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31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

Easy Books might have been scant in 2020 but Early Chapter Books abounded. We take a look at the titles that fill a very real, ever present need.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Unconventional Children’s Books

For those of you keen on trying something a little different, this is the list for you. These are the books that gives you faith in publishing. Because if someone thinks that these can sell in American, things can’t be all that bad.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Children’s Poetry

Here is my list of some of the best, brightest, loveliest poetry of 2020. Do not let these books escape your notice! They are best read every month of the year (and not just April!). An ode to the 811s . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Wordless Picture Books

In a year when so many of us were left speechless at the events of the world, there is comfort in finding books that are just as speechless as we. That doesn’t mean, of course, that they don’t have something to say.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Fairy, Folk, and Religious Tales

This year I was impressed by the sheer variety of the stories on display. Hope you like your tales done in all kinds of styles from all kinds of places! This year was a good one for this category.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Translated Picture Books

These books have figured out how to appeal. Whether they sport an original idea, a great translation, or scintillating art, there’s something to enjoy in each and every last one of these books.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Fabulous Photography Books

Today all forms of photography have their place here. That means that if the art in the book mixes traditional media and photos or it’s a nonfiction work or uses photographed models, they all belong.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Books With a Message

I like to celebrate those books, with some kind of “message” to impart, that do so with minimal didacticism. These books do a great job of teaching without forcing. I salute their worthy efforts and the folks who brought them to life.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Bilingual Children’s Books

I may not speak another language well, but even so I can still celebrate those books originally published in English and now released in another language, as well as books released simultaneously in both another language and English.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Math Books for Kids

They’ll never be mainstream, but these math-related beauties shine in their own way.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Caldenotts

What books, created by people ineligible for the Caldecott Awards, might otherwise win? Today I bring together some of my favorite books that fall into this category.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Funny Picture Books

There wasn’t a whole lot to laugh at in 2020, that’s for sure. Yet a great big list of wonderfully funny picture books came out, and here are some of the best. A bit of much needed levity for the year.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Rhyming Picture Books

If you’re going to commit to rhyming then you better be pretty darn sure of your own abilities. To that end, today I celebrate those picture books that embrace their rhyme schemes to their fullest.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Picture Book Readalouds

Here are the two things I know to be true: Never devalue a truly great readaloud picture book when you find it. And never try to force a lapsit book into a starring role in front of a crowd.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

This year I found a nice array of titles that I’d say are a cut above the rest. These are books that you’d be honored to pull out year after year for your holiday displays.