Saturday, December 29, 2007

My favorite "new to me" authors of 2007

In a few days we'll be bringing you the Cybils shortlist for fiction picture books. I will also be posting my personal favorite books for the year in all categories. But in the meantime, I bring you my favorite authors that I discovered this year. You will notice that these people are not necessarily NEW to writing and/or illustrating. In fact, some of these people have been publishing in their field for a number of years. However, these are people I have personally just discovered in 2007 and now they are on my "I-must-read-everything-they-ever-write-or-illustrate-list". There are many people on that list for me, but I'm only listing my new ones for 2007.

Picture book authors/illustrators (BTW, these three also have VERY cool websites)
Emily Gravett
David Ezra Stein
Oliver Jeffers

Middle Grade
Rick Riordan
Trenton Lee Stewart

Jodi Picoult (mostly adult, but many crossover YA titles)
Jennifer Donnelly (also wrote a picture book)
Sherman Alexie

I feel like I really grew as a reader in 2007. I tried to branch out and read across more genres and age levels than in the past. I'm looking forward to the authors and illustrators that I will discover in 2008.

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