The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years

Book Sense -- the campaign that embodies the passion, personality, character, community, and knowledge of independent bookstores -- announced in early April, The Best Books: The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years winning titles. The list is the result of voting by independent booksellers across the country, who cast ballots for the titles they most enjoyed handselling over the past five years.

The Best Books ballot included 223 adult and 148 children's titles culled from the Book Sense 76 lists of the past five years, as well as any Book Sense Book of the Year winners not already included. The final list consists of 10 Adult fiction, 5 Adult Nonfiction, and 10 Children's titles

We are quite pleased to recommend the 10 Children's titles:

Children's BEST:

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (HarperTrophy)
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague (Scholastic)
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)
  • Eragon Inheritance: Book 1 by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (Del Rey)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (Houghton Mifflin)
  • The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer (Atheneum)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Delacorte)
  • See link below to see entire list including adult fiction and nonfiction.

Complete listing of Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years

Diary of a Worm Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060001506
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Published: HarperCollins - August 14th, 2003

This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me. Except he eats his homework. Oh, and his head looks a lot like his rear end.

Doreen Cronin, the "New York Times" best-selling author of CLICK, CLACK, MOO and GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK, teams up with illustrator Harry Bliss for this hysterical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller. Doreen's humor is complimented by Harry's creative, entertaining illustrations. Can't wait for the next diary . . . of a ?

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School: Letters From Obedience School (LaRue Books) Cover Image
By Mark Teague (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439206631
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2003

Olivia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689829536
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2000

Because of Winn-Dixie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763616052
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2001

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064407663
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Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 1999

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. Birmingham edition) (Chronicles of Narnia) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Christian Birmingham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064436953
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2002

They open a door and enter a world.

Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia.

But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
An ALA Notable Book; One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century; (School Library Journal)

The Hobbit Cover Image
By Peter Sis (Illustrator), J.R.R. Tolkien
ISBN: 9780618150823
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2001

Eragon: Inheritance, Book I (The Inheritance Cycle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375826689
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2003

Eragon launches the Inheritance fantasy trilogy

Thrilling adventure full of magic, dragons, elves, monsters, and the battle between good and evil. Fifteen-year old Eragon believes that he is merely an orphan taken in by relatives--one among the masses. Soon he discovers that nothing is farther from the truth. When his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed, Eragon must flee the tyrannical King Galbatrorix. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save--or destroy--the Empire.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440418320
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Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

In the first of the trilogy, Pullman has created a world as convincing as Narnia, Earthsea, and Redwall, a wholly developed universe, which is, as he states, ?much like our own but different in many ways a world in which humans are paired with animal 'daemons' that seem like alter egos, only with personalities of their own.? The story begins at Jordan College in Oxford, where young Lyra Belacqua and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are being reared and educated by the Scholars.

Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College with Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle -- a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385730587
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Published: Ember - March 11th, 2003