Best Children and Young Adult Books 2010

18 Jan
Best Children and Young Adult Books 2010

Awarded by the Sankofa Literary Society (SLS)

The Sankofa Literary Society and its founder Ella Curry are focused on the issues and lifestyles that define today’s avid readers — what they read, what they want out of their literature, how they connect to each other, what motivates them and how they feel about their community as a whole. Many have stated, “There is no African American village…it’s dead,” we don’t feel that way. The Village is here, the village in now! Expand your horizons! We are a community of 11 bookclub units, 4 social networks and 22 nurses who want to enrich our community with books and the written word. Listed below are the books we have read in 2010 presented by small press publishers, traditional publishers and self-published authors. Join us today to add your voice and experiences to our union. Come on in and join this movement to Give the Gift of Knowledge!


While highlighting our heritage, our experiences and delivering our voice–we remain anchored to the spiritual, emotional and practical realities of our entire global community, supporting all races. We are not limited solely to reading just African American (AA) authors; we hope to educate our readers by offering a variety of quality literature and resources. We are offering you the best in literature period, from our perspective. Spread the word…please share this listing with at least 20 people you know! The books below will make excellent gifts all year long.

Listed below are a few of the best books representing the literary world and the arts. Each book created an impact for our readers/reviewers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. Here are the books we want to showcase to the world. Please take your time and expand your reading territory by saluting the literary greats and leaders listed below. The books are NOT listed in any order pertaining to the quality of the literature—they are all 4-5 star reads. The number beside the title, does not indicate the ranking of this list.

Authors, if you see your book listed, please leave a comment with your website address, bookseller links and any news about you and your books! Ask your network to stop by and share their reviews of your books too. Make sure you tell your fellow author friends if you see their names listed below. If your name is listed below, you can copy the award image to your computer and add to your website as well as your promotional material.




Best Books 2010: Young Reader Power Reads— Books for Children, Tweens and Young Adults. The books on this list were part of our 2010 SLS Young Readers Challenge. Each parent was asked to get their child to read 20 books for the year. The list below is the best selections out of more than 275 books read by the group.

Books of the Year for Young Adult Readers

1.Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange

2.Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

3.You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy

Betsey Brown: A NovelBefore You Suffocate Your Own Fool SelfYou Can Do It!

Best Books 2010: Young Readers

1.The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield (C)

2. Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper

3. My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson (C)

4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (C)

5. Oprah: The Little Speaker by Carole Boston Weatherford (C)

6. The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye by Bonnie Shimko

7. Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard (C)

8. Finding Family by Tonya Bolden

9. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat by Sean Qualls

10.Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

11. Mirror by Jeannie Baker (C)

12.One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

13.Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic by Whoopi Goldberg (C)

14.Pushin’ (Drama High Series #12) by L. Divine

15.The Patchwork Path: Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud

16.The Exorsistah by Claudia Mair Burney

17.Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn (C)

18.Pecan Pie Baby by: Jacqueline Woodson (C)

19.Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

20.New Girl in Town by Julia DeVillers

21.Hansel and Gretel by Rachel Isadora (C)

22.November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

23.The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora (C)

24.Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery by Evelyn Coleman

25.Choices by Katrina L. Burchett

**Young Children (C)

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group
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