Or what would you predict to see there?

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