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31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty-One – 2017 Picture Books

AllAroundUs

And just like that . . . *poof!* It’s gone! Not gone, exactly. The 31 Days, 31 Lists series may indeed continue next year. Just so long as the books or my eyesight holds out. In the meantime, it’s been a blast, guys. I appreciate that not a single one of you pointed out to […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty – 2017 Middle Grade Novels

AumasLongRun

Not a particularly complete list, or a very long one. Yet for 2017 these were the books that left a lasting impression on my little noggin. I read ’em. I liked ’em, every last one. I think they’re the bee’s knees. And I hope you like them too. Fiction for the masses! 2017 Middle Grade […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Nine – 2017 Fiction Reprints

Breadwinner

I think it takes a special kind of bravery on the part of the publisher to reprint a chapter book for children. Beloved works of fiction are funny beasts. You’ll have a distinct segment of the population that fondly remembers the title, but because are dealing with books they read in their youth, that memory […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Eight – 2017 Nonfiction Chapter Books

HowManyGuineaPigsPlane

Okay, folks. The rules are the same as yesterday. Books that have already appeared on previous lists won’t get a write-up. Newer inclusions that didn’t slot neatly onto another list will. And in some cases you’ll be wondering why a book that has a limited number of pages is on the “Chapter Books” list. If […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Seven – 2017 Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books

LookWhatSee

Well folks, we’re reaching the end of this month-long party. There are only a few lists to go, and it looks like I’ve been saving some of the biggies to the end. And because there are only so many hours in a day, and because I’ve mentioned a lot of these titles before, I’m just […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Six – 2017 Unique Biographies

YayoiKusama

In January of 2018 the cover story of SLJ will be one I penned summarizing the current crop of biographies for kids and teens of famous women and how this listing has changed over decades. In the past it was all Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, and Rosa Parks as far as the eye could see. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Five – 2017 Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

RedLulu

The holiday picture book is a fascinating object in terms of artistic quality. Most public libraries, due to space issues, will create separate “Holiday” book sections where these books are sequestered away for all time. They are pigeonholed to a particular time of the year, sometimes to the good and sometimes to their detriment. And […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Four – 2017 Science & Nature Books

BeautyBeak

Someday I long to see a breakdown of what kinds of nonfiction children’s books win the ALA Youth Media Awards. How many books that win are biographies? How many cover STEM topics? How many are about math? (I kid – those never win) But science and nature are awfully popular topics and with good reason. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Three – 2017 American History Books for Kids

FredKorematsu

Of all the lists on this blog this one may seem an odd little inclusion, but I have my reasons. A couple years ago I helped serve on the first committee selecting The New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. The requirements of the prize are simple: You and a group of schoolchildren must find […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Two – 2017 Fictionalized Nonfiction for Kids

DoctorWithEye

Okay. Fun with defining terms. So what exactly do I mean when I say that something is a work of “fictionalized nonfiction”? Well, let’s look at what makes a book a work of fiction or nonfiction. When writing for children, I personally believe that it is possible to write something fun and fabulous without relying […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-One – 2017 Funny Books for Older Readers

WizardsDog

Considering the degree to which I beat the drum in honor of funny books for kids, you’re going to find today’s list a bit on the paltry side. As such, I’d like to assure you that it should not be considered complete in any way for the year of 2017. I liked a whole slew […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty – 2017 Comics for Kids

WheresHalmoni

I’d be lying to you if I said that I wasn’t desperately reading graphic novels until lunchtime yesterday, in an effort to make darn certain that no comic went unconsidered for today’s list. Comics are my love and delight. Did you know that there’s a new comic award out there, by the way? The Excellence in […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Nineteen – Early Chapter Books of 2017

StinkbombKetchupFace

I almost feel as though early chapter books are the Part Two to yesterday’s easy books. If one gently guides kids on the path towards self-sufficient reading, the other certainly drills home how capable child readers have become. And, like easy books, there’s a wide range of reading levels at play here. Some of these […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eighteen – Easy Books of 2017

PigGoose

It’s haiku. It’s poetry. It’s harder than original Twitter. Creating a quality easy book, whatever the reading level, is an art. Today, I’m throwing them all into a pile. The easy books that use only the simplest of words. The ones ones that veer closer to early chapter books (a category we’ll explore further tomorrow). […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Seventeen – 2017 Poetry Books for Kids

OneLastWord

P-p-p-poetry! Motto: It’s not just for April anymore. In a given year I tend to run out of poetry books for kids to review. I’ll find five or six spectacular ones, and then a handful of hundrum okay-but-not-great titles to fill in the gaps. 2017 changed the rules on me. Suddenly I found myself with […]