This year, the book, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle is celebrating it's 50th year of publication. (I'm sure I mentioned this as upcoming sometime last year... and thanks to David Maybury for the blog reminder). A truly incredible journey of a book... if you haven't ever read it, you really should. Give it to your children, share it in the classroom... please, please pick up this book ASAP. If you have read it, read it again. It will amaze and enchant you all over again.
Also, one of the best books of last year is Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, which was written (in part) as a tribute to Madeleine L'Engle's outstanding story.
Happy 50th Birthday, A Wrinkle In Time. You gave me more years of joy than I could have imagined. (But that's what great books do!)
p.s. I will also take the opportunity to remind you that another great childrens' contemporary classic The Phantom Tollbooth turned 50 last year! What a great time it was for children's literature..... (and other nostalgic thoughts....)