December 12, 2017

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Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Some things to know about this list: It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and I. It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day. In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic […]

Top 10 DVDs | 2017

Environmental studies and early language arts were the dominant themes this year. However, there were plenty of surprises from an eclectic range of subject matter.

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2017 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Dedication of the Year: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris and Lane Smith (feat. Molly Leach) (Click to Enlarge) This lol-worthy dedication sets the perfect tone for one of […]

Top 10 Apps 2017

Gaming apps reign this year—incorporating logic, spatial awareness, and strategy skills into the mix.

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Top 10 Music 2017

This was another stellar year for children’s music that saw the release of an incredible mix of outstanding albums featuring a wide range of musical genres. While the diverse styles range from country to rock, and hip-hop to jazz, these selections do have one thing in common: their universal themes. These albums cover issues that children are facing every day: acceptance, empowerment, friendship, and love. Chosen by the reviewers from SLJ’s ClefNotes music column, these albums will appeal to […]

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Top 10 Audiobooks 2017

These 10 titles represent the best of October 2016 to October 2017 audiobook releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. They tell fascinating stories—both fiction and nonfiction—that are enhanced by exceptional narration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. Gr 9 Up. Read by Bahni Turpin.

When Starr witnesses her friend’s death by a white officer, she must deal with the reactions of her family, her inner-city neighbors, and her upscale private school friends—not to mention […]

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Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers select the best adult books of 2017 with teen appeal.

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42 Spectacular Titles | November 2017

Long-awaited fiction from John Green, Frances Hardinge, and Philip Pullman; a fantastical feather picture book; stellar nonfiction explores historical figures in the Civil Rights movement.

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29 Terrific Titles | October Stars 2017

Graphic novels broach tough topics like consent and police violence; Leigh Bardugo’s Thorns excels at dark fantasy; a nonfiction title explores Harriet Tubman’s early years.

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49 Fantastic New Titles | September 2017

Native American Women share their stories in #NotYourPrincess; Anne of Green Gables gets a graphic novel makeover; a children’s bilingual picture book celebrates a Mexican holiday; and two middle grade audiobooks.

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44 Terrific Titles | August 2017

August’s stars feature Molly Idle’s “Flora” adventures, an illustrated biography of the legendary Arturo Schomburg, and audiobooks of two popular YA titles.

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36 Stellar Titles | July 2017

Jennifer Mathieu’s YA novel Moxie is an empowering take on feminism; Dashka Slater uses a devastating crime to examine race, gender, and socioeconomic status in Oakland, CA, in The 57 Bus; and Gareth Hinds presents a masterly graphic novel look at some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works.

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42 Stellar Titles | June 2017

M.T. Anderson presents sci-fi with hard-hitting social commentary; Martha Brockenbrough profiles Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father who’s having a moment; and Lian Tanner concludes her compelling “Icebreaker” trilogy.

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32 Stellar Titles | May 2017

Andrea Cheng’s lovely sequel to The Year of the Book, the skinny on our canine companions, Rita Williams-Garcia’s newest work of middle grade fiction.

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37 Superb New Titles | April 2017

This month’s stars include a compilation of picture book authors and illustrators answering the question “What’s your favorite color?” a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass, and the first book in a new series about a steampunk-inspired alternate history of New York City from Laura Ruby.

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38 Stellar New Titles | March 2017

This month’s stars include Scott Westerfeld’s graphic novel debut, a new title from Frances Hardinge, and poetry by Kwame Alexander.

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Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 5-1

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson [Walden Pond Press | Grades 4-7] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it’s the sadhappiest book of 2016. 4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds [Simon & Schuster | Grades 5-9] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because […]