Book Links announces its 2008 “Lasting Connections” list in January issue

Contact: Laura Tillotson
Book Links
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ltillotson@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
January 6, 2009

CHICAGO - Book Links magazine’s January issue announces the annual annotated “Lasting Connections” list, spotlighting the editors’ selections of the 30 best 2008 picture books, novels and informational titles for libraries and classrooms. “Lasting Connections” is considered an essential collection development tool for children’s librarians, school library media specialists and K–8 educators.

“The 30 outstanding titles we selected offer strong ties to the curriculum, with compelling writing, imaginative art and an engaging presentation of information,” said Book Links Editor Laura Tillotson. “In addition to presenting lively possibilities for classroom use, they can also be read and shared just for fun.”

Preschool–Grade 2
“The Best Story.” By Eileen Spinelli. (Dial)
“Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems.” Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins. (HarperCollins)
“How I Learned Geography.” By Uri Shulevitz. (Farrar)
“How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?”By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. (Houghton)
“One Boy.” By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
“The Origami Master.” By Nathaniel Lachenmeyer. (Albert Whitman)
“Red Sled.” By Patricia Thomas. (Boyds Mills)
“The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.” By Laurie Keller. (Holt)
“This Is Your Life Cycle.” By Heather Lynn Miller. (Clarion)
“The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters.” By Sally M. Walker. (Carolrhoda)

Grades 3–5
“Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories.” By Sandra Markle. (Millbrook)
“Clementine’s Letter.” By Sara Pennypacker. (Hyperion)
“Lady Liberty: A Biography.” By Doreen Rappaport. (Candlewick)
“Naked Bunyip Dancing.” By Steven Herrick. (Front Street)
“Nic Bishop Frogs.” By Nic Bishop. (Scholastic)
“One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference.” By Katie Smith Milway. \ (Kids Can)
“Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum.” By Robert Andrew Parker. (Random/Schwartz & Wade)
“The Porcupine Year.” By Louise Erdrich. (HarperCollins)
“A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.” By Jen Bryant. (Eerdmans)
“When the Sergeant Came Marching Home.” By Don Lemna. (Holiday)
“The Willoughbys.” By Lois Lowry. (Houghton/Walter Lorraine)

Grades 6–8
“The Boy Who Dared.” By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. (Scholastic)
“I’ll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War.” By Anita Silvey. (Clarion)
“Keeping the Night Watch.” By Hope Anita Smith. (Holt)
“Life on Earth—And Beyond: An Astrobiologist’s Quest.” By Pamela S. Turner. (Charlesbridge)
“The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary.” By Candace Fleming. (Random/Schwartz & Wade)
“Little Audrey.” By Ruth White. (Farrar)
“The London Eye Mystery.” By Siobhan Dowd. (Random/David Fickling)
“Savvy.” By Ingrid Law. (Dial)
“Washington at Valley Forge.” By Russell Freedman. (Holiday)

Download the list of “Lasting Connections” titles.
Book Links (a Booklist Publication) has been helping librarians, teachers and parents connect children with high-quality books for nearly 20 years. This practical, easy-to-use magazine puts a new spin on how to introduce books that capture and hold children’s interest. With thematic bibliographies, author features, reviews of new titles and articles that tie books to national education standards, Book Links is a one-stop resource for librarians and teachers who want all the teaching sources on a subject at their fingertips. http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/hqops/publishing/booklinks/index.cfm
Individual copies of the Book Links “Lasting Connections” issue may be purchased for $9 (prepaid) by writing to Book Links Back Issues, 50. E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.