According to Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, Children and Young Adult Services,
"Many elements come into play in this selection of the most outstanding
titles for children and young adults that belong in every library and home.
Throughout the year we look carefully for:
* Books that meet high standards of writing and illustration
* Books that have a significant curriculum link
* Books that reflect living in an urban, multicultural society
* Books that present a topic not previously available in a juvenile
* Books that add zip to programs and special projects"
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