Broad category here, so please forgive me. As usual, I didn’t read enough nonfiction. Or graphic novels (to my daughter’s chagrin). I did read lots of beginner readers/transitional books, and these are exceptional. Here are some great choices from 2016:
Best retelling of a fairy tale in graphic novel format: Snow White by Matt Phelan
Best cover of the year that also happens to be a stellar graphic novel for young readers: Narwhal: unicorn of the sea! by Ben Clanton
Best for super-fans of Ezra Jack Keats (um, ME!): A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Best use of language to describe the essence of seasons: When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
Best nonfiction story to use to develop growth mindset among students: Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton
Best math concept book since The Greedy Triangle: The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
Best gift for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
Best realistic portrayal of divorce through a child’s eyes: Weekends With Max and His Dad by Linda Urban
Best “bad boys…but not really” story: The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau
Best must-read of the year as chosen by my 7-year-old son: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
…and now, a little lagniappe.
What is lagniappe? A bonus or unexpected gift. Also, a little bit of my Louisiana years coming out. 🙂
I didn’t read much YA this year (shame on me!), but these stood out:
Three completely different stories, characters, problems – but similar in that they’re each unforgettable. Like YA? You won’t be disappointed by these.
Happy reading, y’all!