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Los Angeles' 100 Best Books
Outstanding preK-12 Literature - A Balanced
Library Acquisition Program
About the Book Selection Program
What Books Have Been Selected?
About the LAUSD Library Services
Book Award Stickers & Other Resources
the Book Selection Program
This book selection program provides a guide to those interested
in selecting excellent titles for their library, including multicultural
In 1996 the IRA CL/R SIG, through The
Dragon Lode when Kaye West-Anderson was editor, began a partnership
with the Los
Angeles Unified School District Library Services, under the supervision
of Bonnie OBrian Nissman. The result of this alliance was the compiling
and publishing an annual list of outstanding childrens and young
adults literature for preschool through grade 12 which belong in
EVERY library and media center. The selections model a balanced
library acquisition program which approximate the following formula:
12% picture books
1% large-print, early reader books
1% emergent-reader transitional books
With care taken to include various categories of fiction and non-fiction
literature in every major category in the Dewey Decimal classification
system, this list becomes guidance for libraries to assure that they are
providing balance in acquisitions when budget constraints limit the number
of books which can be purchased.
The book selection process is extremely complex as well as labor intensive.
Following evaluation and review by scores of teachers, administrators,
and advisors who collectively share thousands of books published in a
given year with their students, the Library Services staff take into account
the input of all of the reviewers and select one hundred of their priority-one
books to correspond with their recommended formula.
The selected books:
Correlate with the California curriculum frameworks and national
Further district curriculum goals and standards;
Reflect outstanding qualities including high literary merit, rich
factual content, and aesthetic design;
Meet the informational and recreational reading needs of students;
Reflect cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity;
Represent originality of concept, approach, or point of view; and
Demonstrate strong reader appeal.
What Books Have Been
One hundred (100) books are selected each year. Click on a year below
to find the list of books with that year as copyright honored as Los
Angeles' 100 Best for that year.
With a change of leadership at Los Angeles Unified School
District Library Services and their transformation to using more technology
in their 500+ school libraries, the Los Angeles' 100 Best project has
been suspended until such time as they are able to resume the partnership.
About LAUSD Library
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Library Services is a
self-supporting branch of the Los
Angeles Unified School District. Besides serving approximately 500
schools in their own district, they are frequently called upon as a resource
for libraries throughout the nation.
The LAUSD Library Services staff annually prepare a complete book providing
useful details regarding the Los Angeles 100 Best Books.
Included are precise call numbers, a comprehensive index of keywords,
an author/title index, and an order list.
Additionally, they produce the most comprehensive CD-ROM available for
childrens literature, Focus on Books. This versatile search
engine provides a comprehensive electronic data base of over 50,000 titles,
searchable by dozens of fields, including author, title, curricular area,
keywords, and more. In the version published in 2001, the IRA CL/R SIG
list of Notable Books for a Global Society was first named as one
of the award lists included.
Each year The Dragon Lode publishes the list of Los Angeles
100 Best Books. Included in the article are annotations for each winning
book, curricular connections, and reading and interest levels.
Reprints of the articles are available for $2.50 per list. Order
Also use the Subscription
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Book Award Seals
& Other Resources
Through the LAUSD Library Services official gold
seals are also available to affirx
on your books to designate them as special-collection material.
For information about the LA 100 Best Monograph
for any of the years, the Focus on Books
CD-ROM, or the LA 100 Best Gold Seals,
Susan Huntzinger, Supervisor
Library Services, Los Angeles Unified School District
1545 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 207-2255 or FAX (213) 413-4059
©2002-preent IRA Childrens Literature
and Reading Special Interest Group (IRA CL/R SIG).
All rights reserved. Website:
Dr. Kaye West, Webmanager
January 26, 2007