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In Memorium: Remembering Those Lost in 2020

Each year we look back not just as what was accomplished in the previous year but also who died. Here are the creators and promoters of children’s literature that we remember.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Picture Books

Today I end with the biggest, longest list of them all. Picture books galore!

31 Days, 31 Lists: Great Middle Grade Novels of 2020

The penultimate list. Maybe, with lists like this one, we can all try to end 2020 on a slightly less terrible note.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Great Audiobooks for Kids

For the very first time I have some strong opinions on the audiobooks (and their readers) of 2020. Here are the ones I thought knocked it out of the park.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Nonfiction for Older Readers

A sliver of the magnificent nonfiction for older readers on offer to kids in 2020.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Today Kate and I talk invasive species, seed bombing, how nice it is to read a book that doesn’t call a single woman a spinster, and why it is that Maine loves its children’s book creators more than any other state.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Nonfiction Picture Books

In some ways, these are the books I’m the most excited about. Welcome to the end of 2020! And welcome to a list of truly wonderful books.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Unique Biographies

Each crop of yearly biographies runs the gamut from the uber famous to people who may not have ever even received an adult biography. I loved the sheer variety on display in 2020. Behold a sampling of some favorites.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Science & Nature Books

Whether it’s plants that resemble toilets, seemingly psychic horses, deer eating pythons, or the sheer scope of the universe itself, there’s something in here for everyone.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 American History Titles for Kids

Today’s list gets at those books that did a good job with the concept of telling the truth about our past.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Informational Fiction

Today’s books are marvelous amalgamations of imagination and reality. They may not be easy to characterize under a Dewey Decimal Number, but they could potentially help kids better understand the state of the world today.

A Year of Everyday Wonders and a Talk With Cheryl Klein

I ask my old buddy Cheryl Klein a slew of questions about her latest picture books and the state of things today.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Fantasy Books for Kids

Here are the books I read in 2020 that I thought were just stand up and cheer great. Please bear in mind, though, that I missed a LOT of middle grade books this year. This is just a sampling of what was on offer . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Science Fiction for Kids

Today I’m breaking down the Science Fiction titles of 2020 into Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, and Comics. I wouldn’t call this a definitive list of any kind, but I truly enjoyed each and every last one of these titles.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell and Lillian Hoban

We have found it. The Christmas picture book that perfectly encapsulates what we’re feeling in 2020.