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31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Picture Books

Picture books are such a delight to read and discover. This year, I saw so many wonderful ones. As a result, this list is going to strike you as a tad on the longish side. Still and all, I honestly believe that every book listed here deserves its day in the sun.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Middle Grade Novels

Consider this just a sampling of titles that I found particularly toothsome in 2019. You will miss some of your favorites, no doubt, but these are the books that truly made my little heart sing.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Older Reprints

A book only truly dies when it has been forgotten from every human brain. Here are the books of 2019 that just extended their lives a generation more.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Nonfiction Picture Books

Here it is! My standouts! My stalwarts! The books that I just can’t get out of my mind, that have been swimming around in my cranium all year. The great works of picture book nonfiction of 2019!

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Unconventional Children’s Books

How dull the world would be if all the children’s books fulfilled the same, rote expectations. If books never surprised or shocked then we’d find the world filled with dull books creating dull brains in dull children. Blah. Happily, we know this is not the case. There were a host of books out this year […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Science and Nature Books

I always forget how much I enjoy this particular topic. From animals to space to germs and more, enjoy this lovely long list for the scientifically inclined.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 American History

Today, we’re looking at any children’s book that highlights American history in some way, whether it’s full of fiction or facts. Take a gander in case there’s something you’ve missed . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Informational Fiction

There are a lot of great books out there in a given year that mix and meld their fiction and nonfiction parts. Here’s a list that nods to some of the more stellar titles.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Science Fiction

Science Fiction, man. It’s one of my favorite genres for kids, but like Mysteries it can be hard to find a whole slew of them in a given year. To combat that problem, for today’s list I’m pulling equally from the comics as I am the middle grade fiction.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Older Funny Books

Ever since I edited Funny Girl (a collection of stories, comics, etc. from some of the funniest women writing for kids today) I’ve been keeping a sharp sharp eye on those books that I personally deem hilarious. Each and every year I make a note if I find a title significantly funny. A lot of […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Comics & Graphic Novels

It’s finally here! One of this month’s more popular lists. Today, there’s something for everyone. The usual suspects and a few surprises along the way . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Early Chapter Books

Today, I consider a slew of different books that all fall into the no man’s land of literature. Without them, we would lose so many kids. Let us tip our caps then to the books that do our dirty work, and rarely get the thanks they deserve.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Easy Books

Call them easy books, beginning books, early readers, whatever term you prefer. Today, I’m highlighting the books that are best for new readers. Simple texts, simple sentences, simple words. None of that fancy dance chapter nonsense.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Poetry Books

A fan of poems? On this list we’ve classic poets re-illustrated, first timers, funny poems, deeply meaningful ones, poems that tie into the moon landing, nursery rhymes, and many many more. There’s something for everyone on today’s list. Don’t believe me? See for yourself

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Wordless Picture Books

Today’s selection is of those 2019 titles that manage to tell their tales without relying on vocabulary to do their dirty work. Some are funny. Some are poignant. All are interesting. All are worth seeking out.