Best Books of the Year

These are my favorite picture books, middle grade, YA and adult books I’ve read so far. Some are these silly or funny, some are sad and moving, some incredibly beautiful. Most of the picture books I’ve used for read alouds with storytime crowds and preschool groups and they’ve been a hit.

2017

Picture Books

Almost Everybody Farts by Mary Kelley

A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! by K. L. Going

Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini and Monique Felix

Old MacDonald Had a….Zoo? by Iza Trapani

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake

This is a Ball by Beck and Matt Stanton

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

Whose Moon is That? by Kim Krans

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer

I Just Want to Say Goodnight by Rachel Isadora

A Child’s First Book of Trump

Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

Many Moons by Rémi Courgeon

You Can Read by Helaine Becker

Whose Poop is That? by Darrin Lunde

Xo, Ox by Adam Rex

Delivery by Aaron Meshon

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller

Marlo by Christopher Browne

Middle Grade Fiction

Runs with Courage by Joan M. Wolf

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness to Kate Beasley

Took by Mary Downing Hahn

Beneath by Roland Smith 

YA

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis 

Adult

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

2016

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán” by Jo Ellen Bogart

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

Me and Annie McPhee by Olivier Dunrea

What’s a Banana by Marilyn Singer

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

Quackers by Liz Wong

Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio

Penguin Problems by Jory John

It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff

You Belong Here by M. H. Clark 

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper

Marta Big and Small by Jen Arena

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

 Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus

Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe by Troy Howell

 10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul 

The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

Can I Eat That? by Joshua David Stein

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt

Marcel by Eda Akaltun

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

Who Broke the Teapot? by Bill Slavin

It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis

 One Minute by Somin Ahn

Spot the Cat by Henry Cole

Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler

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