revisiting Heidi and historical fiction comes back?
Here are two of the latest holiday book lists I've come across - helpful references for gift giving, and for a retrospective on what stood out in children's publishing over the last year: NY Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010, and
Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books of 2010. I'm going to add some of these recommendations to my reading list for 2011.
As for my current reading list: I just picked up a classic novel I haven't read since childhood, Johanna Spyri's Heidi. First published in 1880, it's a huge contrast to the literature on the best of 2010 lists. I'll report back after I read it.
By coincidence, revisiting Heidi ties in with a recent post I read on another kid lit blog. After Scholastic released its 10 trends for YA children's books last week - Scholastic YA trends - Jess at Falling Leaflets continued the discussion with a prediction that historical fiction may be the new wave in YA books after the current dystopian craze. So by re-reading Heidi, perhaps I'm just making a trip back to the future.